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As a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse attorney, I am providing a continuation in our series of posts involving the subject of nursing home abuse and, particularly, tips for the prevention of bedsores and pressure ulcers. In our last post, I provided nursing home patients and their family members with Tip #2 to help prevent the serious medical problems that result from nursing home abuse and bedsores.
These tips are helpful because prevention is always the best medicine when it comes to protecting nursing home patients from bedsores or pressure ulcers.

Tip #3 for Preventing Bedsores and Pressure Ulcers

A third tip from nursing home abuse lawyers which will help prevent pressure ulcers or bedsores is to:

Identify any and all potential factors that could increase the risk in a nursing home patient of developing a bedsore or pressure ulcera.

For example, a major factor that exposes a patient to bedsores or pressure ulcers is moisture in a bed. new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers third tip prevent bedsoresAs New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers, we hear from nursing home patients and their families that nursing home staff members do not change the bedding or sheets on a regular basis and, in particular, do not change the nursing home sheets when they become wet.

Nursing home bed sheets frequently become wet when a patient is incontinent. Incontinence can be caused by a decreased mental state, decreased mobility, or medications that increase urination. Other times, sheets become wet when patient have difficulty feeding themselves, and food and drink end up in their beds.

The moisture that results from wet bedding can lead to pressure ulcers or bedsores. As such, bedsore and pressure ulcer prevention requires nursing home staff members to frequently check residents’ bedding to ensure that it is clean and dry. If, as a nursing home patient or family member, you discover that bed sheets contain moisture, promptly insist that the nursing home staff change the bedding before the patient is placed back into the bed. No one likes to lie in a wet bed, but if a nursing home patient is forced to do so, it will put that patient at a greater risk for pressure ulcers or bedsores.

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Neglecting to change resident bed sheets is just another sign of potential nursing home abuse, and any nursing home abuse should be reported to the New Jersey Ombudsman. After reporting the abuse to the ombudsan, 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.
A nursing home abuse lawyer will be necessary to seek full and fair compensation for negligence and abuse in a nursing home or long term care facility.

As a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse attorney, I have recently posted on many topics involving nursing home abuse, especially in the areas of the prevention of pressure ulcers and bedsores. In our last post, we provided you with Tip #1 for avoiding bedsores.
It is our hope that these nursing home abuse and bedsore prevention tips will help nursing home patients and their families prevent pressure ulcers and bedsores from developing in a nursing home setting.

Tip#2 for Preventing Bedsores

A second tip from nursing home abuse lawyers to assist in the prevention of bedsores or pressure ulcers is to make up your own bed sore or pressure risk assessment daily chart and place it in the nursing home patient’s room. This risk assessment chart can be little more than a 8 x 11 calendar page printed from the internet which includes the following:

  1. The date;
  2. A line to indicate whether or not a nursing home worker has performed a pressure ulcer or bedsore risk assessment of the patient;
  3. A line to indicate what bed sore or pressure ulcer Braden score (see our latest blog about the Braden Scale) has been given to the nursing home patient by the nursing home staff; and
  4. A line for the nursing home staff member’s initials.

As nursing home abuse lawyers, we think this simple chart will help prevent bedsore or pressure ulcers from ever developing (enlarge it by clicking on the next miniature):


Download it (Right Click – Save as)

Why Will A Chart Assist in the Prevention of Bedsores?

Because, by law, a nursing home is not required to perform a daily pressure ulcer or bedsore skin assessment. The law only requires a pressure ulcer or bedsore skin assessment upon admission and at regular intervals, or with a change in condition. This law is the bare minimum standard of care required of a nursing home to prevent bedsores and pressure ulcers.
However, as New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers, we encourage nursing home patients and their family members to insist that nursing homes provide the best bed sore or pressure ulcer preventive care – not just minimal care. So, although it may seem odd to have your own home made bed sore or pressure ulcer risk assessment chart in your room, this is the best way to ensure that the nursing home staff is properly assessing you or your family member for bedsores or pressure ulcers.

