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Conflict of Interest?

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
What the heck is going on in Arkansas? Rosey Perkins and Rhonda Coppack, daughters of the late Martha Bull of Perryville, have sued nursing-home owner Michael Morton and former state Sen. Gilbert Baker, a lobbyist and political fundraiser.  The sisters contend the men conspired to bribe former Circuit Judge Michael Maggio to lower a Faulkner County… Continue Reading

CNA Sentenced to 65 years

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Nursing home cases in the news, Staffing
The Columbus Dispatch reported the sentencing of Susan Gwynne, the former nurse’s aide who made a living stealing valuables, keepsakes and trust from at least 46 senior center residents for more than 12 years, to 65 years in prison. Gwynne “frowned but showed little other emotion” as Judge David Gormley began reciting her prison sentence for… Continue Reading

Grane Healthcare Under Investigation

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Staffing, Trial themes
WJACTV reported that a consumer protection lawsuit was filed against Pittsburgh-based Grane Healthcare Co., which manages and operates 12 skilled nursing facilities statewide, as a result of an investigation by the attorney general’s health care section. Attorney General Bruce R. Beemer accuses Grane of misleading consumers by failing to provide basic services to elderly and… Continue Reading

Whistle-blowers Awarded $29 Million

Posted in Medicare, Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
The FCPA blog which focuses on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act had a great article on two whistle-blowers–Tammie Taylor and Glenda Martin formerly worked for Life Care Centers of America Inc.  Life Care is based in Cleveland, Tennessee and owns and operates more than 220 skilled nursing facilities across the country including South Carolina. These heroic… Continue Reading

Dept. of Labor Sues NH Executive

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
According to a report by the Connecticut Post, the U.S. Department of Labor has sued Chaim Stern, chief financial officer for Bridgeport Health Care Center, accusing him of diverting $4 million in retirement plan assets to a New York-based religious corporation and to himself.  The suit notes that Stern serves as the sole person responsible for… Continue Reading

Chemical Restraint Lawsuit

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Medications, Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
The News Journal reported that the family of Sylvia Pierce, a third-grade teacher with the Capital School District for 25 years, is suing national for profit chain Genesis Healthcare for improperly giving her antipsychotic medications without their consent, which led to her death. Prior to her admission, Pierce had been able to stand, talk and feed herself, even playing… Continue Reading

Bankruptcy Won’t Protect Owners

Posted in Advocacy, Nursing home cases in the news, Tort Reform
News4Jax reported an interesting development in the case involving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration in the dispute with bankrupt nursing home operator Bayou Shores SNF, LLC.  A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a bankruptcy judge did not have the… Continue Reading

More Lawsuits Against Golden Living

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Nursing home cases in the news, Staffing
The Sentinel reported two separate lawsuits filed in the last few months against Golden LivingCenter-West Shore.  The families of two residents accuse the facility of causing their premature and wrongful deaths in 2014.  The accusations include that management of the facility, in an effort to drive up profits, accepted too many residents in need of complex… Continue Reading

Conflicting Versions of incident

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news
MLive reported that according to Walter Jarnot’s death certificate, he died Sept. 4, 2015 of asphyxia due to aspiration of food, but the circumstances surrounding his death remain suspiciously unclear.  According to an autopsy, the World War II veteran living at Glacier Hills Adult Care Facility was eating dinner when he began to choke on… Continue Reading

PruittHealth Sued Again

Posted in Advocacy, Nursing home cases in the news, Staffing, Trial themes
The Augusta Chronicle reported on another lawsuit filed against the national for profit chain PruittHealth.  Gloria Jessie, the grieving widow of a neglected resident who died after a six-month stay at a PruittHealth nursing home in Augusta, has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.  The lawsuit filed on behalf of Lyons’ heirs is the fourth against PruittHealth… Continue Reading

Choking Death

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Nutrition
The Hutchinson News reported on the tragic and preventable death of Anna Mae Yocham at Golden Plains Rehabilitation Center LLC.  Yocham was supposed to be on a pureed diet but the nursing home staff gave her a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich on Oct. 10, 2014 which caused her to choke and her wrongful death. The Kansas Department for Aging… Continue Reading

Lawsuit Against Pruitthealth

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news
The Augusta Chronicle reported another lawsuit against national for-profit chain Pruitthealth and its facility Pruitthealth-Augusta Hills nursing home for negligent care.  Anna Ebenroth filed the Richmond County Superior Court lawsuit Feb. 17 on behalf of her mother’s estate. According to Ebenroth’s lawsuit, her mother, Mary Ann Waltz, was admitted to the home for long-term care. Waltz… Continue Reading

“Disgraceful Defiance”

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Regulatory enforcement, Trial themes
Arkansas Business reported the legal fight and discovery obstruction in a class action against Adcare Health Systems Inc. of the Atlanta suburb of Roswell, Georgia.  It’s a case originally filed in September 2014 against publicly traded nursing home operator Adcare Health Systems Inc., the nursing homes it owns in Arkansas and the dozens of entities and… Continue Reading

Choking Death Lawsuit

Posted in Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
The Palos Patch reported the lawsuit filed against the national for-profit chain HCR Manor Care for the tragic and preventable choking death of resident Gerald McNamara.  McNamara choked on food he was served at Manor Care of Palos Heights in Dec. 2013. His children Helen G. and David Cardwell claim caregivers did not cut his… Continue Reading

Hidden Camera Records Neglect

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Nursing home cases in the news, Staffing, Trial themes
WSBTV reported that a hidden camera, installed at Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation Center, shows World War II veteran James Dempsey’s repeated calls for help were ignored.  Tim Demsey says his father, James Dempsey, was nervous about spending the night at the facility, so the family installed a nanny camera facing the man’s bed. Only his… Continue Reading

Sava’s Medicare Fraud

Posted in Advocacy, Medicare, Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
McKnight’s reported that the federal government has thrown its weight behind whistleblower complaints against skilled nursing chain SavaSeniorCare LLC.  Authorities joined three lawsuits accusing the massive provider of “routinely” billing for therapy services that were either unnecessary or not medically reasonable.  Prosecutors consolidated the complaints, alleging that SavaSeniorCare “exerted significant pressure” on its skilled nursing facilities… Continue Reading

Violation of Trust

Posted in Abuse and Neglect, Nursing home cases in the news, Trial themes
13NewsNow reported a lawsuit filed against Sentara Live Care for neglect causing significant injuries.  Tomara Carmon-Rogers and her family are seeking justice against the nursing home.  She says while at Sentara Live Care, her grandmother, Mary Sherrod, suffered injuries so severe, her leg had to be amputated. “It violated the trust that I had for the individuals… Continue Reading

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