Nursing Home Articles

Jury Finds Nursing Home Responsible for Resident’s Death

A Cumberland County jury found Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home responsible for causing the death of a 85-year-old nursing home resident. Why was the Nursing Home at Fault for the Resident’s Death? According to the lawsuit and trial testimony, On Feb. 5, 2014, Dove was in his wheelchair, waiting, near the entryway to the dining room, […]

Is There an Assisted Living Lawsuit When a Resident Hurts Themselves?

The Question: Is There an Assisted Living Lawsuit Here? I got a call the other day from an attorney with an interesting assisted living wrongful death case.  They wanted some help thinking through the law regarding injuries in an assisted living facility, and whether there was a viable assisted living lawsuit. The Facts (According to […]

Multiple Falls at Assisted Living Facility Caused Residents Wrongful Death, Lawsuit Claims.

Harland Olsen died on November 25, 2016, 5 days after falling 3 times in a single day at Athenian Village Assisted Living Facility in North Royalton, Ohio. Death Caused by Inadequate Fall Prevention and Response According to the lawsuit, Harland Olsen was an 87-year-old man who moved into Athenian Village approximately 10 months before his […]

Family Sues After Dementia Patient Suffers Severe Injuries at Assisted Living Facility

On June 11, 2016, Ruth Willson fell down the stairs in the middle of the night at Independence Village, an assisted living facility in Avon Lake, Ohio. According to the lawsuit, Ruth was in her 90s, had a history of dementia, and was known to wander during the middle of the night. Wandering , or […]

Nursing Home Settles Choking Death Lawsuit — Understaffing to Blame?

A nursing home has agreed to a significant settlement in a case involving a resident choking to death when left alone while eating, contrary to his doctor’s orders. As a local CBS affiliate reports: A certified nursing assistant who was assigned to assist Mares with his evening meal set up the food tray on his […]

Family of Resident Who Died from Sepsis and Gangrene Sues Jefferson County Nursing Home

The family of Henry Taylor have filed a nursing home wrongful death claim against the nursing home company that owns the nursing home he was living in before his death.  Mr. Taylor’s death was attributed to a system-wide infection (sepsis) and gangrene.  As described in the Complaint: Henry Taylor died on February 26, 2017 as […]

Another Nursing Home Resident Allowed to Choke to Death?

The Chicago Tribune reported on yet another nursing home choking death leading to a lawsuit, involving a blind resident who choked to death on hard candy: Christine Young, an 89-year-old resident of Symphony of Morgan Park, 10935 S. Halsted St., died March 25, 2015, after choking on a piece of peppermint hard candy, according to […]

Family of Resident who Choked to Death Files Lawsuit Against Braeview Care & Rehab Center

Thomas Havelka died on April 11, 2017 after choking at Braeview Care & Rehabilitation Center in Euclid, Ohio. His family filed a wrongful death lawsuit alleging negligence, recklessness, fraud, and misleading advertising. According to the lawsuit, “Providence Healthcare Management, Inc. … is an Ohio for-profit corporation that … provides nursing services to more than 20 […]

Drug Maker Pushes Dangerous Drug Nuedexta on Nursing Home Residents

Do most nursing home residents who are prescribed the drug Nuedexta need it? It turns out, probably not. But many elderly nursing home residents are being given the drug, with potentially deadly consequences. What’s Nuedexta for? Nuedexta is a little red pill that is approved for a rare condition that causes sudden, uncontrollable, and inappropriate […]

Is Your Loved One a Victim of Elder Abuse and Neglect? Know the Signs!

Elder abuse is an epidemic in the United States. If you suspect that a senior is at risk from a neglectful or overwhelmed caregiver, you must speak up. Learn about the risk factors for and signs of elder abuse. Over 3.2 million people reside in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long-term care facilities in the […]

Is The Nursing Home Over-Medicating My Family Member?

Across the country elderly patients are being dangerously overmedicated for no good reason. There is a serious problem with the elderly being overmedicated with antipsychotic and similar medications in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and assisted living facilities. Overmedication and chemical restraints are common signs of elder abuse and neglect. The Problem of Overmedication Antipsychotics drugs […]

The Corporate Understaffing Game in For-Profit Nursing Homes

Earlier we reviewed the Plain Dealer article on Park East nursing home in Beachwood, Ohio, and it’s poor ratings, big fines, and deadly care from understaffing. I thought I’d take a second to point out a familiar and disturbing part of how nursing homes are run: the corporate understaffing game. When I’m investigating a nursing home […]

One of the Worst Nursing Homes in Cleveland?

Most people understand—in a general way—that nursing homes can be a scary place.  But most people do not know the specifics.  How and why a nursing home can kill someone. I see that all too often. A Plain Dealer report by John Caniglia & Jo Ellen Corrigan this week included an article on a nursing […]

Nursing Home Staffing Tricks: Inspection Bump

If you’re looking for a nursing home for yourself or a loved one, the federal agency that oversees nursing homes–the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or “CMS”–has a great resource to look up and evaluate nursing homes.  It’s called “Nursing Home Compare,” and you can find it here. But wait! As I’ve sued more […]

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