Residents sue senior living home management for negligence due to fire

A lawsuit was filed in Bexar County, Texas on Tuesday, January 6 against Belmar Texas LLC, Wedgwood Senior Apartments, Entrada Management Services, Inc., and manager Mandy Williams by 24 residents of the Wedgwood Senior Living high-rise in Castle Hills.

The plaintiffs claimed that it was the defendants’ negligence that caused the Dec. 28, 2014 fire that resulted in the death of five residents.

The residents also filed a request for a temporary restraining order in a bid to “immediately deter defendants from alerting, repairing, moving, modifying, damaging, destroying, conveying, transferring, or in any way, changing the condition of any material evidence”.

The temporary restraining order was signed on Tuesday by State District Judge John Gabriel and scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, January 27 to determine if the restraining order should further be extended.

Attorneys James Perrin and Paula Wyatt, in their lawsuit, plaintiffs were not readily informed of the fire and thus did not have the chance or opportunity to escape the premises without sustaining injuries to their persons.

There have been times when nursing and assisted living facilities have failed to provide adequate care to its residents. In instances like this, one can call on the help of our attorneys at Hotze Runkle, PLLC in Texas by calling our offices at (877) 919-0830.


What are some common signs of nursing home abuse?

If your loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect in a nursing home, there are a number of signs that they may exhibit that could alert you to the fact that abuse is occurring. Physically, you should look for injuries that cannot be explained, bruising, or a significant loss in weight. In terms of emotional signs, becoming inexplicably withdrawn from others is often a signal that some form of abuse has happened. Additionally, if your loved one is unwilling to talk about their experiences in a nursing home in front of members of the staff, it is possible that they are being intimidated by one or more people working there.

Taking action quickly to end devastating instances of nursing home abuse is crucial. As such, if you believe that your loved one is suffering from abuse in a nursing home, do not hesitate to take action and contact Hotze Runkle, by calling (877) 919-0830.


Farmington nursing home facing wrongful death suit

The daughter of elderly nursing home resident Jeanette Consteanna recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Bloomfield Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center alleging that Consteanna died under questionable circumstances while residing at the facility.

Consteanna had been a resident of the nursing home from 2006 to 2014; she entered the home with several preexisting diagnosis, including dementia, general muscle weakness, diabetes, and hyperthyroidism, according to the claim. The lawsuit alleges that Consteanna was not provided adequate care and treatment at the facility, resulting in her body deteriorating due to weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration, various infections, an unexplained arm fracture, and bed sores.

Also named a defendant in the lawsuit was Plano-based Preferred Care Partners Management, the parent company of Bloomfield Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, and Fort Worth-based Cathedral Rock, which formerly owned Bloomfield.

At Hotze Runkle, our attorneys are dedicating to bringing the reprehensible nursing home employees who mistreat the patients in their care to justice. We want you to know that this behavior is unacceptable, and we will fight to hold these negligent and abusive parties accountable for their actions. Call (877) 919-0830 today to talk to our legal team about your situation.


Families mourn relatives mistreated in nursing homes

Twenty-nine-year-old Brooke Harris said it’s hard for her to accept what happened to her grandmother, Laura Jean Enos, who died in October after not being properly taken care of at her nursing home.

Lorene Enos, Harris’ mother and the daughter of the woman who was allegedly abused, said her mother had “many bruises on her face” when she died, likely caused by her falling down.

Another man, thirty-eight-year-old Nathan Castro, said they should have known the tell-tale signs of trouble when the idea of returning to the nursing home after an outing brought his mother to tears. He explained that she “didn’t want to go back, but she wouldn’t tell us why.” Castro claimed he also noticed bruises on his mother’s body at times, but never confirmed whether or not abuse was taking place.

According to Medicare.org, half of the staff members at 12 nursing homes in Abilene, Texas have been rated less than average when it comes to performance of their duties. Sadly, these numbers have a significant impact on the families whose elderly loved ones suffer at the hands of negligent nursing home staff. If you are dealing with this traumatizing and difficult situation, call the attorneys at Hotze Runkle immediately at (877) 919-0830 to let us help you put a stop to the abuse today.


Fake hospice nurse treated over 200 patients

Arranging in-home hospice care for a terminally ill relative is emotionally taxing to begin with. These anxieties will double, or probably even triple, when you learn that your loved one has not been in the care of a medical professional, but by a con artist hoping to make a quick buck.

This was the case for more than 200 families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in Texas when Jada Necole Antoine stole the identity of a registered nurse and used her credentials to gain employment in various hospices around the area. Antoine worked for nearly three years in the medical field without any training, and saw to over 200 patients in that time.

Special Agent Brian Marlow of the FBI’s Dallas Division investigated the case. The investigation started in 2013 with a routine traffic stop in Texas. Upon being over for a traffic violation, Antoine gave the police officer her own identification, revealing a prior warrant for arrest. The police officer was also able to recover the identification documents of the nurse whose identity Antoine had stolen during a search of the vehicle.

If your elderly loved one has endured any form of neglect or abuse during his or her stay at a nursing home or hospice facility, the attorneys at Hotze Runkle, want you to know that your family may be able to pursue a claim to compensation and justice. To discuss your legal options with one of our experiences nursing home abuse attorneys today, call (877) 919-0830.


