RN Charged with Murder in Nursing Home Abuse Case

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Angela Almore, 44, RN charged with murder.
On Monday June, 7th, registered nurse Angela Almore was brought up on nursing home abuse charges involving the death of an alzheimer’s patient at the Britthaven senior care facility in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Almore, 44, was indicted on one count of second degree murder, and six counts of felony patient abuse. She was allegedly administering morphine to patients who were not prescribed the highly controlled substance used for pain management. Nine of the 25 patients in the alzheimers unit at Britthaven tested positive for morphine. Six of the victims were hospitalized, while 84 year old Rachel Holliday died February 16th.

Rachel Holliday and Nursing Home Abuse

No autopsy was performed on Holliday, but the medical examiner that reviewed her records determined “pneumonia related asphyxiation” her cause of death. It also determined that “morphine toxicity” was a contributing factor. It should be noted that military and workplace drug tests consider 2,000 nanograms per 1 milliliter of urine to be a positive test result. Holliday’s tests revealed her levels at 50,000 nanograms per milliliter.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall does not believe there will be any other arrests in the case. “At this point, there is nothing to indicate that anyone else was involved,” he said.

Britthaven’s Response to Nursing Home Abuse

The North Carolina Nursing Home Licensure Section will be conducting it’s own investigation to determine if procedural violations may have played a part in the availability of the morphine to be used in events of nursing home abuse. Positive findings could result in penalties and fines for Britthaven, as well as procedure upgrades at their locations in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Virgina.

Britthaven has placed all of the those working at the time of Holliday’s death on paid leave to begin an investigation. A patient’s family member believes that Britthaven is taking positive steps towards improvement.

Do You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

Nursing Home Abuse is becoming overwhelmingly prevalent in today’s long term care facility industry. These homes and care centers should be places we can trust with the well being of our elderly loved ones. Instead, they are becoming frightening and dangerous places to live. Rachel Holliday lost her life to crimes of nursing home abuse. The trend has to be haulted. We must do what we can to fight these corporations, and stop them from putting money before care.

If you or a loved one have been negatively affected by nursing home abuse, do not remain silent. The attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are here to help you get the compensation you are owed. Please contact us for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Taishan Gypsum Finally Responds to Defective Product Lawsuit

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Taishan Gypsum, Chinese manufacturer of drywall, will appeal the ruling that finds them liable for over 2 million dollars in repair costs.

In April, we posted an update of the litigation surrounding the Chinese company Taishan Gypsum, and the defective drywall they manufactured and exported the the United States. Judge Eldon Fallon awarded seven families in the Eastern district of Louisiana 2.6 million dollars for the damages caused them by the sulfuric acid emitting drywall. But because Taishan Gypsum is a foreign manufacturer, and there are currently no laws in place that hold them liable for their defective products, there was question as to whether or not these families would ever see a penny of the money owed them.

Defective Manufacturers Finally React

After not responding to the initial suit, the default judgement made in November by Judge Fallon, or any other attempts U.S. attorneys made at contacting them, Taishan Gypsum has finally made a move. On June 10th, Taishan Gypsum, manufacturer of defective drywall, filed an appeal of Judge Fallon’s ruling. This appeal marks the first time Taishan Gypsum has responded to a lawsuit in the United States. They will appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, including any and all rulings made by Judge Fallon. Judge Fallons 2.6 million dollar award amount comes from a the sum of the costs of all of the demolition and renovation of each of the seven families’ homes.

To read previous posts regarding Taishan Gypsum, click below:
Defective products are dangerous products, potentially causing injury or death
Taishan Gypsum Victims awarded $2.6 Million – Money They May Never See

What to do if You Believe You are a Victim of a Defective Product

Hopefully, justice will be done, and Taishan Gypsum will be forced to provide recoveries to the families whose lives were turned upside down by the defective products they were manufacturing. If you or a loved one have been negatively affected by a defective product, you will need help, and the attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are eager to offer that help. Let us get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free case evaluation, or call us for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

BP and Transocean Could Escape Sufficient Liabilty

BP's liability diminished by current laws of the high seasTransocean product liability costs in questionGordon Jones, a 28 year old engineer, was killed in the blast on the Transocean rig, Deepwater Horizon, that caused the horrendous BP oil-spill . Jones left behind a widow, a toddler, and an infant.

Who Will Pay for Deadly Defects?

Unfortunately, laws that are currently in place could prove very detrimental to recovery attempts made by Jones’ family, as well as other injured victims on the rig. The Death on the High Seas Act
(DOHSA), one of the reasons payouts may be insufficient, was ammended in 2000 to help victims of TWA flight 800, but those protections were not also applied to those killed on vessels like the Deepwater Horizon. BP’s liability is, at this time, very limited, because of the DOHSA. Also limiting the liability of BP and Transocean are the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), and the Limitation of Liability Act (LOLA).

The OPA caps BP’s liability at 75 million dollars. That amount won’t even scrape the surface of the cost to Gulf Coast homeowners and businessowners. Transocean is using LOLA to limit their liability costs to just 27 million, as LOLA allows them to claim only responsibility for their destroyed rig. The law was passed in 1851 to protect owners who did not have control of their own vessels, but seems irrelevant today, when insurance and communication are no longer a problem.

