Wisconsin Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
A Wisconsin nursing home neglect lawyer represents victims of nursing home abuse or neglect, or their survivors. According to Wisconsin’s Annual Elder Abuse and Neglect Report for 2008, the state received 4,898 reports of suspected abuse, neglect or financial exploitation of persons over the age of 60 during 2008. Many of these reports involved residents of Wisconsin nursing homes. The experienced Wisconsin nursing home abuse attorneys of Pasternak & Zirgibel find all incidents of elderly abuse and neglect deplorable. We understand the pain and suffering that each individual victim and his or her family endure when the institution which was supposed to provide care and comfort instead allows abuse or neglect and we are committed to helping victims and their families recover.
When to Contact a Wisconsin Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer
You should contact a Wisconsin nursing home abuse attorney as soon as you know, or suspect, that you or a loved one has suffered any kind of abuse or neglect in a nursing home facility. Generally, nursing home abuse or neglect lawsuits must be filed within three years of the date the abuse or neglect occurred or within 1 year of when you knew or should have known about the injuries. Therefore, it is important not to ignore any potential signs of nursing home abuse such as bed sores, unexplained medication changes, unexplained weight loss, broken bones, the inability to visit your loved one without a nursing home staff present or a sudden change in the mood or demeanor of the resident.
How a Wisconsin Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer Can Help You
A nursing home abuse attorney will work with a nursing home abuse victim and his or her family to make sure that all of the victim’s legal rights are protected. In many instances, a nursing home negligence attorney will recommend that the victim file a lawsuit against the person who committed the abuse or neglect and against the nursing home for allowing the abuse or neglect to occur. A lawsuit serves two important purposes. First, it provides the victim with an opportunity to be compensated for the personal damages incurred by the abuse or neglect of others and second, it protects other nursing home residents from suffering abuse or neglect in the future.
Nursing homes owe a duty of care to their residents. If they breach that duty of care by failing to act as a reasonable Wisconsin nursing home should act given the circumstances of an individual case and a resident endures harm because of the nursing home’s breach of its duty of care then the resident, or his or her survivors, may be entitled to damages. For example, a nursing home may be found liable for the abuse or neglect of one of its residents if it employs uncertified or unlicensed personnel, it fails to conduct proper background checks for staff members, it fails to provide proper training for staff members, it fails to recognize the symptoms of abuse or neglect in a resident, it fails to have or abide by proper procedures to identify abuse and neglect, it fails to investigate suspected abuse and neglect or, it fails to report suspected abuse or neglect to the county or to the resident’s family.
Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Victims May Recover Damages
A nursing home negligence attorney can help the victim, or his or her survivors, recover damages for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering endured as a result of the abuse or neglect. The potential damages depend on the circumstances of each individual case. A nursing home neglect lawyer can help you estimate potential damages in your case based on the particular facts of your case.
Contact Pasternak & Zirgibel – Experienced Wisconsin Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
The compassionate nursing home negligence lawyers of Pasternak & Zirgibel understand that it is a difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home and that the decision is made with the best interests of your loved one at heart. We also understand that Wisconsin nursing homes, such as Manor Care, Extendicare Health Services and Beverly Enterprises are big, for-profit businesses that serve thousands of our most vulnerable citizens. Our elderly citizens, your elderly relatives, deserve protection and we are committed to partnering with you to achieve that protection.
Our firm of Milwaukee nursing home abuse lawyers clients throughout the state of Wisconsin including in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas such as Cudahy, West Allis, West Milwaukee, South Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay, Wauwatosa, Shorewood, Franklin, Glendale, Greendale, Greenfield, Oak Creek, Washington County, Racine County, Waukesha County, Jefferson County and Ozaukee County.
We invite you to call us at (262) 785-0802 or to fill out our online contact form. We would be pleased to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation at your convenience. Our firm is committed to representing those who have been harmed by others in Wisconsin nursing home abuse or neglect cases and we will not collect a fee unless you recover damages.