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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 →

Trial Guides Features Mark Kosieradzki’s Skills for Deposing Corporations

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 18, 2016

Trial Guides, a legal media company that brings trial lawyers cutting edge trial strategies by the nation’s leading trial lawyers, jury consultants and experts, has just announced the release of its latest offering — “Using 30(b)(6) to Win Your Case.”  The video captures Mark Kosieradzki in action, teaching other trial lawyers from around the country how to successfully examine corporations and other organizations.  Described as a “powerful tool in your cases against corporations, organizations, and government entities,”  “the nation’s leading author on 30(b)(6)… Read More →

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Andrew Gross teaches trial lawyers about government nursing home liability

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 1, 2016

Andrew Gross recently spoke to the Texas Trial Lawyers – Nursing Home Section regarding the use of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 to hold Texas nursing homes accountable for their violations of resident rights. In Texas, private nursing homes have begun selling their licenses to the county, which then enters into a management agreement with the private nursing home.  This maneuver is intended to provide additional revenue to the counties, while providing governmental immunities to the nursing homes. However, the nursing… Read More →

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New federal law bans mandatory arbitration laws in nursing home contracts

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

October 1, 2016

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new rule this past Wednesday that prohibits nursing homes from forcing binding arbitration on residents.  For years, many nursing homes in Minnesota and throughout the country included clauses in their admission contracts that required patients and families to agree in advance not to sue the nursing home, even if the patient were abused, tortured, raped, neglected, or otherwise injured or killed in the nursing home.  Instead, these nursing home contracts required patients and their… 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 →

Details about the troubled Saint Therese nursing home in New Hope, Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

March 19, 2016

Saint Therese nursing home in New Hope, Minnesota has found itself in hot water — again — for its failure to protect its residents from harm by the facility’s employees. Saint Therese is a 258-bed nursing home.  Click here to read our earlier blog about staff abuse of residents, which was captured on hidden video footage. Medicare, which rates nursing homes, has rated Saint Therese as a “below average” facility. In addition, Medicare rated Saint Therese as “much below average”… Read More →

Abuse of residents at St. Therese nursing home caught on video

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

March 19, 2016

The Star Tribune reports that Saint Therese nursing home in New Hope, Minnesota has — again — failed to protect its residents from harm.  The report discloses that hidden camera video evidence caught repeated instances of “brutal treatment” of the nursing home’s residents, including: An “85-year-old patient with a severe cognitive disability was repeatedly punched in the face and stomach, causing visible cuts and bruises, while another patient had a bath towel thrown in her face, among other abuse”; “Other… 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 →