Wisconsin’s largest nursing home remains under investigation this week after continued reports of substandard nursing home care. The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel has been following the developments at Mount Carmel Health & Rehabilitation Center.
The investigation by the state’s public health department is in its second week. The review was prompted by a viral outbreak at the facility which affected at least 21 residents. It was unclear exactly what caused the medical problem which was classified as leading to “generalized respiratory symptoms.”
This is only the latest is a long line of examples of extreme misconduct by the facility. Seven other lawsuits are still pending against the nursing home. On top of that, the state noted 35 specific care violations at the facility this year alone. In one case, staff members were caught lying about the location of a resident. The staff members reported seeing one resident repeatedly over a ten hour period, even though in reality the resident had left the facility and was arrested for prowling in a nearby neighborhood.
The seven remaining lawsuits at the facility involve residents who died as a result of pressure sores, physical falls, failure to provide assistance devices and elopement. It seems that everything that could go wrong at a nursing home has gone wrong at this facility.
Unfortunately the outrageous conduct at Mount Carmel is not an isolated example of chronic nursing home negligence, as our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti know all to well. For decades we have witness the same nursing homes committing the same acts of negligence leading to deadly consequences to the residents at their facilities. Unfortunately too many facilities fail to learn from their previous mistakes.
Often the only thing that gets the attention of negligent nursing homes and their corporate backers are lawsuits that affect their bottom line. Our attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of injured nursing home residents and their families. If you or someone you know has been similarly victimized, please contact our office.