• Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyer: Alleged Serial Killer Posed as Nursing Home Nurse

    Posted on November 11th, 2019 admin No comments

    Not all serial killers live in vans waiting in parks for their victims. Some have even posed as aides in nursing homes – preying on the elderly and most vulnerable members of our society.

    It’s a case that shocks even the most tempered nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland. Police believe a 47-year old who posed as nursing home health aide is a serial killer has smothered at least 12 elderly women.

    Dallas area Billy Chemirmir has been charged with 12 counts of murder in an ongoing investigation.

    Police first started surveilling Chemirmir, when he was observed tossing a jewelry box in the trash of his apartment complex. The box belonged to Lu Thi Harris, who was later found dead inside her apartment.

    An Ongoing Investigation

    Police suspected there may be more victims, reinvestigating more than 750 unattended senior deaths dating back to at least 2010. Authorities exhumed at least one body of a suspected victim, WFAA reported.

    Authorities say Chemirmir is responsible for at least a dozen deaths and attempted murder of two other women – and they’re still searching for more potential victims.

    Though Chemirmir isn’t a licensed nurse in the US, he posed as a nurse and worked as a home health care aide.

    “Chemirmir uses health care experience to his advantage targeting and exploiting seniors, some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” Plano Police Chief Gregory W. Rushin told reporters in 2018. “This is terribly disturbing.”

    It’s a chilling incident, but tragically much more common than you’d think. Selecting the best nursing facility for your loved one is extremely challenging. Any nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland will tell you to always use due diligence and ask key questions, such as:

    • What are the staffing ratios?
    • What is your staffing turnover rate?
    • How much time is spent by nurses and aides with residents?
    • Which services are offered?
    • What is the typical wait time for a call button alert?
    • What type of activities are offered to encourage the engagement of residents?
  • Nursing Home Injury Attorney in Cleveland: Arizona Center Where Raped Woman Gave Birth to Remain Open

    Posted on July 9th, 2019 admin No comments

    In news that might surprise anybody who doesn’t happen to be a nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland, the Arizona facility where an incapacitated woman was raped and gave birth will continue to remain open.

     

    This story is all too familiar in this country. Indeed, nursing home abuse is such a harsh reality in this country because it’s so easy to sweep it under the rug.

    Under the Governor’s Orders

     

    Hacienda HealthCare was to be closed, the center’s board of directors decided, stating that it could not afford with Arizona officials demand to work with a third-party manager to oversee day-to-day operations — expected to cost $500,000 annually.

     

    “After a great deal of careful consideration,” the company “has come to understand that it is simply not sustainable to continue to operate our Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled,” Hacienda said in a statement, The New York Times reported.

    Health Department Will Monitor

    Arizona’s Gov. Doug Duce issued an executive order for the facility to remain open in the interest of the residents. As a compromise, the facility must accept 24 hour monitoring by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

     

    “Our agencies will continue to work with Hacienda to implement a voluntary regulatory agreement with strong oversight and accountability measures that ensure safety and quality care going forward for patients,” said spokesman Patrick Ptak in an email to local media.

     

    Hopefully, this will give the patients the safety and security they deserve. Nursing home abuse is far too rampant, a sad reality we face every day as nursing home injury attorneys in Cleveland.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyers and the Sad Effects of Boomerang Elderly Care

    Posted on January 28th, 2019 admin No comments

    “Oh my God, we dropped her!” That’s something you never want to hear from your nursing home aide. That’s the kind of situation that leads to lawsuits being filed by a nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland.

     

    When aides dropped Sandra Snipes, she happened to land on her right side where her hip had recently been replaced. Snipes had suffered from a myriad of medical problems that had her going back and forth between nursing home and hospital, a trend that has become not uncommon.

    A Sad Story with Even Sadder Statistics

     

    “One in 5 Medicare patients sent from the hospital to a nursing home boomerangs back within 30 days, often for potentially preventable conditions such as dehydration, infections and medication errors, federal records show,” NPR reports. “Such rehospitalizations occur 27 percent more frequently than for the Medicare population at large.”

