Hialeah Florida Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Hialeah Nursing Home AttorneyThe Hialeah Florida nursing home attorneys have witnessed a substantial rise in the number of cases involving neglect, abuse and mistreatment of nursing home residents all throughout Southeast Florida. Sadly, many of those who take advantage of vulnerable elderly citizens are the very individuals who have been entrusted to provide them health and hygiene care.

Hialeah Florida is a richly populated area with more than 231,000 residents, of which nearly 50,000 are retirees. The increasing number of the aging population throughout the area has occurred because many individuals have moved to southeastern Florida for its cool breezes off the Atlantic Ocean and comfortable climate year-round. However, demand for elderly requiring skilled nursing care in the later stages of their lives as placed a significant burden on most nursing facilities throughout the Miami / Hialeah area.

Hialeah Florida Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Hialeah nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many victims of physical and sexual assault, mental abuse and neglect or mistreatment by the hands of their caregivers in nursing facilities all throughout southeastern Florida. As advocates for victims of nursing home abuse, our lawyers review many of the opened investigations, filed complaints and safety concerns in nursing facilities statewide. We gather the information from publicly available databases including Medicare.gov and publish our primary concerns for the health and well-being of residents in the list below.

Comparing Hialeah Area Nursing Facilities

The nursing facilities listed below currently maintain a low to average star rating out of the national Medicare database. Our Hialeah Florida nursing home abuse lawyers have selected and published our primary concerns involving actions by the nursing staff, administrators and other residents who directly or indirectly caused harm to the residents at these facilities.

Information on Florida Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

Our attorneys have compiled data from settlements and jury verdicts across Florida to give you an idea as to how cases are valued. Learn more about the cases below:

Aventura Plaza Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
1800 N E 168th Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33162
(305) 947-3445

A “Not-For-Profit” 86-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 3 out of 5 possible stars

3 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Treatment to Prevent a New Pressure Ulcer from Developing or Heal Any Existing Bedsore

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/19/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “assess [resident] appropriately for staging of a pressure ulcer.” The complaint investigation was initiated because an LPN at the facility improperly staged a resident’s pressure ulcer as Stage II on 04/16/2015. However, 12 days later the wound doctor staged the resident’s pressure sore as “unstageable wound due to necrosis [dead tissue].” She confirmed that the resident was seen by the doctor 19 days after admission because the doctor was not available at the time. She also revealed that the procedure was for the doctor to evaluate the resident’s wounds when they are admitted.”

The state surveyor interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing on 05/19/2015 where it was revealed “that the wound care was being done by the wound care nurse who was non-wound care certified.”

Our Hialeah elder abuse attorneys recognize that not providing adequate care to treat an existing pressure sore might be considered negligence, especially if the bedsore is allowed to degrade to a life-threatening condition. This deficient practice does not follow policies and procedures established by the facility and violates both state and federal regulations.

Coral Reef Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
9869 SW 152nd Street
Miami, FL 33157
(305) 255-3220

A “For-Profit” 180-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Adequate Maintenance on Residents’ Rooms and Equipment to Ensure the Resident’s Highest Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/17/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that the residents’ rooms remain in good repair [… and] that resident care equipment remained in good condition [… and] that resident furniture was in good condition in [a resident’s room].” These deficient practices directly affected one resident in the facility whose room had a broken door as it was not able to be closed. In addition, the required proper maintenance on the air-conditioning had not been cleaned and required repair. The resident also was provided a wheelchair “being noticeably damaged.”

Our Hialeah nursing home neglect attorneys note that the facility’s updated policies titled: Policy and Procedures on Room Cleaning, Cleaning of Nurses Stations, Break Rooms and Staff Bathroom did not include “policies or procedures for cleaning resident AC unit.” Any failure to provide adequate maintenance in the facility reduces the quality of life for the resident and could be considered negligence or abuse.

Fair Havens Center
201 Curtiss Pkwy
Miami Springs, FL 33166

(305) 887-1565

A “For-Profit” 269-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide a Standard of Care That Prevents the Spread of Infection

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/27/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “to demonstrate proper hand hygiene during incontinence care for [a resident at the facility] observed for incontinence care.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff could potentially “affect 44 residents who require assistance for incontinence care.”

An observation occurring on 08/25/2015 by the state investigator initiated the complaint investigation when it was observed that a staff member donned a pair of gloves while cleaning the perineal area of a resident and “proceeded to clean the buttocks of the resident. She was removing dark brown material that resembled feces to the buttocks area with the washcloth. After cleaning the buttocks, [the staff member] did not remove her gloves. [The staff member] was touching the resident’s arms and face with the same gloves and proceeded to change the linen on the resident’s bed with the same gloves.” The staff member “did not remove her gloves until she has completed all of the activities.”

