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Mark Kosieradzki featured in KSTP-TV news story

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

March 13, 2015

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KSTP-TV‘s 10:00 pm news broadcast last night  covered a wrongful death law suit we recently filed on behalf of our client Against the Benedictine Health Center in Minneapolis.  As KSTP-TV reports, “The family of Ralph Dostal filed a wrongful death lawsuit this week, claiming their loved one had a standing order to resuscitate if his heart stopped, and that that order wasn’t followed.” The news story featured Mark Kosieradzki and our client, Jeffry Bies.  “‘He’s at the nursing home for the sole purpose… Read More →

Owatonna nursing home’s neglect causes head injury, broken neck

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

January 12, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Koda Living Community, a nursing home in Owatonna, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that a resident was neglected when staff transferred the resident in a manner not in accordance with the resident’s care plan. The resident fell while being transported in a wheelchair and sustained injuries. The MDH investigated the matter and found that the nursing home’s staff did not follow… Read More →

New Mexico AG sues nursing home chain over care, staffing issues

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

December 14, 2014

A new lawsuit filed by the New Mexico attorney general accuses seven nursing homes for failing to have adequate staffing to treat patients properly. Attorney General Gary King alleges that low staffing levels made it mathematically impossible for the care facilities to, in fact, provide care, according to McKnight’s. McKnight’s reports that if the lawsuit is successful, other states could file similar suits. The facilities targeted are staffed a levels that are below average. The suit asserts that the facilities,… Read More →

TOPICS:   Neglect

Iowa’s nursing homes riddled with problems

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 30, 2014

It was a bad year for the state of Iowa and its nursing home residents, as long-term patients suffered from a drop in quality of care and services that saw state facilities drop to one of the country’s worst rankings. Families for Better Care rankings were released recently, and Iowa fell five spots from 2013. Iowa’s facilities are now collectively ranked 46th best in the country, or 5th worst. According to Families for Better Care, “dangerous conditions became more prevalent in… Read More →

TOPICS:   Neglect, News

Troubled nursing homes in Kentucky

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 30, 2014

Some of the worst nursing home facilities reside in the state of Kentucky, according to national rankings for quality of care, staffing and service. One-third of Kentucky’s 284 nursing homes scored two stars or fewer out of five stars on the national Nursing Home Compare website, which is operated by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, KYCIR reported. KYCIR reports that only eight states had a higher percentage of such low rankings, placing Kentucky in the bottom fifth… Read More →

TOPICS:   Neglect, News

Powerful owner of harmful nursing home wants to avoid accountability

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 28, 2014

A nursing home in Kentucky serves as a site of continued horrors, with long-term patients falling victim to abuse and neglect. Hazard Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Hazard, Kentucky, was the site of two separate sexual assaults in 2009. In both cases the victim was a 91-year-old Alzheimer’s patient and one assault took place within sight of a caregiver, KYCIR reported. Those incidents occurred in 2009. Two years later the center allowed dementia patient Glenda Lykins to fall 11 times,… Read More →

Dangerous use of restraints persists at homes for disabled

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 26, 2014

Six years after falling under fire for immoral and restrictive treatment of persons with disabilities, the state of Minnesota still harshly disciplines persons with disabilities living in assisted facilities, according to a Minneapolis Star-Tribune report. Disciplinary practices include strapping patients to furniture and secluding them, and are enforced for infractions as minor as touching objects that caretakers don’t want touched, according to The Star-Tribune. A federal court monitor filed a 57-page report last week that probes into the states treatment… Read More →

TOPICS:   Neglect, News

Nursing home faces sanctions after maggots found in resident’s bandaged wound

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 23, 2014

A Maine nursing home’s failure to install proper windows and screens led to an infestation of flies which led to maggots being found living in a resident’s wounds, according to WGME 13 News. Now federal sanctions have comedown against the nursing home, Eastside Center for Health and Rehabilitation, on Mt. Hope Avenue in Bangor, Maine, according to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. The Bangor Daily News reports that flies were allowed to fester in the building because… Read More →

Too many nursing homes still don’t meet fire-safety rules despite deadline

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 12, 2014

June Liccione monitored her mother’s health for years as her mother spent the last part of her life in and out of nursing homes. Liccione always had her mother’s health on her mind. Was she being properly treated? Properly fed? Properly cared for? “There were so many other things to worry about,” Liccione told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I didn’t worry about a fire.” But a recent survey illustrates just how susceptible nursing home residents are to the usually forgotten threat… Read More →

TOPICS:   Neglect, News

Medical superbugs: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria carried by more than a third of nursing home residents, study

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 11, 2014

Over-administering and overuse of antibiotics in nursing homes has led to the presence of superbugs, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, in more than one third of nursing home residents in Australia, according to an ABC News report. A study out of Monash University found that more than half of the infected patients had recently received antibiotics, proving the bugs impervious to the drugs and opening the possibility that they could be actually spawned from them. The study warns that the increasing rate… Read More →