Madison Wisconsin Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Madison Elder Abuse LawyerWith a population of more than 245,000 residents, Madison, Wisconsin is home to nearly 23,000 senior citizens within and city limits, which is a number that has risen significantly over the last few decades. The increasing numbers of elderly citizens reaching their retirement years has caused many nursing facilities and assisted-living homes to become overcrowded and understaffed. The burdening demand at nursing homes has led to abuse, neglect or mistreatment.

Madison, Wisconsin Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Madison nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are committed to fighting aggressively for the rights of all nursing home victims throughout Wisconsin. Our elder abuse attorneys understand that there is no valid excuse for medical professionals to fail in providing adequate care to disabled or elderly individuals residing in a nursing facility. To ensure your family is placing a loved one in a nursing home that provides the best levels of quality medical and hygiene care we publish publicly available information here. The information details the safety concerns, opened investigations and filed complaints against facilities statewide.

Comparing Madison Area Nursing Facilities

The list below contains nursing homes in the Madison area that currently maintain a one or two stars average rating out of five possible stars as posted on the federal website Medicare.gov. These facilities are monitored by state surveyors and investigators. Our team of Madison nursing home attorneys have detailed primary concerns below involving the level of care some nursing facilities provide along with safety hazards and specific cases that have caused residents harm.

Information on Wisconsin Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

Our attorneys have compiled data from settlements and jury verdicts across Wisconsin to give you an idea as to how cases are valued. Learn more about the cases below:

Karmenta Center
4502 Milwaukee St
Madison, Wi 53714
(608) 249-2137

A “Non-Profit” 105-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating –  1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide a Minimum Level of Care to Ensure the Resident Maintains Their Highest Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/28/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “ensure that each resident received and the facility must provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practical physical, mental and psychosocial well-being in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan of care for [a resident at the facility].” The complaint investigation was after a resident “went to see a Cardiac Nurse Practitioner” who wrote “nine significant orders for an acute condition of mild to moderate [redacted medical condition]. [However, the cardiac nurse practitioner’s] orders were found at the nursing desk in the evening [and were never transcribed]. There is no evidence that the facility followed several of the Cardiac Nurse Practitioner’s orders she wrote [… including] fluid restrictions, sodium restricted diet, if worsening desaturation, confusion, dyspnea, or [redacted medical condition] send to ER (emergency room), weigh every day, and fluid restriction of 15 cc in 24 hours.”

Additional observation noted that the resident “was not monitored for [his medical condition] with assessments especially when [the resident] was having behavior and confusion [issues … and] requested to go to the hospital and his wishes were not carried out.”

Not following the practitioner’s orders or inform superiors of a change in the resident behavior directly violates established policies adopted by the facility and regulations issued by state and federal regulators. Not following the wishes of the resident in his request to be taken to the hospital strips away the resident’s independence and right to self-determination. Our team of reputable Madison elder abuse attorneys recognize that these deficient practices might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident.

Nazareth Health and Rehab Center
814 Jackson St
Stoughton, Wi 53589
(608) 873-6448

A “For-Profit” 99-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating –  1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failed to Properly Manage and Monitor a Prescribed Drug That Resulted in an Immediate Jeopardy of the Resident’s Health and Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies 03/10/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “ensure that each resident’s drug regimen was free from drugs that were not adequately monitored and did not ensure that the drug regimen was free from adverse consequences for [a resident at the facility].” This deficient practice was noted after observing a resident who was prescribed an anticoagulant medication and the facility “did not complete ordered INR [international normalization ratio] monitoring for [the resident] in December 2014.” The facility did not complete monitoring for the symptom of any prescription medication interaction and any potential increase in the risk of bleeding. This is important because placing the resident on antibiotic medication has the potential to affect or interact with other medications the resident was taking.

Additionally, the facility “failed to ensure that [the resident’s] INR was monitored while receiving [other medications and] failed to monitor [the resident] for signs of bleeding despite her INR reaching critical levels of greater than 14.5 on 01/08/2015. The facility did not monitor for increased effects of [her prescribed medication] after an antibiotic was administered.” This deficient practice resulted in direct harm of the resident who suffered “an acute subdural hematoma resulted from supra-therapeutic INR. This created an Immediate Jeopardy situation that began 12/2/14.”

Our Madison nursing home abuse lawyers recognize that any failure to follow protocols when managing and monitoring prescription medications might be considered gross negligence especially if it causes the resident harm. In this case, the resident experienced immediate jeopardy to her health and well-being. The deficient practice is in direct violation with state and federal regulations.

Capitol Lakes Health Center
333 W Main St
Madison, Wi 53703
(608) 283-2100

A “Non-Profit” 85-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Basic Steps to Prevent the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility That Resulted in Direct Harm to Multiple Residents and Staff Members

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/01/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “establish and maintain an infection control program designed to provide a safe, sanitary and comfortable environment and to help prevent the development and transmission of disease and infection for [a] gastrointestinal outbreak that affected [2 floors of the facility].” This deficient practice had the potential to affect all 71 residents in the facility.

The complaint investigation was initiated because the facility “did not identify a gastrointestinal outbreak [on] 04/11/2015 [Saturday] on the third floor; [… and] did not notify the local health department. During the outbreak there were 10 ill residents and 16 ill staff on the third floor and 5 ill residents and 3 ill staff on the second floor. During this outbreak the facility did not follow guidelines for transmission based on precautions during a gastrointestinal outbreak by continuing to allow group activities and dining on each floor, allowed off unit therapy and did not restrict access to the affected wings.

