Wisconsin Nursing Home Resident Abused by Worker

A Wisconsin man has been charged with two felonies in connection with an alleged assault of a 76-year-old patient at a nursing home in De Pere: second-degree sexual assault, and intentionally subjecting an individual at risk to abuse. His bond is currently set at $50,000.

The charges against 33-year-old Theodore William Schartner allege that Schartner entered the room of a rehabilitation patient the night of Sept. 15 as she tried to sleep. He measured her blood pressure and then allegedly began touching her inappropriately with his bare hands. The woman yelled, “you get your hands off me” and “Get out of here and don’t come back.”

However, Schartner entered her room later that night when she activated her “call” button, and she again ordered him to leave. The elderly patient reported Schartner’s actions to another staffer at the nursing home the next day, and he was suspended and reported to the police.

“What’s particularly disconcerting is that

[Schartner] was trusted to care for this victim, and he violated that trust,” The District Attorney said in a statement. He explained that Schartner assumed the victim suffered from dementia and would not be believed if she reported the assault.

Bringing Nursing Home Abuse Cases in Wisconsin

As this terrible incident shows, Wisconsin nursing home abuse is much more prevelant than many people believe. These acts are often done in secret, and criminal prosecutions (like this one) are rare. Fortunately, you and your family also have a civil cause of action arising out of abuse or neglect o a loved one in Wisconsin nursing homes. These cases may product the financial compensation you deserve.

For more information about how to proceed quickly in order to preserve your legal rights, call the lawyers in milwaukee that are a part of Gendlin, Liverman & Rymer. We are experienced, aggressive advocates for our clients that will pull out all the stops to ensure we reach the best possible outcome in each case. Want to learn more? Call our offices at 1-877-CALL-GLR (1-877-225-5457) or visit our contact page to schedule a free consultation about your claim.