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Massachusetts Court Denies Prosecution of Nursing Home

In 2004, 74-year-old nursing home resident Julia McCauley, who had dementia, was left unattended and without an alert device on her wrist. According to an article in the Boston Globe, Ms. McCauley “apparently wheeled herself through the double doors and fell down eight steps.” Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley attempted to prosecute the nursing home–Life …

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Finally…Nursing Home Financials to be Revealed

The Health Care Reform Act provides some much needed relief for victims of nursing home neglect and abuse. In recent years, many nursing home chain operators have avoided responsibility for injuries and death caused by their neglect. They have done so by setting up multiple dummy corporations and other legal entities to  siphon cash away …

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The HensonFuerst Nursing Home Abuse Team Applauds California Legislators

A measure to confront the failing quality of care in nursing homes created by the lack of transparency in the ownership and management structure of these facilities recently passed the California Assembly on an overwhelming 77-0 vote. It would require each licensee of a skilled nursing facility to disclose with each abbreviated contract of admission …

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North Carolina House of Representatives Aims to Help the Injured Win Lawsuits

The NC House passed a bill this week that could affect whether someone hurt in an accident can recover damages. The bill would eliminate a doctrine that says a person who contributes, however slightly, to his or her injury cannot collect a dime from others whose negligence caused the injury. North Carolina is one of …

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Your Support is Needed; No Forced Arbitration for Nursing Home Patients!

The bipartisan Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2009 will prevent nursing homes from deliberately hiding clauses within the fine print of contracts that force seniors to surrender their right to trial by jury and enter an unfair and one-sided mandatory binding arbitration process. The Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2009 will …

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FDA Needs Subpoena Power

In light of the a new FDA rule that says that some Class III medical devices approved during the 1970’s must now prove their safety, here at HensonFuerst we believe that these and many other outdated yet approved devices are receiving not only an unjust loophole, but also an unsafe one under the Riegel v. …

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Senior Abuse, Neglect Bill Passes After Four Years in West Virginia

After four years, Delegate Dave Perry’s bill to make crime of abusing or neglecting an incapacitated adult a more serious offense in West Virginia has finally passed.  There were seven or eight revisions, and even an effort made by fellow delegate John Overington.  Eventually a final version was sent to Governor Joe Manchin stating that any caregiver who …

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Florida House of Representatives Bill 493—Poor Choice for Nursing Home Residents

HB 493, according to The Pensacola News Journal, literally makes it easier for nursing home corporations to get away with poor care, abuse and even the death of a nursing home resident. The bill was introduced by Florida Rep. Dave Murzin, who, according to The NewsJournal, has been the most frequent author of bills to …

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