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NJ Elder Abuse – Nursing Homes Evicting Tough Cases

An article published in The Record on May 9, 2016 highlights that nursing homes don’t want to handle complex and difficult cases and try to evict the residents.  Families are at loss as to what to do.  Many times, these discharges can be chal...

Should You Sue if You Suspect Your Family Member Was Abused at a Nursing Home?

Abuse of residents in nursing homes is often underreported. Sometimes it even goes wholly unreported. What constitutes nursing home abuse can also be difficult to define. Some victims of nursing home abuse might not even be able to communicate with a...
by P.I.S.S.D. on Mar 15, 2016

Nursing Home Abuse: Nursing Homes Try To Avoid Litigation Through Arbitration Clauses

The New York Times in an article on February 21, 2016 highlighted the ever increasing problem with nursing home agreements burying arbitration clauses in residency agreements to bar cases from being litigated in the courts.  The article features a M...

Nursing Home Abuse: Maggots Found In Feeding Tube Site

A nursing home resident in a Pennsylvania nursing home was found to have maggots crawling around and inside the insertion site of the feeding tube.  The hospital staff indicated that there was severe neglect of wound care and proper cleaning If you...

4 Crucial Questions if Your Loved One is Injured at a Senior Care Facility

If a member of your family is in a nursing home, they have certain rights that the federal government has specified. Of those rights, two of the most important might be those of being treated with dignity and respect and having a trusted person manag...
by P.I.S.S.D. on Aug 24, 2015

Nursing Home Abuse: Failure to Monitor Coumadin

The Washington Post published an article on July 12, 2015 addressing the dangers of the failure to monitor coumadin given to residents of nursing homes.  The Washington Post reports that at least 165 nursing home residents were hospitalized or died...

Nursing Home Abuse: Complaints

A chain of nursing homes in Massachusetts was recently purchased by a new corporation, Synergy.  The complaints are continuing:  flimsy adult diapers, lax infection control, pressure sores, dirty dishes,  and not enough nurses. The article states...

Nursing Home Neglect: Nursing Homes May Not Provide Quality Short Term Rehabilitation Care

The New York Times published an article on April 14, 2015 “In Race for Medicare Dollars, Nursing Home Care May Lag”.  The article discusses the recent trend that nursing homes are now offering short term rehabilitation.  The reason is M...

Nursing Home Abuse: Choking

A Connecticut nursing home was fined after a resident, who was supposed to receive a pureed diet, was given a tray of chopped and not pureed food.  The nurse’s aide had mistakenly given the wrong tray to the resident.  The resident choked on...

Nursing Home Abuse: Bill Introduced To Permit Video Recording In Rooms

NJ Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto has introduced a bill (A-3883) on November 13, 2014 to permit video cameras and audio recorders in residents’ rooms to help prevent abuse and neglect by nursing home staff members.  The bill provides for visi...

Nursing Home Abuse: Extendicare Pays 38 Million

On October 11, 2014, the New York Times reported that Extendicare  agreed to pay $38 million over claims of poor care.   The federal claims alleged that Extendicare inappropriately billed for physical therapy and provided such poor care to resident...

Nursing Home Abuse: Congress Seeks Briefing From Medicare Regarding “Five Star” Ratings

Washington, DC (Aug. 26, 2014)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting a briefing to address serious...

Nursing Home Abuse: Lack of RN on Floor

On July 31, 2014, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky introduced a new bill, Put a Registered Nurse in the Nursing Home Act,  H.R. 5373.  This bill seeks to require that a nursing home, accepting Medicare and Medicaid payments, have a registered nurse (R.

Nursing Home Neglect: Boston Jury Awards $14 Million

A Boston jury awarded $14 M in a case where a  90 year old resident had a festering pressure sore on her back, acute appendicitis, a urinary tract infection so severe it had invaded her blood stream, kidney failure, uncontrolled diabetes, and severe...

Nursing Home Abuse: Owner Embezzled Funds

A Rhode Island nursing home owner embezzled funds and let the nursing homes fail.  The federal authorities have agreed to a $1.2 million settlement. To read more:  http://www.mcknights.com/doj-approval-of-12-million-deal-ends-case-of-owner-who-used...

Nursing Home Abuse: Murder of Resident

A medical technician, who is terminally ill, has confessed to murdering a resident in 2007.  The authorities found no liability on the nursing home citing that the employee had a clean record and good references.  However, another nursing home empl...

Nursing Home Abuse: Identity Theft

An employee of a nursing home stole the residents’ identities and filed fraudulent income tax returns to reap the tax refunds.  She was sentenced to 27 years in prison. To read more:  http://www.mcknights.com/woman-gets-27-year-prison-sentenc...

Nursing Home Abuse: Pressure Ulcer Lawsuit

A wrongful death suit was filed against a Texas nursing home  alleging negligent care in causing pressure ulcers.  The resident had Alzheimer’s and Parkinson/s diseases.  The care plan required a pressure reducing device on the bed and frequ...

Nursing Home Abuse: Lack Of Informed Consent

A National Study has concluded that many nursing homes fail to obtain  informed consent prior to the implementation of medical treatments.  Informed consent is obtained only when the proposed medical treatment is explained to the resident and the r...

Nursing Home Abuse: Johnson & Johson Pharmaceuticals Pays 2.2 Billion Settlement As A Result Of Antipsychotic Drug Promotions

Johnson & Johnson, a pharmaceutical company has paid 2.2 billion dollars to settle claims that it improperly promoted the use of antipsychotics for nursing home residents.  As part of this settlement, Janssen, a J&J subsidiary, plead guilty...


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