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Man files wrongful death lawsuit against nursing home

Robert Townsend of Ellington, Connecticut, tried to convince the governor, several lawmakers and state health investigators that there were suspicious circumstances surrounding his mother’s death. When his complaints fell deaf ears, he decided to take matters into his own hands, filing a lawsuit against the nursing home he says contributed to her death, according to the Journal Inquirer. Robert’s 80-year-old mother, Emily Townsend, was a resident at Kettle Brook Care Center, a nursing home owned by iCare Management when she fell from her bed last January and was hospitalized. She returned to the nursing home but suffered a second, more ... Read More

Jury awards $3.5 million to man injured by NYC subway

A Manhattan jury awarded a 25-year-old man $3,594,943 for serious injuries he received when he was struck by a New York subway train. The verdict came on February 9 and was announced on Tuesday. The case raises interesting issues of negligence and liability because of the man’s intoxicated state at the time of the incident and the train operator’s failure to take the mandatory course of action in the circumstance. The incident occurred just before 2 a.m. at the 14th and Union Square subway station when the victim fell onto the subway tracks. He could not clear the tracks before ... Read More

Another nursing home resident becomes a victim of financial abuse

There was plenty of money for Margaret Palko’s long-term care – nearly $375,000 in her bank account. The 88-year-old woman relied on Elizabeth DeLeon to provide her care, giving her power of attorney over her finances in 2005. Six months later, Palko’s Alzheimer’s Disease had progressed to the point that she was admitted to Schuylkill Center Nursing Home in the Norwegian Township, according to the Morning Call. It was DeLeon’s job to make sure Palko’s care was paid for. Instead, she went on a shopping spree, even paying cash for a new car and using Palko’s vehicle as a trade-in. ... Read More

Florida press conference raises awareness of traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) were the subject of a press conference held at the Florida Capitol Building on Tuesday. More than 50 people, including survivors of TBIs and their families, health professionals, and legislators, gathered to talk about their experiences and the need to raise awareness about brain injuries, their causes, and their prevention. Educating the public about TBIs has become more urgent in Florida, where there has been an upward trend in the number of brain injuries occurring statewide. In 2005, approximately 93,000 TBIs occurred in Florida, resulting in more than 71,000 emergency room visits and 18,000 hospitalizations. 8,200 ... Read More

Nursing home advocate says to heed warning signs of neglect, abuse

Wes Bledsoe, founder of the victim’s advocacy group A Perfect Cause, cautioned Norman, Oklahoma, residents to heed the warning signs of neglect in patients in the state’s nursing homes, citing a study by the national coalition Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes. The study found that nursing home residents in Oklahoma had more pressure sores compared to the national average, according to NewsOK. Bledsoe said pressure sores on nursing home residents are akin to “canaries in the coal mine,” adding that pressure sores often are a sign of neglect, and the frequency of pressure sores on a nursing home’s patients ... Read More

Health dept rules maltreatment was cause of patient’s broken neck

A report of maltreatment against Presbyterian Homes nursing home in Arden Hills, Minnesota, is being investigated following an incident where a resident suffered a neck injury and subsequently died, according to Fox Twin Cities. Last April, a staff member at the nursing home noticed a bump on the victim’s head. The woman was sent to the hospital where doctors discovered a significant fracture to the woman’s cervical spine. Doctors suggested the fracture, which was at the C2 vertebrae near the base of the skull, was the result of a fall or trauma days earlier that possibly caused the woman to ... Read More

Peanut Corporation of America closes for good

Peanut Corporation of America has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Virginia following the recall of peanut products produced in the company’s Blakely, Georgia, and Plainview, Texas, facilities. “It’s regrettable, but it’s inevitable with the events of last month,” Andrew S. Goldstein, the bankruptcy attorney who filed the petition, told the Associated Press. Investigators have traced the national salmonella outbreak to peanuts produced by the Peanut Corp. in its Blakely, Georgia, factory. They estimate that the contaminated peanut butter has sickened 630 people and caused the deaths of 9. According to the AP, the board “had ... Read More

Sexual abuse reported at nursing homes, assisted living facilities

Sexual abuse. It is one of the most unimaginable crimes against those who are dependent on others, but yet the reports keep coming. This week in Framingham, Massachusetts, the Boston Herald reported that a former nursing home aide was charged with sexually molesting a 62-year-old woman at Sudbury Pines Extended Care who had recently suffered a stroke which had greatly limited her ability to speak. Despite her condition, investigators were able to interview the woman. She was able to answer yes and no questions and point to various parts of her body. From that, investigators ascertained that nursing aide Kofi Agana ... Read More

Nursing home founders’ grandson cleared of larceny

Gregory Logan’s family was well known in Dedham, Massachusetts. Years ago his grandparents Samuel and Florence Logan founded the largest nursing home operation in the area. Logan served as the administrator of Logan Nursing & Rehabilitation in Braintree. But last year Logan and his two uncles, Joel Logan and Todd Logan, were accused of raiding patient accounts for personal use between January 2001 and June 2003. The uncles pleaded guilty in July to misappropriating Medicaid funds, conspiracy, larceny, embezzlement and patient neglect. They both received five years probation and were ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution. Gregory Logan chose instead ... Read More

Illinois woman freezes to death outside nursing home

The family of Sarah Wentworth can’t imagine how the 89-year-old woman could have wandered outside the Itasca, Illinois nursing home where she lived for more than two years. Wentworth was so frail that she needed assistance just to get out of bed or change her clothes. And since she suffered from dementia, which can make those who suffer from the disease prone to wander, she also wore an ankle bracelet that sounded an alarm if she crossed through the nursing home’s doors to the outside. Which makes Wentworth’s death even more mind-boggling. She was found dead Feb. 5 outside in ... Read More