National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Nassau County, New York, woman who died, allegedly, as a result of nursing home negligence on the part of the Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. The center is located in Woodbury, New York.
The complaint, which was filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Nassau County, names UPR Care Corp. (d/b/a Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation) and Winthrop-University Hospital as defendants (Index No. 5476/12).
The complaint states that the deceased woman lived at the Cold Spring Hills Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation from January 26, 2011 through about March 9, 2011. While at the facility, the woman developed numerous decubitus ulcers, skin breakdown, infections, malnutrition, dehydration, and other injuries that were allegedly caused by the negligence of UPR Care Corp.
The complaint also states that the deceased woman was admitted to Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, New York January 20, 2011 through January 26, 2011; March 17, 2011 through March 29, 2011; April 13, 2011 through April 29, 2011; and May 3, 2011 through on or about May 4, 2011. The lawsuit alleges, among other issues, that the hospital failed to render the woman proper and adequate care and treatment to prevent the worsening of her skin breakdown. She died, said the complaint, on May 4, 2011, allegedly as a result of the defendants’ negligence.
The defendants are charged with a variety of items, including negligence, gross negligence, and wrongful death; the complaint seeks compensatory and punitive damage and attorney fees and costs on behalf of the decedent’s estate.
We recently wrote that the national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, filed a nursing home neglect lawsuit against Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, another Long Island, New York facility. That lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Nassau County who woman suffered severe and permanent injuries from falls associated with negligence on the part of Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, which is also being charged with violations of the New York Public Health Law and negligence and gross negligence.
Parker Waichman has long been dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home abuse and negligence victims and has, among other measures to protect this vulnerable demographic, prepared a video blog that can be accessed at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJMwblXwJss&list=PLA0585C6DD99926D9&index=2&feature=plpp_video
We also recently wrote that a negligent nursing home owner was convicted of Medicare and Medicaid fraud, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Not unsurprisingly, conditions for residents at three Georgia facilities run by the owner and his wife, were simply deplorable.
Owner, George Dayln Houser and his wife and accomplice, Rhonda Washington Houser were convicted and pled guilty of defrauding both government agencies in an investigation that involved the FBI, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General, and the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Criminal Investigation. George Houser was just convicted; Rhonda pled guilty last year.
The FBI cited insufficient food, minimal air conditioning and heat, severely leaking roofs that required numerous barrels and plastic sheets to catch water, dumpsters overflowing with trash, flies and rodents running rampant, and significant mold and mildew, to name just some. Shockingly, the Housers received a massive $32.9 million in Medicare and Medicaid payments for resident care; most of that money was pocketed and not used to adequately run the facilities.