President of the American Association for Justice, Anthony Tarricone, had this to say about the situation surrounding BP and Transocean’s liability:“Unless these laws are amended, BP can look forward to significant immunity, while the families of the workers killed and injured by the original explosion, as well as shrimpers, oystermen, fishermen, hotels, and restaurants, will face an uphill battle for justice.”

Has a Defective Product Affected You?

We here at the Mininno Law Office are grealty troubled by the effects of the oil spill on the gulf coast, it’s wildlife, and the surrounding homes, and places of business. That is why we firmly believe that BP and Transocean should not be able to make it out of this without compsenating correctly those who have been affected. If you have been affected by any sort of defective product, the attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are here to help. Manufacturers must always be held liable for their products. Contact us for a free case evaluation, or call us at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

A NY Hospital Not Liable in Medical Malpractice Suit

Vincent Liew was the victim of Medical malpractice, but courts thought otherwise.
Vincent Liew died 7 months after receiving a kidney transplant from a cancer infected donor.

A medical malpracticesuit ended in heartbreak for a Queens woman when the NYU Langone Medical Center was found not liable for the death of her husband after a kidney transplant.

The Story Behind Liew’s Medical Malpractice Case

Vincent Liew was 37 years old when he received a call from the hospital that they had a finally found him a matching kidney. He had been awaiting the kidney for five years, and was receiving dialysis treatments three times a week. On February 25, 2002, Vincent underwent the transplant, the organ coming from 50 year old Sandy Cabrera who died of a stroke the day before.

The surgery was successful, and everything was fine. That is, until Sandy Cabrera’s autopsy six weeks later. The medical examiner who performed the autopsy notified Liew’s doctors that Cabrera had an aggressive uterine cancer that had started to spread to her lungs. Upon discovery of the information, Liew’s doctors assured both him and his wife Kim that they were 99.9% sure that Vincent would not acquire the disease. Their reasoning being that the cancer was from an organ that Liew did not have, and therefore it was highly unlikely he would become sick. Four months later, doctors found a cancerous tumor on Liew’s new kidney. The kidney was removed, but Liew was dying.

He died three weeks later; cancer acquired from the donor his cause of death. Kim Liew sued the hospital for medical malpractice, but lost. The Queens jury found that the hospital and Liew’s doctors provided the best possible care. Though it seems they took a chance on him, and lost. They gambled with a man’s life. Two other patients who received organs from Cabrera also died.

Who is to blame for Medical Malpractice?

Transplanting organs ravaged by cancer is most definitely an instance of medical malpractice. Perhaps the doctors who performed the surgery are not liable. But what about the doctors who screened the patients before their eligibility for organ donation? What about the company that harvested the organs? A man has lost his life, a wife her husband, because of a gross case of negligence. This kind of medical malpractice can not go unpunished. If you or a loved one have suffered from what you believe is a case of medical malpractice or negligence, than do not hesitate to contact the medical malpractice attorneys at the Mininno Law Office. We are here to help you through this difficult time, and to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free case evaluation, or call us at 856-833-0600, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Nursing Home Abuse Puts Former CEO in Prison

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Havenwood Rehab Center was shut down in July of 2005 upon discovery of severe nursing home abuse and neglect.
On Friday, May 21st, Karen Mason (57), the former CEO of Havenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was sentenced to two years in prison and 3 years probabation for tax evasion. The 315 bed nursing home, of which she was CEO, administrator, and part owner, has been closed since July of 2005, when inspectors shut the facility down after discovering severe cases of nursing home abuse and neglect. A few of those nursing home abuse cases included patients being refused baths and clean sheets, and a man who jumped to his death after facility staff members failed to report his suicide threats.

In Mason’s time at Havenwood, she took money from a resident’s trust fund, from an employee’s 401(k) account, and from Havenwood bank accounts. Police allege that her theft totaled a little over 1 million dollars. The money went towards personal purchases for Mason; furniture, carpeting, jewelry, cars, concert and sporting event tickets, vacations, payments to the Milwaukee Yacht Club, and a wedding and honeymoon for one of her children.

Mason: Guilty of Nursing Home Abuse

Mason was sentenced in 2008 to 15 months in the Milwaukee County House of Corrections after being found guilty on felony charges of theft and abuse of a patient causing physical harm. That ruling also required Mason to pay back $20,696 to a Havenwood employee’s 401(k) account, and $64,435 to a Havenwood bank account.

The tax evasion case found that in 2004, Mason took in $642,000 in income. Of that total, $212,000 was salary from the facility, and the rest of it stolen. She paid taxes on none of it.

Mason was so busy stealing from her own company and living her lavish life, that she failed to make sure the residents in her nursing home were being properly cared for. The inspections by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services that shut the facility down found “dire conditions” within the home, involving the health and safety of residents. They were also tipped off by employees of possible medicare fraud.

Victims of Nursing Home Abuse: Seek Help!

Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in nursing homes and other long term care facilities. And as you’ve read, it’s not always physical abuse. In Havenwood’s case, much of the nursing home abuse was in the form of theft and fraud. If you or a loved one have suffered any kind of nursing home abuse or negligence, you’ll need to seek the assistance of a nursing home abuse attorney. The nursing home abuse attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are eager to represent you and help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us for a free case evaluation, or simply call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.