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Recent Posts About Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

  • How-to: Identifying Bed Sores

    Elderly nursing home residents who have a hard time moving around are at risk of developing bed sores. Studies show that residents can sometimes develop bed sores within a year of staying at a nursing home. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that more than 1 in 10 nursing home residents suffer from bed sores. The bad news is that bed sores often form because of abuse or neglect of the ...
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  • Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Nursing Home

    When a loved one is no longer able to live on their own, entrusting their care to someone else is a difficult, but often necessary, decision. Can you trust a nursing home with their well-being? How can you be sure that they’ll be properly cared for? Researching facilities is one of the most important steps to take before choosing a nursing home. To help you make this decision, here are several key ...
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  • Nursing Home Residents' Rights Restored - U.S. Bans Forced Arbitration

    Nursing home residents now have the right to take legal action against abusive and negligent facilities. This is a huge win for residents and their families, who, until now, were forced into a private justice system called arbitration. The federal agency that controls Medicare and Medicaid announced the new rule yesterday. The rule states that nursing homes that accept Medicare and Medicaid ...
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  • Our Grandparents Taught Us Everything. It’s Time We Look Out For Them.

    Whether we realize it or not, we owe a lot to our grandparents. In honor of Grandparent’s Day, we challenge you to ask yourself: how much do you know about their lives? In childhood, grandparents are our playmates - slipping us candy when mom and dad aren’t looking and sending us birthday cards with a little spending money. In adulthood, our relationships with them may change but should never grow ...
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  • Illinois Passes Gabby’s Law to Help Patients with Sepsis

    Sepsis is a medical emergency caused by an infection. If sepsis isn’t diagnosed and treated immediately, it can lead to organ failure and death. Our nursing home and medical malpractice lawyers see far too many people succumb to sepsis in hospitals and nursing homes. We’re happy to report that Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner just signed a new law – Gabby’s Law – that will help hospitals diagnose ...
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  • How Rauner’s Plans for Reform will Harm Injured Illinoisians

    In Governor Rauner’s State of the State Address in February 2015, he made direct remarks about his plans to reform the personal injury legal system in Illinois. Among his remarks, he proposed prohibiting trial lawyers from contributing to judge’s campaigns. Injury attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm explain how this proposal would critically jeopardize the rights of injured citizens. Not once ...
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  • Stroke Victim Suffers Elder Abuse by Nurses

    Our personal injury lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm are deeply shocked at a recent instance of elder abuse . The incident took place at the home of a stroke patient in San Diego. Security camera footage revealed two male nurses inappropriately touching each other and the 98-year-old stroke victim in her own bedroom. After suffering a stroke and right-side paralysis several years before, the ...
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  • Diuretics Increase Risk of Nursing Home Falls

    Falls are a leading cause of injury for nursing home residents, and the consequences can be life-threatening. Many elderly residents are prone to serious fall-related complications, including broken bones, bruises, and brain injury. Even a fear of falling can harm a resident’s quality of life, causing them to limit their mobility and lose muscle tone or balance. Several classes of medications ...
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  • Nursing Homes Force Feeding Tubes on Elderly Dementia Patients

    The decision to allow the insertion of a feeding tube is one of the toughest decisions that families of elderly nursing home residents have to face. Seniors with advanced dementia eventually develop problems eating and swallowing as their disease progresses, and they are unable to speak for themselves. Family members are left struggling with the emotional and controversial decision to allow tube ...
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  • Nursing Home Residents Given Drugs That Nearly Doubled Their Risk of Death

    Medication errors are an unfortunate reality of our healthcare system, as far too many nursing homes are understaffed and ill prepared to meet resident'€™s needs. These errors not only threaten the health and safety of vulnerable elderly residents, they also cost taxpayers millions of dollars. The New York Times Old Age Blog revealed a shocking new report from the Department of Health and Human ...
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  • Nursing Homes Seek Health Care Law Exemption

    Many nursing home employees who provide critical care for our nation's seniors lack adequate, affordable health care of their own. According to recent estimates, one in four nursing home employees do not have health care coverage. The new health care law is supposed to fix the problem. Beginning in 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act will require that all employers who have ...
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  • Seniors Not Getting the Preventative Services They Need

    As Americans age, they are often vulnerable to illnesses that threaten their quality of life. Preventative screenings and regular immunizations are critical tools to protect seniors from unnecessary illness. However, a new government study shows that many older adults are putting their health in serious jeopardy by not getting the services they need to prevent disease. According to a report by ...
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  • Even Star Power Cannot Protect Vulnerable Seniors from Elder Abuse

    Elder abuse is a troubling problem that has long been ignored, leaving the nation's most vulnerable citizens defenseless against physical and psychological abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Seniors are likely to suffer in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and even their own homes. Even fame and fortune are not enough to protect our senior citizens. 90-year-old entertainment ...
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  • Many Dementia Patient Hospitalizations Could be Avoided

