abuse | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2013 – The United States House Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements has opened hearings with testimony on the SSA’s struggles with its disability program. A subcommittee of the House Oversight and Oversight Reform Committee launched hearings November 19 on the Social Security Administration. The Republican-controlled body headlined its mission on the committee website as one of overseeing the SSA’s “mismanagement of federal disability programs.” The SSA officials who offered opening statements did acknowledge some of their agency’s ongoing problems. Inspector General Patrick P. O’Carroll Jr. shed some light on the […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2013 – Nursing home abuse does have certain warning signs. However, there are situations that are not considered to be abuse, such as this case. “This reported case is interesting for the fact that it shows what is ‘not’ abuse in a nursing home, but yet still points out what a fine line there is between what is abuse and what is not,” pointed out Michael Smith, an experienced Arkansas nursing home abuse lawyer. This case involves a nurse who was suspended from her job for allegedly denying a patient his medication […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2013 – A new program in New York City is training doormen who work in apartment buildings to watch for elder abuse. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention (part of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale) developed the program, which offers free training for doormen, porters, concierges and other building staff at the buildings where they work. Joy Solomon, the director of the Weinberg Center, said that many elderly people in abusive situations do not come forward on their own, so advocates realized they would have to reach out […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2013 – Veterans face difficulty getting post-traumatic stress disorder cases linked to sexual trauma approved. A study conducted by the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and the American Civil Liberties Union was made public November 5. The study has found that members of the U.S. armed services who sought benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder due to sexual trauma have a tougher time getting their claims approved than those troops filing PTSD claims for other reasons. The approval rate for PTSD claims linked to sexual trauma during the fiscal year 2012 stood at 56.8 […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2013 – One powerful weapon against prescription painkiller addiction is now the subject of intense legal and media scrutiny. Buprenorphine, or “bupe”, as it is commonly called, is a drug approved by the FDA in 2002 for use in treatment of addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and other opioids. In the wake of the law enforcement crackdown on Florida’s pill mills, effective medical addiction treatment is essential. But as Tampa pill mill attorney Robert Joyce explains, buprenorphine itself is subject to abuse, and prescriptions for the drug are therefore severely […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2013 – A racial discrimination lawsuit was recently filed against Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois. “This is a unique case, in that one employee complained of racial discrimination, being on the receiving end of racial slurs, and then was joined by a co-worker who witnessed the numerous incidences of racism in the workplace,” explained Timothy Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer and principal attorney for The Coffey Law Office, P. C., an employment litigation firm dedicated to representing employees in the workplace. “The second worker joined the suit and backed up […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – California recently passed a new bill intended to protect financially abused seniors. The bill, AB 381, was drafted to protect elders who had their finances manipulated by someone who had power of attorney over their estate. The bill allows the elders some financial recovery in the form of reimbursement of attorney’s fees and costs. The bill was signed into law earlier this year. “Michigan elders sometimes need protection from the people they most trusted, people who had access to their estate and general assets,” says Michigan elder law attorney Christopher […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) November 13, 2013 – One expects good care in nursing homes. The reality is often far different. “In this reported case of nursing home abuse, one of the caretakers told the police she gave all of her charges excellent care. The evidence said otherwise,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury attorney. When police with a search warrant raided the basement of an unlicensed nursing home in Marietta, Georgia they found plywood planking used for walls, sheets as ceilings, insects, rotting food, no bathing area and one toilet for six people. What law enforcement found […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2013 – A male nursing assistant tells police he gets turned on while helping elderly female patients at his job. “This reported case began as a complaint from a 59-year-old woman who had just had hip surgery and stated a nursing assistant slipped into her bed and had non-consensual sex with her,” explained Arkansas injury lawyer, Michael Smith. “The whole situation began to unravel when another resident also said the same man inappropriately fondled her while he assisted her in using the restroom.” When the first patient filed a complaint with nursing […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2013 – This Texas nursing home case involved the death of a man due to untreated pressure ulcers. “This reported case shocked many. An elderly Texan developed severely infected pressure sores and became dangerously dehydrated, despite being in care at the Gulf Health Care Center – Port Arthur. What was even more disturbing is that he developed them, and died, in a period of less than two months in care,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP. The nursing home abuse lawsuit statement of claim revealed that just […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2013 – Numerous health violations have been found at an Illinois nursing home. Recent surveys by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Illinois Department of Public Health found several violations at the Champaign County Nursing Home. The violations include the failure to meet nutritional requirements for residents, unsanitary kitchen conditions and foreign objects found in food served to residents. “These are serious violations that could easily result in a resident sustaining illness or injury,” said Robert Briskman, an attorney whose practice includes cases of nursing home neglect and abuse. “No nursing home […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – Reports of nursing home abuse are far too frequent these days. Even if such incidents are isolated, there is never any excuse for abusing seniors in care. “While some people think that nursing home abuse is on the decline, if you read the paper with any degree of regularity, that doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. Consider the latest case that made headlines across America; a nursing home facility in the State of […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 17, 2013 – A Polk County, Fla., jury awarded $1.1 billion in damages against a nursing home due to negligence. The jury decided that defendants Trans Healthcare, Inc. (THI) and Trans Healthcare Management caused Arlene Townsend years of suffering in their chronically under-staffed nursing home, Auburndale Oaks in Bartow, Fla. The award included $110 million in compensatory damages and $1 billion in punitive damages. “An award of this size is a very strong warning against neglect in nursing homes,” observed Robert Joyce, a Tampa nursing home abuse attorney who is not involved in the […]


