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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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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Illinois Nursing Complaint Anonymity Bill
When nursing abuse victims fear for their safety due to threats and repeated abuse; their anonymity can be the difference between reporting their plight to authorities and choosing to suffer in silence. Illinois has indicated in the past that it takes abuse very seriously and is one of the states in the country that still allows unlimited damage limits for those who sue because of mistreatment. For profit nursing corporations are seeking to insulate themselves by backing an Illinois bill that would remove the ability of those who complain to remain anonymous and our Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys agree with many opposed to the measure that the bill would only scare abuse victims into silence.

Ways the Bill Would Benefit Large Nursing Care Companies

Republican lawmakers are overwhelmingly in support of the nursing industry backed bill, which would require anyone who complains about nursing concerns to provide contact information. They would also be presented with a warning that they could be fined for submitting false complaints or deceptive claims. Considering all of the disadvantages for complainants, it is important also to understand the advantages that nursing homes would have if this measure ever became law.

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Judge Rules on RapistMany sexual assault cases against the elderly go unreported, especially when the victim suffers medical conditions such as confusion, memory loss or difficulty in communicating. In many cases, the perpetrator tricks, coerces or manipulates the other victim to have undesired sexual contact.

Often times, cases of elder sexual abuse involve live-in nurses, nursing home assistance, family members and friends or other type of caregiver who is trusted to handle their health and hygiene requirements. Statistics from a 1998 National Elder Abuse Incident Study indicate that more than two thirds of cases involving sexual assault on the elderly happen within nursing facilities. Such is the case that happened in a Minnesota nursing home when a nursing eight sexually assaulted a female resident suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in December 2014.

Home Worker Charged with Sexual Assault

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Selecting a Nursing Home Takes Time and PatienceMany families face the undesired position that their loved one no longer has the ability to live on their own safely and without assistance. As a result, they are required to find a safe and loving environment and place their trust into the hands of strangers who have competency and training to provide much-needed health and hygiene assistance. But choosing the right nursing facility is not easy. Without proper research and advocacy, making the wrong decision could have serious consequences.

Choosing the Right Nursing Home

Often times, placing a loved one in a nursing facility is one of the most challenging decisions the family will ever face. The need for a nursing facility often occurs at a time when the loved one is suffering some serious medical crises. Other factors might also be involved that limits the possibility of where the loved one can reside. This is especially important if payments will be made by Medicare or Medicaid that require the facility to be certified. However, other factors are also involved including:

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Charges Against a NurseThe disabled and elderly patients in nursing homes often live lives at the mercy and kindness of their caregivers. Unfortunately, physical assault, sexual abuse and mental anguish are often common occurrences to many vulnerable residents at nursing facilities nationwide. One purported attack involved a 50-year-old “non-verbal” woman staying at a Bethlehem Pennsylvania ManorCare Rehabilitation Center who was an alleged victim of sexual assault by a caregiver.

Victim Unable to Consent

The incident allegedly involved 45-year-old Quakertown resident Robert Poindexter who has is facing charges of aggravated indecent assault against a woman noted to have “extremely limited movement.” The charges were filed after an extensive investigation that presented witnesses and testimony before a Lehigh County investigative grand jury. Court records indicate that the sexual assault against the victim reportedly by Poindexter occurred without her consent and that the woman would have been “unable to consent” due to her physical limitations.

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