Tag Archives: nursing home

NJ Nursing Homes: New Law Monitoring Alzheimer’s Group Homes

Last week, Governor Christie signed a new law establishing more stringent oversight of alzheimer’s group homes.  Prior to this law, group homes were regulated by the Department of Affairs and there was very little oversight.  With this new law, group homes are now regulated by the Department of Health which regulates and oversees nursing homes […]

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 after errors involving coumadin and studies suggest that there are thousands more injuries every year […]

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 a carrot and died. To read more:  http://touch.ctnow.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-83286774/ If you are looking […]

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 visible or hidden devices.  The bill has a lot of requirements as to notification to the […]

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 residents that it was effectively worthless.  It was the largest settlement in the Justice Department’s history […]

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 concerns that some nursing home facilities are gaming CMS’s current “five-star” rating system to mislead consumers about […]

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 dehydration.  She died a month after the conditions were discovered. To read […]

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 employee noticed that the medical technician was behaving strangely the day before and that he had […]

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-sentence-for-stealing-nursing-home-residents-identities/article/330837/?DCMP=EMC-MCK_Daily&spMailingID=7821136&spUserID=NDg4NjkzNzMyMTIS1&spJobID=116731745&spReportId=MTE2NzMxNzQ1S0 If you are looking for a nursing home abuse attorney, Russo & Kieck is a full service law firm in Hackensack, New […]

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 frequent turning and repositioning.  A pressure relieving mattress was not placed on the bed until 30 days after […]