Racine Wisconsin Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Racine Elder Neglect AttorneyWith a population of more than 195,000 residents within the city limits, Racine Wisconsin is home to nearly 25,000 senior citizens. The number of elderly residents in the community has been rising significantly in recent years. However, the increasing numbers of retired individuals has placed a heavy demand on nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the area. As a result, many nursing facilities have become understaffed or overcrowded, which has led to serious incidences of abuse and neglect involving our most vulnerable citizens.

Racine, Wisconsin Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Racine nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understand that many of the warning signs of abuse and neglect in nursing facilities are often overlooked or considered a part of the aging process. Our team of dedicated Racine nursing home attorneys serve as legal advocates to nursing home residents all throughout Wisconsin. Our reputable law firm provides legal assistance to families who must deal with nursing homes that provide substandard medical care or insufficient hygiene assistance that has jeopardized the lives and well-being of their loved ones.

We post publicly available information online involving nursing facilities in the Racine area that consistently maintain a one, two or three star rating out of a possible five stars as posted on the Medicare.gov federal website. This information assists families in making a better, informed decision before turning over the health and hygiene care of a loved one to nursing professionals.

Comparing Racine Area Nursing Homes

The list below contains data on nursing facilities throughout the Racine area with serious safety concerns, opened investigations and filed complaints that have negatively impacted the health and well-being of their residents.

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:

The Villa at Lincoln Park
1700 C A Becker Dr.
Racine, WI 53406
(262) 637-9751

A “For-Profit” 122-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Basic Standards of Care That Jeopardized the Health and Well-Being of a Resident at the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/13/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “provide a therapeutic diet that takes into account the resident’s condition for [the resident] assessed required a puréed diet.” This complaint investigation involved a deficient practice for a resident identified “as having swallowing abnormalities [… and a] plan of care indicating the resident requires assistance with meals [who] eats in the Lounge Dining Room.”

During a dinner meal “The resident was brought to the main dining room by the occupational therapist. The resident’s plate was dished up with a regular texture diet by the cook, and the plate was served by the Dietary Aide. The meal consisted of a hotdog and American fried potatoes. Neither the cook nor the dietary aide looked at the meal ticket to identify the resident’s meal texture order. The resident ate the regular textured food, choked on the food, required [a specific] maneuver, became unresponsive, was intubated by paramedics and had a cardiorespiratory arrest. The resident was admitted to the hospital.” The neurology consult indicates that the resident has a poor prognosis for recovery or survival.

Our team of Racine elder abuse attorneys know that any failure to provide basic standards of care to ensure the safety and well-being of the resident does not follow the accepted procedures adopted by the facility and violates established protocols of state and federal regulators. Our nursing home abuse lawyers know that the deficient practice involving both the dietary aide and the cook might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident will likely not recover or survive the incident.

Ridgewood Care Center
3205 Wood Rd
Racine, WI 53406
(262) 554-6440

A Government Owned 200-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating –3 out of 5 possible stars

3 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failed to Perform Adequate Back Checks to Ensure the Safety and Well-Being of All Residents at the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/01/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that it operationalized [its] policy/procedure related to abuse and misappropriation when conducting a completed background check for [3 employees including a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Recreational Assistant (RA) and Recreation/Volunteer Coordinator (RC-M).”

Additionally, the deficient practice was noted because of the facility’s failure “to perform a complete background check on a current employee (CNA) at the time of hire, did not conduct the four year checks for (both the Recreational Assistant and the Recreation/Volunteer Coordinator) and the facility failed to verify the four year background check of current contracted employees.”

“This deficient practice has a potential to affect more than a limited number of residents [who may or may not come in contact with all three employees].”

Failing to develop and implement policies that will prevent abuse, neglect or mistreatment might be considered negligence on a part of the administration, nursing staff. In addition, it violates both state and federal regulations along with the adopted policies at the facility.

Willowcrest Care Center
3821 S Chicago Ave
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
(414) 762-7336

A “For-Profit” 135-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Assessment and Documentation to Show a New Pressure Sore Exists or Adequate Treatment to Ensure an Existing Bedsore Heals Properly

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/06/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “ensure that [a resident] who developed a pressure ulcer that went unreported received the necessary treatment and services.” The deficient practice was noted because a resident “was observed with a stage II pressure ulcer on her right buttock. The CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) did not report this to a licensed nurse and the facility was unaware that the area had been reopened until it was brought to their attention by the surveyor.”