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Bedsores and pressure ulcers cause the deaths of many residents in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Bedsores are very susceptible to infection, and for those whose immune systems are already weak, those infections can become impossible to fight off. Bedsore prevention is certainly key to a high quality of life for a nursing home resident.
If you or a loved one have suffered nursing home abuse, 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.

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

Nursing Home Abuse Leads to Unstageable Bedsores

new jersey philadelphia Nursing home abuse lawyers represent patients unstageable bedsoresIn our recent nursing home abuse post, we provided details regarding various forms of pressure ulcers and bedsores. These posts have provided information from a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home lawyer regarding Stage I, Stage II, Stage III and Stage IV pressure ulcers and bedsores. These four stages are the common types of nursing home abuse pressure ulcers and bedsores we encounter with our clients. However, some pressure ulcers cannot be categorized in the pressure ulcer or bedsore staging system above. These pressure ulcers or bedsores are called “unstageable“.
Sadly, as a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawfirm, we are called upon to represent patients and family members of patients who have asked what it means to have an “unstageable” bedsore or pressure ulcer.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Describe “Unstageable” Bedsores

According to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), an unstageable bedsore is defined as the following:

Full thickness tissues loss in which the base of the ulcer is covered by slough (yellow, tan, grey, green or brown) and/or eschar (tan, brown or black) in the wound bed.

A further description from the NPUAP indicates that:

…until enough slough and/or eschar is removed to expose the base of the wound, the true depth, and therefore stage, cannot be determined. Stable (dry, adherent, intact without erythema or fluctuance) eschar on the heels serves as the body’s natural (biological) cover and should not be removed.

Therefore, if a nursing home tells you that a patient has an “unstageable” pressure ulcer, this merely means that the pressure ulcer has a scab on it (as described above) which does not permit a nursing home medical staff member to properly assess the depth and stage. However, an “unstageable” pressure ulcer is a serious medical problem. If you or a family member is in a nursing home and has a “unstageable” pressure ulcer you should demand that the patient be transferred to a medical facility for proper medical care.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

As a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawfirm, we strongly encourage patients to be proactive in their pressure ulcer and bedsore care. Once you have your loved one transferred to the proper medical facility, 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.
You have paid a lot of money a rehab center or care facility and entrusted their staff with the life of your loved one. Bedsores are painful and potentially fatal complications that should not be taken lightly, and you may be entitled to compensation.

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

Nursing Home Abuse Costs a Man His Leg

In Washington state, a man lost a limb due to nursing home abuse and negligence.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Protect the Helpless

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers patrick carson Patrick Carson is a schizophrenic who has spent most of his life in care facilities and rehab institutions. He was in his sixties when he entered the Burien Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in King County, Washington, and reports from the home show he also suffers from dimentia and heart disease. In October, 2009, Carson fell out of his bed and landed near a baseboard heater positioned dangerously close to his bed. His left leg landed directly on the heater. He laid there long enough to sustain third degree burns to much of the left leg and right foot. The injuries were so bad that the left leg had to be amputated.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Fight Negligence

Yes, the incident could be regarded as simply an unfortunate accident, but not considering Carson’s history as a patient at Burien. The complaint filed against the home states that an alarm was supposed to be attached to Carson’s body that would sound should he fall out of bed. The home maintains that the alarm was present, but was crushed in the fall and therefore did not sound. Carson’s attorney questions the presence of an alarm at all, claiming that an alarm was prescribed after the fall and the burns took place.

The home also claims that due to peripheral neuropathy and a supplement for neuropathy called Nerve Renew, Carson did not feel pain and therefore did not scream after the fall, explaining the delayed response. But Carson’s guardian, Loralee McDonnell-Williams, will testify that he had total sensation in his knee when stitches were being removed, meaning he could indeed feel pain. A state investigator also stated that Carson communicated pain during a wound check.

