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Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

How long do I have to file a claim following nursing home neglect or abuse?

The statute of limitations is a time limit established by the laws of Wisconsin, and it determines how long you have to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations varies depending on the details of your nursing home neglect or abuse case, so we recommend you pursue your case immediately.
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Who can file a nursing home neglect and abuse case?

In Wisconsin, the spouse, domestic partner, child, parent or guardian of the nursing home resident may bring forth a neglect case.
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Who is liable for nursing home neglect or abuse?

Nursing homes can be held liable for neglect and abuse, even if they were unaware the neglect or abuse was taking place. They are responsible for hiring, training and managing employees, as well as providing proper supervision and support to ensure resident safety and care.
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I believe my loved one is being neglected or abused in a nursing home. What should I do?

When neglect or abuse does occur, it’s important to act quickly and decisively to prevent further harm. The first course of action is to report the neglect or abuse to the facility administrators. In cases of physical or sexual abuse, or extreme neglect, local authorities should be notified as well.

Document the neglect or abuse with photos and videos, and keep track of all the relevant details — times, dates and locations, parties involved, etc.

If the reports are ignored or the issue is not addressed promptly, get in touch with Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs for a review of your case. Our experienced attorneys specializing in nursing home neglect and abuse will review your situation and recommend next steps, which may include legal action.
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