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.

 

 

 

 

Virginia Hospital Settles Child’s Medical Malpractice Claim for $1.8 million

Carillon Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia settled a medical malpractice claim with parents of a young child who suffered a brain injury during surgery.  The child, Michelle Zhang, was hospitalized at Carillon Roanoke Memorial Hospital in September 2012 for pneumonia and other respiratory conditions.  Michelle was just 21 months old at the time.  A lawsuit filed on her behalf alleged that the anesthesiologist should have terminated the single lung ventilation procedure when the toddler’s oxygen levels began to rapidly drop.  This lead to a cardiac arrest that in turn caused brain injury.

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Medical Malpractice verdict: obstetrician’s negligence caused mother’s death

A jury awarded nearly $2 million to the surviving husband and children of a 26-year-old Chinese national who died in Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center in Orange County, California as a result of postpartum hemorrhaging following the delivery of a child.

Obstetrician Long-Dei Liu was the main defendant, as the hospital settled before trial for over $3 million.  Evidence at trial showed that Liu left the patient when she was not in a medically stable condition, a charge Liu denied.  He testified that he left the hospital without checking the patient’s vital signs.  He did not make a note in her chart that she was stable when he left.

One factor that may have weighed heavily on jurors’ minds was the fact that the deceased, Ling Nie, and her family had travelled to the United States at great expense seeking the best available conditions for the birth of their child, only to suffer a catastrophe.  If you or a loved one is a victim of medical negligence, contact Norfolk medical malpractice lawyer Ed Atkinson to pursue justice for your loss.

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