Pressure Sores And Their Common Sites

Despite the ease of prevention, pressure sores are a common occurrence for many nursing home residents. This is because they are older, and often confined to their bed.[1] Treatment of these injuries is not difficult. Repositioning bed-bound residents every two hours can often effectively combat their development.[2] Pressure relieving methods such as pillows and foam padding can help too.[3] Examinations …

Stages of Sacral Pressure Ulcers

Sacral Pressure Ulcers are a troubling reality for many elders in nursing homes. Bed-bound elders are at the highest risk, but the risk can be mitigated with steps such as examinations, repositioning every two hours, and other measures to mitigate pressure (extra foam on mattresses). These sores can grow progressively worse as time goes on if not treated. They have …

Stages of Heel Decubitus Ulcers

Elders are sent to nursing homes when their families can no longer provide them with the care they need. Homes promise expert care and the ability to cater to the needs of each resident. They often accept Medicaid funds on a similar premise. Unfortunately they often fail to live up to the promised standard of care; both to the elder, …

Surveys: How to Use Them in Investigation and at Trial

In order to be licensed by the state, nursing homes have to submit to surveys which note any safety violations, and homes must either appeal or give a plan to correct violations. In addition to serving the state, they can also be a valuable tool to plaintiffs. Surveys represent an independent, unbiased, unaffected party’s view of the nursing home and …

Advantages of Federal Court in Kansas Nursing Home Cases

In an ideal world justice would be equally and readily available no matter where a person is injured. This is especially true in nursing home abuse cases. Families place their loved ones in nursing homes so they can receive the care they need and deserve. It should not matter where the nursing home is located if they injure the very …

Who to Depose in a Nursing Home Negligence Case

Depositions are a crucial aspect of a nursing home negligence claim. Depositions provide an opportunity to test and probe the nursing home’s sworn explanation of the circumstances leading to the injury. Depositions also lock staff and administrators into a position on a topic, thus providing impeachment material if the witness seeks to change his or her testimony at trial. Put …

Using Immediate Jeopardy Findings in Nursing Home Litigation

State and federal laws require nursing homes to provide reasonable and proper care to its residents. If a nursing home fails to provide an appropriate standard of care the state or federal inspector may issue a citation for “immediate jeopardy.” Immediate jeopardy refers to circumstances where the nursing home’s failure to comply with a safety rule has caused or is …

Smoking in Nursing Homes

Many nursing home’s residents want to maintain certain aspects of their lifestyle. For that reason, many elders that enter a nursing home want to continue smoking. Unfortunately, this often proves dangerous because nursing homes fail to properly monitor the resident. Indeed, the dangers associated with resident smoking are easily negated with proper supervision and a reasonable smoking policy. Nursing homes …

Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Families place an immeasurable amount of trust in nursing home staff when they admit a loved one to that facility. This trust is often misguided when nursing home abuse occurs to loved ones instead of the promised care. What can families do to help stop this? First, family members must not wait for nursing home staff to report the abuse. …

Responding to Defendant’s Delay Tactics in Nursing Home Litigation

Nursing home cases are a lengthy process even when both parties cooperate.  This is because nursing home cases usually consists of thousands of pages of documents and medical records that each party must review, and then conduct numerous depositions. Too often the nursing home’s litigation strategy is simply one of delay. When this happens, it is important that plaintiff’s lawyers take the …