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Medication Errors

Star Tribune Questions the Minnesota Department of Health’s Nursing Home Investigations

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 19, 2017

On the front page of today’s Star Tribune, investigative reporter Chris Serres questions the effectiveness of the Minnesota Department of Health’s commitment to protecting residents of Minnesota nursing homes.  This is an issue that the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm has been adamantly pursuing for years.  The Star Tribune article, entitled “Minnesota health regulators can’t keep up with abuse reports,” features a case the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm is handling on behalf of the family of Alvera Solyst. The article also quotes Mark Kosieradzki:… Read More →

Kosieradzki Smith pursues punitive damages for nursing home narcotic overdose

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

December 21, 2016

This past Monday morning, Joel Smith was in court in Austin, Minnesota, pursuing a punitive damages claim against the St. Mark’s Lutheran Home nursing home.  The case involves an overdose of Fentanyl (a potent narcotic). The nurse who caused the overdose testified that she had not been trained or supervised on the administration of Fentanyl. The motion hearing was covered by the Austin Herald, which reported: “The plaintiff’s attorney, Joel Smith, however, insisted the home had a ‘systemic and continuous… Read More →

Mahnomen nursing home’s narcotic overdose kills resident

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

April 6, 2016

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Mahnomen Health Center nursing home in Mahnomen, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that a resident was neglected when a staff member administered a dose of morphine that was ten times what was ordered. The resident died less than two hours later. The Department investigated the matter and found that the facility had failed to transcribe narcotic medications accurately and the resident… Read More →

Prescribed Medication “Unavailable” To Clients at Afton Care Senior Homes

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 15, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Afton Care Senior Homes, a Comprehensive Home Care Provider in Afton, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that a client was neglected when the client was not assessed for a change in condition when the client was in pain. In addition, it is alleged that medications were not reordered in a timely manner leaving the client without medications for up to eleven… Read More →

Cannon Falls Nursing Home’s Neglect Leads to Blood Clots, Surgery, Hip Fracture, & UTI

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 2, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Angels Care Center, a nursing home in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Two complaints were filed with the MDH alleging that neglect occurred when staff failed to provide the resident Coumadin for three weeks resulting in several blood clots, which required three surgeries. The MDH investigated the matter and found that neglect occurred when the resident did not receive the prescribed anticoagulant (Coumadin.) The resident’s physician ordered… Read More →

Woodbury’s Community Living Options disregards patient’s need for pain medication

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 25, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Community Living Options, an assisted living facility in Woodbury, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that a client was neglected when staff failed to properly assess the client’s pain and administer as needed pain medication. In addition, after the as needed pain medication was changed to a scheduled medication the client did not receive the medication as prescribed. The MDH investigated the… Read More →

Manager Steals Painkillers From Martin Luther Care Center Residents

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 16, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health has completed its investigation of financial exploitation concerns at Martin Luther Care Center, a nursing home in Bloomington, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that a staff member in a management-level position stole 24 tablets of Tramadol, a prescription painkiller, from at least one resident. The MDH investigated the matter and found that financial exploitation did occur when the alleged perpetrator (AP) stole 24 Tramadol tablets from an unknown number of residents… Read More →

Another Twin Cities care provider caught stealing potent narcotic patch

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

December 14, 2014

Caretakers are supposed to be there to easy your loved one’s pain, not steal that relief from them. But that’s what several recent cases from Minnesota are showing: caretakers being caught using painkillers intended for patients and nursing home residents. Most recently, a staff member at Birchwood Arbors assisted living in Forest Lake stole a Fentanyl patch from one patient and is suspected to have stolen medication from two others, according to the Star-Tribune. And that’s the least grotesque of… Read More →

Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

December 14, 2014

It’s no secret that overmedication runs rampant in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, but until a recent NPR report, it wasn’t entirely clear how rampant. The numbers may surprise you. Almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs, according to NPR. Many need them to treat diseases like Alzheimer’s. But many don’t, and that’s the scary part. NPR found examples of residents being treated illegally with anti-psychotic drugs for “the convenience of staff.” NRP reports that is called… Read More →

TOPICS:   Medication Errors

Nurses getting wrist slaps for incompetence, drug use

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

November 17, 2014

The state of New York has proved slow, inadequate and both when it comes to disciplining nurses that put long-term care patients in harm’s way, and in doing so, emphasizes a nonchalance towards nursing home safety that has advocates up in arms. The New York Post reports that the state of New York failed for a long time to act against nurses found to be high on drugs while caring for patients, before giving said nurses slaps on the wrist.… Read More →

TOPICS:   Medication Errors