Nursing Home Abuse Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 4

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2013 – The family of a man whose infected leg was amputated filed suit against his nursing home. John Eric Rush, 49, alleged that staff negligence led to an infected bed sore on his left heel. The sore eventually forced doctors to amputate the leg above the knee, according to a statement released by Rush’s attorney. Greg Grambor, president of Vascular PRN, a distributor of medical devices used in the prevention of bed sores and deep vein thrombosis, said that bed sores are a serious health threat to bedridden patients. “Bed sores and […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2013 – As bad as this story is, there are worse. That is a frightening thing for nursing home residents. “Since I handle nursing home abuse cases, I keep an eye of the latest developments in the law,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas.. “This case was revolting, but as bad as it is, there are worse cases out there. If this doesn’t shock you, it should, because in the future, it could be us in a nursing home.” Even though […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2013 – Elder abuse is being aggressively addressed by one Bronx community center. Elder abuse – physical, financial, or emotional – is widely believed to be an underreported problem, and one that lacks the funds and resources badly needed to combat the issue. Now, one nursing home in New York City is trying to address elder abuse head on. The Hebrew Home at Riverdale and the Pace Women’s Justice Center in the Bronx created the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention in 2004. The center trains law enforcement personnel […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2013 – In Sacramento, the operator of an elder-care facility is currently facing felony charges after the death of a resident. The owner of Super Home Care, Silvia Cata, was arrested and charged with felony charges of elder abuse and involuntary manslaughter regarding the death of a woman in her care. The resident, Georgia Holzmeister, was 88. She had dementia and received care at Super Home Care since 2007. She died from severe bedsores which resulted in sepsis, a toxic response to bacteria or germs. While bedsores can be difficult to avoid […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2013 – There is now an unofficial Bill of Rights for elderly residents of Texas. The Texas Attorney General’s Office has released information outlining the special rights that are in place for citizens age 60 and over. According to the Office, an elderly individual has all of the rights guaranteed to all citizens of Texas. In addition, the elderly have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, the right to make choices regarding care, benefits and services, and the right to be “free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.” If the elderly […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2013 – Oral contraceptives manufactured by Bayer are being blamed for complications including deep vein thrombosis. The drugs, called Yaz and Yasmin, became popular in the United States in 2006. Between 2004 and 2008, the FDA received reports of more than 50 deaths blamed on the drugs. Studies have shown a correlation between the drugs and higher rates of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) and blood clots. Greg Grambor, President of Vascular PRN, a distributor of DVT prevention devices, commented, “Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition that is often treated […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2013 – Nursing home abuse is more prevalent at “for profit” facilities. “As more nursing homes convert to for-profit facilities, it appears there is a concomitant rise in patient abuse and neglect, questionable spending and even fraud allegations. In short, when a nursing home becomes solely focused on making money, this tends to affect patient care. It appears non-profit facilities do not have the same level of claims aimed at them,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas personal injury lawyer. A […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2013 – Anything may happen in a nursing home. This case is highly disturbing. “The amount of abuse and neglect some nursing home patients endure is enough to sicken anyone reading about it. This case in particular is very disturbing, not just for what happened to the man involved, but because of what it says about humanity, and those supposedly caring for mentally and physically disabled individuals,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas personal injury lawyer. The facts reveal that there […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2013 – Nursing home abuse may be more violent than anyone could possibly imagine. This case is horrific. “This case just turns one’s stomach. A caregiver in a nursing home in Oklahoma City, jamming latex gloves into the mouth of a 96-year-old dementia patient and holding her mouth shut, while she struggled. Shocking, isn’t it? It was caught on tape by the woman’s family, who thought someone was stealing from their relative. In reality, she was being abused. Little did they know the extent of the abuse,” remarked Mike Smith, an Arkansas […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2013 – There is a growing push to install video cameras in nursing homes. The security cameras would be placed to catch incidents of elder care abuse, nursing home neglect and other areas of concern for safety and well-being of home residents. Camera footage, advocates say, would assist facilities identify poor care providers, and would allow law enforcement officers to pursue complaints. Lawmakers in Oklahoma are considering allowing mandatory video surveillance in that state’s more than 300 nursing homes, which serve more than 20,000 residents. The mandatory video monitoring is planned to go […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2012 – The last thing people think