     

    Unfortunately, nursing homes have traditionally benefited from this trend since both hospitals and nursing homes received financial benefits from such transfers.

     

    “There’s this saying in nursing homes, and it’s really unfortunate: ‘When in doubt, ship them out,’” David Grabowski, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, told NPR. “It’s a short-run, cost-minimizing strategy, but it ends up costing the system and the individual a lot more.”

     

    It’s a sad phenomenon that leads to more cases being filed by nursing home injury lawyers in Cleveland. It’s a system in badly need of reform, leaving many patients in its wake.

  • When Even Spiderman Creator Needed a Nursing Home Injury Lawyer – Everyone Does

    Posted on December 24th, 2018 admin No comments

    Nursing home abuse can happen to the best of us. It can happen to you. It can happen to me. It can even happen to Spiderman . . . or at least the creator of Spiderman.

     

    A recent Los Angeles police probe into the elder abuse of Spiderman creator and Marvel founder, the late Stan Lee, highlights the need for Cleveland nursing home injury lawyers to prosecute cases of abuse and always hold the system accountable. Seniors must be protected.

    A Legal Trail of Abuse and Improper Advantage

    Court documents revealed the investigation via a restraining order granted against Keya Morgan, Lee’s business manager, and personal adviser during his last months.

     

    The restraining order accused Morgan of taking advantage of Lee’s impaired hearing, vision, and judgment, and moving him from his long-standing home and preventing family and associates from contacting him.

     

    “I have a very dear friend I take care of who is 95 and um, uh, three unidentified people have gone inside this house and locked the door and locked his security out and I’m very, very scared that they’re harming him,” Morgan said on a 911 emergency call, according to a transcript filed with the restraining order.

     

    The Guardian reports:

     

    “Morgan’s arrest is the latest and most dramatic move in the fight that has emerged over Lee’s business an estimated $50m (£37m) fortune since his wife of 69 years, Joan, died last year.

     

    “Police have been investigating reports of elder abuse against Lee since at least February, and had issued an emergency order keeping Morgan from Lee even before Wednesday’s order was issued.”

    The Real Heroes: Those Who Advocate for Victims

    The real heroes are the family and friends of the seniors who contact a nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland to advocate for the rights of their loved ones. After all, we’re all in this together. Nursing home abuse affects every single one of us.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney: Billions of Dollars in Elderly Financial Abuse

    Posted on June 11th, 2018 admin No comments

    Physical abuse is not the only abuse the elderly may suffer in their sunset rules. Financial abuse is another devastating form of abuse, whether by a family member, a care provider, or a facility, and it costs the aging community literally billions.

     

    A 2009 study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute estimated the financial loss from such abuse to be about $2.6 billion per year. But that’s just an educated guess, and a conservative one at that. The same study also found that only 1 in 6 cases of elderly financial abuse is ever reported.

     

    That’s less than 20%, which is tragic. If more family members of victims of financial abuse in Ohio not only reported the incidents, but contacted a nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland, we’d not only have a more honest picture of the problem, but greater advocacy to prevent such abuse happening in the future.

     

    “Right now, we truly don’t know how much exists,” says Professor Pamela Teaster, who chairs the department of gerontology at the University of Kentucky and is on the board of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, told NBCNews. “We believe it is an incredibly under-reported problem.”

    Lives Lost, Nest Eggs Stolen

     

    Abuse can happen from the staff at a care facility who may come into contact with expensive possessions such as jewelry or money, or from a family member. Often, the abuse can take place without other family members even knowing about it.

     

    If your loved one has been the victim of elderly financial abuse, contact the police, but also contact a Cleveland nursing home injury and abuse attorney.

     

  • Ask a Nursing Home Injury Attorney in Cleveland: Why is Ohio’s Care so Bad?

