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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over four million Americans are admitted to or reside in nursing homes and nursing facilities each year. Unfortunately, with the large number of long-term care facility residents comes the increase in instances of elderly abuse and neglect. Although nursing home abuse is a pervasive problem in […]

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Unreported Abuse in Nursing Homes

According to a recent government audit, more than one in four cases of possible physical and sexual abuse against nursing home patients went unreported. Investigators say Medicare is responsible for not enforcing the federal law requiring immediate notification of potential abuse or neglect to police and other agencies. The agency is now urged to take […]

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Deaths Bring Nursing Home False Charting to Light

by Michael Brusca, Esq. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes horror and death to bring to bring injustice to light.  A recent article detailing the deaths of several vulnerable seniors in Florida shows how some nursing homes falsify medical records to avoid trouble.  The article states the staff: made late entries in patients’ medical records, which portrayed […]

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Nursing Home Slip and Falls

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, an estimated three million seniors will reside in nursing homes by 2030. With nearly 75 percent of all nursing home residents experiencing falls annually, slips and falls are a leading cause of preventable injuries, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls are serious […]

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Do We Really Care About the Elderly?

by Michael Brusca, Esq. A recent op-ed “Florida law treats seniors worse than dogs” written by fellow Nursing Home Attorney Nathan Carter from Florida raises some important issues.  At the core, it makes us ask ourselves – Do we really care about the elderly?  After doing this work for several years now, sometimes I find myself […]

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Preventing Medication Errors

by Michael Brusca, Esq. Medication errors – where a resident is given the wrong medication, given the wrong dose, given a medication at the wrong time, or not given a prescribed medication at all – happens in almost 20% of doses, according to some studies.  These potentially lethal errors are mostly preventable, and understanding medication […]

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Fight Ignites Over Right to Sue Nursing Homes

Consumer groups are trying to stop the Trump administration from removing the right to sue nursing homes for alleged abuse, neglect, or sexual assault from nursing home residents and their families. Over 75 consumer, health, and advocacy groups have formed the Fair Arbitration Now Coalition to stop this removal. Back in June, the Centers for […]

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Poor Patient Care

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have a watchlist for the poorest performing nursing homes. Known as special focus facilities, these places have given patients the wrong medications, have low numbers of registered nurses on staff, had incidents where staff have bullied or abused the patients, or the homes failed to report patient […]

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Risk Factors for Nursing Home Abuse

There is no doubt that the older population in the United States is growing. From 2012 to 2050, the number of Americans over age 65 is expected to double from 43.1 million to 83.7 million. Many of these people will need care in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities such as rehabs and assisted […]

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Many Falls Don’t “Just Happen”

by Michael Brusca Many of our cases involve serious injuries and deaths that result from falls.  A lot of times families are just told that “falls happen” and that they are unavoidable.  In our experience, this is simply not true. To begin, nursing homes must be vigilant about falls because falls for the elderly can be catastrophic.  The […]

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