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Burns from Sun Exposure

One of my colleagues recently handled a case where a resident was left out on the patio of a skilled nursing facility in a wheelchair, and the resident was unable to talk or move. The staff put him out on the patio thinking, oh he’ll be able to get the fresh air. But then they…

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Burns from Scalding

I recently had a case of an adult disabled woman who was mentally and physically impaired – very impaired. She was in an assisted living facility that was licensed by the Department of Social Services, and that facility had poor Safety Awareness.  Their facility was staffed lean and mean. At some point, they had cameras…

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Obtaining Medical Records – Digital Medical Records in Living Facility

It is fascinating for me to see a new generation growing up with technology, and how so many of them are facile with coding and electronically stored information. The world of record-keeping has moved from analog paper files to digital files(Digital Medical Records in Living Facility) stored in electronic health record systems stored in the…

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Obtain Medical Records of Deceased Patient

When bad things happen in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities, the administrators of those institutions will not want to be held accountable. It’s human nature to avoid responsibility, especially when liability can bring with it major punitive and financial damages for a skilled nursing facility chain. At York Law Firm, we get…

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Obtaining Medical Records – Nursing Home Medical Records

Felicia Whitcomb was 89 and lived in a skilled nursing facility here in Northern California. Felicia required two CNAs to lift her safely out of bed.  Unfortunately, her care facility was understaffed, which meant that the staff had to take shortcuts.  One day, Felicia’s nursing assistant tried to get her out of bed without the…

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What It’s Like To Be A Patient At A Nursing Home During COVID-19

The death toll at nursing homes in the United States from the Coronavirus continues to climb. According to the New York Times, of the estimated 110,000 deaths so far, approximately one-third (~35,000) are residents of nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and institutions that care for the elderly. With residents continuing to die, more people are…

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Burns from Cigarettes

A fairly common occurrence at nursing home is when a resident cigarette smoker suffers a cigarette burn to some part of their body. When a cigarette burn happens, it means that the resident was not adequately supervised. Some residents are more at risk than others. Someone who is cognitively impaired, for example, is at greater…

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Pressure Sores

I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento. There are a lot of types of skin traumas that indicate neglect or abuse, but pressure sores are almost always a clear indicator of neglect or abuse because they always result from a patient being left in one position for prolonged periods of time. We…

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Infection Control Deficiencies In Nursing Homes Were Widespread Before COVID-19

Two days ago, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, released a report that helps explain why COVID-19 has devastated nursing homes across the United States. The GAO analyzed data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services from 2013-2017 and discovered that 82% of nursing homes received citations for cutting corners or lapses…

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The Other Victims of Nursing Home Neglect

The Coronavirus global pandemic is focusing bright light on the pre-existing lapses of skilled nursing facilities and demonstrating what happens when nursing home chains fail to follow infectious disease protocols leading to other victims of Nursing Home Neglect.  Reports of horrific numbers of death in nursing homes from across the United States continue to pour…

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