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

new jersey nursing home abuse attorneys, philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyersOur 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 residents – is prepared to change the nursing homes of America.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Support goals of Advancing Excellence Campaign

The coalition, which is the first of its kind, is made up of long term care providers, medical professionals, consumers, employees, and state and federal agencies. It has 8 major goals:

  • To minimize staff turnover; a stable workforce will improve patient care.
  • To employ a “Constant Assignment” plan so that patients are regularly cared for by the same caregiver.
  • To reduce the time residents spend restrained. Independence will improve quality of life.
  • To prevent bed sores and pressure ulcers, and to provide appropriate treatment of those that do develop.
  • To prevent unnecessary or prolonged episodes of severe pain.
  • To include residents in advanced care planning prior to the completion of their stay
  • To use assessments of resident and family experience of care to improve future quality of care for patient safety.
  • To use assessment of staff satisfaction of work environment to improve future quality of care.

Many nursing home establishments have joined forces with Advancing Excellence in efforts to improve the quality of care they provide. Obviously, these establishments are aware and agree that they are not providing top notch care. It’s good news to those who have suffered from nursing abuse, neglect, and inadequacy.

All nursing homes in New Jersey are in fact either participants in or charter members of the Advancing Excellence campaign. We should be proud that caregivers in the state are willing to step up and begin providing the kind of care our elderly citizens deserve.

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If you are someone who has seen first-hand the effects of nursing home abuse, negligence, and inadequacy, it’s time to contact a nursing home abuse attorney. 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.

New Study Sees Increase in Hospital Errors

According to a study published in the health policy journal Health Affairs, 1 in every 3 patients in a hospital will endure some sort of medical malpractice.

The study was performed by a group of medical professionals from the University of Utah. The group determined that while some improvements have consistently been made, the health system is in dire need of serious reform. Editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, Susan Dentzer, commented on the findings of the University of Utah research team:

“Without doubt, we’ve seen improvements in health care over the past decade, and even pockets of excellence, but overall progress has been agonizingly slow.

It’s clear that we still have a great deal of work to do in order to achieve a health care system that is consistently high-quality — that is, safe, effective, patient-centered, efficient, timely, and devoid of disparities based on race or ethnicity.”

What Kinds of Errors are Patients Suffering From?

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers events riseAmong a myriad of errors that hospital employees can make on the job, the following seem to be the ones that occur most often:

– Surgical supplies left inside patients
– Staph infections
– Bedsores
– Wrong drugs and/or dosages
– Misdiagnoses
– Performing procedures on the wrong side of the body

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Medical malpractice is a serious issue plaguing our current healthcare system. It seems that many health care facilities prefer to overwork their medical professionals in order to fill more beds and collect more payment than to know their limits in order to provide good and attentive care.
Don’t let yourself or your loved ones become a statisitic. If you have suffered from any type of medical malpractice, 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.

The medical malpractice attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are dedicated to earning compensation for those seriously injured by medical error.

Nursing Home Abuse at Avista Healthcare in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

As attorneys representing clients from New Jersey and Philadelphia that have been victims of nursing home abuse and neglect, it is important that we continue to expose those nursing homes that are not performing to the average nationwide standards according to Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare System.
Today we will discuss a nursing home that is located in Camden County, New Jersey. Although this nursing home has not been cited for neglect in the form of bed sore acquirement and treatment issues, like many others, it has many of its own deficiencies according to the New Jersey Division of Health Facilities Evaluation and Licensing.

Avista Healthcare Offers Less Than Adequate Care

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers Avista Healthcare Cherry HillThe Avista Healthcare nursing home, located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey was routinely inspected twice between December 2008 and November 2010. During this time period, 10 separate deficiencies were cited. The nursing home was cited for failing to properly procure and serve food in a sanitary manner. As we have often highlighted in our previous posts, proper nutrition is imperative for good health and bedsore prevention in nursing home patients.

Avista Healthcare nursing home was also inspected seven times for complaints, and cited for five additional deficiencies during these inspections. Failure to be free from hazards and failure to properly implement abuse/neglect policies were among other citations imposed during these inspections. According to the Medicare inspectors, Avista Healthcare nursing home, a for-profit, corporately owned nursing home, was given an overall rating of 1 out of 5 stars. This indicates that the 146 long term bed facility is considered to function in a well below average capacity. A nursing home with this type of overall rating is ripe for cases of abuse and neglect, from accidents to bedsores. It is important that anyone with a loved one in a nursing home with this reputation be watched carefully!

