Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse Lawyers

Experienced Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Attorneys

As parents and loved ones grow older, we often look to nursing homes to care for our elderly family members. We expect them to provide thoughtful, competent care, but in some instances negligence and abuse can occur.

Nursing home neglect and abuse may manifest as physical or emotional neglect, emotional, sexual or verbal abuse or financial exploitation. Neglect and abuse are most often caused by staffing shortages, lack of training and experience or poor supervision, management and record keeping.

When it comes to your elderly loved ones, don’t hesitate to get them the justice they deserve. At Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs, we’ll fight to make sure they get compensation for any nursing home abuse or neglect.

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Common Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Scenarios

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse cases in Wisconsin often involve:

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Unexplained bruises, broken bones or other injuries
  • Developing bedsores
  • Poor hygiene or soiled bedding
  • Falls, especially if they become more than an isolated incident
  • Sudden agitation or emotional withdrawal
  • Unusual depression or lack of interest in activities they previously enjoyed
  • Being given incorrect medication
  • Staff substituting strong medications or sedatives for supervision
  • Changes to a Will or Power of Attorney
  • Financial problems, missing property or money
  • No explanation for a patient’s unsatisfactory condition

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Common Questions About Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

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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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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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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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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Legal Options Following Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse

If you or your loved was a victim of nursing home neglect or abuse and you decide to take legal action, Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs will fight for compensation, which may include:

  • Medical expenses — past, present and future
  • Pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and interference with family relationships
  • Emotional distress
  • Alternate care
  • Punitive damages
  • Death and disability when applicable

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