    Posted on June 2nd, 2017 admin No comments

    It’s a sobering yet logical conclusion for any nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland: Why do Ohio’s nursing homes rate among the lowest in the nation when it comes to quality care, as measured by federal statistics?

    Simple. There’s just not enough staff.

    “Almost always, we had to work short-handed, handling anywhere from 15 to 20 people at any given time,” former nurse’s aide Lolly wrote in a Cleveland Plain Dealer anonymous survey of the state’s caregivers. “It is impossible to give proper care to that many people, answer the call lights and be everywhere at the same time.”

    The Results? Tragic…

    Not having enough hands on deck can cause extremely dangerous accidents that easily result in tragedy. As one sad example, Susanne Lawrence, a resident of Normandy Manor in Rocky River, overdosed after being given 20 times the prescribed dosage of oxycodone, or 500 milligrams. Staff failed to read the medication’s label and the 83 year old died after her last dosage on July 7, 2015.

    Deadly Math

    The statistics and the extent of the crisis are shocking, even for a nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland who deals with them every day. After three months of research, the Plain Dealer discovered:

    • “Nearly 41 percent of the facilities in Ohio earned a below-average rating of one or two stars on the federal Nursing Home Compare standard, as of Dec. 1, compared to 35 percent nationally.
    • At least 31 Ohio nursing home deaths in the last three years were attributed by authorities to issues of care. Residents’ lawyers argue the number could be far higher, because they depend upon self-reporting by nursing homes.
    • Ohio’s minimum staffing rules are relatively lenient. Facilities in the state are required to make available 2.5 hours a day of nursing staff time for each resident. Florida and California require much more.
    • Ohio requires only 75 hours of training for the aides who provide much of the care in a nursing facility. California requires 150 hours.
    • Many states have given themselves the ability to fine nursing homes that violate “their standards. In places like California, state fines are used to strengthen nursing home inspections. Ohio doesn’t fine nursing homes. Instead, it recommends a dollar amount to the federal government, which sets and collects the fines. A portion of the fines is returned to the state.”

    If you have a loved one in a residential care facility in Ohio, talk to a lawyer to ensure they are getting the best care. If statistics are any indication, their quality of life, if not their very lives themselves, may be in your hands. Contact us for a free consultation.

  • A Win for a Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney: Abuser Gets 18 Months

    Posted on April 28th, 2017 admin No comments

    Any dedicated nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland understands that feeling when their clients get the justice they deserve.

    Such is likely the feeling of the legal team of Edward McShaffrey’s victim. The 59-year old was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexually abusing a nursing home resident. A licensed practical nurse at Brookdale Montrose Nursing Home, he was seen with his mouth on the victim’s private body part. The victim suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and suffered from communication difficulties.

    The nursing home immediately fired McShaffrey following the incident. He had worked at the facility since 2004.

    “We appreciate the jury’s effort in seeking justice for this case. This situation saddens us deeply because having the trust our residents and their families is extremely important to us,” Heather Hunter, senior public relations assistant for the facility, told the Plain Dealer. “This type of conduct or behavior by an associate is never tolerated by us under any circumstances. Our thoughts are with the victim today.”

    Sadly, it is a story our nursing home injury attorneys in Cleveland see come across their desks every day. The victims, due to limited communication skills or cognitive abilities, have far too few resources to turn for help. They need a voice. That’s why the Linton Law Firm is here for you. Call us today for a free consultation.

  • Medical Records Suspicious? Talk to a Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyer

    Posted on March 17th, 2017 admin No comments

    As any nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland can tell you, a nursing home’s medical records can’t always be taken at face value. If the staff has something to hide, their documents may have been forged, altered or otherwise not true.

    In Chicago, two social workers claimed they were fired because they refused to falsify medical records related to incidents of nursing home patient abuse at the former Burnham Healthcare, now known as Bria of River Oaks.

    “There was no structure. It was dangerous,” one of the social workers, Kenneth Allen, told the Chicago Tribune.

    Documents Missing or Falsified?