of is their relative choking to death in a nursing home. This is negligence. “Not too many people realize that patients in a nursing home often suffer from a variety of mental and physical issues. One of those issues is difficulty swallowing; something many of us take for granted. In nursing homes, many of the residents are handed trays of food, and that is the end of it. No one checks to see if they eat, or if they ‘can’ eat,” explained Mike Smith, an […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2012 – Nursing home abuse may escalate into a wrongful death scenario. This case did. “It’s difficult to read and hear about senior citizens being mistreated so badly that they die as a result of someone’s abuse. In this case, an 85-year-old woman was viciously throttled, then thrown on the ground. She was further neglected by assisted-living home staff,” recounted Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P. “The woman died in a hospital a few days later.” The facts of this case are disturbing because they paint a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2012 – A Florida nursing home with a history of problems has been placed on a government watch list. The home must clean up its act to avoid a suspension of its Medicare and Medicaid payments. “Nursing homes are entrusted with caring for our most vulnerable family members,” said Tampa personal injury lawyer Robert Joyce. “It is important that they be held to the highest standards of safety and care.” Avante at Ormond Beach has been identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a “special focus facility,” indicating that […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2012 – When people think of nursing homes, they think of older people, not young adults. This case is shocking. “It takes all kinds to make a world,” remarked Mike Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. “And there are times you just struggle with believing what horrific things people do to others. This case is a prime example of a morally bankrupt individual who preyed on a disabled woman in a nursing home.” The case began when a 21-year-old disabled resident in a […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – The U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division recently released a grim report accusing Florida officials of improperly housing disabled children in adult nursing homes. Federal laws require state governments to house and treat disabled people in socially integrative settings or at their homes whenever possible, as opposed to warehousing them in large, isolated institutions. “This new report is troubling in its accusations,” said Tampa personal injury attorney Robert Joyce. “Disabled children should not be housed in nursing homes unless it truly means the best possible care for the child.” The Justice […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 1, 2012 – Ohio recently launched a series of financial incentives to encourage and promote positive nursing home standards. The new approach ties a percentage of the Medicaid payments, on which most nursing homes rely to quantifiable quality ratings, including residents’ satisfaction levels, the ratio of nurses-to-staff and the number of avoidable medical complications that arise on a regular basis. “States have long struggled to find how to improve the quality of nursing home care when it is needed. They’ve tried fines, citations and various sanctions,” said Dallas elder care attorney John Hale. “Hopefully, […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2012 – The more people know about nursing home abuse, the more that can be done to eliminate it. “I’ve seen a number of nursing home abuse cases during my years of practicing personal injury law, and I can tell you that it is far more prevalent than you might think,” indicated Mike Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. “Speaking up and out about it helps others. Nursing home abuse should not be kept hidden, like a dirty secret.” One case that serves […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2012 – Abuse of patients suffering from brain injuries has allegedly taken place at the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation in Wauchula, Florida. Twenty former and current patients have said residents have frequently been abused, confined and neglected. Additionally, over 2,000 pages of various documents such as police reports, autopsies and medical records, reportedly show violence, and even death have occurred at the facility. In five resident deaths – two in the last 1.5 years – families of patients, or official agencies, have indicated there has been abuse. (The other three deaths happened […]


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Fort Mill, SC (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The South and North Carolina personal injury and criminal defense firm Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP employed three law student interns over the 2012 summer. Divided between the firm’s offices, the three are: Jamie White, Emory Law rising third year, in the Fort Mill office; Brice Peper, Charleston Law rising third year, in the new Charleston office; and Jessica, Charlotte Law rising second year, in the Charlotte office. Fort Mill intern White received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and, immediately after graduation, began his law school career at Emory. […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 20, 2012 – A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the Lake County sheriff’s department in the case of a jail inmate who died after a prolonged hunger strike. The lawsuit alleges that prison officials ignored the woman’s mental illness and failed to give her proper treatment. Lyvita Gomes, 52, died at a Waukegan hospital on January 3, five days after she was transported there from the jail. She had been incarcerated after missing a court date. Gomes was diagnosed as psychotic by a jail psychiatrist. She refused to consume food or water […]


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