Nursing Home Negligence & Abuse

Nursing Home Patient Records Often Neglected and Occasionally Deliberately Falsified

Nursing homes are responsible for every aspect of care for their residents. To this end, nursing homes must keep accurate and timely documentation of the services that they provide their patients–from feeding and medication administration to physical therapy sessions. Accurate record keeping is essential to providing adequate nursing home care. Unfortunately, , many nursing homes…

Bedsores May Be a Sign of More Serious Problems

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 1 out of every 10 nursing home residents suffer from bedsores. Also known as pressure sores, decubitus ulcers, and pressure ulcers, bedsores may be symptomatic of a greater problem of nursing home neglect. Bedsores a leading cause of iatrogenic death in the U.S….

The Many Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

The decision to admit a loved one into a nursing home is never easy. However, for many families it is a necessary decision, especially if the family member needs around the clock care. When admitting someone into a nursing home, most people think that their loved one will be well cared for–nobody expects that their…

Mandatory Arbitration Ruling is Victory for Victims of Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse

In many cases the decision to enter a nursing home is made under extremely difficult conditions. When signing admission contracts patients and their families are often in a state of extreme vulnerability, where their decision-making ability is not optimal. In these high-stress situations, patients often do not consider the consequences of the terms to which…

“Concerned Citizens” Rush to Defense of Negligent Nursing Homes

A recent verdict against a nursing home corporation in West Virginia has stirred a renewed push for tort reform and limits on medical malpractice awards. A West Virginia jury awarded over $90 million to the family of a patient that died within 3 weeks of admission to the facility. Rather than outrage at the continuing…

Cost Cutting Risks Lives in Nursing Home Care

Nursing homes are big business. With big business comes big profits. To maximize these profits, it seems that nursing home companies will find every possible opportunity to cut costs. There are many ways to cut costs in a business. Unfortunately, cost cutting is rarely consistent with good nursing home care. In a nursing home, among…

Eleventh Circuit Addresses Medicare‘s Responsbilities in Lien Negotiation

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has shed some light on a growing and extremely confusing topic, Medicare lien reimbursement in personal injury actions. The underlying cause of action in Bradley v. Sebelius was a wrongful death action initiated as a result of nursing home negligence. The estate for the deceased was able to settle…

Huge Nursing Home Verdict Brings Predictable Cries for Tort Reform

A huge nursing home neglect verdict in California leads to further cries for tort reform. A jury awarded a whopping $677 million verdict against Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc. The personal injury class action lawsuit involved 32,000 patients of Skilled Healthcare. The suit alleged that the standard of care fell well below standards as a result…

Hidden Cameras Play Role In Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Cases

Hidden cameras are playing an important role in the investigation of nursing home abuse and neglect cases. Hidden cameras placed by the family of one abused residence revealed severe abuse of a nursing home stroke resident. The Attorney General in New York has implemented a program of hidden cameras in nursing homes for the detection…

Another Huge Nursing Home Neglect Verdict Handed Down by Jury

It seems that juries across the country are equally appalled by nursing home abuse and neglect as they are in Albuquerque. An Albuquerque jury recently dinged ResCare, Inc. and ResCare New Mexico for $54 million for nursing home neglect and abuse. Notably, the punitive damages awarded against ResCare approached $50 million. The ResCare case involved…

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