Recent High-Profile Cases Highlight the Importance of Taking Action Against Nursing Home Abuse, According to Milwaukee, WI, Personal Injury Attorney Robert Welcenbach
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After a the New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit in December against a Long Island elderly care facility, nursing home abuse has once again taken the national news spotlight.
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This time around, a New York facility under fire is accused of keeping its residents in unacceptable living conditions while the company’s owners fraudulently diverted millions of dollars to their own pockets.
Personal injury attorney Robert Welcenbach of Welcenbach Injury Law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, says action is needed in order to hold facilities accountable for their actions and prevent further injury to elderly residents.
Following a particularly terrible incident in a Wisconsin nursing home earlier this year, instances of flagrant neglect and abuse are piling up in facilities that are supposed to provide premium care for some of society’s most vulnerable people.
“Pursuing legal action is crucial,” Welcenbach said. “Not only do mistreated residents and their families deserve justice and compensation, but these lawsuits are needed in order to put nursing homes on notice.”
Welcenbach believes one of the best things families of nursing home residents can do is watch for the tell-tale signs of elder abuse and neglect. This enables family members to advocate for their elderly relatives’ rights. It also allows them to collect proof of wrongdoing on the part of the facility staff.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: A Growing Problem
Since elderly residents of nursing homes often already suffer from declining health—both physically and mentally—family members often struggle to identify and address signs of neglect and abuse in the facility.
“You want to be able to put your trust in the staff,” Welcenbach explained. “After all, they’re professionals, and you’ve spent a lot of money to have your loved one cared for.”
However, there are thousands of nursing home abuse, and neglect cases reported every year, and millions are affected by elder abuse in general.
These cases often involve physical, sexual, or psychological abuse—whether at the hands of a staff member, family member, or fellow resident—but they can also involve harmful acts of neglect and financial exploitation.
Possible Damages in Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse Lawsuits
Welcenbach explained that the damages victims and families experience in nursing home abuse cases can vary widely and include all kinds of loss.
While there are financial costs associated with the increase in medical care and treatments after instances of prolonged neglect or abuse, that’s not the only damage these families suffer.
“The psychological toll that abuse has on an individual is significant,” Welcenbach noted. “Then, you add to it the emotional distress that their family members experience afterwards. The responsible parties need to be held liable for this kind of devastating loss.”
About Welcenbach Injury Law
Welcenbach Injury Law is a Wisconsin law firm with a talented team of Milwaukee personal injury lawyers. Serving clients in Milwaukee County, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha, and surrounding areas, the law firm has experience in a range of personal injury practice areas, including auto accidents, class actions, dog bites, and product liability. Welcenbach Injury Law is located at 933 North Mayfair Road #311, Milwaukee, WI 53226.
About Welcenbach Law Offices, S.C.
Welcenbach Injury Law is a trusted Wisconsin law firm serving Milwaukee County, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha, and surrounding areas. Welcenbach Injury Law provides experienced legal representation in a variety of practice areas related to personal injury law. A dedication to helping clients and extensive trial experience has earned the firm a reputation for successful cases. To date, Welcenbach Injury Law has won millions of dollars in personal injury settlements for its clients.