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elder abuse lawyersTheft is a huge problem in this country. Unfortunately, as elder abuse lawyers, we see too many of our elderly, vulnerable adults being taken advantage of because they are seen an easy target. As a whole, the elderly community is more trusting. They grew up in an era where theft and deception was less common as it is today. Around five million elderly adults are victims of abuse each year and financial abuse specifically is costing them $3 billion annually. There are resources to help you prepare yourself and your loved ones against financial elder abuse.

What is Financial Elder Abuse?

According to eldercare.govFinancial exploitation happens when someone illegally or improperly uses your money or property for their own benefit. This type of exploitation can be committed by someone you know or a complete stranger.” This can include:

  • Taking money or property
  • Forging the elderly person’s signature
  • Getting the vulnerable adult to sign a deed, power of attorney or will through deception
  • Using their property without permission
  • Using their credit cards without permission
  • Promising care or security for money without intending on fulfilling promise
  • Gaining elder’s confidence to con them out of money or property
  • Telemarketing scams where predator calls elder and uses deception or false claims to get them to send money

The best way to avoid these scams is to be prepared. The first step is knowing what financial abuse is and who is likely to commit these crimes. We will be following this post with several more to educate you on this form of elder abuse and the best ways to prevent yourself and your loved ones from falling victim to those looking to take advantage of your trusting nature.

Elder Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or your loved one has suffered financial abuse, negligence, and inadequacy it’s time to contact elder abuse lawyers. The team at Messa & Associates is dedicated to earning justice and compensation for those injured or worse by negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Call, toll-free, 1-800-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry. If you would like immediate assistance, click the CHAT LIVE icon to the right. A representative is present right now to answer your questions.

A lot of time and effort goes into choosing the right nursing home for your loved one. Location, cost, equipment, and staff are all important factors when considering what facility will become responsible for the life and care of your elderly loved one. But one thing we encourage as nursing home abuse attorneys is to trust your gut when choosing a facility. In most cases, as always, if something feels wrong , it probably is.

Family Notices Signs of Abuse Quickly and Takes Action

nursing home abuse attorneysMoraa’s Assisted Living, a nursing home in Collegedale, Tennessee, is shutting down after of a number of resident abuse cases have been reported.

The home was run by David and Agnes Machoka and their only employee, Margaret “Maggie” Adhiambo. Haley McDonald and Heidi McFarland found the home for 96 year-old Gertrude after doing research online. But, when they went to visit Gertrude after she had made her new home there, McDonald said something was “off.” “Mother complained to me quite a bit about what was going on at night when they were put to bed,” said McFarland. The women witnessed Adhiambo abusing Gertrude’s roommate, “I saw her, Maggie, throw the patient on the bed and push her down with her shoulders,” McDonald said. This was enough for the women to want their grandmother out of the home after a week, “I wanted her out of there. I said I don’t want to leave her there. I’ll go up there and pick her up myself, she’s not staying there and getting abused,” McDonald said. They removed Gertrude, took her to the hospital and notified the police. At the hospital the elderly woman was dehydrated and showed signs of abuse, “She had bruises on her,” McDonald says. “There were finger prints by her knees.” The police then found that the home was in violation of fire code and had neglected to correct numerous previous violations.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or your loved one have suffered nursing home abuse, negligence, and inadequacy it’s time to contact nursing home abuse attorneys. The team at Messa & Associates is dedicated to earning justice and compensation for those injured by negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Call, toll-free, 1-800-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry. If you would like immediate assistance, click the CHAT LIVE icon to the right. A representative is present right now to answer your questions.

Not all nursing homes are the same. There are many facilities with hardworking caretakers who are dedicated to giving the best care they can to their elderly residents. But unfortunately, there are nursing homes in this country that use the system for their own benefit at the expense of the sick and elderly in their care. As nursing home abuse attorneys, we have noticed more for-profit facilities taking these shortcuts for a financial gain.

