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Settlement for case involving twisting of a resident’s ear

Published on June 26th, 2009

The Journal Times had an article about a recent settlement between a nursing home and an abused resident.  The Racine County Board passed a resolutions which settled the case for $25,000.

Arthur Woiteshek, a resident at Ridgewood Care Center, sued the county because of abusive treatment by the nursing home’s certified nursing assistants.   Woiteshek, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, was living at the center.  CNA Amelia Clay twisted his ear so violently that it caused three cuts on one of Woiteshek’s ears, two of about one-half inch and the other of slightly more than 2 inches. Doctors used 19 stitches to close the wounds.

The $25,000 settlement will be made with Woiteshek’s estate. He died at Ridgewood on May 17 at the age of 88.  Clay was fired from her job at Ridgewood but filed a grievance which is now in arbitration. The incident also resulted in additional training and the reinforcement of training at Ridgewood, said Geoff Greiveldinger, the county’s chief of staff.

 

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