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If your loved one is a resident at a nursing home or similar type facility, and you believe that the care they are receiving may actually be detrimental to their health and quality of life, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also with any questions for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let the nursing home abuse attorneys at the Mininno Law Office help you protect the best interests of your loved one.

Nursing Home Abuse Exposé: Oceanview Center for Rehabilitation

Today we continue our posts exposing some of the more below average nursing homes in New Jersey. As nursing home abuse lawyers, it is important that we are aware of such nursing homes and, as expert attorneys in this field, should expose long term patient centers with high numbers of deficiencies.
According to Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare system, a Medicare website feature that you can use to compare nursing homes across the United States, the average New Jersey nursing home will be cited with approximately 12 deficiencies in a 2 year period of inspections. The nursing home we will discuss today, Oceanview Center for Rehabilitation, was cited with 21 deficiencies in 2 years of routine inspections. It is a for profit center with 120 long term care beds located in Cape May County.

Oceanview Center Well Below Average

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyers expose oceanview rehab centerThis for-profit, corporately owned nursing home was cited for a variety of deficiencies from November 2008 through October 2010. The citations were in a wide variety of categories including, among others, nutrition/dietary needs, living environment, and pharmaceutical responsibilities. For example, it indicated that some residents were affected by the fact that the pharmacy made medication errors of more than 5%. These errors are defined as administering the wrong drugs, administering the wrong doses, or administering drugs ate the wrong times. Medication errors can lead to many serious health issues.

Oceanview was also cited for housekeeping an maintenance issues that affected many of the patients. The facility was even cited for issues regarding patient dignity and respect. Oceanview Center for Rehab was given twice as many citations as the average nursing home in New Jersey and, in fact, was only rated with one out of five stars in the Medicare report. This rating is considered to be significantly below average. This rating should make prospective residents a bit weary of the care they would receive while residing at this facility.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved on is a resident at a nursing home or long term care facility, and you believe that the care they are receiving is poor, negligent, or abusive, contact the Mininno Law Office for 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 compensation you need and deserve.

Medical Malpractice Verdict of $22.6 Million for Cincinnati Family

A Cincinnati family was recently awarded $22.6 million for medical malpractice that resulted in birth injuries and permanent defects.

Negligent Delivery Room Practices Caused Irreversible Defects

Heather Grow was about to give birth to her first child. During her pregnancy, she was told that she had a narrow pelvic arch, which meant there was a likelihood that a vaginal birth would not be possible.

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys big verdict cincinnati familyOn the day of her daughter Cassie’s birth, Dr. Lisa Yang and her colleagues administered drugs and forced the kind of birth deemed nearly impossible early on in Heather’s pregnancy. The drugs administered were supposed to assist the uterus in contracting, and eventually the baby would be expelled. However, because of her mother’s condition, and because of Cassie’s size, which the doctors failed to consider, Cassie’s head became stuck.

After 14 hours of labor, Cassie was finally born by Caesarian Section, but with permanent brain damage. Cassie, now 11, is a spastic quadriplegic, and has limited use of her limbs. The money from the settlement will towards future medical bills, pain and suffering, and Cassie’s future inability to perform normal, daily activities.

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Cassie’s parents will have to provide her special and constant care for the rest of her life. She is indeed and special and beautiful child, as all children are, but the kind of care she will require is far more involved than with healthy children. And Cassie will never be able to live a normal life. Dr. Yang’s negligence in the face of clear obstacles is just confusing. Why wait 14 hours to perform a C-Section when it was determined months before that it could possibly be necessary?

If your child is the victim of medical malpractice and birth injuries, 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 birth injuries lawyers at the Mininno Law Office earn you and your family the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Verdict of 19.2 Million Awarded in Florida

In Lee County, Florida, medical malpractice attorneys won a $19.2 million verdict in a medical malpractice suit regarding now 3.5 year-old Kiarra Smith.

Medical Malpractice at HealthPark Medical Center

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers florida kiarra smithKiarra Smith was born 3 months pre-mature and weighed only one and half pounds. Life began as a struggle for the tiny infant. Fifteen days after her birth, Kiarra was given an extreme dosage of nutrients, over 100 times her prescribed dose. The error led to cardiac arrest and other severe complications, including blindness.

