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Florida Nursing Home Tragedy Causes Rethinking of Disaster Preparedness

The recent tragedy in which ten Florida nursing home residents died when the nursing home lost power during Hurricane Irma is causing government officials to rethink disaster planning. In response to the deaths, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a new emergency rule, requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state to have generators capable of maintaining comfortable...

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Big Win!!! Fischer v. Colorow Health Care: Terrific Colorado appellate opinion striking down an arbitration clause—Bold means Bold.

Mike Laszlo and I won a terrific Colorado Court of Appeals case for our client and for nursing home patient rights in general [2015CA1252]. When you go into a nursing home you are given a packet of documents to sign which invariable includes an arbitration agreement—and agreement that if a dispute arises you give up your rights to go before a jury and plead your case. Arbitration is sold as a...

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Bedsores and Pressure Sores

  Bedsores can develop rapidly and be deadly. They are many times difficult to detect. In some cases, a caregiver may let an elderly person under his or her care lie in bed all of the time, not changing the sheets, or the person’s clothes often enough.  Combined with neglect of the elder’s personal hygiene, this is likely to cause bedsores.  Bedsores are caused by prolonged pressure on...

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Infections in Nursing Homes, Gangrene–Colorado Elder Abuse Attorney

We are currently handling a case where the elder’s  hygiene was neglected and he developed gangrene. Be vigilant. Honor your mother and father. They need your help. Poor hygiene in nursing homes is an all too common form of nursing home abuse. Poor hygiene abuse in nursing homes is usually the result of too little staff working with too many residents. Most staff members lack formal...

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FALLS IN NURSING HOMES–litigation, probate, wrongful death, Colorado

The statistics are alarming: The largest single cause, at 36 percent, of potentially preventable hospital emergency room visits made by nursing home residents is injury due to a fall. The deaths of approximately 1,800 nursing home residents each year can be attributed to fall-related injuries. A typical, 100-bed nursing home reports 100 to 200 falls per year — more than one per patient...

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Colorado Probate Litigation. Bedsores.

We recently filed a case of a paraplegic who was being cared for in his home. He was supposedly being washed and cleaned and but unbeknownst to him, he developed a  bedsore on his buttock which is a death sentence. To the bone. Antibiotics will not help. When you entrust the care of your elder loved one to someone else, either an in-home caregiver or a nursing home, you trust that they will take...

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