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Nursing home abuse: How families should proceed

On Behalf of | Nov 23, 2020 | Injuries |

When you placed your loved one in a Wisconsin nursing home, you trusted that he or she would receive adequate care, proper nutrition, quality medical support and more from the staff. It is distressing to see that instead of getting these things, your loved one suffered physical, emotional and mental harm as a result of abuse or neglect.

Nursing home abuse can come in many forms, and it is something your family should take seriously. You may be unsure of what to do next and how you can possibly hold the liable parties accountable. After you care for your loved one’s emergent needs and take steps to secure his or her safety, you may want to consider moving forward with a civil claim.

The process of a nursing home case

The first step in developing a strong civil claim is to report the neglect or abuse to the proper authorities, who will then likely begin an investigation into your claims. There should be a thorough review of all the documentation and evidence you have of neglect and abuse. This may include medical records, pictures or witness statements. An attorney can help you review the evidence you have and determine if legal action is appropriate and necessary.

An appropriate standard of care 

There are certain laws that protect the rights of those who live in nursing homes. Residents have the right to live in a safe environment where the staff provides them with a certain standard of care. As a family member of someone who experienced abuse or neglect in a nursing home, you have the right to take action on his or her behalf if you suspect that mistreatment is taking place.

What can you do?

A civil claim cannot undo what your loved one experienced in a nursing home, but it is a step toward claiming rightful financial compensation. This course of action is a way you can pursue justice on behalf of a family member who suffered because of abuse or negligent care.

An assessment of your case can help you understand the legal options available to your family. You can also learn more about the amount and types of damages you should fight for through your claim. It may be helpful to begin this process by speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney after you become aware of a problem in your loved one’s nursing home.