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Patrick Carson lost a limb to negligent and inadequate care at a home his family entrusted with his life. Everyday, nursing homes and long term care facilities fall short on their promises to effectively care for the people that reside there.
If your loved one has been harmed by a negligent or abusive nursing home, 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. Let the Mininno Law Office team earn you the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.

Nursing Home Abuse – Stage IV Bedsores

This post is the fourth in a series of posts dealing with the most common form of nursing home abuse – the development of bedsores and pressure ulcers.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Explain Bedsores

In our previous three posts, we discussed the types of nursing abuse that can lead to a Stage I, Stage II, or Stage III bedsore or pressure ulcer. Hopefully, those posts were helpful to anyone who has a loved one currently residing in a nursing home or long term care facility.
As a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyer, I am typically called to investigate a case involving a bedsore in it’s most serious and life-threatening stage: Stage IV . Stage IV pressure ulcers and bedsores can lead to serious life threatening medical problems and wrongful death.

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel has defined a Stage IV pressure ulcer as the following:

Full thickness tissue loss with exposed bone, tendon or muscle. Slough or eschar may be present on some parts of the wound bed. Often including undermining and tunneling.

In its further description, it indicates that a Stage IV pressure ulcer or bedsore varies in its depth based upon the anatomical location. Stage IV ulcers can extend into the muscles and/or supporting structures and can even cause bone infection.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Fight for Victims of Stage IV Bedsores

A Stage IV pressure ulcer is the most life-threatening type of pressure ulcer. new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers explain bedsores stage IVThese pressures ulcers and bedsores can be caused by nursing home abuse such as:

  • Improper turning and repositioning.
  • Improper skin assessments to check for pressure ulcers and bedsores.
  • Improper medical attention directed at pressure ulcers and bedsores.
  • Poor nutrition which contributes to bed sore progression.
  • Failure to immediately transfer any patient who has a Stage IV bedsore.

Residents suffering from these injuries are generally in grave danger. Bedsores of this degree are highly susceptible to infection, and that infection is often a cause of death for a patient with a stage IV bedsore.

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A bedsore that has progressed to stage IV is a sure sign of nursing home abuse and negligence. These wounds are life threatening and absolutely brought on by continued neglect. If your loved one is a resident in a nursing home, and is suffering from a bedsore at any stage, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. Our attorneys are exceptionally skilled in earning full and fair compensation for victims of nursing home abuse and negligence.
You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the team at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compensation you need and deserve.

Nursing Home Abuse – Stage III Bedsores

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers explain bedsores stage IIIThis post is the third in a series of posts dealing with the most common form of nursing home abuse – the development of pressure ulcers and bedsores. In our previous two posts, we discussed the nursing home abuse that can lead to a Stage I bedsore followed by a Stage II bedsore. Hopefully, that nursing home abuse information was helpful to any person or family who has had a loved one suffer from a pressure ulcer or a bedsore caused by nursing home neglect. Sadly, Stage I and Stage II ulcers are not the most common types of nursing home abuse cases we handle as a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawfirm. We typically deal with cases involving Stage III and Stage IV – the most serious and life-threatening pressure ulcers.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Represent Victims of Stage III Bedsores

According to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), a Stage III pressure ulcer or bedsore is defined as:

Full thickness tissue loss. Subcutaneous fat may be visible but bone, tendon or muscle are not exposed. Slough may be present but does not obscure the depth of the tissue loss. May include undermining and tunneling.

As we detailed in our previous posts, prevention is always the best medicine. All nursing home staff should be trained and experienced in selecting an appropriate support surface to help with redistribution, sheer reduction, and microclimate control. Typically, nursing home abuse consists of the failure of untrained, overworked, and underpaid nursing home staff to meet their legal obligations to properly perform skin assessment, and properly turn and reposition patients who are at a risk for development of pressure ulcers and bedsores. Sadly, some studies suggest that nearly 30% of all nursing home residents have a form of bedsore. When a nursing home abuse case involves a patient with a Stage III ulcer, it is always a serious medical problem, and is usually a clear sign of nursing home neglect.