Kiarra is permanently injured as a result of the overdose, and will spend the rest of her life in need of constant care. The Lee Memorial Health System commented on the the tragedy, saying:

“We acknowledge that a serious error occurred. Medical experts who reviewed the matter at our request believe that the child’s condition is a result of complications related to her extreme prematurity because she was born three months early and weighed one-and-a-half pounds.”

A Lee County circuit court awarded the Smith family $19.2 million in damages, but due to current malpractice reform caps in Florida, as well as sovereign immunity, the award could be diminished to only $200,000.

Hopefully, Kiarra and her family will receive their due compensation and justice will ultimately be done. Kiarra’s life will surely be one involving special and expensive medical treatment; treatment that $200,000 is never going to cover.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one have suffered at the hands of a negligent medical provider, 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 medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to earning compensation for patients who have been seriousley injured by negligent medicine.

Bedsore Prevention Tip #13: Educational Programs

As nursing home abuse attorneys, we have found that one of the most effective ways to prevent nursing home abuse and neglect is to be properly educated in the needs and care of your loved one. Each and every nursing home patient has unique needs which calls for the implementation of unique care plans. Nursing home patients that are susceptible to bed sores and pressure ulcers are in particular need of staff awareness and education. As we always state, “Prevention is always the best medicine when it comes to preventing nursing home abuse and neglect, such as bed sores and pressure ulcers.”

Tip #13: The Importance of Educational Programs for Staff and Families

new jersey philadelphia nursing home abuse attorneys educational programs prevent bedsoresOne way to prevent bed sores from forming is to have a staff that is properly educated. Educational programs about bed sore and pressure ulcer prevention should be made mandatory for all levels of health care providers. They should also be made available for patient families so that they can make sure nursing home staff members are giving their loved ones the care they need and deserve. Patients who have the appropriate mental capacity should also be given instructions so that they can be advocates for their own proper care.

The important information that we have posted on previously, such as proper nutrition, hydration, and the need for repositioning, should be taught, along with particularized patient needs. Many of the nursing home patients’ particular needs in terms of bed sore prevention can be discovered by a proper risk assessment. This risk assessment can then be used as a tool for re-evaluation on a periodic basis to ensure that the nursing home patient is not being neglected, and that all of their needs to prevent the contraction of bed sores and pressure ulcers are met. This proper staff and caregiver education can make the difference in whether a bed sore does or does not occur!

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Your loved ones deserve, just as anyone else does, proper care when placed in a nursing home or long term care facility. Families like yours pay top dollar for a medical staff to effectively and safely treat the family members that they can no longer care for themselves. It is unacceptable for a nursing home to allow it’s residents to suffer from bed sores or other dangerous conditions.

If your loved one is receiving sub-standard, negligent, or abusive care at a nursing home, 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 Philadlephia.

The team at the Mininno Law Office will work hard to earn you the compensation you need and deserve.

Medical Malpractice Caps in California Prevent Parents from Receiving Answers

Mr. and Mrs. Cull lost their daughter to medical malpractice during a routine surgery and spent the last two years trying to find out why, still unsure if they actually know what happened in the operating room that fateful day.

Olivia Cull Dies After Routine Procedure

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys olivia cull surgery california Olivia Cull underwent surgery as a baby that left one side of her heart smaller than the other. She lived her life this way, until she was a senior in high school. Doctors wanted to install a catheter in her heart to prep for the final surgery that would correct the small side of her heart. She was nervous, but her mother reassured her that the catheterization procedure would only take a few hours, and that she had done it many times before. Doctors told the Culls Olivia would be home before dinner.

A few hours later, a cardiologist entered the waiting room with bad news. An error that occurred in the cathederization lab caused Olivia do be deprived of oxygen for 40 seconds. Mrs. Cull assured herself that everything would be fine. After all, kids can hold their breath for that long in the pool. Mrs. Cull entered the room where Olivia lay on the table. In her mouth was a breathing tube. She also noticed a pool of blood on the floor.

Eight days later, they had Olivia removed from the ventilator. Her heart went on beating for three days. An internal breathing tube was removed on the third day, and Olivia died. An autopsy revealed that she suffered from brain damage that occured after a heart attack the hospital attributed to Olivia’s heart defect, but that didn’t seem right. The Culls wanted answers. They reviewed the hospital’s medical records, after jumping through hoops to get them, but determined that the only way to truly discover what happened to their daughter was to sue.

