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Lawsuit Filed in Kansas Nursing Home Abuse Case

June 13, 2011

A lawsuit has been filed by the estate of a woman who died after choking at Johnson Mathers Nursing Home in Carlisle, Kentucky.

The nursing home abuse lawsuit alleges that the woman was left unattended while choking on food which led to her death, and workers later falsified documents to hide their negligence.

The nursing home was issued a Type A citation by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Office of Inspector General, meaning a resident’s life or safety was in danger due to state regulation violations.

The lawsuit says the resident’s nurse identified the woman as choking but did not alert other staff and took as much as 10 minutes to clean a dirty suction machine, even though a clean emergency suction machine was available. When the nurse returned she was unable to clear the blockage.

The woman died at Johnson Mathers Hospital emergency room.

The nurse accused of negligence still has an active license.

If you believe your loved one died because of nursing home negligence we urge you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately.

source: http://www.kentucky.com/2011/06/11/1770607/lawsuit-filed-against-nursing.html

Kansas Nursing Home Cleared of Nursing Home Abuse Allegations

October 8, 2011

An investigation into abuse allegations at the Deseret Nursing and Rehabilitation home of Wichita, Kansas found no evidence of wrong doing. The investigation was prompted when doctors treated a resident of the nursing home who had open sores and maggots on his feet.

The 67-year-old man was brought to the hospital after having chest pains and doctors discovered evidence of what appeared to be nursing home neglect. The man also said he was being mistreated at the nursing home.

Despite this, the Kansas Department on Aging says their investigation showed that the allegations of nursing home abuse could not be substantiated.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is a serious problem throughout our country. The signs of abuse and neglect should not be ignored and should be reported to the authorities immediately. You should also contact an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer if you or a family member was a victim of nursing home abuse.

source: http://www.kansaspublicradio.org/newsstory.php?itemID=31638

Kansas Nurse To Be Sentenced for Nursing Home Abuse

July 20, 2011

A former nurse at Halstead Health and Rehabilitation Center in Kansas is soon to be sentenced for stealing morphine from the nursing home. The nurse stole morphine from overstock bottles and then diluted the bottles to hide her theft.

The former nurse and her lawyer are seeking leniency when she is sentenced in this nursing home abuse case saying the woman is a drug addict who is receiving methadone treatments and she was very careful to steal only from overstock bottles of morphine.

Charged in a 10-count indictment, the woman pleaded guilty to two counts in a deal made with prosecutors and the rest of the charges were thrown out. She could get up to 10 years in prison for her crimes as well as a $250,000 fine and another fine up to $10,000.

Often times the very nurses we trust to take care of our loved ones in nursing homes are the ones who betray our trust and abuse or neglect vulnerable nursing home residents. We urge you to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer if you think your loved one was abused or neglected in a nursing home.

source: http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/b65a1c04d55148649630c7ae0c3dd207/KS–Nurse-Tampering/

Kansas Nurse Admits to Nursing Home Abuse Involving Stealing Morphine

December 4, 2011

A former nurse at Holiday Resort Nursing Facility in Salina, Kansas pleaded guilty to one count of consumer product tampering and one count of adulteration of a drug. The drug addicted woman admitted that she was stealing morphine from the nursing home and diluting containers of the pain killer with sodium chloride.

The deal that the woman made with prosecutors may send her to prison for three years and she will never again by allowed to work in the health care industry. She will be allowed to get out of prison early if she finishes a drug addiction treatment program.

The woman, an admitted drug addict, worked at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita in 2009 until she was fired for stealing painkillers.

It is an unfortunate fact that nursing home abuse in various forms happens throughout our country. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help bring justice to victims of abuse or neglect at nursing homes.

source: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/11/28/3290810/nurse-admits-drug-tampering-at.html

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