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Palo Alto, CA (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2013 – June 15, 2013 was designated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by the United Nations. The day was set aside to encourage a wider recognition of elder abuse in communities and as a call for countries to work on policies that support respect for the elderly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 6 percent of the elderly population experiences some form of abuse; the numbers are unclear, as the abuse, more often than not, goes unreported. Elder researchers say that abuse of the elderly is one of the […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2013 – Federal health officials announced they will suspend Medicare and Medicaid payments to a troubled Tampa nursing home. When the payments cease, the home, Lakeshore Villas, will become the second pediatric nursing home in Florida to close in 2013 amid allegations that the state is “warehousing” disabled children in nursing homes, in the words of federal officials who investigated claims of children living in relative isolation with little activity or stimulation. “All residents of nursing homes need and deserve attention and activities,” stated Tampa nursing home abuse lawyer Robert Joyce. “And that […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) August 5, 2013 – Nursing home abuse may be a personal nightmare as the nation ages. “While we may know someone currently in a nursing home, or a relative is experiencing a difficult time in such a facility, we should remember that this issue may become a very personal one as we age and need such care ourselves. It is incumbent upon us to stop the horrific nightmare of nursing home abuse now,” said Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. Americans, in massive numbers, […]


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Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2013 – Videotaped nursing home abuse is typically irrefutable evidence in court. “Oklahoma stepped up to the plate and signed a Bill into law that allows nursing home residents, or their family members, to install an e-monitoring system in the patient’s room. No one can stop a family member from doing that. It’s a good idea and has the capacity to change the law relating to nursing home abuse across the country,” stated Michael Smith, an Arkansas injury lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law in Arkansas. The state of […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2013 – Statewide, there were close to 60,000 victims of elder abuse, exploitation or neglect in 2012. There are more than 2.4 million Texans age 65 and older. Investigations found that 40 percent of the individuals abusing, neglecting or financially exploiting the elderly were the victims’ adult children. According to Ross Jackson, the regional director for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Region 7, many of the cases included neglectful self-care, elderly individuals who were locked inside and unable to get out, and bed-ridden elders who were not properly cared […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2013 – An Illinois man is suing a nursing home, claiming substandard care led to part of his leg being amputated. John Eric Rush has filed suit against Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Joliet, Illinois. Rush claims that the nursing home provided negligent care that caused deterioration in his health and made it necessary for part of his leg to be amputated. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court. “Nursing home neglect and abuse is a growing problem,” said Paul Greenberg, a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney not involved […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 8, 2013 – A recent study found that there is an increased likelihood of elder abuse when the elder has cognitive decline and their primary caregiver is a family member. In a new study, researchers at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey looked at a group of patients with dementia to see if cognitive decline was associated with an increased risk of physical abuse by caregivers. “Elder abuse by caregivers is known to be an underreported issue,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “It seems that helping caregivers […]


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