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Kara Rahimi Presents at National Business Institute Webinar

Kara Rahimi Presents at National Business Institute Webinar

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 16, 2014

On June 16, 2013, attorneys from the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm presented a day-long seminar entitled “Nursing Home Failure of Care Litigation.” The seminar was attended by lawyers throughout the country.  Kara Rahimi spoke regarding the governing laws, regulations and oversight organizations specific to the skilled nursing industry as well as establishing standards of care in nursing home negligence actions. Along with Megan Stowers, Kara spoke on identifying, obtaining, and analyzing key documents when handling a case of nursing home abuse and/or neglect. Kara also co-presented a lecture regarding using expert witnesses to prove cases of professional negligence.

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Kara and the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represent clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by wrongdoers, including nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe you or your loved one has been harmed by another’s wrongful conduct, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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Mark Kosieradzki’s Rule 30(b)(6) Editorial Published in Trial Magazine

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 10, 2014

‘Corporations will often use their vast resources to evade discovery. But Rule 30(b)(6) can be a powerful tool in your arsenal if you know how to use it to force corporations to offer the most knowledgeable witnesses for deposition.’

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Mark Kosieradzki’s editorial, ‘30(b)(6) Depositions: Using a Laser Instead of a Shotgun,’ was published in the July 2014 edition of Trial Magazine.  His six page spread in Trial Magazine covers techniques for crafting the deposition notice, the respondent’s duty and the scope of inquiry. Mark is an expert on the Rule 30(b)(6) depositions and teaches his techniques at seminars across the country.

Most Recently, Mark taught the first ever full-day 30(b)(6) program along with nationally known attorney, Phillip Miller. He is scheduled to speak at a national convention in Baltimore on the 30(b)(6) topic at the end of July, and plans to teach another full-day 30(b)(6) program in October in Oklahoma.

MARKMark is well known throughout the country for his knowledge of 30(b)(6) depositions. The American Association for Justice released Mark’s DVD, Deposing the Corporate Representative: 30(b)(6) Depositions. The DVD can be purchased from American Association for Justice by contacting  202.965.3500, ext. 8615 of the AAJ Exchange.

Mark and the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represent clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by wrongdoers, including nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe you or your loved one has been harmed by another’s wrongful conduct, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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Medicare Probe Reveals Continuing Widespread Problem of Patient Injuries

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 3, 2014

A recent Medicare study reveals an epidemic of patient injuries sustained in American hospitals. The most common injury to acquire while under the care of a hospital is an infection. Medicare will begin a program of sanctioning the worst performing quarter of American hospitals starting this year. Despite the success some hospitals have had in their efforts towards harm reduction, infections are still all too common. According to an estimate by the Center for Disease Control, 75,000 patients died of hospital-acquired infections in 2011.

Hospital Acquired Conditions (HACs) are usually infections that develop as the result of improper care. A common HAC is an infection developed from a catheter, whether said catheter is used to administer medication directly to the blood stream or to remove urine from the bladder. Another common HAC that threatens patients are the avoidable injuries such as bedsores, hip fractures, blood clots, or accidental lung punctures.

For the full story on Medicare’s investigation and response click here.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a care facility, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Abuse of Resident at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Westbrook, Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 3, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of abuse concerns at the Good Samaritan Society of Westbrook, a nursing home in Westbrook, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that a nursing assistant was repeatedly observed forcefully restraining a resident in a rough manner. The MDH investigated the matter and found that the allegation of abuse was substantiated. It was determined that the resident had received bruises on the arm, leg, and thigh over a three month period from rough restraint during incontinent cares. [Case no. H5595007]

The MDH determined that the facility is responsible for abuse of the facility’s resident: “The facility was aware of the resident’s combative behavior since the resident’s readmission to the facility three months prior to the allegation of abuse.  The facility was aware of ongoing bruises.  The facility failed to implement interventions to minimize the resident’s combative behaviors and risk of abuse.  The facility lacked education to the direct care givers in how to manage combative behaviors.  The resident exhibited combative behaviors for two months before the resident’s physician was notified.”

