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Nursing Home Law Asks “Who Signed the Contract?”

Devastation struck a nursing home in Massachusetts in 2009 when a 100-year-old resident, Elizabeth Barrow, was strangled and suffocated by her 97-year-old roommate. Just one month before her untimely death, Elizabeth Barrow celebrated her 100th birthday with her family. Her death shocked her family, who holds the nursing home accountable for putting her mother in […]

Nursing Homes in New Jersey: Past, Present & Future

A new report was released by the New Jersey Nursing Home Profile to illustrate the significant value that the Nursing Home Industry adds to New Jersey. In 2013, the industry added just over $5.4 billion in expenditures, near 56,000 full time jobs, contributed at least $116 million in state income taxes, and provided $2.1 billion […]

The Sobering Statistic about New Jersey Nursing Homes

A national AARP survey has revealed a shocking and disappointing statistic: New Jersey now ranks 49 out of 50 for preventing bedsores for nursing home residents. There is only one state that is less capable than New Jersey of preventing bedsores in nursing homes. As a result of the survey, state legislators have started to […]

Will New Jersey Set Minimum Standards for Staffing Nursing Homes?

There are currently no regulations for the amount of nurses’ aides required on duty in a nursing home at any given time. This means that New Jersey nursing homes can be understaffed without breaking any rules; a problem that often times leads to nursing home negligence cases. New Jersey Democrats are now pushing for a […]

Should Families Be Allowed to Install Video Cameras in Nursing Homes?

Nursing home operators and unions are insulted and angered by the idea of allowing family members to install video and audio recorders in their respective family member’s room. Service Employees International Union Local 1199 representative Bob Angelo said that nursing homes are a highly regulated industry and are subject to many inspections. He added that lawyers […]

The Top Reason for Lawsuits Against Nursing Home Facilities

According to a report by the insurance company, CNA, the most common legal claim against nursing home facilities is falls. In 2012 and 2013, resident falls made up 41.5% of closed liability claims against the insurance company’s nonprofit skilled nursing facilities. While this percentage was actually a large decrease from the previous four years, falls […]

Breaking Down the Rise in Nursing Home Lawsuits

As the baby boomer generation ages, the need for nursing home facilities continues to rise. These facilities are largely run by corporate chains with a strong attention on profit. Unfortunately, putting the care of our seniors in the hands of these corporations does not always bode well. The increasing number of nursing home residents and […]

$128 Million Settlement for Substandard Nursing Homes

A Delaware corporation that operates 146 nursing facilities across 11 different states settled a $128 million case with the United States government. Extendicare agreed to the settlement relative to allegations that the corporation billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard skilled nursing services from 2007 to 2013. This settlement covers 33 of the company’s nursing homes […]