Pursuing arbitrated claims against abusive nursing homes

In many states, arbitration agreements for personal injury or wrongful death claims are highly discouraged by common law judicial doctrines. However, the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) encourages wronged residents of elder care facilities to file claims and pursue arbitration agreements. This is especially true of situations involving nursing homes or assisted-living facilities, as these types of establishments generally exhibit a propensity for offering “take it or leave it” contracts to would-be residents.

The FAA serves as protection and enforcement for individuals who have been wronged by nursing home employees by keeping these companies honest when they are drafting their admissions contracts. In other words, an unscrupulous elderly care facility will be less likely to get away with including ridiculous or unreasonable terms in the contract that residents are required to sign before they are granted access to the facility.

At Hotze Runkle, PLLC, our nursing home abuse lawyers have a thorough understanding of the complex laws surrounding elder care facilities and personal injury. We want to assure any victims of wrongdoing that justice can be served. To learn more, call our Texas office at (512) 476-7771 today.


Nursing home investigations promote prevention of elderly abuse

Two nursing homes – St. Mary’s Home of Erie East, located at the 600 block of east 26th street in Erie, Pennsylvania and Golden Living Centers across the Commonwealth, which includes the Golden Living Western Reserve Facility on west 54th street in Millcreek – are being investigated for alleged nursing home abuses against their patients.

The Attorney General’s Office raided the St. Mary’s on Tuesday, September 15 with the state Attorney General’s Special Investigations unit gathering dozens of computer hard drives and computers from the nursing home.  The AG’s Office had been carrying a sealed warrant at the time of the raid.

Golden Living Centers, on the other hand, was sued for charges of abuse and neglect.

It is an unfortunate incident when nursing homes cannot be trusted to provide elderly residents with the care they need, especially when abuse occurs in its place. If such an incident happens to your loved one who is living in a nursing home facility in Texas, our attorneys at Hotze Runkle, PLLC will provide the legal help you need to make those responsible for such abuse and negligence pay. Call our offices today at (512) 476-7771 or (877) 919-0830 to consult with a member of our legal team.


Texas Facilities added to the Special Focus Facility Initiative

In an effort to create a system in which negligent nursing homes across the country are held accountable for serious and recurring deficiencies in care quality, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has joined with state departments to implement the Special Focus Facility Initiative. This program pinpoints elder care facilities that have either a higher than average amount of violations, a high amount of serious violations that may cause harm or injury to residents, or a pattern of persistent serious or recurring problems spread over at least three years.

The facilities found in abundant violation are placed on the Special Focus Facility (SFF) list in an effort to effect change within these nursing homes. Facilities placed on the SFF list will be inspected by officials at least twice a year and enforcement penalties, including fines and termination from Medicare and Medicaid, will be applied to those who fail to correct their violations in a timely fashion.

In the most recent publication of the SFF list, two nursing homes in Texas were added to the list of Special Focus Facilities:

  • Arbor Terrace Healthcare Center
  • Immanuels Healthcare

It was also revealed that two other Texas nursing homes have been on the SFF list for over a year and have shown no improvement. Those two facilities are:

  • Care Inn of Abiline
  • Fortress Health & Rehab of Rock Prairie

If you have a loved one who has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect at these or other Texas nursing home facilities, contact the attorneys at Hotze Runkle by calling (512) 476-7771 to discuss your options today.


Patient’s death calls for an investigation of Temple Regency Manor

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services spokeswoman, Melissa Gale, announced on Monday, August 3 that Regency Manor Healthcare Center in Temple, Texas is under investigation for the death of a 43-year-old male nursing home patient who died under the care of the facility.

The investigation is concerning possible patient neglect, with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services providing the authorities with records of complaints and incidents at the facility from Jan. 1, 2013 through July 29, 2015.

The records showed that around 150 of the filed resident abuse claims were unsubstantiated, while 17 claims were found to be true, with the facility receiving citations for non-compliance. Eleven reports further indicated records of substantiated claims, although in these instances the facility was not cited; instead it was noted that these ordeals were the fault of employees.

At Hotze Runkle, PLLC, we give legal representation to people who have experienced mistreatment or otherwise have suffered harm during their stay in a nursing home facility in Texas. Reach out to us if you need our legal advice by calling our offices today at (877) 919-0830.


Hidden cameras caught nursing home abuse

Two nursing assistants were taken into police custody while eight others were terminated from their positions after hidden cameras installed at Saint Therese of New Hope, a nursing home in Minnesota, caught them allegedly abusing residents, according to McKnight’s on July 15.

According to a report from The Star Tribune, the families of some of the residents at the Minnesota nursing facility installed hidden cameras in the rooms of their relatives who were residents at the nursing home after noticing cuts and bruises on their loved ones.

Two nursing assistants were apparently caught abusing nursing home residents, although the nature of the abuse was not revealed publicly. The other eight nursing assistants were fired for failing to report the abuse and for using their mobile phones while dealing with the residents.

The attorneys of Hotze Runkle in Texas are dedicated to representing those who have experienced abuse at the hands of nursing home staff. Call our office at (877) 919-0830 today to learn more about pursuing legal recourse against those responsible.


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