click to contact

What To Do When Healthcare Facilities Discriminate Against You

May 6, 2020

Discrimination against people for any reason is wrong and illegal. People frequently call me with stories of obvious and blatant discrimination and want to know if they should file a lawsuit.The problem is that when someone filesa lawsuit alleging discrimination they are usually in for a bruising battle, mostly because institutions will argue that no…

Read More

Immunity for Nursing Homes

May 4, 2020

COVID-19 is a global disaster, the scale and extent of which is unprecedented in most of our lifetimes, with the possible exception of those few people alive today who survived the 1918 Flu Pandemic. That said, it’s not as if the need to contain infectious diseases is something skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) could not have…

Read More

Coronavirus Is No Excuse For Nursing Home Lapses

May 1, 2020

The Washington Post last week reported that a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington was cited for multiple violations including failing to report an outbreak of COVID-19, for giving inadequate care to its residents during the outbreak, and for failing to provide 24-hour emergency physician services. Inspectors are giving the facility until September to correct the…

Read More

Don’t Let COVID-19 Into Nursing Homes!

April 29, 2020

Last week, the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR.ORG), issued a press release asking Governor Newsom to reverse a CDPH directive which stated: “SNFs shall not refuse to admit or readmit a resident based on their status as a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case.” Patricia McGinnis, CANHR’s Executive Director, says in the release: “California’s…

Read More

The Unfolding Disaster at Nursing Homes

April 27, 2020

An opinion columnist at Bloomberg published an article on April 6, 2020, in which he suggests that COVID-19 deaths worldwide are being underreported because they often don’t include deaths from residents at nursing homes. In France last week, 884 deaths in nursing homes were unexpectedly added to the global tally, bringing France’s toll to 1,355.…

Read More

Why Nursing Home Employees at Riverside Stayed Home

April 24, 2020

You may have seen the news last week that 84 patients were evacuated from Magnolia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a facility in Riverside, CA, after employees failed to show up for two days in a row. The Riverside County Public Health Department ultimately directed that Magnolia residents be moved to other facilities in the county.…

Read More

Why Are We Giving $1.5 Billion To Nursing Home Chains

April 22, 2020

We’re all hurting from COVID-19. Unemployment is skyrocketing, businesses of all kinds are shut down, schools are closed, and our livesare topsy-turvy.Thankfully, of course, our Federal Government stepped in to protect those hardest hit by the crisis with a $2 trillion relief packagethat gives jobless benefits and direct payments to taxpayers. As a country,we’re bailing…

Read More

Why Isn’t Elder Abuse Reported?

April 16, 2020

Residents of nursing homes are often sent to a hospital with Stage 4 pressure sores or hyponatremia caused by dehydration, but such cases are often not reported as abuse. The law in California states that doctors and hospitals who suspect abuse are required to report it, even if it is unproven, but in a surprisingly…

Read More

Two Sides To An Argument? Really?

April 11, 2020

There are times when I’m sitting across the table from a defendant’s attorney where I must remind myself that there really are two sides to every argument. When bad things happen to patients in nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities that look black and white to me, but which are explained away with some bogus…

Read More

Did You Sign Up For Binding Arbitration?

April 7, 2020

Here’s a common situation: When you or your loved one were admitted to a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, you were probably given a stack of papers to sign. I’ve seen some cases where clients had to sign 100 pages! The admitting staff will just say, “Sign here, sign here, sign here…” With that…

Read More