The surveyor interviewed the facilities Infection Control Nurse two days after the incident who revealed “that the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) are trained and expected to change gloves and wash their hands after cleaning a body part before washing another part.”

Our Hialeah nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that the staff member failed to follow protocols and procedures as stated in the facility’s policy titled: Bathing and Grooming that states “when bathing a resident, employee should wash front part of the body beginning with the face and working down, donning gloves and washing hands in between body areas.” Any failure to follow the standards of care as established and implemented at the facility could be considered negligence.

The Floridean Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
47 NW 32nd Place
Miami, FL 33125
(305) 649-2911

A “For-Profit” 90-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That Services Provided by the Nursing Facility Meet Professional Standards of Quality

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/27/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “ensure that qualified personnel perform assessments of wounds. The facility permitted the Licensed Practical Nurses, not certified in wound assessment, to perform assessments of wounds and also had no daily oversight from a Registered Nurse in accordance with the State of Florida Nurse Practice Act.” This deficient practice caused actual harm to a resident who developed an avoidable unstageable pressure ulcer while at the facility.

The state investigator noted that “there was no RN on the wound team” at the facility and that the Director of Nursing “declined to answer the questions related to whether this was an acceptable practice in regard to using LPNs that are not certified in wound care assessment, in addition, to them not having appropriate oversight.”

Our Hialeah nursing home lawyers know that providing substandard care to a nursing home resident might be considered negligence or mistreatment. This is because it directly violates both state and federal regulations and does not follow the established protocols, policies and procedures adopted by the facility.

Harmony Health Center
9820 N Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33176
(305) 271-6311

A “For-Profit” 203-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Minimum Standards of Care to Ensure That the Spread of Infection Does Not Occur at the Facility

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/19/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “to ensure the coordination of care was implemented to provide the necessary care and services [for nine residents at the facility] review for gastrointestinal (G.I.) related symptoms.” This deficient practice did not follow the local health official recommendation that “the facility implement contact precautions for affected residents with G.I. symptoms to prevent the spread of disease.”

Our Hialeah elder abuse attorneys recognize that any failure caused by the medical staff that places the health and well-being of a resident or residents might be considered negligence. Not following the recommendation of federal, state and local health officials directly violates established regulations.

Jackson Memorial Long Term Care Center
2500 NW 22nd Ave
Miami, FL 33142
(786) 466-3000

A “Government Owned and Operated” 180-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Procedures to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections When Residents Wear External Catheters

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/01/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “provide the justification, physician’s orders, and care plans and included approaches specifically related to the care, treatment and services for an external catheter use for [the resident at the facility].” This deficient practice has the potential of affecting “75 out of 168 (44.64%) residents with indwelling and/or external catheters in the facility [when the survey was conducted].”

The state surveyor conducted an interview with the on-site Medical Director on 10/01/2015 over the phone to confirm that the Medical Director ordered the resident “to wear a condom/external catheter when out of bed. [The Medical Director] was informed the resident was wearing the condom/external catheter at night and during the day (all day) and there was no documentation indicating the resident’s condom catheter was being changed [according to the physician’s orders].” The Medical Director had to explain “that normally the condom catheter should be changed every shift and as needed. The doctor was speechless when told the resident stated the catheter was being changed every three days.”

Our Hialeah, Florida nursing home neglect attorneys know that nursing facilities are required to provide a level of care based on established procedures and protocols and that any failure to do so could be considered negligence or mistreatment. The deficient practice violates federal and state regulations that require the nursing facility to provide proper services to prevent urinary tract infections.

Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center
19590 Old Cutler Road
Cutler Bay, FL 33157
(786) 466-3500

A “Government Owned and Operated” 163-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide a Basic Standard of Care That Maintains the Resident’s Highest Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/24/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “to provide care and services to attain and/or maintain the highest practical well-being for [the resident at the facility].” The deficient practices were evidenced by the facility’s “failure to monitor fluid intake to ensure the physician ordered fluid restriction was maintained and failure to coordinate treatment to ensure effective [control of the resident’s medical condition] to include medication administration and review of laboratory results.” The failure to follow protocols and procedures caused direct harm to a resident as “evidenced by episodes of fluid overload and ongoing failure to improve [the control of the resident’s medical condition].” The deficient practices directly affected to residents at the facility.

Any failure to provide all the necessary care and services required to maintain the resident’s highest well-being might be considered negligence on behalf of the nursing staff, doctors and administrators. This is because the deficient practices violate federal and state regulations and do not follow the established procedures and protocols adopted by the facility.

Miami Jewish Health Systems, Inc.
5200 Ne 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 751-8626

A “Not-For-Profit” 422-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Medications to the Residents That Have Not Expired

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/08/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility’s failure to “remove expired medication ensure that open medications were dated on four (2 Myers, 3 Myers, 2 Topple South, and 3 Topple South) of twelve units located in the facility.”

The deficient practice was noted by the state investigator indicating that “a bottle of triple antibiotic solution was found with an expiration date [having expired]. Additionally, three bottles of “insulin (Lantus 100 units, Novolog 100 units, and Humulin 100 units) were found with an open date” indicate that the medications were expired because the date on each bottle shows “the medication should be discarded 28 days after opening [… and these] medications were open for a total of 36 days.

Providing expired medications including insulin to residents at the facility can cause direct harm and might be considered negligence or mistreatment. Additionally, the deficient practice does not follow established procedures and protocols to be adopted by nursing facilities nationwide.

The Nursing Center at Mercy
3671 S Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 854-1110

A “For-Profit” 120-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocol to Ensure the Resident Is Free from the Spread of Infection

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/22/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that during incontinence care staff are changing their gloves and washing their hands after contact with soiled areas, before touching clean surfaces and continuing care for [2 residents at the facility] observed for incontinence care.”

The deficient practice was noted by the state surveyor after conducting an interview with the Director of Nursing on 04/22/2015 where it was “revealed that a resident’s brief was soiled, they should have to wash hands first, provided privacy, do perineal care, and then they would have to wash their hands afterward.” The Director of Nursing “also revealed that after cleaning a resident that has stool, [the] CNA would have to start all over again changing gloves and washing their hands.”

If the medical team fails to provide minimum standards of incontinence care by following established protocols, the increased potential of the resident experiencing a spread of infection is greatly increased. Our team of Hialeah elder abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols that harm the resident might be considered negligence or mistreatment.

South Dade Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
17475 S Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL 33157
(305) 255-1045

A “For-Profit” 180-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure the Residents Are Free from Abuse Including Theft of Their Property

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/13/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “prohibit the misappropriation of resident property.” The deficient practice involved one resident at the facility who indicated “that a former staff member [a CNA] once borrowed $400 from him. This occurred in November 2014. [The CNA] approach the resident with her daughter and gave the resident a sob story about living in a car and needing money. The resident agreed to loan [the CNA] money. He provided her with his bankcard and personal identification number (PIN). She withdrew $400 and brought the card back. [The CNA] agreed to pay the resident back when she got her next paycheck [… however] she only paid [the resident] $161 of the $400 she owed him.” The resident filing the complaint indicated that the CNA “was terminated from the facility and had moved to Connecticut.”

The state surveyor investigating the incident noted that when the resident “learn that [the CNA] was not returning to work, he told a staff member of the incident and he told him to tell the administrator. He went downstairs and talked to the Administrator in the hallway and told him that he lent [the CNA] money. The Administrator just told him that he shouldn’t have done that.”

Policies established by the facility forbid mistreatment of any kind including theft of a resident’s property and directly violate regulations at both the state and federal levels. Our Hialeah nursing home attorneys recognize that any theft of a resident’s property might be considered abuse involving financial exploitation.

Indicators of Abuse and Neglect Occurring in the Nursing Facility

While one indicator does not necessarily prove abuse or neglect in a nursing facility, there are numerous telltale signs that could be problematic requiring immediate intervention. Common indicators of abuse and neglect involve:

  • Broken bones, pressure marks, bruises, burns or abrasions resulting from mistreatment, neglect or physical abuse.
  • An unexplained withdrawal of the resident from normal daily activities
  • An unusual level of depression that could be the result of emotional abuse
  • A sudden change in the resident’s alertness
  • Bruising around the genital areas or breasts caused by non-consensual sexual activity
  • Unattended medical needs
  • Unusual weight loss
  • Poor hygiene
  • Facility-acquired bedsores (pressure sores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers)
  • Tense or strained relationships involving frequent arguing between the elderly individual and caregivers

It is crucial the family and friends remain alert to the signs and indicators of physical, sexual, mental and emotional abuse and neglect. Many times, the victim suffers in silence due to the fear of retribution or reprisal from those that are abusing or neglecting the resident.

Hiring A Lawyer

It is crucial to note that it is not the role of family and friends to verify that abuse or neglect has occurred, but only alert others of any suspicion you might have. The nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many individuals who suffered abuse and neglect while residing in nursing facilities all throughout southeastern Florida. Our team of Hialeah nursing home attorneys have intervened on the family’s behalf to stop the abuse immediately and assisted the victim in obtaining the financial compensation they deserve for their damages, losses and injuries.

Our Hialeah nursing home abuse law firm provides free consultations to discuss the merits of your case. We urge you to make contact with us today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your case review. All information remains confidential. These types of cases are handled through a contingency fee agreement, meaning we provide all legal services without any payment of an upfront fee.

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