Earlier this month, The Willows Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin settled a wrongful death nursing home malpractice lawsuit with the family of 72-year old Cynthia Wilms. The Willows, named as the worst in the country, will pay the family $2.25 million plus an undisclosed amount for costs related to the suit. The settlement is the largest between a nursing home resident and nursing home in Wisconsin in history.
Wilms went into The Willows after having an elective hip replacement surgery to rehabilitate. Wilm's condition worsened as a surgical wound from the hip replacement became infected. No employees at the chronically understaffed nursing home did anything or contacted anyone to help Wilms get better despite knowledge of the staph infection. A month and a half after entering the nursing home Wilms passed away.