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Joel Smith Selected as One of Minnesota’s Best Lawyers

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 2, 2014

Joel Smith has been selected one of the ‘Minnesota’s Best Lawyers’.  For every 100 lawyers – there is only one Best Lawyer. On Friday, June 27th, Best Lawyers honored Joel and other lawyers selected for the honor with the release of the 2014 Edition of Minnesota’s Best Lawyers distributed in The Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Wall Street Journal.

Joel and the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represent clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by wrongdoers who break the law. If you believe you or your loved one has been harmed by another’s wrongful conduct, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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Mark Kosieradzki Selected as One of Minnesota’s Best Lawyers

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 2, 2014

Mark Kosieradzki has been selected one of the ‘Minnesota’s Best Lawyers’.  For every 100 lawyers – there is only one Best Lawyer. On Friday, June 27th, Best Lawyers honored Mark and other lawyers selected for the honor with the release of the 2014 Edition of Minnesota’s Best Lawyers distributed in The Minneapolis Star Tribune and The Wall Street Journal.

Mark and the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represent clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by wrongdoers who break the law. If you believe you or your loved one has been harmed by another’s wrongful conduct, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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Neglect at Faribault Care Center Results in Resident Developing Cellulitis

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 2, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Faribault Care Center, a nursing home in Faribault, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that neglect of care had caused a resident to develop cellulitis. The MDH also investigated additional complaints alleging that residents were not receiving requisite assistance with eating, dressing, and grooming and that the bathrooms were not clean. The MDH investigated the matter and found that the facility staff had failed to perform wound care as ordered by the physician. The resident was hospitalized with necrotic tissue and sepsis. The facility was additionally determined to be deficient in incontinence care, infection control, environmental sanitation, and resident grooming. The MDH determined that the facility responsible for neglect of the resident.  [Case no. H5098066]

Click here to read our previous blog about the Faribault Care Center and its history of deficiencies. Medicare rates nursing homes, including this 55-bed nursing home facility.  Medicare assigned an overall rating to the Faribault Care Center as a “much below average” facility.  In addition, Medicare assigned a “much below average” rating to the nursing home based on the government’s health inspections of the facility.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Elders Home Inc. Employee Steals Narcotic Medications from Seven Residents

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 2, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of financial exploitation concerns at the Elders Home Inc., a nursing home in New York Mills, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that an employee of Elders Home Inc. took narcotic medications from seven residents. The MDH investigated the matter and found that the accused employee took several hydrocodone tablets belonging to residents of the home whom had been prescribed the narcotics for various recurrent pains.  The MDH determined that the care giver is responsible for financial exploitation of the facility’s resident.  [Case no. H5562009]

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Resident of York Garden Assisted Living Facility Abused by Care Staff

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 2, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of abuse concerns at the York Garden, an assisted living facility in Edina, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that a client at York Garden was abused by a caretaker and did not receive appropriate care. The MDH investigated the matter and found that the caregiver on at least two occasions spoke to the client in a loud, critical, and derogatory manner. The caregiver repeatedly insulted and demeaned the client who suffers from dementia. The caregiver also failed to escort the client to meals resulting in an unsafe weight loss. The MDH determined that the care giver is responsible for abuse of the facility’s resident.  [Case no. HL27800003]

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

Blaine Assisted Living Facility Neglects Resident’s Need for Medication

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

June 30, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Blaine White Pine, an assisted living facility in Blaine, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that a client failed to receive a prescribed medication for one month. It is also alleged that the staff responsible for the medication was not adequately trained. The MDH investigated the matter and found that the client, who has been diagnosed with dementia, depression, recurrent urinary tract infections, and coronary artery disease, did not receive their prescribed mirtazapine for 30 days.  The MDH determined that the facility is responsible for of the facility’s resident.  [Case no. HL26857003]

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.