Nursing Home Malpractice

ConsumerReport Shares How to Have the Safest Hospital Stay

New research has revealed that medical error is linked to 440,000 fatalities each year–that’s nearly half a million lives lost because of negligence or medical mistake. While the number is an estimate, it ranks as the third leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer. Yes, you read that correctly. Medical error might be the third leading cause of death in America. Sadly, this issue is rarely heard about because it is underreported by the media, doctors, health administrations, and even victims. This is largely due to the nature of reporting error–it’s “messy, complicated, and controversial”…But it …


A Deeper Look Into the Nursing Home Care Crisis

Saul Gruber, Esq. Recently, TLC blogged about the disappointing results of the federal government’s most comprehensive nursing home care investigation ever. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report revealing that nearly 30%of nursing home patients are harmed by inadequate treatment. What’s more, 60% of those cases are said to be preventable. In a single month, the OIG estimates that over 1,500 Medicare patients that returned to a care home after hospitalization died as a result of poor care or medical error. Those readmitted after an adverse event are estimated to cost the …


The Consumer Voice Calls on Federal Government to Increase Nursing Home Staff

Tad Thomas, Esq. A few days ago, we blogged about an important new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG). Highlighted in the story is that roughly one-third of skilled nursing residents are being harmed, and nearly 60% of those incidents of harm, such as infections, blood clots, and bleeding due to medication,  are preventable. So what’s the cause behind this scary trend? According to the OIG, failure or delay of care is a culprit, which is partially caused by insufficient numbers of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and certified …


One-Third of Nursing Home Patients Harmed By Largely Preventable Events

Brian Nettles, Esq. A new report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Health and Human Services has revealed that roughly one-third of all nursing home patients are harmed by their treatment and that nearly 60% of those cases are preventable. The OIG estimates that care costs associated with such events add up to nearly $4.4 billion annually ($2.8 billion in just hospital visits). The report is the most comprehensive nursing home safety study ever done by the federal government. The Congressionally backed study analyzed hospital data from 2008-2012 of Medicare beneficiaries. They found that …


MN State Legislators Demand Health Dept to Review Mishandled Rape Case

Tad Thomas, Esq. Last month, Andrew Scott Merzwksi was sentenced to 53 months in prison for the rape of an 89-year old woman. Merzwski worked as a caregiver at Edgewood Vista Senior Home in Hermantown, MN. He admitted to giving the victim medication to impair her before committing the assault. A medical examiner stated that the vaginal lacerations from the rape were some of the largest she had seen in her career. Today, Minnesota legislators Reps. Tina Liebling of Rochester and Erik Simonson of Duluth, are concerned that the victim has suffered unnecessary trauma because of failures in care. They …


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