Failure to provide minimal standards of care to ensure that existing pressure sores are brought to the attention of the proper authorities might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident. In addition, the deficient practice does not follow procedures and protocols established by the facility and those regulated by state and federal nursing home regulators.

Maples Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center
2730 W Ramsey Ave
Milwaukee, Wi 53221
(414) 282-2600

A “For-Profit” 80-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Administer Drugs as per Ordered by the Doctor Which Increased the Potential of Placing the Resident’s Health in Jeopardy

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/17/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to

ensure that it provided pharmaceutical services to meet the needs of [2 residents].” The deficient practice was noted after observation that a resident “received an order on 08/05/2015 for Remeron 7.5 milligrams. [However,] this order was not picked up and [the resident] never received the medication which was discontinued on 08/20/2015.” In a separate incident, another resident’s physician telephone order to discontinue clonazepam 0.5 milligrams at bedtime and administer this medication PRN was not transcribed onto the monthly physician order.

Our team of Racine elder abuse lawyers know that any failure to ensure that residents receive prescribed drugs following the physician’s order places the health and well-being of the resident at great risk. In addition, the deficient practice can be considered negligence or mistreatment because it does not follow the approved protocols and procedures adopted by the facility and violates both state and federal regulatory.

Sunrise Care Center
3540 S 43rd St
Milwaukee, Wi 53220
(414) 541-1000

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Properly Report or Investigate an Allegation of Abuse of a Resident at the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/05/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “report all allegations of abuse and/or neglect to the facility administrator immediately and or initiate an investigation is required” concerning to self-reported incidences at the facility. The deficient practice was noted in response in part of a review of self-reported investigations” alleging verbal abuse and because it indirectly affected 22 residents at the facility. The incidences were never reported to the facility administrator at the time of the incident on 07/12/2015. “An investigation into this allegation was not initiated until 07/17/2015.”

Failure to report or investigate any act or report of alleged abuse of residents directly violates state and federal regulations and is not in compliance with the adopted policies at the facility. This deficient practice could be considered negligence or abuse of residents in the eyes of the law.

Identifying Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Many of the first identifying warning signs of neglect or abuse in a nursing facility start with a complaint, injury or serious condition that is often explained away by the medical team as a part of the aging process or just an expected common occurrence. Many abused or neglected elderly individuals will suffer a loss of appetite, display episodes of fatigue, express ongoing confusion, developed unexpected weight loss or withdraw from caregivers or other residents. Even a facility-acquired bedsore is usually an identifying indicator of neglect in a nursing facility.

There is no such thing as an “acceptable level” of negligence or a case involving “mild” abuse against a senior citizen residing in a nursing facility. There is never been a single resident who has a higher level of being “needy” compared to others. Every resident living in a nursing home is unique and expresses their uniqueness differently than others. Every resident has the right to dignity and respect as any other human being. To ensure their rights are protected, their family and friends must be able to identify obvious and not so obvious signs of neglect and abuse which could include:

  • Bedsores acquired after the resident was admitted to the facility
  • Any indicator of malnutrition or dehydration that could be caused by a lack of access to nutrients and fluids
  • An unexpected change in personality or withdrawal from others
  • An unexpected loss of weight
  • Minimal staffing, lack of appropriate staff and lack of supervision to provide adequate and acceptable medical care to every resident
  • An unexplained injury, bone fracture, burn or bruise

The nursing facility and every member working on their staff is legally liable for any injury, harm or death that occurs through their negligence or abuse. This includes the administration that hires employees within adequate background checks or does not provide adequate training to the staff members.

Hiring A Lawyer

If you suspect your loved one is the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglected while residing in any nursing facility in Wisconsin, it is imperative to speak with Racine nursing home abuse attorney right away. The Racine nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC defends the rights of nursing home residents all throughout Wisconsin.

We accept all nursing home abuse cases on a contingency fee basis, so you are not required to pay our law offices any fees until we secure your financial compensation through an out-of-court settlement or win your case at trial. We encourage you to call our Racine elder abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, initial consultation.

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