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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 →

Kosieradzki Smith fights to hold health care sexual abusers accountable

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

March 8, 2015

The act of sexually assaulting any person is outrageous and intolerable to the civilized community. Sexual assault of a defenseless vulnerable adult by his or her care giver—someone who was entrusted to provide for the resident’s safety and well-being—is an outrageous betrayal. The gravity of the betrayal is multiplied when the employers and supervisors of the perpetrator deny and attempt to cover up their employee’s crime. Although care facility residents have inherent and legal rights not to be sexually abused, sexual… Read More →

Parkinson’s Specialty Home Care facility allows disqualified nursing assistant to work in its facility and sexually assault its resident

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

March 6, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of sexual abuse concerns at the Parkinson’s Specialty Home Care, a licensed home care provider in Golden Valley, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that that a health care provider working at the facility sexually assaulted a resident whom he was entrusted to care for. The MDH investigated the matter and found that: Parkinson’s Specialty Home Care allowed a health worker who did not have a cleared… Read More →

Care worker rapes patient at Minnetonka assisted living facility

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

January 15, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of abuse concerns at the VOA Home Health at Elder Homestead, an assisted living facility in Minnetonka, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that the resident was abused when an employee of the facility had sexual intercourse with the client. The MDH investigated the matter and found that sexual abuse occurred when the employee had sexual intercourse with the resident, during a time when the resident was… Read More →

Elder Issues in the News

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

January 12, 2015

Acts of  Kindness: Tips for better nursing home visits Good Question: Who Takes Care Of Us When We Get Older? Middle-aged Americans unrealistic about their future health-care needs, U of M study finds Americans Aged 40 to 65 Underestimate Future Health Care Needs Experimental program helps seniors move out of the nursing home Retire Here, Not There: Minnesota Long-term care a growing but vexing budget issue Long-term-care insurance helps relieve stress Medicare in 2015: The Huge Healthcare Expense It Won’t… Read More →

TOPICS:   Elder Issues

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 →

Death lawsuit could impact assisted living standards

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

December 14, 2014

Delores Wiersum froze to death after she was locked outside her assisted living home in Appleton, Wisconsin, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The report states that “Wiersum died in January 2013 after wandering out of The Heritage shortly after midnight. She wore only pajamas and a light sweater in the 15-degree temperature. She had recently suffered a mini-stroke.” The report states further that “A police investigation revealed that while staff recorded Wiersum as being asleep in her bed at… 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

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