    Residents suffering from advanced dementia are among the most vulnerable patients in nursing homes. These elderly patients are often bed-bound, unable to speak more than a few words, and prone to confusion or fear. Although it is less traumatic for dementia patients to remain in the nursing home, a recent New York Times blog points out that they are often subject to aggressive treatments and ...
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  • Seniors Using High-Tech Sensor Networks in Homes

    A recent CNN report shows that some seniors are using technology to stay independent without sacrificing their safety. Sensor networks, which are common in hospitals and assisted living centers, have found their way into the homes of some older Americans. The high-tech systems collect information about a person’s daily habits and conditions, then relay that information in real-time to doctors or ...
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  • Lawmakers Push for More Transparency from Nursing Home Owners

    Finding the true owners behind local nursing homes is a challenge that federal health officials hope to resolve, according to a new report released this week. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Senators Chuck Grassley, Max Baucus, and Rep. Pete Stark, commissioned the report, which found that private investment firms are buying up nursing homes at an increasing rate, leaving behind a ...
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  • Deadly Superbug Spreading in Chicago Nursing Homes

    Deadly strains of bacteria resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics are quickly spreading in Chicago hospitals and nursing homes. The "superbug," is formed when common bacteria produce an enzyme known as KPC, which is resistant to a class of antibiotics doctors depend when other treatments fail. KPC bacteria were first reported in North Carolina more than a decade ago. Now the germ is ...
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  • ABUSE AND NEGLECT AT LOCAL CHILDREN’S NURSING HOME

    An investigation by the Chicago Tribune revealed a decade of abuse and neglect at Alden Village North, a nursing home on Chicago's North Side that cares for children with severe mental and physical disabilities. The report brought to light the deaths of 13 disabled children over the last 10 years, including a nine-year-old boy who died from an infection and bowel obstruction after staff failed to ...
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  • HEALTH CARE GIANT J&J ASKS JUDGE TO TOSS KICKBACK CASE

    Johnson & Johnson is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit alleging the company paid millions of dollars in kickbacks so nursing homes would put more patients on its popular schizophrenia medication and other drugs. The government and two whistleblowers accuse J&J of paying kickbacks for five years to long-term pharmacy Omnicare, Inc., whose pharmacists then pushed doctors to prescribe the ...
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  • Litigation Protects Nursing Home Residents from Abuse and Neglect

    A new report from the American Association for Justice shows trial attorneys are the most effective force in uncovering abuse and neglect by corporate nursing homes and insurance companies. Large corporate chains run a vast majority of the nation's nursing homes, which are struggling with pressures to cut costs and lower staffing levels. An increased emphasis on profits has led to a distressing ...
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  • ACLU Claims Illinois Nursing Homes Use Scare Tactics to Keep Patients

    The State of Illinois recently reached a court settlement that offers supportive community-based housing and treatment to about 4,500 psychiatric patients who currently reside in nursing homes. Following this settlement, the Chicago Tribune reported that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed court papers stating that Illinois for-profit nursing home operators were using scare tactics to ...
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  • Illinois Nursing Home Gets License Revoked

    Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported that Illinois health authorities have moved to revoke the license of Evergreen Health Care Center in Evergreen Park, a southwest suburban nursing home. Evergreen Health Care is partly owned by state Senator Heather Steans, a prominent advocate of reform legislation to improve safety and care standards in Illinois nursing homes. The revocation of its license ...
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  • Illinois Nursing Home Reforms Move Closer to Becoming Law

    Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported that Illinois lawmakers have negotiated a historic bill that hopes to reform its troubled nursing homes. The reform effort was initiated by a series of Chicago Tribune investigations where chronic violence was exposed in a number of nursing home facilities. The bill contains a number of measures aimed to prevent such violence. The bill will tighten existing ...
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  • Dangers of Wandering for Alzheimer’s Patients

    The New York Times recently reported on the dangers of wandering in Alzheimer's patients. The tendencies to wander are usually accompanied by confusion and lack of memory. These tendencies may be dangerous and fatal. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. It has no known cure, and affects about 50% of people over 85 years of age. Alzheimer's patients who wander may try to avoid being ...
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  • Illinois Proposes Reforms to Increase Staffing Ratios in its Nursing Homes

    The Chicago Tribune recently reported that Governor Pat Quinn is proposing reforms for Illinois’ troubled nursing homes. These reforms would mandate Nursing Homes raise their minimum staffing levels and nursing care hours for residents that need skilled care. Currently, Illinois rules require nursing homes to provide at least 2 ½ hours of nursing care per resident each day. Many studies reveal ...
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