Understaffing – A Subtle Form of Elder Abuse and Neglect

The defense attorney gave me a look as if to say I was crazy. “Wendy,” he said, “How is a caregiver who just dropped your patient and suffered a hip fracture – how is that neglect?”  Well, I told him. It’s not just what happened, it’s why it happened. Oftentimes, the severity of an…

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Cover Ups Won’t Work. How To Fight Back Against Nursing Home Abuse

In my experience, there are two different kinds of defense lawyers we routinely come across in our work as plaintiffs’ attorneys. There are the “Janitor Defense Lawyers” and then there are the “Cover-Up Defense Lawyers.”  The Janitor Defense Lawyers are honorable because they say, “My client made a mistake. I need to clean it…

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Granny Cams – If Given The Option, Yes, You Should Install One

One of the fastest-growing trends in eldercare is the installation of what is known as “Granny Cams,” which are video monitors set up in facilities that allow family members to check on loved ones remotely.  Several states, including Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas have recently enacted laws that mandate that senior communities…

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Is It Borderline? How To Know If It’s Elder Abuse When Accidents Happen.

The stories of elder abuse and neglect that come to me from all over California are always heartbreaking and tragic.  We regularly see egregious examples of elderly patients in facilities who have suffered pressure sores, sepsis, fractures, unexplained injuries, and head injuries including subdural hematomas. Others have been given physical restraints, chemical restraints, or…

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Arbitration Is Not Your Friend

On its surface, the idea of using arbitration to resolve a dispute may seem like a good idea. On one side is a corporation that owns a chain of skilled nursing facilities or nursing homes, and on the other side is you and your family with a problem. You believe that your relative or loved…

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Polypharmacy Is Also Elder Abuse

As we age, medical problems often crop up, and as a result, most of us receive and fill more prescriptions. At the point when someone is admitted to a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, it’s not at all unusual for them to have five or even 10 different active prescriptions. The most common ones…

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Classic Signs of Elder Neglect

If you are offended by graphic descriptions or images, please turn off this video or read no further. I apologize in advance to anyone who might find the following information distasteful but there is no other way for me to convey this information without getting into some important and graphic details. York Law Firm gets…

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Yes, You Should Install A Granny Cam

One of the fastest-growing trends in eldercare is the installation of what is known as “Granny Cams,” which are video monitors set up in facilities that allow family members to check on loved ones remotely. Several states, including Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas have recently enacted laws that mandate that senior communities must…

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Cover-Ups Won’t Work

I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento. In my experience, there are two different kinds of defense lawyers we routinely come across in our work as plaintiffs’ attorneys. There are the “Janitor Defense Lawyers” and then there are the “Cover-Up Defense Lawyers.” The Janitor Defense Lawyers are honorable because they say, “My…

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