About the Nursing Home Law Center

There is no place for abuse or neglect in our nursing homes. When a loved one is placed in a skilled nursing facility, they deserve to be treated with respect in an environment that is safe. This is not just wishful thinking. This is what Federal and State Law dictate.

Recognized as leaders in the field of nursing home litigation, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers established the Nursing Home Law Center to provide families with the tools they need to make the decisions that impact their loved ones.

In the event that your loved one has suffered an injury or episode of mistreatment, we invite you to contact our nursing home abuse attorneys for a free review of your case. Our office has helped hundreds of families from across the country recover the maximum compensation the law provides for.

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SOUTH CAROLINA NURSING HOME SETTLEMENTS

One of the main focuses of the Nursing Home Law Center is the protection of nursing home residents and getting them the highest nursing home verdict that we can. We exert considerable time and energy on this field of law because we see the need: nursing homes are booming and this often leads to neglect, abuse, and negligence. Therefore, residents lose out in the process and suffer various kinds of harms including bodily injuries, financial expenses, mental suffering, and other tangible and intangible losses. Generally, this comes about through different kinds of accidents but primarily from falls, sores, neglect, and abuse. When this happens, we stand up for the rights of residents in South Carolina courts.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is dedicated to fighting for the rights and recovery of nursing home residents. They are vulnerable and deserve respect and care! Due to this commitment, we don’t work for nursing homes, doctors, or similar parties. We think it would detract from all the hard work we do for residents and don’t want anything to subtract from that effort.

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Nursing Home FinesIt is a reasonable assumption for many people that nursing homes caught in the act of neglecting patient needs, disregarding safety standards and limiting their staff to levels deemed inadequate that fines and sanctions would be a deterrent from future abuses. This would be logical if the fines themselves had teeth and enforcement was both quick and consistent. For many states, however, this is not the case and civil litigation has become the only major deterrent left to motivate nursing chains into improving the quality of the care they provide. Lobbying has helped insulate many chains in certain states through the implementation of caps on compensation so that even civil action is becoming a less effective vehicle toward change.

Pennsylvania Auditor Offers Key Criticism Concerning Sanctions and Enforcement

As lawmakers in Illinois consider a bill that would propose prohibiting anonymous nursing home complaints, Pennsylvania is emerging from a three year trial of an identical measure which ended in failure. The number of nursing home complaints dropped by two thirds when the ban on anonymous complaints went into effect and the use of fines and other punitive measures was scrutinized by the state’s Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale.

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Nursing Home NeglectA wrongful death lawsuit filed against a nursing home in Richmond, Virginia highlights the dangers of pressure ulcers and reveals the pain and suffering patients go through when their caregivers ignore their conditions. Donald Shelton eventually developed respiratory distress and went into septic shock after multiple wounds across his body were allowed to fester and become deeply infected.

Allegations include the failure of the nursing home to wash Shelton, provide clean living quarters or to take measures to treat Shelton’s wound despite being made aware of their presence. Our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys recognize the sad reality that this type of treatment is not an isolated event; and we are here to fight on behalf of victims everywhere.

Nursing Staff Completely Ignored Patient’s Condition

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Understaffing in Nursing HomesOne of the nation’s largest nursing home chains suffered a legal setback that could eventually send ripples throughout the nursing care community at large. Despite aggressive attempts to have a lawsuit thrown out alleging that the systemic understaffing of facilities has resulted in numerous deaths and the pain and suffering of countless patients under the company’s care, a judge denied the motion to dismiss the case. The nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are monitoring this case closely because its result could have an influence on many related cases in the future.

In a Stroke of Irony, Defendants Claim Lawsuit is due to Greed and Opportunism

Preferred Care Partners Management Group is playing the role of victim by alleging that New Mexico’s attorney general is unfairly targeting the company for abuses committed at facilities prior to their assimilation into the Preferred Care Partners Management Group organization. State Attorney General Hector Balderas has offered the counterpoint that elderly patients living in New Mexico have suffered at the hands of greedy nursing corporations that place profits over people and safety for far too long and that Preferred Care Partners should be culpable for any of its businesses despite their dates of acquisition.

