Elderly woman dies after tragic fall

Nursing home neglect lawyers report that the Estate of Elizabeth Street is suing Country Cottage Assisted Living after Street died at the age of 93 following an incident that occurred while she was living at the facility. On October 24, the home was having a fire drill. Street was taken outside in a wheelchair during the drill and somehow the chair rolled down a hill into a ditch. According to the suit, the elderly woman was found at the bottom of the hill face down in water. She was taken to the hospital where she died of aspiration pneumonia three days later. The lawsuit is claiming that the nursing home employees were negligent because … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers Educate on the Signs of Neglect

Nursing home neglect lawyers know that cases of neglect can be just as damaging to the physical and mental health of the elderly as cases of abuse. Neglect is indeed a form of abuse, a crime of omission; failing to provide proper and necessary care is as serious as physical or emotional abuse. It is important to keep an eye on your elderly loved ones and look out for the indicators of neglect and report it right away. According to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, it is important to remember that some of the signs indicate a lifestyle and should be viewed as a whole and prompt you to look for patterns that suggest … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers: Estate Awarded $5.2 Million

Nursing home neglect lawyers convinced an Arkansas court to award the estate of Martha Bull $5.2 million in damages for pain, suffering and mental anguish. Bull died at the Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on April 7, 2008 at the age of 76 after the home was negligent in her treatment by failing to act on a doctor’s orders to transfer her to a hospital. Woman Dies after Cries of Pain are Ignored Bull was admitted to the facility on March 28, 2008 for 30 days of rehabilitation after suffering a stroke. On the night of April 6, she began suffering from severe abdominal pain, sweating, and inability to make a bowel movement. … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Update on Woman who Suffered Head Injuries

The nursing home abuse lawyers at Messa & Associates recently reported on Sammie Berry, an 88-year-old wheelchair bound woman with Alzheimer’s, who was injured in an incident at the Kaufman Healthcare Center nursing home where she suffered a huge gash on her forehead and severe bruising to her face. The facility misled the family regarding the severity of the injuries and the elderly woman remained in a coma at a local hospital. Investigators have since arrested James Seaton, a certified nurse at the nursing home, on charges of felony aggravated assault-injury to an elderly person. Man Arrested for Assaulting Elderly Woman According to … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: Woman Suffers Mysterious Head Injuries

It is important to have a good relationship with the staff and nurses of the facility where your loved one is living. Nursing home abuse lawyers too often see families being misled by the facility staff regarding the injuries suffered at a nursing home. We encourage you to visit often and ask as many questions as possible, especially if an injury has occurred. Facility Misleads Family Regarding Severity of Injuries Police are currently investigating an incident at the Kaufman Healthcare Center nursing home where Sammie Berry, 88 years old, got a huge gash on her forehead that turned most of her face black and blue. Berry was discovered … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers: Lack of Supervision Leads to Burns

Nurses and staff of long term care facilities have to monitor the residents very carefully. It is their job to make sure they remain safe and to do their best to keep them healthy as long as they can. Unfortunately nursing home neglect lawyers see many cases where the staff fails to monitor the residents closely enough and horrible accidents occur. Man Caught on Fire While Smoking An elderly male resident of University Park Nursing and Rehabilitation caught fire while he was smoking a cigarette outside of the nursing home facility. The man, who was in his early 70s, suffered several burns to his body during the incident. According to … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers: Director Covers Up Missing Resident

As nursing home neglect lawyers we try to report on all forms of abuse and neglect. Facilities need to monitor high-risk patients very carefully to make sure they are kept safely in the home and do not get into dangerous situations. An elderly man is missing from the Bishop Charles Waldo Maclean Episcopal Nursing facility in Queens, NY. On May 26, 74 year old Alan Frazer, who suffers from high blood pressure and dementia, went missing from the facility. The former director of the home, Juliet Clifford, allegedly failed to call 911 to report the missing man. She then falsified records to cover up that he was missing and told investigators that … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: Students Develop Elder Abuse App

Students from the Elder Justice & Policy program at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota have developed a mobile app designed to help provide support to the first responders and law enforcement to identify and address potential abuse. The app contains tools on how to recognize signs of abuse, approaches and strategies to interviewing victims of elder abuse and information on the laws that protect vulnerable adults. As elder abuse lawyers it is exciting to see law students taking the initiative to further the resources in the fight against elder abuse. Students Research How Technology Can Help the Elderly The … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers Define Neglect

There is a difference between nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. According to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, neglect is the failure of caregivers to fulfill their responsibilities to provide needed care. Nursing home neglect lawyers know that cases of neglect may often seem less damaging than cases of abuse, but not receiving the necessary care can cause severe detriment to the health of anyone, especially an elderly person. These cases should not be tolerated and need to be reported. Our society's  elderly citizens should be treated with respect and if, as caretakers, we become unfit to maintain the … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: Facility Wrongly Assumed DNR

When you have a loved one in a nursing home you are relinquishing control to the facility staff. As nursing home abuse lawyers, our biggest piece of advice is that you communicate your loved one's wishes to the staff as often as possible. Deciding to sign a DNR (do not resuscitate) is a very personal decision, and obviously something that requires much consideration. Nursing Home Did Not Try to Revive Elderly Woman Casa Mora Rehabilitation and Extended Care has been fined and placed on conditional licensure status after it was found that staff committed a series of errors involving the death of a resident in December. According to Shelisha … [Read more...]