Elder abuse in nursing homes is on the rise. Elder abuse lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm frequently handle lawsuits involving negligence or cruel treatment by nursing home employees who are ill-equipped, ill-trained, or simply careless. Fellow residents at nursing home facilities may also pose a legitimate risk to the safety of your loved ones. It is important to watch for signs of nursing home neglect and abuse, such as bed sores or unexplained bruises.
Unfortunately, although many nursing homes deliver quality care, there are far too many instances of sexual, emotional, and physical assaults in nursing homes around the country. A recent case of nursing home abuse happened in Wisconsin, where the guilty party actually got away with the crime without facing any penalties.
In 2009, a 90-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by another elderly resident in a South Milwaukee nursing home. She died just a couple of weeks later. After four days of testimony, the nursing home agreed to a settlement.
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The nursing home sexual assault lawsuit hinged on the facility’s failure to control the mentally ill perpetrator, who was left on his own despite a previous display of sexual aggressiveness towards another female resident. The lawsuit alleged that he nursing home did not provide its staff with sufficient training to handle the possibility of sexual assaults by residents. This is a serious nursing home neglect case that our wrongful death lawyers believe the public should be aware of in order to avoid placing their loved ones in an environment that could lead to similar harm. The perpetrator did not face criminal charges; he was merely moved to another facility. So the threat of harm remains.
This case has sparked much confusion and controversy. The elderly and mentally incompetent man clearly displayed and openly spoke about his sexual aggression before the deadly attack – why was he left alone? After she was sexually assaulted, the victim was so emotionally scarred that she refused to eat or drink, and died just two weeks later.
The incident has brings light the dangers lurking in nursing homes and the risks that elderly loved ones may have to face. Like this Milwaukee nursing home, many facilities are not equipped to deal with these types of situations. Some facilities have put residents at risk of sexual assaults or physical attacks. Others have neglected residents and subjected them to un-hygienic environments that put them at risk for serious infections.
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Approximately 1.5 million senior citizens reside in the nation’s 17,000 nursing homes. More federal and state funding must be directed towards these institutions, to help them make improvements and hire experienced staff capable of taking care of physically and mentally challenged residents. Identifying and remedying the problems that arise in nursing home environments around the country is critical to protecting the health and well being of some of the most vulnerable members of society.
Nursing home lawyers at Pintas & Mullins strongly advocate on behalf of all nursing home residents to ensure that they are cared for in a safe and hygienic environment. Family members should watch for potential signs of nursing home negligence and abuse, such as pressure sores, dehydration, and unexplained bruises or sexually transmitted diseases.
Placing a loved one in the care of a nursing facility is a difficult decision, and we should be able to trust in the care that our loved ones receive. Nursing homes are legally required to deliver minimum requirements of daily care. When these requirements are violated, a nursing home negligence lawsuit can help prevent further harm by holding negligent facilities accountable for their wrongful actions.