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It really doesn’t come as a surprise to most people to learn that seniors are representing a growing segment of the overall population. Current figures suggest that the number of elderly people living in the country may climb by about 50% in the next 15 years, however, and that by 2030; seniors will make up almost 20% of the total population across the United States. In response to this data, many private investors have seen a lucrative opportunity in the chance to jump into the nursing care industry as for profit corporations become nearly ubiquitous. Our nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys view this news with trepidation, on the other hand.

Retirement of Baby Boomers Due to Shake the Nursing Care Sector to its Core

Right now, the senior population comprises 13% of the populace, and this is already a large segment when considering the distribution of the population among all other age groups. Millions of Baby Boomers have either retired very recently or are on the cusp of doing so, which means they are entering a period of their lives where they will experience a steady decline in their health. Even despite persistent efforts by many seniors to continue to live their lives independently, it is often an inevitability that they will eventually require care and supervision through their family members or the services of an assisted living center.

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Life Care Centers of America (LCCA) are based out of Cleveland, TN and operate over 200 nursing homes and assisted care facilities across the U.S. They opened their first facility back in 1970 and have grown into one of the largest chains of nursing homes in the U.S.

Locations

LCCA owns and operates 200 facilities in 28 states. The majority of the western states have LCCA centers, including Hawaii, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California and all the way south through Texas and New Mexico have locations. Many of the mid-eastern states have locations as well, with 26 locations in their home state of Tennessee, plus centers in Michigan, Ohio, and several other eastern states including the far south state of Florida.

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Nursing Homes in Golden LivingGolden Living has over 300 “Living Centers” in 21 states across the U.S. Touted as an award winning company of long-term care, they are happy to report that dozens of their facilities have received recognition for quality care in the past decade. They offer a variety of services up to and including long-term nursing care.

Locations

Most of the 300 Golden Living Centers are in the Midwest and the eastern part of the U. S.witha few in California. The 21 states that have locations are Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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For over 40 years, Extendicare has built its network of nursing homes and assisted living care into one of the largest of its kind in North America. With a total of over 244 facilities in Canada and in the U.S., they have over 26,000 residents in their care. While primarily specializing in nursing care and assisted living, they also have other types of care facilities as well.

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In the U.S., Extendicare is its own indirect wholly owned subsidiary of the Canadian born company. Under the name Extendicare Health Services, Inc. (EHSI), they operate 160 senior care facilities in the U.S. with over 15,000 available beds. They have facilities in 12 states including Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The majority of nursing homes are in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

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While it is becoming more common these days to hear reports of nursing home negligence and abuse, many facilities never receive the justice they truly deserve for systemic understaffing and policies that prioritize profits before human life. It is important to understand that cases falling under the realm of medical malpractice are very difficult to win due to the many protections put in place for healthcare providers to defend against frivolous lawsuits. Unfortunately, it is these very protections that may prevent victims with legitimate claims from receiving the compensation they deserve.

Family of Deceased Patient Loses Legal Battle against Negligent Nursing Home

An 84 year old man’s family brought a lawsuit against Kindred Healthcare and Greenbriar Terrace, located in the city of Nashua, New Hampshire after he died due to complications later linked to the worsening of multiple bedsores. His family argued that there was no excuse for the delayed discovery of the sores and that caregivers failed to provide adequate treatment and preventative care.

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Improper Wheelchair TransferWhen nursing care center staff members are worn thin due to limited resources and understaffing, it is very likely that they will make mistakes which have serious consequences. Regardless of their intentions, it is important that the people who are injured due to their negligence receive the compensation they deserve for things such as medical costs and the physical and emotional suffering the victim has endured. The nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers occasionally witness the devastating toll that these mistakes have on families when the victim does not survive following an accident.

Inability of Staff to Supervise Patient Cited in Lawsuit

Carmello Rufo fell when attempting a transfer from her wheelchair on March 14 of 2016 and was pronounced dead on April 2 due to complications directly related to her injuries. Marilyn Rufo has since brought a lawsuit against the nursing home and management agency tasked with Carmello’s care and safety alleging that Carmello’s death was due to the failure of caregivers to provide appropriate and attentive care. In addition to claims that Rufo’s accident was due to negligent care, Marilyn Rufo has also alleged that facility staff refused to evaluate her condition after the fall.

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