Diversicare Gen. Partner, Inc. v. Rubio, 185 S.W.3d 842 (Tex. 2005). Maria Rubio was a nursing home resident suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. While in the nursing home she was sexually assaulted by another resident. Suit followed alleging a failure to protect. Plaintiff alleged that the sexual assault was not a professional negligence claim that was […]

United States ex rel. Szymczak v. Covenant Healthcare Sys., 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 32112 (7th Cir. 2006). James Szymczak brought a qui tam action against a hospital and nursing home alleging that fraudulent Medicare claims were filed and payment was received for unnecessary, unrendered, misrepresented, and unreimbursable services in violation of the False claims act […]

Ostrom v. Manorcare Health Servs., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4106 (D. Mich. 2007). Plaintiff, an Alzheimer’s patient, exited the nursing home on March 22, 2004 through an unlocked door. He was chased by staff as he went into a courtyard. In the courtyard, he tripped over a light post and suffered injury. He was found […]

Rucker v. Indianola Health & Rehab. Ctr. 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71192 (D. Miss. 2006). Plaintiff filed wrongful death action against a nursing home alleging personal service on February 18, 2005. Default was entered on March 24, 2005. The case was removed to federal court on April 4, 2005. On April 13, 2005, default judgment […]

Russell v. Nat’l Heritage Realty, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 640 (D. Miss. 2007). Plaintiff filed suit against Indianola Health & Rehabilitation Center. The Defendant is a mere trade name and the nursing home was operated by National Heritage Realty, Inc. Defendant moved to dismiss the claim, and plaintiff failed to file a response. The […]

Martin v. Lafon Nursing Facility of the Holy Family, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3644 (D. La. 2007). Plaintiff filed suit against a nursing home in State court alleging that Defendant failed to take necessary precautions to protect nursing home residents from Hurricane Katrina. The action was filed as a class action and Defendant removed […]

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Atkinson v. Manor Care Health Servs. 2006 Iowa App. LEXIS 744 (Iowa Ct. App. 2006). After instructing the jury, the court realized that no instruction was given on proximate cause. Counsel for both parties consented to the instruction. The court then included it in the written charge delivered to the jury, but it was not […]

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Bennett v. Beverly Enters., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75561 (D. Miss. 2006). Plaintiff filed suit alleging that Defendants participated in an unlawful scheme to fraudulently convey Beverly’s assets through a merger transaction to avoid paying civil judgments. Defendants moved to dismiss. The court found that Mississippi’s long arm statute did not reach the Defendants and […]

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Am. Econ. Ins. Co. v. Jackson, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 3232 (8th Cir. 2007). This case involves an insurance coverage dispute after Freddie Mae Burns died at Leland Health Care Center, a 128 bed skilled nursing facility, due to excessive heat. Teresa Johnson, administrator and former director of nursing, was responsible for controlling the HVAC […]

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Redwood v. Dobson, 476 F.3d 462 (7th Cir. 2007). The court identifies this litigation as a “grudge match.” When counsel spent the first 30 pages of a deposition reviewing Gerstein’s criminal history, the questions got under his skin. After he began answering with “that’s none of your business” counsel began instructing him not to answer. […]

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