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Trial Begins in Wrongful Death Lawsuit against a Georgia Assisted Living Facility
Charlotte Pauline Dean—who suffered from cerebral palsy—was just forty-seven years old when she was placed in the Country Crossing Assisted Living facility in Lafayette, Georgia. The home was to have provided the care she needed. Instead, according to a lawsuit filed by her relatives, she became the victim of abuse and neglect so severe that […] More...

Patient Neglect Costs New York City Nursing Home $19 Million at Trial
In early December, 2009, a Brooklyn, New York jury awarded $19 million to the family of a neglected nursing home patient. The victim, John Danzy, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was placed by his family into the Brooklyn Queens Nursing Home after it became to difficult to provide him with proper care in their […] More...

Washington Nursing Home Neglects Patient, Allowing Undiagnosed Cancer to Run its Course
Charles Bradley was ninety-three years old when his family made the difficult decision to place him in nursing care. He was admitted to the Everett Care & Rehabilitation Center, in Everett, Washington, in late 2004. Bradley lived at the facility for just over three years, before he died as the apparent result of neglect on […] More...

Disabled Resident Sexually Abused at Florida Nursing Home
Families face difficult decisions when it comes time to place a loved one into a nursing facility. Besides the obvious emotional issues, there are many practical concerns including costs, location, quality of care and living conditions. But one thing families should never have to worry about is the possibility of their loved one falling victim […] More...

Nursing Home Neglect Leads to Death of Elderly Patient
Charles Bradley was ninety-three years old when his family made the difficult decision to place him in nursing care. He was admitted to the Everett Care & Rehabilitation Center, in Everett, Washington, in late 2004. Bradley lived at the facility for just over three years, before he died as the apparent result of neglect on […] More...

Disabled Resident Sexually Abused at Florida Nursing Home
Families face difficult decisions when it comes time to place a loved one into a nursing facility. Besides the obvious emotional issues, there are many practical concerns including costs, location, quality of care and living conditions. But one thing families should never have to worry about is the possibility of their loved one falling victim […] More...

Nursing Homes House Criminals alongside Vulnerable Elders
After seventy-seven year-old Virginia Thurston was diagnosed with dementia, her daughter, Sandra, had her placed in a nursing home. Making the decision was difficult enough, but what happened to her mother in the home was a heart-breaking tragedy. Virginia Thurston was raped and assaulted by an eighty-three year old resident who wedged her door closed […] More...

Oregon Family Seeks $8 Million from Nursing Home Which Contributed to Death of Loved One
A trial in the case of a lawsuit filed against an Oregon nursing facility more than three years ago is scheduled to begin in April, 2010. The suit alleges the facility grossly neglected Alice Train, a ninety-year-old mother whose daughter placed her in nursing care because she suffered from dementia and diabetes. Her daughter chose […] More...

Investigation Finds Nursing Homes Administering Unneeded Psychiatric Drugs to Patients
A recent investigation of Illinois nursing homes uncovered a scary truth. They found 1,200 violations, which affected 2,900 patients, involving the unnecessary administration of psychiatric medicine. These findings come at a damaging time for Illinois nursing homes, which have recently been under intense scrutiny for—amongst other things—housing violent felons alongside elderly patients. Nursing facilities keep […] More...

Nurses Plead Guilty to Criminal Charges in Pittsburgh Nursing Home Abuse Case
Two nurses recently pled guilty to criminal charges of assaulting and harassing a patient in a Pittsburgh nursing home. Co-workers testified that the nurses would stomp on, hit and throw oranges at Thelma Bryant, a ninety-four-year-old resident diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and confined to a wheelchair. The guilty pleas came after another co-worker, who was […] More...

New Study Finds Bruising on Elders May Be Sign of Abuse
As we age, our bodies become more fragile and our natural sense of balance diminishes. And that means we become more prone to bruising as we bump into things. But in some case, especially for the most frail and elderly people, bruises can indicate abuse on the part of caregivers, nursing home staff or family […] More...

Minnesota Nursing Home Worker Charged With Criminal Abuse
A Minnesota nursing home employee was charged with criminal abuse last week in an appalling case involving a mentally handicapped patient. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the employee force-fed the fifty-six year old patient, despite the fact she did not want to eat and had difficulties swallowing even under normal conditions. Further, the […] More...

Pennsylvania Seminar Outlines Elder Abuse
A seminar held early last month in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, outlined Pennsylvania’s elder-abuse problem and discussed measures to help protect senior citizens. The Monroe County Area Agency on Aging, which sponsored the seminar, reports 12,000 cases of elder abuse every year in Pennsylvania. But they estimate that this number represents just ten percent of the […] More...

Nurses Plead Guilty to Criminal Charges in Pittsburgh Nursing Home Abuse Case
Two nurses recently pled guilty to criminal charges of assaulting and harassing a patient in a Pittsburgh nursing home. Co-workers testified that the nurses would stomp on, hit and throw oranges at Thelma Bryant, a ninety-four year old resident diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and confined to a wheelchair. The guilty pleas came after another co-worker, […] More...

Proposed Federal Act would Invalidate Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Home Contracts
Proposed Federal Act would Invalidate Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Home Contracts Proposed legislation has been introduced which would invalidate pre-dispute arbitration clauses which are commonly found in nursing home contracts. The Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act would shift the determination of enforceability of such a clause to the courts, rather than an arbitrator. […] More...

Former Nurse Charged with Neglect of Care, Other Crimes for Incident at a Pennsylvania Nursing Facility
A former nurse at Aristacre at Meadow Springs, a nursing facility in the Plymouth Meeting area, faces criminal charges for an incident which occurred in August, 2009. The former nurse is charged with neglect of care of a dependent person and reckless endangerment of a person for the incident in which the nurse watched as […] More...

Proposed Federal Act would Invalidate Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Home Contracts
Proposed legislation has been introduced which would invalidate pre-dispute arbitration clauses which are commonly found in nursing home contracts. The Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act would shift the determination of enforceability of such a clause to the courts, rather than an arbitrator. The purpose of the legislation is to prevent elders and their families […] More...

In the news: Illinois nursing home allowed sexual abuse
An Illinois county-supported nursing home is reported to have had a male resident sexually abused 10 female residents. The state Department of Public health determined that the nursing home failed to prevent the abuse More...

ElderCareNeglect.com Launches, Aims to Help Families
ElderCareNeglect.com, a new website launched in June 2009, is a new resource for families and individuals who suspect or have observed abuse or mistreatment of residents of nursing homes and advance care facilities. More...

 
     
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Gavin P. Lentz, Esq.
Bochetto & Lentz

Gavin Lentz (right) was selected as a "Super Lawyer" for 2006-2009 in New Jersey by Philadelphia Magazine. He has also been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Philadelphia Magazine and the Legal Intelligencer in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

On September 16, 2002 Mr. Lentz was selected as one of the top 50 lawyers in Pennsylvania by the Legal Intelligencer.

He has made many television appearances, including on Fox News, The Today Show, Inside Edition, and The Phil Donahue Show.

Mr. Lentz is a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

As a former prosecutor, he knows how to aggressively go after a nursing home to prove the facts necessary to protect your loved one's rights.

 
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