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Posted 1 year ago in Elder Law Your Money & The Law by Janet Raasch  
Medicare, Private Health Insurance No Help with Long-Term Care

We all like to believe that we will be healthy and independent up until the day we die. The reality is quite different. Although Americans are living longer than ever before, these extra years are bringing with them significant health problems. At some point, 70 percent of those over age 65 will require some help with the essential activities of daily living. These include dressing, bathing, eating, toileting, continence, transferring (getting in and out of bed or a chair) and …

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Patient Wins $1 Million for Grisly Bedsores from Faulty Bed

A patient who fell through a kinetic therapy bed and as a result suffered gruesome bedsores and loss of his tailbone won a $1 million jury award against the bed’s manufacturer. Jim R. Walker of Tyler, Texas, was using the Triadyne TM II Critical Care Bed when he slid through the cushions and landed on a hard bed frame. He sued a unit of the San Antonio company, Kinetic Concepts Inc. that distributed the bed which is used for kinetic …

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Posted 1 year ago in Elder Law Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
$90M Verdict for Fatal Nursing Home Neglect Stands

A $90 million jury award against a nursing home for shoddy care that left a 87-year-old woman dead has been upheld, denying the nursing home a new trial, according to the West Virginia Record. Tom Douglas took his mother Dorothy to Heartland of Charleston nursing home in West Virginia. The stay was to be temporary while Douglas waited for an opening at another nursing home. His mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and other health issues. After only …

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Posted 1 year ago in Elder Law Personal Injury by Janet Raasch  
Are Bedsores Cause for a Lawsuit?

Residents of hospitals and nursing homes are often frail, with poor mobility. As a result, they often spend long hours in the same position in bed or in a wheelchair. They can develop painful and dangerous bedsores, also called pressure sores. The medical term for bedsores is decubitus ulcers. Bedsores in a hospital or nursing home patient can be a sign of neglect or even abuse. This is especially true when the patient had no bedsores at the time of …

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$3.7 Million Verdict for Mom’s Haunting Nursing Home Death

A jury has ordered a nursing home to pay $3.7 million to the daughter of an elderly woman who died during a five-day stint at a nursing home. Janet Smith was a patient at Belmont Lodge Health Care Center in Pueblo, Colo. in May 2011. She planned to stay for only five days while she recovered after breaking her ankle. Smith knew the place well; she had worked there 30 years ago. But according to Smith’s daughter, Margaret, the nursing …

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