Milwaukee Nursing Home Abuse
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1.4 million people in the U.S. currently reside in nursing homes. Sadly, abuse and neglect of the elderly in nursing homes and other environments is a growing problem, according to the Administration on Aging National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). In a study conducted by NCEA, more than 50 percent of nursing home staff admitted to physical or mental abuse or neglect of elderly residents within the previous year. Nearly one in three nursing homes in a two-year period had been cited for violations of federal standards that had caused or had the potential to cause harm to residents, according to NCEA.
If you or your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, it is important to take action to hold the responsible parties accountable. At Gruber Law Offices LLC, our practice is devoted exclusively to helping injured people and we are well-versed in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Our firm has a successful track record recovering settlements and verdicts for our injured clients. Contact us for a free consultation with no obligation at a location that is convenient for you.
Why Nursing Home Abuse Occurs
When we entrust our loved ones to a nursing home, we expect them to be treated with the utmost respect and be cared for in a special way. That is unfortunately not always the case and sometimes neglect or abuse can lead to our loved ones suffering injuries or even death.
Any form of neglect and abuse, physical or emotional, is terrible, and the families of those involved are always affected as well. The personal injury lawyers at Gruber Law Offices, LLC have the experience and knowledge to help you get compensation for nursing home accidents or abuse.
There are many different types of nursing home abuse. Listed below are some of the cases our attorneys handle:
- Physical Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Neglect or Abandonment
As covered in the Nursing Home Abuse Risk Prevention Profile and Checklist published by NCEA, nursing home facility risk factors for abuse include understaffing, improper screening of staff, insufficient staff training, staff stress and burnout, and the culture, management, and environment of the facility. The publication also reports that socially isolated elderly residents and those with dementia are more at risk for nursing home abuse.
Long-term care facilities are responsible for the actions of their staff and the treatment of their residents. When nursing home management neglects employment prescreening, failing to check references and criminal backgrounds, and hires unsuitable, abusive, or negligent staff as a result, the facility should be held accountable for the harm caused to vulnerable elderly people.
Types of Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse can occur in many different forms, from neglect of a resident’s basic needs, to verbal abuse and social isolation, to physical violence and restraint. According to NCEA, the types of abuse complaints in U.S. nursing homes consist of the following:
- Physical abuse (29%)
- Sexual abuse (7%)
- Psychological abuse (21%)
- Financial exploitation (7%)
- Gross neglect (14%)
- Resident to resident abuse (22%)
Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuits
Nursing home injuries are more common than we would like to think. The average nursing home reports 100 – 200 falls per year and about 1,800 adults in nursing homes die each year from fall-related injuries. This number of falls may actually be much larger as many falls go unreported and patients often fall more than once.
Nursing home injuries can also occur by other means, including giving or failing to give someone their prescribed medication, failure to follow doctor’s orders, and bed sores.
About 10 – 20% of nursing home falls cause serious injuries to the person. Falls can be especially dangerous to individuals living in nursing homes as they may be older than other individuals living outside of a nursing home, have frail or degenerating bone structures, may have chronic conditions and/or difficulty walking. Often times, nursing home residents may have problems with memory, cognitive reasoning, daily living, mobility or self-care so adding an injury on top of their current difficulties can be extremely challenging. Injuries to nursing home residents can take months of rehabilitation. In addition, complications can arise from injuries and the individual’s quality of life will suffer while in treatment.
Nursing home injuries can also result in disability, functional decline, depression, feelings of helplessness and social isolation.
Common Causes of Nursing Home Injuries:
- Environmental hazards such as wet floors, poor lighting, incorrect bed height and improperly fitted or maintained wheelchairs
- Staff neglect or improper training of staff
- Lack of safety equipment such as grab bars, raised toilet seats, lowered bed heights, bed alarms and hallway handrails
- Medications that affect the central nervous system such as sedatives and anti-anxiety
- Difficulty moving from one place to another
- Improper or incorrect use of walking aids
Why You Need Gruber Law in Nursing Home Abuse Cases
Gruber Law Offices LLC has earned a reputation as a successful Milwaukee personal injury law firm. Our lawyers have been named among National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, listed among Wisconsin Super Lawyers®, and awarded membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Our legal professionals are committed to protecting the rights of injured people and aggressively pursuing the compensation they need and deserve. If you or your loved one has been seriously injured through nursing home abuse, you can find a dedicated legal advocate in our firm. When we represent you, there are no fees until we win your case for you.
- CDC: Nursing Home Care
- NCEA: Statistics/Data
- NCEA: Nursing Home Abuse Risk Prevention Profile and Checklist