Since 1986, at least 297 personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed against Wisconsin nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to an analysis by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
The Center commissioned Court Data Technologies, a Madison company that specializes in researching Wisconsin’s publicly available court records, to find civil cases that met defined parameters. The Center then analyzed the data.
Among the findings:
- The largest number of cases, 16, were filed against Mount Carmel Health and Rehabilitation Center, now named Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Milwaukee. Woodland Health Care Center, now named Brookfield Rehabilitation and Specialty Care, ranked second; it was sued 11 times.
- At least 167 of the cases (56 percent) were settled before trial. Other cases were dismissed, with no indication of whether a settlement was reached. Only seven cases are listed as going to trial.
Of the cases that went to trial, the largest judgment awarded was $1.5 million.
- Of the cases that settled for a known amount, the largest was $2.75 million. That concerned a resident at Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation in Chippewa Falls who sustained numerous life-threatening bedsores and lost 30 percent of his body weight, according to his attorney.