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Information on Wisconsin Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawsuit Case Values

Wisconsin Nursing Home CasesThe attorneys at Nursing Home Law News tailor their practice to the representation and litigation for nursing home victims. We focus on finding areas of negligence and malpractice within these care facilities because, frankly, it is becoming so much more common and so much more serious than it ever was.

The incidents themselves forever alter the lives of the victims in emotional, physical, financial, and numerous other ways. Typically, they come about through falls, bed sores, or different kinds of abuse.

However, we’re constantly seeing new forms of injury in nursing homes and if you think you’ve the victim of negligence then it’s important to call us. We will protect your rights at no upfront cost!

Our team of lawyers commits more than anyone to standing up for injured and disabused nursing home residents. We don’t take on any clients that would obstruct from that aim including nursing homes, doctors, or hospitals.

Why Do Some Wisconsin Nursing Home Cases Recover More Than Others?

In the pages listed below, we offer some summaries of Wisconsin nursing home settlements and Wisconsin nursing home verdicts. They are categorized by the type of injury that the resident sustained and necessitated the lawsuit in the first place.

Generally, they are broken down by falls, bed sores, and abuse because these are how most residents get injured from our experience. However, don’t let that stop you if you are hurt in a different manner. As you look over these summaries, imagine how your incident compares to these and remember these points as you do:

  • What kind of injuries arose from the accident?
  • What kind of expenses did the incident create?
  • Did any pre-existing injuries contribute to the event?
  • Did the nursing home break a Wisconsin law or regulation?
  • Has the nursing home been sued for this type of conduct before?
  • Has the accident irreparably changed the victim prospectively?
  • What kind of insurance does the nursing home have?

The links below will help you understand Wisconsin nursing home litigation in more depth. However, if you were injured while staying at a nursing home, then you should give us a call right away.

We can make sure that you take every step necessary in order to preserve your right to recovery. Plus, we can do it all on contingency so that you won’t pay a dime if you’re not happy with the outcome.

Call us today to find out what recovery might be in store for you!

  • Wisconsin Nursing Home Fall Cases
  • Wisconsin Nursing Home Bed Sore Cases
  • Wisconsin Nursing Home Abuse Cases

For information on Wisconsin laws and regulations applicable to nursing homes, look here.

If you are looking for information on a facility in a specific city or a local attorney, please visit the pages below.

The aging U.S. population puts added pressure on already understaffed nursing homes and care centers. This boom in population also naturally leads to an increase in cases of elder abuse and neglect. In a recent study ranking all of the states, Wisconsin fared very well, ranking at number two in the country for best elder protections. However, this doesn’t mean that Wisconsin is immune to these issues, as they are still prevalent.

Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Found in Wisconsin Nursing Homes

Nursing home abuse and neglect take many forms:

  1. Physical Abuse

    Any form of physical injury caused by negligence or an intentional tort qualifies as physical abuse.

  2. Injuries and Illness From Inadequate Care

    Poorly maintained facilities or inattention to individual patient health risks can easily lead to infections and serious medical issues.

  3. Sexual Abuse

    Sexual battery of any kind, unwelcome sexual touching or remarks, or unwanted exposure to pornographic material all constitute sexual abuse. In Wisconsin, a Sauk City nursing home was investigated for failing to keep tabs on a resident who was a registered sex offender, resulting in the sexual abuse of at least three female residents.

  4. Falling Injuries

    Nursing homes must address individual resident falling risks and take preventative measures to limit the number of falling injuries among residents as much as possible.

  5. Medication Errors

    Failure to follow prescribing directions from a doctor can lead to dangerous drug interactions, under-medication for known conditions, or overdose.

  6. Wrongful Death

    Any time a nursing home resident unexpectedly dies, his or her surviving family should immediately investigate.

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in WI

Wisconsin state law only enforces mandatory reporting requirements for certain professionals and licensed service providers. However, anyone who witnesses or suspects any type of nursing home abuse should file a report with Adult Protective Services immediately. Some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect include:

  • Bedsores. These wounds develop when a resident confined to wheelchair use or bed rest remains stationary for too long. Caregivers must reposition them regularly, usually every two hours.
  • Repeat similar injuries. A resident who suffers multiple falls or other injuries in a repeating pattern may be suffering consistent abuse or the nursing home otherwise failed to address individual health and safety risks.
  • Unexplained bruises and other injuries. The nursing home should log every medical event for every resident, including illnesses and injuries.
  • Sudden behavioral changes. If your loved one suddenly seems anxious, depressed, irritable, or withdrawn, these changes could indicate a response to ongoing abuse.
  • Dirty living conditions. Soiled linens and clothes and dirty living quarters are clear signs of neglect.
  • Diagnosis with a sexually transmitted infection.

A recent case in Wisconsin involved the alleged sexual abuse of several female residents, but proved difficult to investigate and prosecute. Due in large part to this case, the state of Wisconsin is launching a program that loans secret cameras to families concerned about nursing home abuse. It is imperative that family members watch for signs of abuse in their loved ones.

How Much Is My Case Wisconsin Nursing Home Negligence Worth?

Several factors influence the amount of recovery available from a nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuit. Generally, plaintiffs can recover economic damages for any lost income and additional medical expenses arising from nursing home abuse or neglect. Plaintiffs may also receive compensation for their pain and suffering.

Other factors that affect recovery amounts include the age and medical status of the victim, the involvement of the victim’s family in his or her daily life, the conduct of the facility, and the severity of the abuse or neglect that took place.

A few examples of the different possible case types and their potential values include:

  1. Bedsore Settlements
  2. Fall Settlements
  3. Nursing Home Abuse Settlements

Anyone who suspects a loved one has suffered any kind of nursing home abuse or neglect needs to report the issue to the appropriate authorities immediately and remove the victim from the dangerous situation. Contact us today to learn more about your rights to recovery after you or a loved one sustained nursing home abuse or neglect in Wisconsin. Once we review the details of your situation, we can let you know the damages available under Wisconsin laws and the odds of success with a lawsuit.

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