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A Stage III pressure ulcer is a serious medical condition which, if not properly treated, could lead to a life-threatening Stage IV ulcer. In addition, if not properly treated, a Stage III pressure ulcer could become infected, and a nursing home patient could be at serious risk of systemic infection which can lead to wrongful death.
If you or a family member have been in a nursing home or an assisted care facility and have developed a Stage III bedsore, you should immediately 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 compensation you need a deserve.

Nursing Home Abuse: Stage II Bedsores

As a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawfirm, we think it is important to advocate for people and families who have suffered from horrible bedsores and pressure ulcers caused by nursing home abuse. In a previous post, we reviewed the bedsore and pressure ulcer classification scale which has been established by the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). We also reviewed for you the first stage in the evolution of a pressure ulcer – stage I. In this post, we will cover the secondary evolution of a pressure ulcer or a bedsore – stage II.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Protect Bedsore Victims

Hopefully, a Stage I bedsore can be promptly treated by nursing home medical staff to prevent its progression to Stage II. However, because many staff in nursing homes are poorly trained, overworked, and underpaid, many patients with a Stage I pressure ulcer will develop a Stage II pressure ulcer. We believe this development is a direct result of nursing home neglect. That is, if medical personnel and nursing home staff are doing their jobs, a Stage II bedsore should not develop.

According to the NPUAP, a Stage II bedsore is defined as

Partial thickness loss of dermis presenting as a shallow open ulcer with a red pink wound bed, without slough. May also present as an intact or open/ ruptured serum filled blister.

In addition, a Stage II bedsore or pressure ulcer is further described as presenting as a shiny or dry shallow ulcer without slough or bruising.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Urge Bedsore Prevention

As a nursing home abuse lawyer, only a small amount of my cases involve Stage II pressure ulcers. When called in to investigate a nursing home abuse case involving a patient with a Stage II pressure ulcer or bedsore, I typically find that the Stage II ulcer was completely preventable and avoidable with good and proper care. Fortunately, there are some basic and well-recognized treatment care plans which will significantly reduce the risk of a Stage II pressure ulcer developing into a Stage III. Those treatment options include,

  1. Regular and proper dressing changes to observe the pressure ulcer for any change or signs or symptoms of infection;
  2. Referral of all patients with a pressure ulcer to a dietician to ensure proper nutrition, vitamins and supplements to improve healing;
  3. new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers bedsores stage II

  4. Provision of proper support surfaces, such as replacing existing mattresses with a support surface that provides better pressure redistribution, sheer reduction, and a microclimate control of the patient.
  5. Provision of positioning devices and incontinence pads that are compatible with the support surfaces which can encourage and improve offloading of weight on the Stage II pressure ulcer.
  6. Turning and repositioning frequency to continuously monitor the Stage III ulcer and, to reduce friction, pressure and sheer on the Stage II ulcer;
  7. Adequate transfer aids to reduce friction and sheer while patients are repositioning. These aids, should permit the patient to be lifted, not dragged while repositioning.
  8. Use of a pressure redistribution cushion in a chair for individuals who are able to ambulate in a wheelchair.
  9. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, repositioning of the patient is positioned to be off of the bedsore area.

All of these interventions, and more, have long been part of the standard of care for nursing homes. Unfortunately, many nursing home staff have not been adequately trained to employ these interventions and they are not utilized in patient care. The failure to employ well-known and effective medical interventions to a person in a nursing home, is nursing home abuse.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one have suffered from a bedsore or pressure ulcer in a nursing home or long term care facility, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. The nursing home abuse lawyers at the Mininno Law Office are experienced and skilled in holding negligent nursing homes responsible for harming their residents. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadlephia.

