Eight Types of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect to Watch for in Wisconsin
In order to protect your loved one’s rights and recover damages after nursing home abuse or neglect leaves them injured, you are going to have to prove that the nursing home was abusive or neglectful. It is not enough to allege abuse or neglect. You are going to have to prove exactly how it occurred and what are the injuries your loved one suffered.
This will require specific evidence. It is important to consider the common ways that nursing homes are abusive or neglectful, so you can identify the problem before an injury occurs or hold the nursing home accountable for any damages.
Eight Ways a Nursing Home Can Be Abusive or Neglectful
Some different forms of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Malnutrition and dehydration. The nursing home has a duty to provide adequate nutrition and hydration for each resident. If staff members fail to provide reasonable nutrition and hydration, if they fail to ensure a resident is eating the food or drinking the water provided or if they fail to notice signs of malnutrition or dehydration, then they may be negligent.
- Failure to maintain a clean and safe facility. Nursing homes have a duty to provide reasonably clean and safe facilities. This includes cleaning of resident rooms and common areas to make sure that disease is not spread. Nursing homes also need to have safety procedures in place to prevent resident injuries.
- Resident falls. Some falls are just accidents, but other falls are a form of nursing home negligence. Nursing home staff has a duty to assess residents’ risks of falling to implement plans to prevent falls, to have procedures in place to prevent falls and to make sure that any resident who is injured in a fall receives prompt medical care.
- Medication errors. Too much medication, too little medication or the wrong medication can significantly injure a nursing home resident. Consider what could happen if the wrong amount of insulin or blood thinner was provided to a resident. Understand why nursing homes should take action to prevent all types of medication errors.
- Wandering and elopement. Nursing home residents are living in nursing homes because they need care. When they wander around the facility without supervision or leave the facility unsupervised, they could be in grave danger. This is of particular concern for residents with dementia. Nursing homes have a duty to protect residents from wandering.
- Restraint use without medical reason. In rare cases, a medical doctor may suggest physical restraints for a resident. However, without a medical doctor’s advice and a plan to use such restraints safely, nursing home staff should not use restraints on patients. Restraints can result in serious injuries.
- Violation of nursing home standards. The federal government and the state of Wisconsin have specific nursing home standards. Any violation of these standards or regulations could be evidence of negligence.
- Neglect. Anytime a nursing home staff member violates his duty of care to a resident and that violation results in an injury, then nursing home neglect may have occurred.
The deliberate and intentional physical or sexual assault of a nursing home resident is also abuse that can result in serious injury and that is deserving of a fair recovery.
Take These Common Steps After These Different Causes of Injury
If your loved one has suffered an injury from any type of nursing home abuse or negligence, now is the time to take action. You need to take steps to get your loved one the medical help they need, to make sure they are in a safe living environment and to protect your rights to a legal recovery.
For more information about how to protect your loved one, please read our FREE book, “Guide for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Victims: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Legal Rights and Get Every Dollar You Deserve,” and contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney who can guide you through this difficult time.
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