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September 23, 2022

There are typically two types of damages sought in a nursing home neglect and abuse case:

Economic. Also known as “special damages,” monetary damages cover medical expenses and similar losses which come with a set amount Non-Economic. Also known as “general damages,” non-economic damages cover pain, suffering, and similar harm suffered by the victim of abuse

Punitive damages are rarely sought in personal injury cases. These damages seek to punish particularly egregious behavior or... Read More

September 08, 2022

Medical malpractice may refer to any situation in which a healthcare provider fails to meet acceptable standards of care. When you are injured through medical malpractice, it’s a good idea to talk to an attorney who can assess your claim and help you determine if you have cause to file suit.

Examples of medical malpractice include:

Failure to diagnose Sepsis and infection Surgical errors Emergency room negligence Birth injury Medication errors

Some of these issues can result... Read More

August 30, 2022

Phillips has issued a recall for approximately 5.5 million CPAP devices due to potentially fatal defects. According to the company, the foam used in the respirators of these devices can break down over time and cause serious complications.

So far, there have been 44 deaths associated with this CPAP defect. Other complications include:

Respiratory and Breathing issues Asthma and Pneumonia Chest Pain and Cough Dizziness Nodules Infection

Cancer has also been reported as a... Read More

August 12, 2022

Financial exploitation occurs when someone withholds, steals, or otherwise misuses the assets or money belonging to an older adult. Financial abuse and exploitation can happen in a nursing home or long-term care facility. They can also occur at the hands of a trusted friend, family member, or professional.

People with dementia and Alzheimer's are most at risk for financial exploitation. Those who are isolated from their families are also at heightened risk. If you have a family... Read More

July 25, 2022

Injury to the head is the most common type of birth injury. This includes minor issues such as scratches and bruising and more severe problems, such as hemorrhaging or facture.

Head injury may be caused by forceps or vacuum extraction. Risks are heightened during complicated deliveries or when the baby is presented abnormally in the birth canal.

Healthcare providers at birthing centers and hospitals are trained to mitigate risks while addressing pregnancy complications. They... Read More

July 07, 2022

According to a 2020 study conducted by the World Health Organization, 2/3rd of nursing home staff admitted to abusing or neglecting residents. This same study found that one in three nursing home residents faced abuse or neglect while living in a facility.

One in 10 adults over the age of 60 face abuse from a caregiver every year. Many of these cases are family-related. Nursing home cases are different: not only are they more common, but nearly all of them also come at the hands of... Read More

June 23, 2022

Record gas prices seem to be having very little effect on summer travel. AAA now anticipates that nearly 48 million people will take to the road for the July Fourth holiday weekend, an increase of 3.7 percent over 2021 and the largest number of people traveling for the Fourth since 2019.

The Fourth of July holiday period sees an increase in serious and fatal car accidents. Much of this has to do with intoxicated driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... Read More

June 09, 2022

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It is an absolute tragedy that either of these observances is necessary. According to the National Center on Aging, one in 10 adults over the age of 60+ has faced abuse. Unbelievably, in 2/3rd of these cases, it’s the adult children or a trusted loved one of the victim who perpetrates the abuse.

Types of Elder Abuse

The most common types of elder abuse are:

Physical and Emotional Abuse. This... Read More
May 13, 2022

In 2019, four young adults lost their lives in an apartment building fire. Alleging that the apartment complex owners and managers were aware of potential dangers, including a cigarette bucket underneath a wooden staircase, a lawsuit was filed against the complex ownership. An additional lawsuit was filed against the county and two 911 operators in their individual capacities as public employees.

With the help of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, Counsel for... Read More

April 14, 2022

On March 9th, 2022, Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance helped to secure a record-breaking $15.3 million jury verdict for Michelle McKinney, daughter of Lucille Dubose, who passed while under the care of the Life Care Center of Lawrenceville. Mrs. Dubose was admitted to the facility in November of 2016. A short month later, following complications from severe dehydration and infection from untreated pressure wounds (bed sores), Mrs. Dubose passed.

The $15.3 million verdict included $... Read More