Depositions of nursing home maintenance supervisor and administrator allowed after Plaintiff demonstrated that other deposed individuals had insufficient knowledge of resident’s injuries and likelihood that the additional witnesses possessed information that was material and necessary.

Resident’s claim went to the medical review board. The review board’s decision was mailed to an attorney in California, where it was signed for by a postal employee and then was forwarded to an attorney in Louisiana. Under Louisiana law, the limitations period is suspended while a claim is with the review board, but the […]

Summary judgment for defendants was reversed. Resident, a stroke victim, was paralyzed on the right side including his mouth and throat. His condition interfered with chewing and swallowing. At admission, the dietician noted resident’s diet as no concentrated sweets and chop meat. Later it was changed to 1800 calorie diabetic diet, then later to chopped […]

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 read with the other charges. The jury then returned a defense verdict finding that Manor […]

Plaintiff filed suit for negligence relating to falls in a nursing home but failed to attach the expert affidavit required by O.C.G.A. § 9-11-9.1. Defendants moved to dismiss. Plaintiffs retained new counsel who secured an affidavit from a physician and, based on the amendment, argued that the claim was for ordinary negligence. After considering the […]

Defendants petitioned for a writ of certiorari seeking to quash denial of their motion to dismiss a wrongful death action. Prior to suit, Plaintiff gave pre-suit notice to Arch Creek Nursing Home, but not to other defendants that were sued. See Fla. Stat. § 400.0233. In their motion to dismiss, Defendants argued that each defendant […]

Buie filed a wrongful death action after resident’s death. Buie signed an agreement for arbitration on the line for a legal representative, but not on the line where she would sign for herself. Defendants argued that the case should be dismissed under Rule 12(b)(1) because all claims were subject to arbitration; Defendants moved to compel […]

Complete Healthcare Resources Eastern, Inc. sought a declaratory judgment that it was not liable to an insurer in subrogation and that it was not obligated to mediate and/or arbitrate the insurer’s subrogation claim. Complete Healthcare had entered into a management agreement with a nursing home. A claim arose on November 16, 2002, when Bertha Small […]

Insurer sought declaratory judgment against its named insureds, the nursing home, the company owning the realty and the management company after they were all named in a suit alleging they failed to provide adequate care for a resident. The suit alleged negligence, violations of the Arkansas Resident Rights Statute, breach of contract, and wrongful death. […]

CMS found that Hamburg Healthcare, a nursing home, was not in substantial compliance with the Conditions of Participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. After numerous surveys and visits where the nursing home was warned each time that its provider agreement might be terminated absent change, CMS terminated the nursing home’s provider agreement. There was […]

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