Advocating for Your Loved One’s Rights
It seems unfathomable that a nursing home would neglect the people entrusted to its care. Sadly, it happens all the time. Long-term care facilities often try to cut costs by reducing staff and hiring untrained and overworked employees. They may fail to maintain safe and sanitary premises or to implement basic programs to enhance the residents’ quality of life. In some cases, they may even delay crucial, but expensive, medical care to the detriment of sick or injured patients.
Beloit injury attorney Steve Caya, a partner at Nowlan & Mouat LLP, has 25 years of experience in nursing home neglect cases and is board certified as a civil trial specialist. He advocates for the rights of the most vulnerable members of our community. If a nursing home hurts, instead of helps, its residents, Steve Caya takes action. He first makes sure your loved one is safe and protected. He then pursues justice in the Rock County courts.
Recognizing Signs of Nursing Home Neglect
After discovering that a loved one was subjected to nursing home neglect, one of the first questions family members typically ask is, “How did I not know?” Often, caring family members do not recognize the signs of neglect and nursing home patients are reluctant or unable to speak out. Sometimes, long-term health care facilities take active measures to conceal the neglect.
You can protect your loved one by visiting often and remaining vigilant about the conditions of the home and your loved one’s health. Signs that might indicate nursing home neglect include:
- Undiagnosed disease
- Untreated infections
- Soiled linens and clothes
- Unkempt appearance
- Poor hygiene
- Unsanitary premises
- Depression and anxiety
What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Neglect
If you suspect nursing home neglect — even if you are unsure — say something. You can file a complaint through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). The government agency will review your concerns to determine whether to investigate further. An official may then conduct an investigation or contact you for more information. If you choose, you can remain anonymous. Our Janesville injury lawyer can guide you through the process of filing a complaint with the Wisconsin DHS.
Your Loved One’s Legal Rights
Your loved one is entitled to certain rights, referred to as the Nursing Home Residents’ Rights. The State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is required to protect and promote nursing home conditions that emphasize individual dignity and self-determination. In addition, nursing home residents have the right to exercise their rights free from reprisal, interference, discrimination and coercion. Beloit injury attorney Steve Caya aggressively pursues the facility and staff that violate the Nursing Home Residents’ Rights.
Contact a Janesville Injury Lawyer to Learn More
If you suspect nursing home staff is neglecting your loved one, consult with our Janesville injury lawyer about protecting her or his safety and rights. Call Steve Caya at 608-531-6252 or toll free at 1-800-754-8110. You can also contact us online to schedule a free evaluation of your loved one’s legal claim. For your convenience, we offer evening, weekend and off-site appointments.