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Virginia, MN Nursing Home Employee Admits to Stealing Pain Medication

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 22, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of financial exploitation concerns at the Edgewood Vista Virginia assisted living facility in Virginia, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that an employee of the facility stole pain medication from several residents. The department investigated the matter and confirmed the allegation after the suspected staff member admitted to the theft. The MDH determined that the staff member is responsible for the exploitation of the facility’s residents. (Case… Read More →

Kosieradzki-Smith Deters Future Elderly Abuse with Unique Settlement in Elderly Rape Case

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 14, 2014

The Kosieradzki-Smith Law Firm, representing an elderly rape victim, has reached a $10 million dollar settlement in a civil lawsuit stemming from a rape in a Minnesota assisted living facility. In January 2014, Andrew Merzwski was found guilty of raping an 89-year old patient at Edgewood Vista, an assisted living facility in Hermantown, MN. Merzwski, an employee of Edgewood Vista, confessed to entering the woman’s room at night, drugging her, and then violently raping her in her bed. Merzwski has… Read More →

Kosieradzki-Smith Law Firm Reaches $10 million Settlement for Elderly Care Rape Case

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 9, 2014

Caregiver Andrew Merzwski, 30, was found guilty in January 2014 for raping a elderly nursing home patient at Edgewood Vista in Hermantown, MN. He was sentenced to a 53-month prison term. Now, the Kosieradzki-Smith Law Firm, representing the victim, has reached a $10 million dollar settlement with Merzwski in a civil lawsuit stemming from the incident. “This is a clarion call to other wrongdoers, that you will not get away with this kind of abuse of vulnerable adults without paying… Read More →

Kosieradzki Smith Case Prompts Investigation into Edgewood Vista Facilities

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

March 27, 2014

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, news of the rape of Kosieradzki Smith’s client has prompted a state investigation of incidents that have occurred at facilities operated by Edgewood Management Group. According to the report, a review of hundreds of pages of inspection records suggests that maltreatment and neglect have been persistent issues at Edgewood Vista facilites. A Star Tribune analysis found a history of incidents from the seven states where Edgewood operates: Three aides at an Edgewood Vista senior… Read More →

Duluth News Tribune Reports on Status of Kosieradzki Smith Client’s Sexual Assault Case

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

March 4, 2014

As the Duluth News Tribune reported, Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm and our client will continue to seek punitive damages against 30-year-old Andrew Merzwski, who sexually assaulted our client, a resident of an assisted living facility, after giving her narcotics. “Just because he chooses not to hire an attorney and is sitting in jail, doesn’t mean he’s not going to be held accountable in a civil suit,” the Duluth News Tribune quoted Mark Kosieradzki. “This has never been a thing about… Read More →

Kosieradzki Smith Case Causes Minnesota Lawmakers to Seek Change

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

March 2, 2014

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune two state lawmakers are calling on the Minnesota Department of Health to review its investigation into circumstances surrounding the sexual assault of Kosieradzki Smith’s client, an 89-year-old assisted living facility resident. The Health Department investigated the January 2013 sexual assault early last year and found that the caregiver, and not the facility, was at fault. The legislators, Reps. Tina Liebling of Rochester and Erik Simonson of Duluth, were concerned after hearing about the attack… Read More →

Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm Case Featured in New York Daily News

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 24, 2014

The Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm Case has not only been featured in numerous Minnesota news articles, including front page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, but has also made the New York Daily News. Nurse Examiner Theresa Flesvig is featured on her side of the story about 29-year-old Andrew Merzwski raping an 88-year-old woman at Edgewood Vista Senior Living. Andrew Merzwski, a nursing aid at Edgewood Vista, was sentenced to more than four years in prison for sexually assaulting Kosieradzki Smith’s… Read More →

Is the Minnesota Department of Health Doing Its Job?

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 22, 2014

Today’s Star Tribune features a report on a pending case being handled by the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm. The front-page article by reporter Chris Serres is entitled, “Hermantown senior living home accused of withholding facts in rape case.” Because of our client’s law suit, the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm has uncovered evidence against the rapist’s employer that the Minnesota Department of Health either ignored or failed to discover in its investigation.  As the Star Tribune article reports, “The allegations against… Read More →

Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm Case Featured on Front Page of Minneapolis Star Tribune

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 19, 2014

A case being handled by Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm was featured on the front page of the Star Tribune this morning, February 19, 2014. An 89-year-old woman, with mild dementia, was raped in her bed at her Edgewood Vista Senior Living Facility home in January, 2013. The perpetrator, 30-year-old Andrew Merzwski, entered the victim’s room and gave her narcotics that he knew would make her “mentally incapacitated.” After giving the victim narcotics she invited Merzwski to watch a movie with… Read More →

Staff Steals Jewelry and Money from Residents of Edgewood Vista Hermantown Care Facility

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

December 9, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of theft concerns at the Edgewood Vista Hermantown assisted living facility near Duluth, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that an employee of the Edgewood Vista Hermantown facility took rings valued at $1,000 and other amounts of money from five residents without permission. The Department investigated the matter and found that the theft allegations were substantiated. [Case no. HL02852027] This is not the first investigation by the… Read More →