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For the past three months, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities nationwide have been on lock-down – and for a good reason. Deaths in nursing homes skyrocketed at the start of COVID-19 and have accounted for 1 in 10 cases, as well as 1 in 4 deaths, nationwide. During the past few months, steps that…

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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 – Part 1

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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Classic Signs of Polypharmacy

I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento. A classic sign of polypharmacy is the use of drugs as a “chemical restraint.” How can you tell? You’ll see a nursing home resident in a hallway with their head cocked to the side, their mouth open and drooling, and they have an empty stare…

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What To Do When Healthcare Facilities Discriminate Against You

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento. 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 files a lawsuit alleging…

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Why isn’t Elder Abuse Reported?

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento. 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…

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Did You Sign Up For Binding Arbitration?

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel I’m Wendy York from the York Law Firm in Sacramento. 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…

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