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Molestation Trial Proceeds

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Advocacy, Nursing home cases in the news, Staffing
The Morning Call reported the horrific case involving a vulnerable nursing home resident being sexually molested by a caregiver. CNA Diane Wilson told a Lehigh County jury that she never saw a nurse touch a patient the way Robert Poindexter was allegedly touching a 50-year-old woman at Manor Care in Bethlehem on May 31, 2013.  Wilson is… Continue Reading

Wrongful Eviction

Posted in Advocacy, Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
KFOX14 Investigates the case of a disabled El Paso man who claims he was mistreated by his nursing home and wrongfully kicked out.  His complaints resulted in a state investigation of the nursing home. James Paternoster suffered a spinal cord and brain injury after falling from a ladder while working as a photographer nine years… Continue Reading

Untreated Bed Sores

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Nursing home cases in the news, Pressure or decubitus ulcers, Staffing, Trial themes
The Joliet Patch reported the preventable death of Sylvia Raucci at Fairview Care Center of Joliet nursing home.  The Cook County Record reports that Rosemarie Barry, administrator of the estate of Sylvia Raucci, filed a lawsuit against the facility, citing neglect and multiple violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act. According to the suit,… Continue Reading

Home of CEO of American Senior Communities Raided by FBI

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
USA Today reported that the FBI raided the extravagant 9,000-square-foot house of the owner/operator of a chain of nursing homes.  The home is owned by James G. Burkhart, the CEO of American Senior Communities, according to Hamilton County property records. Investigators from multiple agencies, including the FBI, Office of the Inspector General and the Internal Revenue Service, worked inside and… Continue Reading

Staffing Battle in New Mexico

Posted in Advocacy, Nursing home cases in the news, Staffing
The Albuquerque Journal reported the legal battle between New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and Preferred Care Partners Management Group.  The lawsuit alleges that a chain of nursing homes in New Mexico isn’t delivering the basic care it promises because of the lack of adequate staffing.  This is a consistent problem in national for-profit chains who care more… Continue Reading

Bankruptcy Protects Medicare Reimbursements?

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Nursing home cases in the news, Tort Reform, Trial themes
McKnights had an article on a decision that prohibits the government to cut off reimbursements to a nursing home that entered bankruptcy while appealing the termination of its Medicare and Medicaid certification, a federal judge ruled. The controversial decision could lead other nursing homes to enter Chapter 11 to preserve reimbursements. After inspectors cited Bayou… Continue Reading

Illinois Man Files Suit over Infected Coccyx

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The Madison Record reported that Michael Wardein, the son of a former resident of Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Granite City, Ill., is suing the nursing home for improperly treating his father’s pressure ulcers.  The failure to prevent and properly treat the open wounds caused the infection that led to the removal of his coccyx.… Continue Reading

Fundamental’s “Bust-out” Scheme

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The case involving Fundamental Long Term Care Holdings, Inc. involving $1 billion in wrongful death and other judgments can proceed, a federal court has ruled. The matter also involves private equity firm GTCR, which was helmed by current Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. In 1998, the GTCR Group provided initial funding for Trans Healthcare Inc.,… Continue Reading

Four Lawsuits Filed Against Emeritus in SC

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Four families claim and describe shocking allegations in civil lawsuits filed in Florence County that their loved ones were neglected and mistreated by the staff of Laurel Gardens Senior Living Community owned and operated by Emeritus Corporation. The lawsuits — filed against Emeritus Corporation, Laurel Gardens Senior Living Community, HCP Senior Housing Properties Trust and Laurel Gardens executive director Alicia… Continue Reading

Extended Care Physicians Acquired Network Geriatric Services

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Extended Care Physicians (ECP), the Southeast’s largest geriatric physician practice working in the long-term care setting, announced that it has acquired the clinical assets of South Carolina-based Network Geriatric Services (NGS). The move adds 10 physicians and nurse practitioners into a practice group called ECP-SC, extending the ECP footprint into new markets in South Carolina. The… Continue Reading

Nursing Home Sues Attorney for Telling the Truth

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news had an article about Bridgeway Care Center suing its attorney for undercutting its defense in a separate lawsuit brought by a nurse who claims he was fired for reporting allegedly improper patient care to government agencies. The lawsuit mainly deals with remarks made by Princeton attorney David Barmak in the January 2008 meeting where he terminated… Continue Reading

