New Jersey and PA Nursing Home Abuse and OBRA Regulations

As a New Jersey nursing home abuse law firm, we constantly speak with nursing home abuse victims and/or their families. Many ask if Congress has been actively involved in the prevention of nursing home abuse. While the answer is indeed YES, more work is needed.

Nursing Home Abuse Regulations through OBRA

nursing home abuse attonreys in new jersey and philadelphiaAs far back as 1987, the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging held hearings to determine the scope of abuse that was occurring in nursing homes. The federal government deemed the nature and extent of the abuse occurring in nursing homes to be such a serious concern that at the same time, the United States Office of Inspector General further began an investigation designed to uncover whether or not nursing home abuse was widespread throughout this country’s long term care system. As a result of the Senate and the Inspector General’s investigations, Congress then enacted in the Ombudsman’s Reconciliation Act of 1987, or OBRA .

The act consisted of specific federal laws designed to protect the rights of nursing home patients. These regulations set forth patients’ rights to include an absolute right not to be abused physically or mentally by a nursing home staff. The nursing home guidelines in OBRA further sets specific nursing home guidelines that required nursing homes to set out medical policies, procedures, and practices to minimize patient injuries such as bedsores, malnutrition, falls, and other signs of neglect. Under OBRA, states are required to establish state nursing home departments where patients and their families can file complaints. These state nursing home regulatory agencies are also required to perform prompt investigations of any allegations of nursing home abuse, bed sores, pressure ulcers, bedsores, nursing home negligence and other nursing home quality-of-care issues.

Nursing Home Abuse Should be Reported Promptly!

As a New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyer, we typically advise our New Jersey nursing home law clients to file their complaints with the “Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly”. This office investigates allegations of bed sores, abuse and neglect of seniors, age 60 and older, who are living in nursing homes and other long-term healthcare facilities. Under New Jersey law, callers are entitled to anonymity, and the abuse investigation files are not open to the public. To file a complaint, you can call the 24 hour toll-free hotline at 1-877-582-6992, or email at

As a Pennsylvania nursing abuse lawyer, we advise our Pennsylvania nursing home law clients to file or report any allegation of abuse or neglect with the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Pennsylvania Department of Aging, 555 Walnut Street, Fifth Floor, P.O. Box 1089, Harrisburg, PA 17101, Phone (717) 783-7427, Fax (717) 772-3382 or the 24 hour state-wide elder abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505.

Though Congress’s OBRA protection laws have been around for over 25 years, it appears that Nursing Home abuse is still a systemic problem that continues to plague the quality of life of all seniors. As a nursing home abuse lawyer and advocate, we encourage Congress and States to continue to enact protections for the prevention of nursing home abuse.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one have suffered extensively due to the abusive or negligent actions of a nursing home or long term care facility, please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. The NJ and PA nursing home abuse lawyers at the Mininno Law Office are prepared to handle even the toughest cases, in order to earn you the compensation you need and deserve. You may also call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

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New Program Will help Prevent Medical Malpractice Caused by Miscommunication

medical malpractice negligence new jersey philadelphia attorneys miscommunicationAccording to a recent study, almost 80% of all serious medical malpractice events stem from poor communication during “patient hand-offs”. These errors are usually caused by the inadequate transfer of crucial patient information from one medical provider to another. Without the correct information about a patient’s current and past medical treatment, a doctor can make terrible mistakes that could lead to misdiagnosis, serious injury, or wrongful death.

In response to the results of this study, the Joint Commission (the agency that accredits U.S. Hospitals) has developed a “pilot program” that hospitals will begin instilling to help prevent errors that include practitioners treating patients without adequate knowledge of their condition and treatments. It is widely hoped that the program will assist in the reduction of medical errors during the patient transfer process, and subsequently reduce the amount of patient suffering due to medical malpractice.

NJ and PA Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If you or a loved one have suffered due to the unfortunate effects of medical malpractice, you will need the assistance of a medical malpractice attorney. At the Mininno Law Office, our NJ and PA medical malpractice attorneys are prepared to handle even the toughest cases.
Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Do not let negligent medical providers get away with their life altering mistakes. Let the Mininno Law Office team earn you the compensation you deserve!

Medical Malpractice leads to a 1.5 Million Dollar Verdict

In 2006, a 20 year old woman died after being misdiagnosed and released from a Chicago area ER. November 9, 2010, a Chicago jury awarded her family $1.5 million.

Medical Malpractice in a Chicago Hospital

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys misdiagnosis provena st. marys hospital deathMichelle L. Koenig went to the Emergency Room at Provena St. Mary’s Hospital with complaints of a skin condition that she did not recognize or know the cause of. The ER doctor, Timothy Moran, diagnosed her skin illness as simply a rash and sent Michelle home. Two days later, Michelle was dead.

Michelle was actually suffering from an aggressive form of Chickenpox and, tragically, Dr. Moran’s misdiagnosis lead to her death. In two days, the virus spread to her liver and she died shortly thereafter.
Dr. Moran’s inadequate examination led to the death of a 20 year old girl. It is likely that the ER was understaffed and Dr. Moran was working with a number of other patients, trying to give each adequate examinations, and failing when it came to Michelle Koenig.

So often, physicians, surgeons, and hospital workers are overworked, making it harder to perform their job to the best of their abilities. Understaffing plays a very large role in Medical Malpractice and it’s effects on the lives of many patients.

NJ and PA Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If you or someone you love has been affected by medical malpractice, specifically, misdiagnosis or surgical error, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Our New Jersey and Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys are experienced and ready to help you earn the compensation you deserve.