Let the Mininno Law Ofice team earn you the full and fair compensation that you need and deserve.

nursing home abuse lawyers new jersey philadelphia exposedAccording to a recent report by the American Association for Justice, civil lawsuits help uncover nursing home abuse and insurance company offenses. “Where regulatory and legislative bodies have been unable to cope with this distressing rise of neglect and abuse of our elderly, the civil justice system has stepped into the breach,” said AAJ President Gibson Vance.This statement is contained in the report, Standing Up For Seniors: How the Civil Justice System Protects Elderly Americans. The report outlines how, through litigation, trial attorneys across the country have uncovered evidence of corporate programs aimed at terminating seniors’ benefits as well as evidence of nursing home abuse and neglect.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers are Champions of Neglected Seniors

As a New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyer, Donald Browne agrees with the report’s identification of a common theme of “abuse by insurance companies taking advantage of senior citizens.” Mr. Vance noted that “[c]orporate nursing homes and insurance companies have continually chosen to put profits ahead of the well-being of our most vulnerable population and that because governmental oversight of these problems was simply not feasible in all or even most cases, the civil justice system and trial lawyers have stepped in to fill the gaps“.

At the Mininno Law Office, we have spoken with hundreds of families distressed about the care their loved one receives at a nursing home. The families are upset about the lack of professionalism and lack of compassion. The attitudes of nursing home staff starts at the top and makes its way down to nursing home employees responsible for the most basic of human needs – nutrition, hydration, hygiene, and comfort. Donald Browne has questioned countless nursing home employees under oath – including owners, medical directors, administrators, directors of nursing, nursing supervisors, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, dieticians and physical therapists. The culture of the nursing home commonly starts with a corporate policy of maximizing profits, even to the detriment of the residents for which the nursing home promised good care.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Donald Browne

Donald Browne agrees with the AAJ report that laws passed to protect nursing home residents and government investigators hired to protect nursing home residents are not enough to prevent nursing homes from carelessly injuring our loved ones for their own financial gain. In many cases, our client’s injuries seem to be treated as a “cost of doing business.

Donnie Browne sees the following types of injuries to nursing home residents, despite the promises of nursing homes to take care of those people whose families can no longer safely care for:

1. Burns and Scalding nursing home abuse lawyers new jersey philadelphia donnie browne
2. Dehydration and Malnutrition
3. Avoidable Bedsores and Pressure Ulcers
4. Fluid Overload
5. Aspiration Pneumonia
6. Septic Shock
7. Broken Hips, Pelvises & Bones from Avoidable Falls
8. Physical Abuse from Staff and Other Residents
9. Mental Abuse from Staff
10. Verbal Abuse from Staff
11. Sexual Abuse from Staff and Other Residents
12. Inappropriate Medications and Medication Errors
13. Inappropriate Sedation
14. Physical Restraints
15. Choking and Strangulation
16. Gangrene & Sepsis
17. Poor Hygiene
18. Contracture
19. Wandering and Elopement
20. Wrongful Death

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These injuries are not what families pay for or expect when they trust a nursing home or long term care facility with the lives of their loved ones. If your loved one was neglected or abused at a nursing home or long term care facility, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. Donald Browne is experienced in the toughest of nursing home cases and will work hard to earn you full and fair compensation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Fight Bedsores

As a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawfirm, many people come to us after their loved ones have developed bedsores while residents at a nursing home or an assisted care facility.

Nursing Home Abuse and Bedsores

Medically speaking, a bedsore is more accurately referred to as a pressure sore or pressure ulcer. new jersey philadelphia lawyers against bedsoresThe Mayo Clinic defines these as areas of damaged or dying tissue in skin that results when pressure restricts or cuts off the blood supply to vulnerable parts of a patient’s body such as the skin of the buttocks, the lower back, the hips, the heels, and the toes. If blood flow is compromised and there is not adequate oxygen from the compromised blood flow, the skin and tissue in this area ulcerates and eventually dies resulting in a bedsore. Bedsores can be superficial or they can be gaping wounds that go to the bone.

Bedsores are a huge risk when living in a nursing home. Research shows from 5 to almost 30% of patients in nursing homes and assisted care living facilities may have bedsores. That’s just an amazing statistic given the numbers of seniors living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Without question, bad nursing homes will cause bedsores and pressure ulcers.

