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State settles lawsuit in nursing home neglect death for $87.5K

The largest Wisconsin state-run nursing home for veterans recently paid $87,500 to settle a nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuit. The nursing home neglect lawsuit alleged that the Wisconsin Veterans Home had untrained and inadequate nursing staff, which led to the death of a patient in 2004. The lawsuit revolved around the death of a resident who had a history of serious falls prior to his admission at the nursing home. The nursing staff failed to transfer the alarm to his bed the evening of the resident’s injury. That night, he fell out of bed and fractured his hip. After his return to the nursing home, he was diagnosed with pneumonia and the nursing staff developed a plan to monitor and treat the condition. However, the nurses failed to follow the plan. He died less than a month later from the pneumonia with his fracture contributing.

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