Nursing Home Abuse Exposé: Cumberland Manor

As nursing home abuse lawyers in Philadelphia and New Jersey, we continue to review the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services reports regarding the inspection of nursing homes and long term care facilities. These reports are like a report card for the nursing homes in New Jersey and can help us see which homes are providing quality care, and which nursing homes are riddled with deficiencies and signs of nursing home abuse and neglect. Today’s post has to do with a facility in Bridgeton, Cumberland County, New Jersey. The name of this nursing home is the Cumberland Manor, and it has 196 long term patient beds under its care.

Cumberland Manor in Bridgeton, NJ Fails Inspections

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers expose cumberland manor citationsThe Cumberland Manor nursing home had 2 routine inspections from November 2008 through October 2010. During those 2 inspections Cumberland Manor was cited for 26 deficiencies. Many of the deficiencies cited were considered to either show a pattern or be widespread. Among them were citations for medication error rates of 5% or more, food sanitation and preparation issues, and citations for a pattern of abuses regarding the dignity and respect of the individual patients.

There were also citations for abuse and neglect policies, violations of the life safety code standards, and nutrition maintenance issues. In some of these deficiencies, although no actual harm was found, the potential for more than minimal harm was cited. During this same time period, there were 7 different complaint inspections leading to 2 cited deficiencies. This Cumberland County nursing home had a total of 28 deficiencies cited in this 2 year period.

As we always indicate, homes with this type of citation history must be looked at carefully. Lack of proper care standards often lead to nursing home abuse and neglect occurring. It is imperative to review the state’s Division of Health Facilities and Evaluation and Licensing at before placing a loved one in a nursing home’s care.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is currently residing in a nursing home or long term care facility, and you are concerned with the quality of care they are receiving, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. you may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the Mininno Law Office team earn you the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Nursing Home Abuse Exposé: South Jersey Health Care Center

As New Jersey and Philadelphia attorneys with a focus on nursing home abuse, we are always concerned with the well being of nursing home patients housed in long term care facilities in New Jersey. We have recently been reviewing reports published by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services regarding the evaluation and licensing of nursing homes and other types of long term care facilities. It is a major concern of ours when we find reports that indicate various violations that are indicative of nursing home abuse.

South Jersey Health Care Center receives Unsatisfactory Ratings

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers south health care centerToday we are reporting about the South Jersey Health Care Center located in Camden, New Jersey. This is a nursing home that has 120 long term care patient beds. In a two year period, from November 2008 until October 2010, this nursing home was inspected on two separate occasions. During those inspections, the nursing home was cited for 16 separate violations. These violations included failure to meet proper safety code standards, lack of proper housekeeping and maintenance services, and food and nutritional issues. Many of the violations were found to occur often, and at least one of the violations was considered immediate jeopardy to residents’ health and safety.

One of the violations concerned the neglect that causes initial acquisition and later worsening of bed sores or pressure ulcers. As indicated in some of our earlier posts, the procurement of a bed sore is nursing home neglect and should not occur if the nursing home staff is properly trained and fulfilling their jobs at the proper level. In the case of the South Jersey Health Care Center located in Camden, there are enough violations to warrant a family’s close monitoring while a loved one remains in the home’s care. As always, it is important to review any nursing home that you may have in mind before your loved one is entered as a resident, and to monitor the nursing home for abuses during their residency.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is currently a resident at a nursing home or long term care facility and you feel that the care they are receiving may be negligent or abusive, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Don’t let your loved one become another victim of negligent and inadequate nursing homes.

Let the Mininno Law Office team earn you the compensation you deserve.

New Jersey Nursing Home Exposé: Stratord Nursing & Convalescent Center

As nursing home abuse lawyers practicing in Philadelphia and New Jersey, it is important that we help educate readers on nursing home abuse and the safety of the local nursing homes. Today we want to share the importance of researching and reviewing nursing home inspections. The Department of Health and Senior Service’s Division of Health Facilities Evaluation and Licensing” conduct routine inspections of New Jersey Nursing Homes. A review of these published reports can help identify care facilities with a pattern of abuse and neglect.