How does Nursing Home Abuse Cause Bedsores?

Why are patients in nursing homes much more likely to develop a bedsore than patients who are hospitalized or remain at home? The answer is simple. Because many Corporate Nursing homes put their shareholder’s profit over the very people they are supposed to be providing care for. How?
1. By hiring the lowest paid caregivers who, many times, are inexperienced and do not have adequate training; and
2. By also cutting back on a number of staff members who provide care.

Although laws require nursing homes to provide an adequate number of staff members to provide for the needs of the nursing home patients, many nursing homes or long term care facilities only hire the minimum number of staff required by state law where they are operating. This number is not related to patient needs, but just enough to meet state requirement. That’s like bragging about getting a D on an exam – it may meet the minimum standards, but it’s not good.

Nursing Home Abuse Prevention

Because being in a nursing home is one of the most significant risk factors in whether or not your loved one will or will not develop a bed sore, it is important that families be proactive with nursing homes and become a “patient advocate.” It takes a team effort to fight back against nursing home abuse. If possible, family members should visit their loved one on a daily basis and come at different times to ensure that the nursing staff is not just giving “face time” when they know family members will be present. Family members should do skin checks of their loved ones to see whether or not there is any redness or swelling which could be indicative of a developing pressure ulcer. Families should immediately, in writing, document any signs or symptoms of pressure ulcers. A copy of the documentation should be given to the nurse, the nursing home administrator, and the nursing home physician. Families should demand that the nursing home provide a care plan to address any potential bedsore. If the nursing home does not respond immediately to a potential developing pressure ulcer or bedsore, you should report this nursing home abuse to the ombudsman in your area.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in NJ and PA

If your loved one is receiving inadequate, abusive, or negligent care at a nursing home or long term care facility, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. The nursing home abuse lawyers at the Mininno Law Office are skilled in handling these cases, and earning victims and their families fair and necessary compensation. 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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Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Fight Scheme

Did you know that nursing home abuse can be lucrative? Insurance companies do! The economy is struggling. You and I, our families and friends, even big companies are struggling to stay alive in a toxic economic climate. The difference is, these insurance companies have corporate shareholders to keep at bay. Their answer? Cash in on nursing home residents’ insurance policies of course!

Nursing home abuse against scheme to make death profit

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Greedy Scrooge McDuck in the 1983 Disney animated feature

Remember when Ebenezer Scrooge died and his house cleaner sold his stuff to cash in? Well, insurance companies and nursing homes are now scheming to do the same to residents. It involves encouraging patients in long term care and assisted institutions to sell their policies for a discounted cash amount. The patients get a pittance of a return – which they can spend at the home for “care.” In exchange, the nursing homes and the insurance carriers get the insurance policies from the patients. These policies are then packaged and sold to Wall Street as future bonds. When the patient dies, Wall Street or the care facilities gets the payout. Talk about a conflict of interest! The longer the patient lives, the greater the cost to the nursing home and the smaller the profit on the policy. Conversly, if the patient dies just after the purchase, the care center reaps the profits.

Nursing home abuse and the “profits over people”

We believe that these institutions should be in the business of caring for our elderly loved ones, not stealing from them. They should not be in the business of leveraging a patient’s health and life as a commodity to be traded on the market. Such practices are depraved. But, this nursing home business IS big business, and as is often the case, “profits over people” is business as usual. Every day, we read about how nursing home abuse and negligence take the place of adequate and compassionate care, only to make an easier and quicker profit. People and their medical care should come first. We understand this and are ready to help you.

Nursing home abuse lawyers in NJ and PA

If you feel that your rights are being violated or that a loved one has not received proper care or may be a victim of nursing home abuse, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. The nursing home abuse lawyers at the Mininno Law Office will make sure that your loved ones’ voices are heard and their rights protected. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Make sure that care is put before profits and advocate for these rights. Let the Mininno Law Office team earn you the compensation you deserve.

Full NY Times article, Wall Street Pursues Profit in Bundles of Life Insurance