When you entrust your elderly loved one to the care of a nursing home, you expect the staff to provide the best level of care possible. You want your loved one to have all of his or her needs met in a safe environment. For many families, nursing homes are the best option for long-term, professional care – but in some cases, these facilities fail to live up to that standard of care.
If your loved one experienced abuse, mistreatment, or neglect at the hands of a nursing home, you may be able to pursue legal action. The Milwaukee nursing home abuse lawyers from Cannon & Dunphy, S.C. can assist you in seeking justice for your case.
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Nursing home neglect and abuse are serious concerns that impact the health, safety, and wellness of your elderly loved ones. Millions of older adults entrust their care to nursing home facilities across the United States. Elder abuse within a facility can be difficult to detect and prosecute.
Many abusers tend to hide the elderly person’s injuries from his or her family or supervisors. Abusers can also intimidate an elderly person into keeping quiet about the abuse. If the elderly person suffers from a neurological condition, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, he or she may not be able to tell a friend, family member, or caregiver about the abuse. As a result, many cases of elder abuse go unreported.
Many nursing homes are safe and professional facilities. However, abuse in elder care facilities is a prevalent and widespread issue. Knowing the signs of nursing home neglect and abuse can help you identify if your loved one is experiencing harm and allow you to seek help.
The Center for Disease Control classifies nursing home abuse into five main categories: physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment and neglect, and financial abuse.
Nursing home neglect and abuse in Wisconsin can go unnoticed for a long period of time. Abusive caregivers can limit a family’s access to an elderly person and hide his or her injuries before a visit. An elderly person may not have the capacity to describe what happened to him or her, or he or she could feel shame at the incident.
However, common physical and psychological signs can point to an incidence of elder abuse.
Some forms of nursing home abuse, such as sexual assault or financial abuse, can be difficult to detect. If your elderly loved one tells you that he or she is experiencing abuse, seek help from a Milwaukee nursing home abuse attorney as soon as you can. If you notice any of these signs, report the abuse to the nursing home supervisor or contact the police or the Wisconsin Department of Quality Assurance (DQA): .
The one-on-one personal and compassionate care we received from Bill, his assistant, Wendy, and their staff was beyond what anyone would expect. We received a just settlement and were more than satisfied. I highly recommend Cannon & Dunphy. – Julaine
Unless the nursing home has an arbitration agreement in place that limits your right to file a lawsuit, you can file a claim against a nursing home for abuse and negligence through the Wisconsin civil court. If an arbitration agreement is in place, you will have to bring a copy of the document to an attorney who can advise you of possible legal pathways.
Under Wisconsin law, you have three years from the date of the discovery of the injury or abuse to file this lawsuit. You can file a claim on behalf of your loved one if you are the legal guardian or personal representative of your loved one’s estate. You can also take your loved one to a free consultation with a Wisconsin nursing home abuse attorney to discuss his or her legal options.
To file a claim against a negligent nursing home, you will need to prove the following three elements:
Do you have a loved one who suffered from abuse at the hands of a nursing home caregiver? Cannon & Dunphy can assist you throughout the litigation process.
Contact Cannon & Dunphy today to schedule your free consultation at our Milwaukee offices.