• 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 Lawyer Cleveland: Congress Hears Testimony of Family Members

    Posted on June 10th, 2019 admin No comments

    It’s a nightmare of an experience that a nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland is all too familiar with.

     

    Maya Fischer remembers the evening, just before Christmas, when the nursing home called to inform that her mother had been the victim of rape.

     

    Fischer recently testified before lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

     

    “My final memories of my mother’s life now include watching her bang uncontrollably on her private parts for days after the rape, with tears rolling down her eyes, apparently trying to tell me what had been done to her but unable to speak due to her disease,” Fischer said in the hearing, referring to her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease.

     

    Iowa Resident Patricia Blank also described how her mother died as a result of nursing home abuse – despite the fact that her facility had exceptionally high rankings.

    Shocking Statistics

     

    More than 1000 nursing homes have been cited for mishandling or failing to prevent alleged cases of sex abuse, including rape and assault, at their facilities between 2013 and 2016, according to a CNN exclusive investigation.

     

    “I think there’s a gulf between the expectations and the reality in several of these instances and we look forward to working with you to bridge the gulf,” New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez stated at the hearing.

     

    Our nursing home injury lawyers in Cleveland couldn’t agree more. The most vulnerable citizens in society need to be protected. A basic sense of decency simply demands it.

  • 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 Lawyer: Abuse Cases On the Rise

    Posted on April 2nd, 2018 admin No comments

    It’s a startling trend that certainly troubles our nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland. Since 2011, staff to resident abuse in long-term care homes has risen 148 percent, according to a  year-long CBC Marketplace investigation.

     

    In 2016, there were 2,198 reported incidents of abuse pointing to an average of six seniors at long-term care homes in Ontario being abused every day.

     

    While the data was compiled from a six-year investigation in Ontario, similar trends can be found in the US, including Ohio.

     

    Nursing home abuse is surprisingly common.

     

    “We hear stories of people being illegally detained, of being left in bed for days, filthy conditions, cockroaches, assault,” Jane Meadus, a lawyer and institutional advocate with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, told CBC News.

     

    Why Evidence is So Important

     

    Often, when families inquire about the nature of injuries, they receive little information or help from care staff. Many in response have turned to covert cameras.

     

    “Every time we’d ask for an explanation from the facility, we would be told that there was no documentation, there’s no information to elaborate or to clarify or shed light on what occurred,” Daniel Nassrallah, a Canadian lawyer representing a client who suffered nursing home abuse.

     

    That is why our Cleveland birth injury lawyer always recommends documenting any cases of suspected abuse. Take photos, have the resident examined by a doctor, even collect camera footage if necessary. Your loved one’s safety, health, and rights deserve advocacy.

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

    Posted on February 26th, 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 from 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.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyer: Abuse Cases On the Rise

    Posted on February 5th, 2018 admin No comments

    It’s a startling trend that certainly troubles our nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland. Since 2011, staff to resident abuse in long term care homes has risen 148 percent, according to a  year-long CBC Marketplace investigation.

    In 2016, there were 2,198 reported incidents of abuse pointing to an average of six seniors at long-term care homes in Ontario being abused every day.

    While the data was compiled from a six year investigation in Ontario, similar trends can be found in the US, especially Ohio.

    Nursing home abuse is surprisingly common.

    “We hear stories of people being illegally detained, of being left in bed for days, filthy conditions, cockroaches, assault,” Jane Meadus, a lawyer and institutional advocate with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, told CBC News.

    Why Evidence is So Important

    And often when families do inquire about the nature of injuries, they receive little information or help from care staff. Many in response have turned to placing cameras, to monitor their loved ones.

    “Every time we’d ask for an explanation from the facility, we would be told that there was no documentation, there’s no information to elaborate or to clarify or shed light on what occurred,” Daniel Nassrallah, a Canadian lawyer representing a client who suffered nursing home abuse.

    That is why our Cleveland birth injury lawyer always recommends documenting any possibility of elder care abuse. Take photos, have the resident examined by a doctor, even collect camera footage if necessary. Your loved ones safety, health and rights deserve advocacy.

  • Nursing Home Injury Attorney Cleveland: Attorney General Uses Spy Cams to Catch Abusers

    Posted on November 22nd, 2017 admin No comments

    As our Cleveland nursing home injury attorney will tell you, spy cams can be beneficial. They catch abusers red handed, saving the lives of our seniors and protecting their well being.

    A Zanesville nursing home was recently shut down after spy cams recorded abuse of patients. The surveillance cameras had been placed in patients’ rooms because of complaints about mistreatment. It was the first time authorities had used “granny cams” to spy on nursing-homes. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine promised it wouldn’t be the last.

    “It’s a new day and a new way of approaching this,” DeWine stated. “Everyone has been put on notice as of today.”

    As of July, the state department had opened 131 cases investigating elder abuse, compared to 74 in the same period last year.
    Some argue that such use of cameras are in effect “warrantless searches.”

    “There need to be certain conditions met, and one of our concerns is, were those conditions in place to authorize a warrantless search?” Carol Rolf, an attorney for the Ohio Health Care Association, told the Columbus Dispatch. “Was there a roommate or anyone else recorded who didn’t give consent? We don’t know.”

    Certainly, getting the consent of the family of a patient who may be the victim of abuse wouldn’t be hard. And if abuse is in question, it is something our nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland would recommend.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyer: Ohio Ranks Among Worst in Elderly Care

    Posted on September 29th, 2017 admin No comments

    It’s a sad fact that’s well known to our nursing home injury lawyers in Cleveland. Ohio ranks among the worst in the nation for elder care.

    A new report from the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University found that Ohio ranked below the national average on all 10 of the quality measures used by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, including instances of urinary tract infections, unexplained weight loss, pain, pressure ulcers and use of antipsychotic medications. The study looked at residents who stay in a facility for 100 days or more.

    The Record Courier reports:

    “The numbers show that the percentage of patients using antipsychotics went from 23.18 percent in 2013 to 21.59 percent in 2017, though the 2017 national average is 18.46 percent for antipsychotics and the 2013 average is 19.85. The best state, which was not identified in the report, had less than 9 percent of patients on the drugs in 2013.

    Antipsychotics are often given to people with dementia, which can be dangerous, said Beverly Laubert, Ohio’s long-term care ombudsman. Her office is working on helping professionals try non-pharmacological approaches to dementia care.”

    That’s why our nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland always takes the allegations of his clients seriously. Our state certainly has encountered problems with the quality of care we provide our seniors in the sunset of their lives.

  • 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.