Downside to For-Profit Facilities

nursing home abuse attorneysThese facilities will overbill Medicare for expensive care they should be providing and then cut corners to pocket the profits. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 30% of claims to Medicare from for-profit homes were found to be false, verses the 12% of false claims from not for profit homes. As both the amount of nursing home abuse cases and the number of for-profit homes grow, it is hard not to see a connection.

There is only so much federal funding available for the Medicare program. Obviously then, this limited budget is prematurely depleted when nursing homes abuse their position and cheat the system. By charging for treatment that isn’t or doesn’t need to be provided, guilty facilities are stealing from the innocent sick and elderly who may not get the care they need because of limited resources. Also, profits made by private homes go to the home’s investors rather than back to the resident care, like in nonprofit homes. When the facility’s main priority is making money rather than the well being of the elderly patients, abuse is more likely to occur.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or your loved one have suffered nursing home abuse, negligence, and inadequacy in a for-profit facility it’s time to contact nursing home abuse attorneys. The team at Messa & Associates is dedicated to earning justice and compensation for those injured by negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Call, toll-free, 1-800-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry. If you would like immediate assistance, click the CHAT LIVE icon to the right. A representative is present right now to answer your questions.

Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is more prevalent in hospitals and long term care facilities than many people are aware. Too many families have experienced the horror and sadness of discovering abuse after it is too late. But even after the abuse has occurred and, in some of the worst cases, the patient has died, the nursing home or caretaker must be held accountable. All too often, nursing home abuse lawyers find facilties withholding medical records to cover their grave mistakes.

Nursing Home Withholds Abused Patient’s Medical Records

nursing home abuse lawyersIn Oklahoma City, a family is still grieving the death of 96 year-old Eryetha Mayberry, but now they want answers. Mayberry was treated in the Quail Creek Nursing and Rehab Center. Before she died, one of her daughters placed a hidden camera in her room at Quail Creek and caught two employees abusing the elderly woman. The video helped their nursing home abuse lawyers get a conviction.

The elderly woman was badly hurt from the abuse. “They [are] supposed to make a record of every injury,” said Doris Racker, who is also one of Mayberry’s daughters. “And there were many injuries.” Now that Mayberry has died, her daughters have requested  their mother’s medical records from the facility but are being ignored. “I’ve been told that it had to be sent to the corporate office, that was the first excuse,” said Racker. “The second excuse was the paperwork wasn’t adequate, which it was. Everything was there!” The sisters are worried that the hospital is trying to hide something. “I’m sure that a lot of stuff may be erased now, since they have had them for so long,” said Racker. Legally, the hospital is required to provide the medical records when requested by the patient or family member if the patient is deceased. The concerns of Mayberry’s family are very real and should not be dismissed.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or your loved one have suffered nursing home abuse, negligence, and inadequacy, and are having a hard time getting answers or medical records from a hospital or facility it’s time to contact nursing home abuse lawyers. The team at Messa & Associates is dedicated to earning justice and compensation for those injured by negligence and abuse in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Call, toll-free, 1-800-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry. If you would like immediate assistance, click the CHAT LIVE icon to the right. A representative is present right now to answer your questions.

nursing home abuse lawyers, philadelphia nursing home abuse, nj nursing home negligence, elder abuse If you have spent any time at all combing the internet for news and/or advice regarding nursing home abuse, you’ve no doubt stumbled upon Jonathon Rosenfeld’s Nursing Home Abuse Blog. Through his frequent updates and pertinent analysis, Rosenfeld has established a real and dependable source for information and guidance aimed at helping victims and their families attain justice for wrongs perpetrated at nursing homes, by home health aids, or even by other family members. Nursing home abuse attorneys of Messa & Associates are proud to be among the company of Jonathon Rosenfeld in a common mission to protect the elderly from negligent care facilities.

