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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 →

Fighting Against Unfair Nursing Home Arbitration Clauses

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

January 30, 2017

Today’s Star Tribune has a front-page article focusing on the dangers of forced arbitration clauses contained in nursing home and assisted living admission agreements.  The article features a Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm case and Joel Smith (left). Investigative reporter Chris Serres warns: “Over mounting objections from consumer groups and regulators, arbitration agreements … are proliferating in the senior care industry. Hundreds of Minnesota nursing homes and assisted-living centers now request that elderly people sign arbitration clauses on admission. The clauses require them… 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 →

Kosieradzki Smith client successfully challenges Health Department’s flawed investigation

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

November 8, 2016

As reported in today’s Star Tribune, the Minnesota Department of Health  (MDH) has reversed its earlier decision regarding the death of resident at the Minnesota Veterans Home-Minneapolis nursing home.  The MDH originally determined that the Minnesota Veterans Home-Minneapolis did not neglect the resident.  As the Star Tribune reports, “Reversing a previous conclusion, state investigators are faulting management of the state veterans home in Minneapolis for the death of World War II veteran who fell from a mobility sling last year and broke… 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 →

Vulnerable adult beaten by her caretaker at Hopkins, Minnesota assisted living facility

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 24, 2016

The Minneapolis Star Tribune just published a report, entitled “Hidden camera catches beating of elderly patient at Hopkins senior home; Secret video leads to abuse charges against an aide at a Hopkins nursing home.”  Reporter Chris Serres reports: “An aide at a Hopkins senior home has been arrested and charged with two counts of assault after videos from a hidden camera showed her repeatedly hitting an elderly patient in the head.” “Cecilia Chebii Soi, 55, was arrested Feb. 7 after video… Read More →

Minnesota Lawyer features Mark Kosieradzki and the Theresa Rotter case

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 8, 2016

The front-page feature article in today’s issue of Minnesota Lawyer reports on a civil rights wrongful death action that the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm has brought against Ramsey County. The Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm is honored to represent the family of Theresa “Toots” Rotter in their mission to hold the Ramsey County Care Center accountable for the wrongful death of their loved one.  Ms. Rotter died while in the care of the county-owned Maplewood nursing home. The law suit includes legal claims that the county nursing home… Read More →

Fox News features Mark Kosieradzki in report on wrongful death/civil rights case

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 4, 2016

Yesterday we reported on a law suit filed by the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm against the Ramsey County Care Center for the wrongful death of Theresa “Toots” Rotter. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BROADCAST REPORT. Last night, Fox 9 News led its 10:00 pm broadcast featuring the law suit and Mark Kosieradzki.  Fox 9 News reports, “The woman’s family is suing Ramsey County, which runs the Ramsey County Care Center. According to the lawsuit, a computer system that provides food serving… Read More →

Kosieradzki Smith files wrongful death suit against Ramsey County Care Center

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 3, 2016

The Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm is honored to represent the family of Theresa “Toots” Rotter in their mission to hold the Ramsey County Care Center accountable for the wrongful death of their loved one.  Ms. Rotter died while in the care of the county-owned Maplewood nursing home. The law suit includes legal claims that the county nursing home violated Ms. Rotter’s civil rights. Kosieradzki Smith filed the suit Monday in federal court in Minnesota against the Ramsey County Care Center, two top administrators, and the unidentified employee who… Read More →

Kosieradzki Smith files wrongful death suit against Duluth care facility for resident’s 2013 disappearance

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 3, 2016

As reported in today’s Duluth News Tribune, Kosieradzki Smith has brought a law suit against the owner and operator of a West Duluth assisted-living facility, which failed to protect a 74-year-old, dementia-stricken client, Dale Gerard. Ms. Gerard died after the facility allowed her to wander away from the residence in July 2013. Ms. Gerard was found dead in a grassy area near Piedmont Avenue in April 2014, nine months after she walked out of Wesley Residence on Grand Avenue and boarded a Duluth… Read More →