Neglect Leads to Staph Infection

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Christina Ewing, an Illinois woman, is seeking damages from a nursing home which left her soaking in her own urine for hours or days, according to her account.  This led to a severe rash and pressure ulcers, which in turn led to a staph infection and eventually sepsis or blood poisoning. See article at Madison… Continue Reading

Union Nursing Homes Behind on Bills

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Morrison Management Specialists Inc. of Atlanta, a Georgia food service company, is taking the Union Hospital District to court, claiming the latter owes them $636,000. The federal lawsuit is against the operators of Ellen Sagar Nursing Home and Wallace Thomson Hospital.   Morrison is asking for the amount owed plus damages and attorney’s fees. Morrison has provided food… Continue Reading

Operating Without a License

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The Prospect Park Residence is involved in wrongful death lawsuits in the deaths of four residents. The lawsuit charges that the home operated without a license and failed to maintain proper care. The owner of the nine-story One Prospect Park ALF facility falsely claimed it was a state-accredited assisted living center. The facility applied to the state… Continue Reading

WW II Veteran Killed at Nursing Home

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John Wrana, World War II Veteran and retirement home resident, was recently killed in a police incident.  Mr. Wrana, described as being ‘wobbly’ on his feet, allegedly refused medical care at the nursing home where he lived.  The paramedics came with the Park Forest Police. Mr. Wrana was upset, brandishing a metal cane and shoehorn,… Continue Reading

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

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In a report by the Madison-St. Clare Record, details are given about Brenda Schneedle’s lawsuit against a Wood River nursing home for wrongful death. Brenda’s mother, Nellie Petrokovich died after multiple stays in the hospital. Following colon surgery at St. Anthony’s Hospital, she was transferred back to the home in stable condition. Nellie’s physician had… Continue Reading

Prescription Drug Abuse

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The State reports that Dr. David Lee Smith is facing charges by SC’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for illegally obtaining prescription drugs.  Dr. David Lee Smith used prescriptions with another doctor’s name on them to obtain Tramadol and Eszopiclone for personal use. Dr. Smith is also facing DUI charges for killing Raymond Geiger. The… Continue Reading

“She’s Dead”

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There are a number of phrases that we use to describe when a loved one has died. Passed on, kicked the bucket, bought the farm, met their Maker, was called home, or left us, just to name a few. There are websites dedicated to death euphemisms, all of which were created to ease the pain… Continue Reading

Neglect Alleged Against Beverly

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The West Virginia Record reported that a man in Charleston is suing Beverly Enterprises Inc. over the home’s alleged negligence. Edward Morton states that his mother, Loretta Morton, suffered dehydration and multiple UTIs, resulting from the home’s failure to provide liquids and catheter care, which led to her condition. Additionally, Mr. Morton charged that the… Continue Reading

Resident to Resident Rape

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news reported that a nursing home resident with an extensive criminal history is accused of raping another resident inside her room this week. Edward C. White, 57, was arrested on one count of rape.  Springfield Township police charged White with forcing himself on the woman at the Heartland of Mount Airy.  The victim told him “no,”… Continue Reading

Fine for Failure to Protect

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Tulsa World reported that an Oklahoma nursing home was fined $1.3 million for what the Oklahoma State Department of Health said is failure to stop a registered sex offender at the home from inappropriately touching other patients. The Enid News & Eagle reports that DHS notified Kenwood Manor of the fine and other sanctions on… Continue Reading

Suspicious Death Investigated

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Staffing
The Post Star reported that investigators are probing the death of a 58-year-old Granville man at Indian River Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after he apparently lay dead in his bed for hours before being found.  John “Punk” Zellars suddenly died unexpectedly at the nursing home.  John Zellars’ death raises question about how closely the ailing patient was… Continue Reading

Assault and No Remorse Leads to Lawsuit

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WISH TV reported the family of a nursing home resident has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home after the home failed to show any remorse for the neglect sufered by their loved one.  The lawsuit alleges that Health & Hospital Corporation (HHC) of Marion County and American Senior Communities, LLC (ASC) were negligent… Continue Reading

Lawsuit filed for Amputation

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Shorewood Patch reported on the lawsuit filed against Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and its owner/management company.  The suit charges that Rush, who is paralyzed on the right side and cannot speak due to a series of strokes, moved to Hillcrest in July 2010. While there, he developed multiple bed sores and became dehydrated.  He developed a pressure… Continue Reading