As individuals consider different options for long-term care for their loved ones, they obviously want to choose a reliable facility or home health care agency in which they can place their trust. All too often, however, elderly Americans fall victim to elder abuse and neglect, often at the hands of those who are entrusted with their care. Generally, this type of abuse and neglect may include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, exploitation, neglect, and abandonment.
Like every state, Wisconsin has developed its own definitions of elder abuse and other related terms under state law. These specifically defined terms, such as “nursing home,” “elder abuse,” and “neglect” can help determine whether your loved one’s experiences give rise to any legal cause of action.
There are a wide variety of data and statistics available regarding elder abuse and neglect. The American Bar Association published an article in 2007 that addressed the legal issues related to the neglect of older persons by caregivers. The National Center on Elder Abuse also provides many national elder abuse resources. Similar research, statistics, and state-specific resources are available through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
In any case, there are countless severe medical conditions and injuries that may occur in a nursing home or residential care setting as a result of improper care, abuse, and neglect by staff members. If you suspect that a loved one has been abused or neglected in some way by caregivers, whether care is provided at home by home health care aides or in the context of a nursing home, assisted living facility, or rehabilitation facility, you should immediately check into these freely available resources and get the help that you need. You also should take steps to consult with a Wisconsin attorney who is experienced in handling such matters.
The Wisconsin elder abuse lawyers of Boller & Vaughan have handled countless claims on behalf of nursing home residents who have suffered serious injuries and even death due to the negligent behavior of nursing home staff and facilities. When a serious injury or death of a loved one occurs, we know just how devastating it can be, and how you powerless you feel as a result. Allow your family to begin the healing process from this traumatic event by holding the wrongdoers responsible for your loved one’s injuries. Contact our office today and set up a free consultation with one of our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys.