Archive for the ‘Nursing Home Articles’ Category
Monday, June 13th, 2011
According to the New York Times, as a nursing homeâ€™s profit increases, the overall welfare of its patients tends to decrease. A current trend in Tennessee and across the country is for large private equity firms and investment companies to purchase nursing home chains as investments. In order to maximize their investments, owners become concerned about a nursing homeâ€™s financials and bottom line. One way these firms maximize profit is by reducing costs. Unfortunately, some nursing homes cut staff, shrink the budget for supplies, and fail to fix structural problems with their facilities. Sometimes, nursing homes even cut staff to levels below the legal limit. Regulators maintain that patients in these types of nursing homes suffer.The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services reported that at nursing homes owned by private investment companies, residents generally experience more depression, loss of mobility, and loss of ability to bathe and clothe compared to residents of other homes. In addition, nursing homes owned by investment firms typically score lower than average in categories used to rate the quality of nursing homes. For example, data from a study conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services indicates the number of residents per registered nurse is 7 residents higher in investor-owned homes. In addition, instances of quality of care deficiencies, such as moldy food and mixed up medications, were 19 percent higher in investor-owned homes. Corporate owners concerned about financials end up telling the experienced nursing home administrators and managers how to run the home.
If the nursing home of your loved one operates below industry standards, call the Memphis nursing home neglect attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz at 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004. Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz, also known as NST Law, is the largest plaintiffâ€™s personal injury in law firm in Tennessee. While our nursing home lawyers are aware nursing homes can be lucrative investments, we believe profits should not come at the expense of the welfare and health of patients and residents. This is why NST Law is dedicated to thoroughly investigating an abused patientâ€™s claims in order to hold a nursing home and its corporate owner accountable for its actions. At NST Law, we do everything in our power to fight for clients to recover maximum compensation.
To speak to a Shelby County nursing home neglect lawyer at Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz, call 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004 or visit www.nstlaw.com. At NST Law, we take nursing home abuse seriously and stand up to the nursing homes that mistreat clients. If a loved one has suffered malnutrition, bed sores, urinary disorder, or unexpected bruise marks as a result of nursing home neglect, call the Tennessee nursing home neglect attorneys at Team NST Law today.
Sunday, June 12th, 2011
People across Tennessee trust nursing homes to provide specialized medical care to their loved ones with chronic illnesses and conditions such as pneumonia, dementia, Alzheimerâ€™s, and diabetes.Â Nursing home staff members are responsible for ensuring each patient takes his or her required medication, attends physical therapy sessions, and lives as healthy of a life as possible.Â Family members of patients hold nursing homes to a high standard and expect the homes to live up to promises they make before admitting that patient.Â The American Association for Justice has complied statistics that indicate many nursing homes do not live up to the high standard expected of them.Â Over 1.4 million people live in nursing homes in the United States, but 90% of nursing homes in the United States have staffing levels too low to provide adequate care to their residents.Â In addition, nurses generally spend fewer hours per day with patients than the recommended amount.
The nursing home of your loved one could be one of the 90% of nursing homes across the country that is not able to provide adequate care to its residents.Â The Memphis personal injury law firm Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz (â€śNST Lawâ€ť) has years of experience protecting the interests of persons victimized by nursing home abuse and neglect.Â If you suspect your loved oneâ€™s nursing home is cutting corners and not providing the care and attention your loved one needs and deserves, call NST Law at 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004.Â NST Law, the largest plaintiffâ€™s personal injury law firm in Tennessee, has 28 attorneys and a support staff of over 100 secretaries, paralegals, and investigators dedicated to protecting victims of nursing home neglect.
When a nursing home does not employ a sufficient number of staff members, residents suffer in many ways.Â First, nurses may not have enough time to give residents a sufficient amount of time and attention.Â Less attention can cause bed sores, malnutrition, and other disorders.Â Next, since each nurse or assistant has increased responsibilities, mistakes are more likely to be made, such as mixing up medicines of different patients.Â Also, nurses may be less likely to notice a residentâ€™s deteriorating medical condition.Â This can lead to more severe health problems in the future.
If any of these problems occured while your loved one resided in a nursing home, a Tennessee nursing home neglect attorney at NST Law can help.Â Our attorneys have knowledge of the illnesses nursing home patients have and the conditions they can acquire while living in the home.Â This knowledge, combined with an understanding of the latest courtroom trends and techniques, provide Team NST lawyers with the tools necessary to help clients recover maximum damages.Â To learn how a Team NST lawyer can aggressively pursue maximum compensation on your behalf, call the Tennessee nursing neglect lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz at 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004 for a free initial consultation on your case.
Thursday, June 9th, 2011
According to the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, Mayor Kim McMillan of Clarksville, Tennessee, celebrated National Nursing Home Week from May 8-14, 2011, by visiting two nursing homes.Â The theme of this yearâ€™s National Nursing Home Week was â€śFulfilling the Promise,â€ť a way to celebrate those nursing home employees who take pride in their jobs and work to make a difference in their patientsâ€™ lives.Â McMillan urged “every citizen to honor the elderly and disabled residents of nursing homes by visiting or volunteering at local nursing homes to bring good cheer and companionship to the residents and appreciation to the staff who care for our community’s most vulnerable citizens on our behalf.”Â Each year, the American Health Care Association sponsors the awareness week.
There comes a point when an elderly or handicapped person can no longer care for himself or herself and that personâ€™s family cannot either.Â A decision is then made to transfer that person to a nursing home.Â Family members trust nursing homes to care for their loved ones and give them the medical care and attention they deserve.Â Many nursing homes in Tennessee take this responsibility of caring for persons who require constant medical care seriously.Â However, some Tennessee nursing homes violate this responsibility and subject their patients to abuse and neglect.Â If a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, call the Tennessee nursing abuse attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz (â€śNST Lawâ€ť) at 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004 for a free initial consultation on your case.
Nursing home patients are often vulnerable due to their injuries and medical conditions. Corporate entities trying to make a profit often fail to hire adequate numbers of nursing home staff, or to adequately train, supervise, and monitor their current staff.Â The nursing home abuse attorneys at NST Law are familiar with warning signs of nursing home abuse or neglect, such as bed sores, malnutrition, wandering, and other forms of abuse, including poor personal hygiene and torn clothing.Â Team NST can hire medical experts to investigate the practices and procedures of a particular nursing home and determine if they meet Tennessee and federal standards.Â Your NST lawyer will do everything to thoroughly investigate your claim to let the nursing home know you are serious about standing up for your rights.
To speak to a Memphis nursing home attorney at NST Law, call 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004 today.Â NST Law has over twenty years experience representing persons whose loved ones have suffered from nursing home abuse or neglect.Â Since a loved oneâ€™s life is at stake, selecting an experienced and skilled nursing home abuse attorney is vital.Â Let Team NST put our experience and resources towards helping you recover maximum compensation in your nursing home abuse case.
Thursday, June 9th, 2011
According to the Richmond Register, a woman is suing Madison Manor nursing home in Kentucky for negligence.Â The woman is the widow of a former Madison Manor patient.Â The woman claims the nursing home failed to treat an infection on her now-deceased husbandâ€™s foot while he resided at the home, which led to leg amputation and then death.Â The lawsuit claims the negligent care at the nursing home quickened the deterioration of her husbandâ€™s health beyond the natural aging process.Â The lawsuit also claims the facility was negligent by failing to maintain adequate staffing, keep sufficient records, and treat and monitor symptoms and pain. The defendants of the lawsuit include the corporation that owns Madison Manor and Madison Manorâ€™s administrator.Â The defendants are accused of negligence, corporate negligence, medical negligence, and violating long-term care residentsâ€™ rights.
If a loved one is currently or has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in Tennessee, call the law firm Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz at 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004.Â Patients of nursing homes often require extensive medical care and attention.Â These patients can be highly vulnerable and unable to look out for their best interests due to medical conditions, such as dementia.Â In a perfect world, all nursing home patients would be given the respect and attention they deserve.Â However, the reality is that some patients are taken advantage of and ignored.Â The lawyers at NST Law have the resources to identify when a person has been victimized by nursing home abuse or neglect and can prove a nursing home or employee was at fault for a patientâ€™s injuries or wrongful death.
For a free initial consultation on your case, call Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz today.Â Team NST lawyers have handled nursing home abuse cases for years and are familiar with warning signs.Â Oftentimes, an injury or death resulting from nursing home neglect is not caused by one single act.Â Instead, injuries or death can result from a pattern of neglect over time. For example, detrimental side effects of malnutrition can take days or weeks to appear.Â By being familiar with conditions commonly caused by nursing home neglect, such as malnutrition, NST attorneys can spot the warning signs.Â In addition, NST Law may retain investigators to scrutinize a nursing homeâ€™s records, research the nursing homeâ€™s practices and procedures, and speak to other patients and staff members.Â With these resources and years of experience protecting victims of nursing home abuse and neglect in Tennessee, you can trust NST Law has the resources to effectively handle your case.
To speak to a Memphis nursing home abuse attorney at Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz, call 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004.Â Â NST Law is the largest plaintiffâ€™s personal injury law firm in Tennessee, and our lawyers are committed to holding nursing homes and their corporate owners accountable for their actions. Â NST lawyers vigorously fight for clients and do everything possible to help clients recover every dollar they are legally entitled to.
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Nursing homes, at their best, can operate to assist elderly and disabled persons who require around-the-clock medical care and attention. Nursing homes can provide a comforting, nurturing, and safe environment for patients. Nursing homes can take pressure off of family members by allowing professional medical doctors, specialists, and nurses to care for loved ones.
At their worst, however, nursing homes can be profit-seeking ventures concerned more about their finances and bottom line than the patients they are supposed to look out for. For instance, some nursing homes try to cut costs by not hiring an adequate number of staff members. Also, some nursing homes fail to adequately update their facilities. In addition, the residency contracts patients sign before being admitted into a nursing home can be highly favorable to the nursing home and burdensome to the patient.
The Tennessee nursing home abuse lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz (â€śNST Lawâ€ť) recently handled a case that involved a conflict over a provision in a nursing home patientâ€™s residency agreement. A clause in the agreement stated that any disputes between the patient or her family and the nursing home would be decided by binding arbitration rather than a trial or court proceeding. Since the patientâ€™s daughter signed the agreement before entering her mother into the home, there was also an issue of whether the daughter had the authority to subject the mother to the terms of the agreement by way of Power of Attorney. The arbitration clause came under dispute after the nursing home patient suffered a fractured hip from a fall and died from injuries sustained in the fall in 2007. The daughter, represented by NST Law, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home. In response, the nursing home filed a Motion to Compel Arbitration in accordance with the clause in the original residency agreement. The nursing home felt it was in its best interests to have the case heard and decided by an arbitrator instead of by a jury.Â The Team NST lawyers fought aggressively on the daughterâ€™s behalf, and ultimately the court decided that the arbitration clause was unenforceable.
If a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect in Memphis, Jackson, Knoxville, or anywhere in Tennessee, do not hesitate to contact the Tennessee personal injury attorneys at NST Law at 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004 to see if you may be eligible to recover compensation. NST Law has the resources to prove nursing home abuse or neglect and can protect you from unfair clauses in residency contracts. If a clause in a contract benefits a nursing home and unduly burdens the patient, the clause may be unconscionable and unenforceable. When a nursing home looks out for its best interests, NST Law looks out for your best interests. NST Law can utilize medical experts, industry experts, and knowledge of Tennessee law to review contracts and fight for maximum compensation.
For a free initial consultation on your case, call Nahon, Saharovich, and Trotz today at 901-683-7000 or 1-800-LAW-4004 to learn how an experienced nursing home abuse attorney can help you recover maximum damages. NST Law is the largest plaintiffâ€™s personal injury law firm in Tennessee, with offices in Memphis, Jackson, and Knoxville. NST lawyers can answer your questions and help develop an effective legal strategy. Call today and let us put our knowledge, resources, and experience towards your case.
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