Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Oppose the Use of Chemical Restraints to Care for Dementia Patients

AThe use of chemical restraints is, unfortunately, nothing new. Nursing home abuse lawyers have long known that medication is often used to sedate and restrain residents. ABC News online recently published an article on the detrimental effects of a certain prescription often given to Dementia patients in nursing homes. Most of the time, these prescriptions are dispersed not only to sedate patients so they become more "manageable," but also to help the nursing home make money from the Medicaid reimbursements they receive for ordering the medication. Medication Causes Increased Death Risk in Dementia Patients study of over 75,000 … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Thrilled by American Nursing Homes Making Moves to Change Care

Our nations’ nursing homes are in dire need of help. Every day, nursing home abuse attorneys of Messa & Associates, P.C. are contacted by individuals regarding some form of abuse or negligence that a loved one endured in a nursing home. The importance of patient care seems to have dissipated and its priority replaced by money and business related needs. However, it seems there is has been a push for betterment in the nursing home industry. Advancing Excellence, NH Quality Campaign - a campaign created to encourage, assist, and empower nursing homes to improve the quality of life, prevent bed sores and pressure ulcers, and care for … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Disgusted by Maggot Infestations

A state advocacy group in Michigan is calling for increased oversight of state nursing homes, citing as their motive the growing instances of extreme nursing home abuse. One specific case mentioned a nursing home in Washtenaw County, Michigan where maggots infested one patient’s throat and another patient’s catheter. Clinical corporate staff members instructed the nurse who came upon the catheter infestation to document it as “debridement.” Debridement is a name for dead tissue, not maggots. The second maggot incident took place in an Oakland County care facility. Maggots obstructed the airway of a woman had been coughing. The maggots were … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Does the Law Do Its Job?

It is widely accepted that across the United States of America, many patients at one point or another are injured due to the carelessness of doctors. One study that has illustrated this point is the highly debated “Harvard Study”. That study concluded that in 1984, 99,000 patients in New York State suffered serious injuries while in hospitals.  Thirteen thousand of  those patients lost their lives. Other studies have had similar results regarding the injury of patients while in hospitals. The main issue that medical malpractice attorneys are confronted with each day is whether the law is doing a good enough job to protect these patients. The … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: A Matter of Common Knowledge

In order to successfully prove a medical negligence case, medical malpractice attorneys must prove that the doctor failed to live up to the appropriate standard of care. Generally, lawyers, on behalf of their clients, must call expert witnesses in order to establish the relevant standard of care that professionals are expected to fulfill. However, in many jurisdictions, plaintiffs may not need to present expert witnesses if the negligence undertaken by the doctor was “so grossly apparent, that a layman would have no difficulty recognizing it”. When Would a Layman Recognize Medical Malpractice? Expert testimony is not necessary to prove a … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys: Study Links Topiramate to Oral Birth Defects

While pregnant, women need to be especially careful about what foods and medications that they put into their bodies. Early in the first trimester, while many women are not even aware that they are pregnant, the baby is at a heightened risk for birth defects due to medications being ingested by their mother. Our birth defects attorneys have been writing for months about the drug Topamax and its connection to cleft lip and palate birth defects. Mothers Taking Active Ingredient in Topamax Three Times More Likely to have Children with Birth Defects A recent study called Comparative Safety of Topiramate During Pregnancy, performed by … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Examine the Pros and Cons of Litigation

Recently, there has been much debate over medical malpractice lawsuits and the potential need for tort reform across the United States. Although some experts are quick to “poo-poo” medical negligence cases as attacks on medical professionals, lawyers maintain that an individual’s right to sue is part of their bigger right to compensation for losses at the hands of others. Medical malpractice attorneys will point to certain social goals that are achieved by bringing these cases, while others may counter by pointing to the increased costs, strain on the court systems, and the high prices paid by doctors for some sort of defensive … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse: Employee Arrested for Health Care Fraud

As nursing home abuse lawyers, we write about the many different forms of nursing home abuse in order to bring awareness to this serious issue. Most nursing home abuse cases are about abuse of power, whether that is through physical or mental terrorizing or stealing money from the patients or the facility. Facility Administrator Received Money for False Transport Claims Kelvin Washington, 47, who works as an administrator at a Sugar Land nursing home in Texas, was arrested on August 4, 2011 and is being charged with conspiracy, health care fraud and violations of the anti-kickback statute. He is being accused of creating a plan where he … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Get Large Settlement for Family

Ran Zhuang and her husband Zhiru Guo settled with their former doctors, nurse practitioner, and genetic counselor for 7 million dollars. The chinese couple's medical malpractice attorneys brought the lawsuit as a result of their three year old child’s mental and physical disabilities which were the result of a birth defect. The young girl, Annie Guo, suffers from cri-du-chat (also referred to as cat cry syndrome). Frederic N. Halstrom (the plaintiff's attorney), and many other medical malpractice attorneys in similar cases, look to bring justice to a family who faces many challenges in the years to come. Chromosomal Abnormality was not … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Can Begin With New Hires

Nursing home abuse can begin as early as the hiring process. Not all states require background checks for those applying for jobs in nursing homes, and for that reason, people with criminal convictions do not have a hard time gaining employment at a nursing home or similar care facility. People with a history of assault, criminal negligence, or theft would be high risks as employees in a nursing home. Overwhelming Frequency of Nursing Home Employees with Criminal Convictions According to the Department of Health and Human Services, over 90 percent of nursing homes in this country hire employees with criminal convictions, a huge … [Read more...]