    Allen alleges that when he documented a resident’s rape complaint, a supervisor ripped the report from the medical file and tore it up.

    Allen also claims he was told to falsify another patient’s medical report to look like she had fallen, when she very well may have been assaulted.

    State investigations, meanwhile, indicate that the facility indeed had committed several instances of abuse.

    From the Chicago Tribune:

    “A 2012 state inspection report said two residents alleged guards beat or roughed them up in separate incidents. The report says that at least one guard at the home was fired as a result.

    State inspectors have cited the facility for abuse-related incidents after Ogunyipe and Allen were terminated.”

    So if your family member references abuse or injuries not mentioned in their medical file, don’t just take the word of the facility. Talk to a Cleveland nursing home injury lawyer. There may be abuse which needs investigating.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney: Trust Your Elders

    Posted on January 25th, 2017 admin No comments

    This unbelievable story from the desk of our Cleveland nursing home injury attorney has two heroes. First, the Columbus nursing home resident who took it upon himself to call 911 despite the fact that his nurses didn’t believe him when he said he felt ill. Second, the firefighter who, despite the reluctance of the facility’s staff, decided to send a dispatcher anyway to see what the problem was about. Thanks to their efforts, the nursing home, the fire department, and especially the nursing home residents and their families, “dodged a bullet,” Battalion Chief Steve Martin told the Columbus Dispatch.

    The resident, identified only as “Mr. Jackson,” told the 911 dispatcher, “Nobody wants to believe me that I’m not feeling that good.” Mr. Jackson wanted to go to a hospital.

    The dispatcher asked to speak to the man’s nurse, who qualified it as “a behavior thing” that “happens all the time.”

    But that dispatcher decided to listen to the resident and  send paramedics instead.

    “There was nothing that set it apart from any other call,” Firefighter and dispatcher Brian Severs told the Columbus Dispatch. “Something told me, ‘Don’t blow this off; this person called 911 because they thought they needed help.’”

    Gut Instinct = Lives Saved

    It turned out to be carbon monoxide poisoning. The entire building had a gas leak. “Mr. Jackson” and Severs saved the lives of 143 residents.

    Granted, the elderly members of our family are at the sunset of their lives, so it’s understandable when we take what they say with a grain of salt. But learn to trust them and trust your instincts. If you ever have any concerns, contact a nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland. Indeed, our elders just may be trying to tell us something we need to hear.

  • A Serial Killer Horror Story from the Desk of a Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyer

    Posted on December 16th, 2016 admin No comments

    It’s a horror story reminiscent of Jack the Ripper. An ex-nurse has been charged with murdering eight nursing home patients. If Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer is found guilty of the crimes she is accused of, she will be “among the worst serial killers in Canadian history,” the Globe and Mail reports. The story certainly sends chills down the spine of anyone who reads it.

    The alleged victims include James Silcox, 84, Maurice Granat, 84, Gladys Millard, 87, Helen Matheson, 95, Mary Zurawinski, 96, Helen Young, 90, Maureen Pickering, 78, and Arpad Horvath, 75.

    “We’re living my father’s death right now,” Daniel Silcox, son of James Silcox, told the Globe and Mail. “It’s horrific.”

    Wettlaufer remains in custody at the Ontario Court of Justice.

    “This investigation is ongoing, therefore I’m not going to speculate whether there will be any additional charges,” Woodstock Police Chief William Renton told reporters. “What I can tell you is that we are confident at this time that all of the victims have been identified and that their families have been notified.”

    It’s a worst nightmare situation for any client of a nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland. Hopefully, the families of the victims find justice, but that does little to fill the vacuum left from the lost lives of their loved ones.

    Entrusting the care of a loved one to a nursing facility or long-term health care home is not a simple task for any family to make. Selecting the best facility during a time of illness creates an emotional time not only for the patient, but the whole family. It’s essential to do your due diligence to investigate the facility thoroughly and to be sure it offers the best care available.