The Wisconsin State-Journal reports that the legislature in our neighbor to the north is considering a bill that will make it more difficult for victims of nursing home negligence to seek redress following their loss.
Lawmakers in the state are debating legislation that would change the information that juries would be able to see in cases regarding nursing homes. For example, reviews and reports about health care providers would be deemed inadmissible evidence under the bill’s provisions. What that means, of course, is that a jury’s will have less information to determine exactly what happened in each situation.
Little can be gained from barring valuable information about the care provided to patients at nursing homes charged with committing deadly acts of negligence. One advocate fighting against the legislation is a victim of just such negligence. The man’s mother died following her nursing home’s inability to prevent and treat pressure sores. A jury of his peers heard the evidence and returned a verdict in his favor. Had the victim not be able to use official documents explaining the conduct of the facility, they may have a reached a different result.
Nothing can be gained by hiding this information from juries. The result is only to create a dishonest picture of the treatment actually provided by these facilities. Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti know well the need to hold these facilities accountable for their negligent conduct. More rules allowing letting them off the hook for their mistakes will only increase the number of nursing home resident suffering from poor care.
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