Lawyers Don’t Want the Case

The Culls searched for attorneys to take the case, but had a terrible time finding one. Medical malpractice caps in California made it extremely difficult for lawyers to see merit in their claim. They finally found an attorney, Jin Lew, to take the case pro bono.

Lew found the medical records to be incomplete, and subpoenaed the rest of the the records. Hundreds of additional pages were sent that revealed that Olivia was treated by two unqualified individuals; a postdoctorate fellow who removed a catheder without doctor supervision, and a second fellow that was not cleared to treat patients. The Culls had never been alerted that these were the people who would be treating their daughter.

The Culls were urged to accept a settlement agreement for $250,000, since that was the amount of the liability cap for medical malpractice claims in the state. However, Mrs. Cull believes that the threat of a larger settlement would have forced the hospital to reveal what really happened that day in the cathederization lab.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

The Culls lost their daughter to negligence and poor judgement. You young woman had loads of potential, having been a model student who also excelled at violin and fine arts. Her death was a loss not only for her family, but for all those that knew and associated with her. Capping the liability of those that carelessly treat patients is an extremely detrimental practice for our medical system. Medical providers must be held 100% liable for their mistakes.

If you or a loved one have suffered at the hands of a negligent or careless medical provider, 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 compensation you deserve.

Jury Awards Family $42.75 Million for Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

nursing home abuse attorneys new jersey philadelphia Harborside MadisonvilleA Kentucky jury awarded $42.75 million to a family who claimed that nursing home abuse and neglect led to their loved one’s death. Joseph Clint Offutt was a resident at the Harborside of Madisonville nursing home for only nine days before he died. In that brief time, Mr. Offutt became lethally dehydrated, despite having a feeding tube. The nursing home failed him in the most basic way: they failed to ensure he had enough water to live.

Nine Days of Nursing Home Abuse

Mr. Offutt served in World War II and was still planting crops at age 88. A stroke weakened him in 2007. His wife of 58 years, Pearline, cared for him at home for eight months. Despite Pearline’s efforts, Offutt’s family concluded he needed professional care. Nursing homes exist for the purpose of caring for those whose families can no longer care for them.

It is incredibly distressing for a family to trust their loved one’s life to the promises of these “experts,” only to find their loved one received worse care at the nursing home then they would have received at home. As a New Jersey nursing home abuse lawyer, my experience shows that the nursing home’s lies and broken promises make it even harder for the family to accept their loved one’s fate.

Mr. Offutt was only at the nursing home from March 25 to April 3, 2008. He was transferred to a hospital and died two days later on April 5, 2008. The family alleged that nursing home staff members neglected Mr. Offutt. The nursing home allowed him to suffer from severe dehydration, malnutrition, bedsores and infections. The nursing home allowed all of this to happen in just nine days, and their neglect ultimately caused his death.

Harborside’s Response to Nursing Home Abuse Verdict

Of course, the nursing home then had the audacity to criticize the jurors. Carol Britt, administrator of the facility, released the following statement:

We feel the size of the verdict is outrageous and totally inappropriate based on the facts presented in the case. Not only did we provide quality care to this individual, but the outsized punitive damages assessed against us bear no relation to our conduct. We intend to vigorously challenge the decision through the appeal process.

With all due respect Ms. Britt, how does outstanding care lead to death by dehydration in just nine days?

Adult Protective Services officials of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services investigated the care provided to Mr. Offutt and agreed with the allegations of nursing home abuse. The Office of Inspector General cited the nursing home for failing to prevent bedsores in the case of Mr. Offutt. Was the state wrong too Ms. Britt?

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As a New Jersey and Philadelphia nursing home abuse lawyer, I find Ms. Britt’s comments to be indicative of the attitudes expressed by the entire nursing home industry. The jury awarded $1 million for Offutt’s pain and suffering, $1.75 million for his wife’s loss and $40 million for punitive damages. The jurors were members of Ms. Britt’s community. The jury took time out of their lives to sit through the trial and listen to all of the evidence. Contrary to Ms. Britt’s opinion about the jury and the size of their award, the evidence against the nursing home must have been so egregious for the jury to become so outraged that they felt the need to send a message to the nursing home that their conduct was reprehensible.

If you or a loved one have suffered due to nursing home abuse or neglect, please 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 team is dedicated to fighting this huge industry that seemingly has no respect for the lives with which it is entrusted. Let us earn you the compensation you deserve.