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Nursing Home Ownership, Neglect and Elder Abuse

Nursing Home Ownership, Neglect and Elder Abuse

A recent investigation by NBC News reveals a pattern of neglect and criminality at nursing homes and elder care facilities owned and operated by Skyline Healthcare.  While the report is deeply disturbing, it reveals what nursing home negligence attorneys and victims know all too well: corporate cost cutting and low government oversight translate into systematic elder abuse and neglect.

Skyline Healthcare, owned by New Jersey investor and former insurance salesman Joseph Schwartz, came to manage over 100 nursing homes across 11 states.  The company gobbled up extended care facilities as fast as possible and, in each case, slashed costs to the bone.  Former employees reported to NBC that Skyline Healthcare ran up huge bills with vendors and would simply switch providers when the bills came due.

One former nursing home employee told NBC that she called a state agency to report that the water was about to be shut off at one facility.  Other persons interviewed reported nursing home residents with horrible injuries and neglect.  One had an open wound showing gangrene and even maggot infestation.  In another incident, a resident with dementia walked out of her nursing home through broken automatic doors, collapsing in an ice-covered parking lot, naked and frost-bitten.

Most people would be horrified about these situations and would insist that nursing home chains be subject to oversight.  At present, the federal authorities are understaffed and have trouble keeping up with changes in the industry.  One of the only effective means for holding elder care facilities and corporate owners responsible is the civil lawsuit.  An elder neglect or abuse lawsuit can force a nursing home to pay compensation.  When this happens, it can motivate the company to change its negligent care practices to avoid further financial consequences.

 

 

 

 

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“On the cover of the Rollin’ Stone!” – Atkinson Law in the news

I am pleased to report that Atkinson Law settled two cases in December with a combined value of $1.15 million, and it earned an article in Virginia Lawyers Weekly, a statewide trade publication.  It all arose out of a serious car accident on the eastern shore.  My clients were making a left turn with a green arrow and a driver coming from the other direction ran a red light at a high speed.

The mother-daughter pair were some of the nicest people I have ever met.  After mediation concluded, I asked the mother what she would use her settlement money for.  She answered that she needed some new church clothes.  Nothing wrong with that!

One thing this case taught me was the importance of seeking an attorney early if you are injured in a car accident.  When relatives contacted me, I went to the hospital to meet the daughter in Newport News.  With me was another great personal injury lawyer, Bill O’Mara, who did a huge amount of work in this matter.  Attorney John Cooper was a force to be reckoned with in negotiations.  I was glad he was on our side!

This personal injury case marks a milestone in Atkinson Law’s growth and success.  Thanks to all my clients, family, friends and colleagues who helped get us to this point.  On to the next one!

Ed Atkinson named a 2016 Super Lawyer Rising Star

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I am pleased to report that I was named for this peer-nominated award presented by the Thompson-Reuters company.  While the representative from the company did not specifically say so, I feel certain that the 2016 Rising Star award confirms that:

“I’m rocking my peers, puttin’ suckers in fear” in the great tradition of LL Cool Jay.

Many thanks to my wife and family, my office staff, and my friends and colleagues in the legal profession.

Happy Thanksgiving!