Nursing Home Abuse Blog References Messa & Mininno

Recently, Jonathon referenced the Messa & Associates Blog in a post about fellow law firms taking into their own hands public education regarding what is and is not considered acceptable treatment in nursing homes and long term care facilities. Blog contributors John Mininno and Joseph Messa have been representing injured nursing home patients for over 10 years in hopes that their work against nursing homes and negligent caregivers would help the industry raise it’s standards and, in turn, protect our elderly community.

Abuse and negligence in nursing homes can often result in severe physical and emotional injuries and sometimes even death. Bedsores, unexplained bruises, weight loss, depression, and other unexplained symptoms could all be signs of abuse or negligence by the staff at a care facility.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is a resident of a nursing home and you suspect that the care they are receiving is negligent and/or abusive, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys from Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call, toll-free, at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.

Let the Philadelphia and New Jersey nursing home abuse attorneys of Messa & Associates earn you and your loved one the compensation you need and deserve.

nursing home abuse lawyers nj and paEarly last year our nursing home abuse lawyers wrote several blogs about the Quadrangle nursing home facility in Delaware County, PA and the alleged nursing home abuse of one of their residents, 78-year-old Lois McCallister. Officials found out about an incident where three orderlies were allegedly mocking and abusing the dementia patient, forcing her to walk around her room naked while they laughed at her. Lois McAllister’s family caught the abuse on tape, the facility lost their license, and the staff members involved were arrested and charged. The home’s parent company later entered into an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) and had their license reinstated.

Ayesha Muhammad, 19, Tyrina Griffin, 21, and Samirah Traynham, 22, were charged with simple assault, false imprisonment, harassment, and conspiracy and found not guilty on all counts by Judge Kevin F. Kelly. The Assistant District Attorney Robert Manzi tried to argue that the three caregivers were taunting, mocking, and physically abusing McCallister while they forced her to stand partially naked inside her room, as seen in the video. However, the defendant’s attorney successfully argued that the footage on the video only showed the three women struggling to get a difficult patient dressed.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is currently a resident at a nursing home or long term care facility, pay close attention to not only their condition, but also the care they are receiving. Your attentiveness is crucial to your loved one’s continued safety at a nursing home. If you are worried that the care they are receiving is indeed 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.

elder abuse lawyers in NJ and PAAbout a month ago, the elder abuse lawyers of the Mininno Law Office reported on an elderly woman who was being severely neglected by her adult son. Police found Carol Brown, 74, unresponsive in the home of her son James Owens, 52, and rushed her to the hospital but she died just days later. The responders described Brown as “a rotting corpse that was still breathing.” She was found fused to her chair surrounded by her own waste, with a swollen ankle wound containing maggots. It also became clear that Owens had not fed his mother in over a week. Brown’s daughter, Laura Sanders, is incredibly mad at her brother for allowing their mother to die in this way. She told officials “Knowing that she died and it may have been prevented? … I’m so far passed crying. I am just real mad! I’m beyond mad!

Adult Son Faces Charges For Mother’s Death

James Owens is now facing charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter for his mother’s death, as well as forgery after attempting to cash her Social Security check two days after her death. The medical examiner’s office reported that the autopsy showed the cause of death to be complications from sepsis due to neglect. Owens is being held on a $100,000, cash-only bond.

Elder Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is currently under the care of an individual or care facility and you have witnessed them being abused, you have noticed strange bruises, scratches or sores, or you fear that the care they are receiving may be considered negligent or abusive, our professional elder abuse lawyers can address your questions and concerns. 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.

Nursing home abuse is not only physical. Financial abuse is becoming more prevalent as the economy worsens. The elderly are a vulnerable and often trusting population and are therefore easy targets for financial abuse. Frequently checking into your loved ones accounts is vital in identity or other theft prevention. Be careful who you grant access to to these accounts. Even nursing home employees can have ill intentions.

Staff Member Steals $28,000 from 94 Residents

nursing home abuse in NJ and PAA Connecticut nursing home is being fined $3,000 after $27,472 was stolen from 94 residents by a staff member. The administrators of the Village Green of Waterbury discovered the theft in October. According to administrator Linda Garcia, the nursing home’s account manager had full access to the resident’s accounts. When a resident requested a withdrawal, she would make the withdrawal for more than the amount requested and keep the difference.