Stratford Nursing & Convalescent Center

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers Spotlight Abusive careToday, we are reporting on the Stratford Nursing & Convalescent Center located in Stratford, New Jersey. The latest published report shows all of the violations found during the routine inspections for the two year period between November 2008 and October 2010. The Stratford Nursing & Convalescent Center had 33 cited nursing home violations on the two combined inspection dates. The facility’s citations included safety code violations, life safety code standard violations, and others related to abuse and neglect. The level of violations were mainly rated as being pattern or widespread violations, with at least four considered to cause immediate jeopardy to the residents health or safety. Stratford’s ratings are a sure cause for concern, and it is quite clear that immediate corrective action needs to be taken. The facility’s noncompliance with one or more standards has caused, or is likely to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to a patient or resident.

These reports are a very effective tool when evaluating which long term nursing home a loved one should be placed in. It is also important to review these reports periodically to make sure the facility is not showing signs of abuse or neglect. Facilities that show a widespread pattern of safety violations are often the same nursing homes with patients that develop malnutrition and bed sores, and receive other neglectful and abusive treatment.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is a resident of a nursing home that provides negligent, abusive, or sub-standard care, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856)833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Do not let abusive treatment go unnoticed or unpunished.

New Jersey Governor Signs bill concerning Patient Safety


When a Patient goes in to the hospital, they expect and deserve to receive the proper medical care and attention. Most patients believe they will be better when they leave the hospital than when they came in to the hospital. Unfortunately, there have been many times where a patient comes in with one illness or problem and leaves with a new and different illness because of medical malpractice.  For example, otherwise healthy patients have been known to leave hospitals with factures, punctures, transfusion reactions, drama from birth and even surgery done in the wrong place. This has caused many patients much more worry and pain than before they entered a hospital.

 New Jersey is now one  of the first States to take action on this problem  In fact the Governor of New Jersey signed a bill yesterday, August 31, 2009 that will require the Department of Health and Human Services to report safety measures for patients on a hospital by hospital basis. This bill will also help protect patients from being charged for a hospital’s medical error.  This bill means that each hospital and all their procedures will be checked and reported on annually and then additional safety indicators may be regulated by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services. The Department of Heath and Senior Services will include the following patient safety indicators in their reports:

  • forgein body left during a procedure
  • post operative hip facture (a facture after surgery)
  • latrogenic pneumothorax
  • postoperative hemorrhage or hematoma
  •  postoperative deep vein thrombosis or pulmnary embolism
  • postoperative sepsis
  • postoperative wound hiscence
  •  accidental pucture or laceration
  • transfusion reaction
  • Obstetric trauma- vaginal delivery with instrument
  • Obstetric trauma- vaginal delivery without instrument
  • air embolism
  • surgery on the wrong side, wrong body part, or wrong person, or wrong surgery performed on a patient

This list consists of concerns and conditions that can happen to a patient if the hospital is not following safety regulations. Some of these are minor and some of them are very serious. Never the less, they are all very important are things that should “never” happen in a hospital. They are called the “never events” for this reason.

 The Commissioner may consider recommendations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the Commissioner requesting studies from the Quality Improvement Advisory Committee on how to get public reports on patient infections, bed sores,  ulcers, or falls by patients while in hospital care. 

This bill signed by the Governor yesterday on August 31, 2009 is another step towards better patient rights and patient care. After all, when you enter a hospital as a patient you should know that you are getting the best care possible. If you are not, you should be able to fight for your right to better patient care and services.

If you feel that your rights have been violated under this new bill, contact a New Jersey Malpractice lawyer,  right away for help regarding your rights.

 For more information regarding this bill and your rights you may visit:

New Jersey State Legislature