Failure to follow basic protocols to ensure infection does not spread to other areas of the facility directly violates the established policies adopted by the facility along with state and federal regulations. Our reputable Madison nursing home attorneys believe deficient practice might be considered gross negligence by the medical team and administration.

Oak Park Nursing and Rehab Center
718 Jupiter Drive
Madison, Wi 53718
(608) 663-8600

A “For-Profit” 100-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide an Environment for All Residents Free from Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/02/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “ensure that each resident’s environment remain free of accident hazards as possible.” This deficient practice directly affected seven residents in the facility who were “reviewed for falls and use of supported devices.” The complaint investigation was initiated in part because a resident’s “had got caught on the grab bar as she fell, which prevented the top portion of her body from falling. This cutoff her air supply and [the resident] was not breathing when found. The facility had not thoroughly assessed whether the [the resident] needed a grab bar and did not assess the safety of the grab bar for [the resident].”

Failing to ensure that the environment remains safe for all residents does not follow established procedures and protocols adopted by the facility and violates state and federal regulations. The deficient practice was noted because it directly affected a resident who suffered a serious injury. The action by the medical team might be considered gross negligence in the eyes of the law.

The Willows Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
41 Rickel Rd
Sun Prairie, Wi 53590
(608) 837-8529

A “For-Profit” 100-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Abuse and Properly Investigate Any Allegations of Abuse

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/24/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “ensure that the resident has the right to be free from physical abuse.” The opened complaint investigation concerns an allegation by a resident “that a registered nurse (RN) slapped her arm during the night shift.” Both the Nursing Home Administrator (NHA) and the Director of Nursing (DON) “were informed of the allegation [… but] did not place protective measures [to protect any] further potential abuse during the investigation.” Against policy and state and federal regulations, the alleged RN perpetrator “was allowed to work, despite the facility’s failure to complete an investigation. [The resident] maintains that the allegation occurred and that she was negatively affected by the alleged abuse from [the registered nurse]. A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “was aware of the allegation and did not report this to facility staff. The facility did not complete an investigation into this allegation, so therefore was not able to determine that the incident did or did not occur.”

Failure to follow protocol, procedures and established policies directly violates both state and federal regulations. In addition, the deficient practice could be considered negligence and mistreatment or sign of abuse at the hands of care givers at the facility.

The Villa at Middleton Village
6201 Elmwood Ave
Middleton, Wi 53562
(608) 831-8300

A “For-Profit” 97-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That Residents Needing Special Services Are Provided Adequate Care and That Appropriate Measures Are Utilized When an Emergency Arises

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/24/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “ensure that [2 residents] received proper treatment and care for [their medical condition]. The opened investigation in part involved admitting a resident into the facility who could only breathe through a special breathing apparatus. The resident was admitted “without ensuring that all nurses were trained in caring for a resident with [the resident’s specific medical condition] without developing an emergency plan, and without the proper equipment in the room to be used in an emergency.”

The complaint noted that “when [the resident’s device] became dislodged from [the resident’s] stoma, nursing staff incorrectly attempted to reinsert the outer [portion of the device] without lying the resident down [and] without using an obturator to guide the tube, and in doing so, created a false passage and bleeding.” As a result, the resident “remained without her breathing device, attempts to place an alternate device to keep her airway open for one hour and 45 minutes. The facility contacted a transportation ambulance to transport [the resident] to the hospital instead of calling 911. [The resident’s] stoma was not adequately kept open to ensure [the resident’s] air passage was not blocked. As a result, [the resident] passed away at the emergency room.”

Failure to ensure that all nurses at the facility have been adequately trained to provide care in an emergency situation for a resident violates established procedures and protocols adopted by the facility. In addition, violates both state and federal regulations and could be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident who lost their life as a result of the low standard of care, failure to train the staff properly and failure to take necessary precautions and calling 911 immediately when an emergency arose.

Stop Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

The elderly residents in any community are often the most vulnerable in society. Often times, their respect and dignity are stripped away by those who are in charge of providing professional care and compassion. Many victims are improperly medicated, chemically restrained and suffer the pain of bedsores that could have been prevented. Unfortunately, many family members and friends are uncertain of exactly how to stop nursing home abuse and neglect because they are unaware that the mistreatment is occurring until much of the damage and harm has been done.

Our dedicated Madison nursing home elder abuse attorneys know how crucial it is to understand the symptoms and signs of abuse and neglect that occur in nursing facilities to ensure loved ones are protected. Some of these signs involve:

  • Overmedication
  • Unreasonable physical or chemical restraint
  • Opened cuts, wounds, welts or bruises
  • Unexplained injury
  • Malnutrition, dehydration or unexplained facility-acquired bedsores
  • Infections
  • A lack of food, hygiene, shelter clothing
  • A resident’s display of emotional agitation or being upset
  • Any display of humiliation, fear, or a threatening behavior toward friends and family
  • A desire to be isolated from others

If you have any suspicions that a beloved member of the family is suffering neglect or abuse while in a nursing facility, it is crucial to act quickly to protect them immediately against any future injuries. The Madison nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can investigate your claim or allegation of abuse or neglect and take prompt action to gather evidence, review medical records and determine the facts in your case. Our Madison elder abuse lawyers provide numerous legal options to assist you in seeking financial compensation for the damages and harm caused by caregivers or other residents at the facility.

We encourage you to make contact with our Madison nursing home law offices today to schedule your free, no obligation full case review by calling (888) 424-5757 now. All shared information remains confidential. These cases are accepted on a contingency fee arrangement, meaning we provide immediate legal services without any upfront fee.

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