We asked her for an explanation. When she couldn’t provide one, we terminated her,” said Garcia.

The nursing home is currently in the process of reimbursing all of the residents. According to an inspection report by the state Department of Health, “money was withdrawn from cognitively impaired residents’ accounts without the responsible parties’ consent.

The facility is also guilty for another incident of nursing home abuse. In June of 2011, a nurse’s aide slapped a resident on the shoulder in order to wake him up and yelled “get out!” The resident happened to be the president of the resident’s council and reported the incident. There was an internal investigation held by the nursing home and the nurse’s aide was fired.

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

We recommend that you monitor your elderly loved ones finances closely to avoid financial abuse. If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility and you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, 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.

There are many excellent nursing home and long term care facility workers. Unfortunately, the bad ones overshadow the good ones with the abusive and neglectful treatment that they give the elderly residents they are supposed to care for. As nursing home neglect lawyers, we hear all different types of abuse ranging from the horrible cases that end in serious injury and even death to cases where the staff takes advantage of their power or the vulnerable elderly residents through inappropriate behavior.

CNAs Shared Cellphone Photo of Resident with Other Staff Members

nursing home neglect lawyers in NJ and PAThe Colonial Hills Nursing Center in Tennessee has undergone an investigation after two certified nursing assistants took an unauthorized photo on a cell phone of a resident and then forwarded the photo to “an undisclosed number of staff members” and one of the CNA’s teenage daughter. On July 22, the shoulders-up, fully clothed photo was taken after a clean brief fell on the resident’s head. They took the photo because they found the incident “humorous” and “endearing.” The picture was said to be blurry and the resident was not clearly identifiable. Both CNAs were fired and the facility was fined $6,000 from the state and $4,550 a day from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services until the violations are corrected. According to the report, the incident was “a violation of dignity” and the facility failed to protect the resident, enforce policies against employees using cellphones in patient areas and taking photos in the home, and to properly investigate the incident. The state suspended admissions to the nursing home after inspections found more violations. The facility submitted a plan for correcting their problems and the state lifted the suspension.

Nursing Home Neglect Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is currently a resident of a nursing home or care facility, pay attention to the quality of the nursing staff. If you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, 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.

Caretakers have an incredibly hard job taking care of the elderly on a daily basis. Often trusting a stranger feels too risky so someone close to the patient volunteers to take the role of caretaker. Even though most people want to believe that their loved ones wouldn’t take advantage of an elderly person’s vulnerable state, it happens every day. Elder abuse lawyers see situations all of the time where someone sees an opportunity to make some easy money from their elderly relative who in their mind doesn’t need the money anymore. No matter what the situation, this is still theft and elder abuse and should never be tolerated.

Granddaughter Gets Arrested for Exploiting and Stealing from Elderly Relative

elder abuse lawyers in NJ and PA52-year-old Lynda S. Hutcheson is being accused of stealing almost $12,000 from her 100-year-old grandmother’s bank accounts in just a few months. She is being charged with grand theft, 39 counts of criminal use of personal identification and exploitation of the elderly. Hutcheson moved in with her mother and grandmother in April and started stealing from her within weeks. After a July 20 incident at Score Credit Union bank where she withdrew funds without authorization, an investigation looked into Hutcheson. They discovered that Hutcheson would drive the victim on daily errands to pick things up for her and used her grandmother’s credit cards. She would also get a large amount of money out of the bank, buy small items for her grandmother and then save the rest of the money for herself. The bank contacted the victim’s family when the account was overdrawn and the situation became so bad that the missing money was originally reported by Hutcheson’s mother.

Elder Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one is currently being taken advantage of financially or physically, or they are a resident of a nursing home and you are worried that the care they are receiving is negligent, abusive, or inadequate, 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.