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Bigfork Valley Communities’ Neglect Causes First-Degree Burns to Resident’s Face

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 27, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Bigfork Valley Communities, a nursing home in Bigfork, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that neglect occurred when staff failed to ensure the resident’s oxygen was removed before the resident lit his/her cigarette. The resident’s oxygen started on fire burning the resident’s cheeks and nose. The MDH investigated the matter and found that neglect occurred when the facility staff failed to provide… Read More →

Year after federal deadline, hundreds of nursing homes still don’t meet fire-safety rules

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 12, 2014

Almost 400 nursing homes across the country failed to meet a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deadline requiring the implementation of adequate sprinkler systems. This after an industry history of deadly fires. In total, up to 52,000 people could be at risk, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “This is intolerable in this day and age,” Ben Lee, executive director of advocacy group Families for Better Care, told the Star-Tribune. “It’s not like they don’t have money to put these… Read More →

TOPICS:   Burns, News

Deadly nursing home fires

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 5, 2014

The Minnesota Star Tribune published the following information about the deadliest nursing home fires in the United States: — Nov. 27, 2006: Eleven people died in a fire at the Anderson Guest House in Anderson, Missouri, a care home for the elderly and mentally ill. The home had smoke alarms but no sprinklers. — Sept. 25, 2003: A fire killed 16 people at the NHC Healthcare Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The facility had no automatic sprinkler system. — Feb. 26,… Read More →

Nursing home breaks resident’s leg

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 14, 2014

This summer in Connecticut was filled with fines for state nursing homes, as seven were cited by the Department of Public Health for instances involving medical errors. Some of the instances involved a patient being burned or breaking a leg, according to the New Haven Register.  Cited nursing homes included operations in Kent, Sharon, North Branford, Westport, Greenwich, Danielson and New Britain. The incidents in question all took place last year, like when two aides stood a resident up instead… Read More →

Resident Fatally Burned in Bed at Hudson Elms Nursing Home

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 25, 2014

According to McKnights, a $1.2 million arbitration award was granted to the family for a wrongful death of a 95-year-old resident of Hudson Elms Nursing Home in Hudson, OH on July 15, 2014. The resident was a fall risk so her bed was placed against a wall near a baseboard heater; the woman’s legs became trapped and she sustained fourth-degree burns. The woman’s roommate, a resident with dementia, had access to the thermostat controls and had turned the heat up… Read More →

TOPICS:   Burns, News

The Prevalence of Fires in Nursing Homes Puts Residents at Risk

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 3, 2014

News over the past few weeks reveals the serious risk of fire in nursing homes.  Nursing homes owe a legal duty to their residents to provide a safe environment.  What steps would a reasonable nursing home, using reasonable care, take to ensure the safety of its residents?  Keep in mind that most of these are residents are not able to protect themselves in the event of a fire in the nursing. In Indiana: Four weeks ago, an 82-year-old womanwas critically injured during a fire at the Bethany… Read More →

TOPICS:   Burns, Neglect

ManorCare’s Failure to Protect Resident Results in Fatal Burns and Thermal Exposure

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

January 13, 2014

NBC News reports that a 93-year-old nursing home resident died after being left in the scorching sun. According to the report, federal records reveal that ManorCare left Alfonso Jansen unattended in a courtyard for 3 hours and 45 minutes, during which time the temperature rose to 88 degrees.  According to the news report, the Broward County medical examiner’s report shows that Jansen had second- and third-degree burns on his body and found that “thermal exposure” was a “contributory factor” in his… Read More →

Jones Harrison Residence Neglects Resident

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 6, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Jones Harrison Residence in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that neglect occurred when a resident received blisters to her left forearm when coffee was spilled. The Department investigated the matter and found that the alleged perpetrator gave hot coffee to a resident in a Styrofoam cup without a lid and the resident sustained a second degree burn to the left… Read More →