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North Carolina Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney Thomas Waitt Pleasant's blog, facilitating commentary on North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia nursing home abuse, injury, neglect, and wrongful death; as well as medical malpractice, medical mistakes and medical negligence including birth injury and cerebral palsy. Topics also include unfair and bad faith insurance claims practices.

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12/6/2016
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Kindred Nursing Homes: Staffing Levels in Tennessee?

Are Kindred nursing homes over-reporting nurse staffing levels to the government?

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

Labels: understaffing
11/29/2016
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Life Care Centers Inflation of TN Staffing Numbers?

Tennessee Life Care Centers nursing homes suggested to have inflated nurse staffing levels in many of its Tennessee facilities

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

Labels: understaffing
11/22/2016
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Are Tennessee Nursing Homes Inflating Staffing Levels?

If Tennessee nursing homes are over reporting their staffing levels, residents could be at risk of injury or wrongful death without realizing it

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

Labels: understaffing
11/15/2016
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Georgia Nursing Homes with Inflated Staffing Numbers?

Georgia nursing homes data seems to show inflated nurse staffing numbers

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

Labels: understaffing
11/8/2016
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Nursing Home Staffing Numbers Inflated?

Nursing homes may be inflating staffing levels, skewing Medicare ratings; and under-staffing is a major cause of injury and death in nursing homes

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

Labels: understaffing
10/31/2016
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AAJ Brief on Nursing Home Forced Arbitration

Lawsuit rights for those injured or killed in a nursing home are curbed by forced arbitration - AAJ is fighting to make sure the new CMS rule stays

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

Labels: Arbitration
10/27/2016
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Life Care Nursing Home Chain to Pay $145 Million

Nursing home chain Life Care Centers of America settles claims of fraudulent billing for rehabilitation in its nursing homes

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

10/11/2016
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North Carolina Nursing Homes - Total SNF Charge Amount Figures

Some Nursing homes in North Carolina have very high total charges

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

10/4/2016
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Avoidable Hospitalizations from Nursing Homes

Nursing home care quality can be measured by hospitalizations from injury that could have been avoided

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

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9/30/2016
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WOCN Position on Avoidable v. Unavoidable Pressure Ulcers

Nursing homes that don't provide adequate pressure ulcer preventive care cannot call pressure ulcers (aka "decubitus ulcers" or "bed sores") unavoidable.

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

9/25/2016
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Patient Safety Network Update Pressure Ulcer Never Events

July 2016 update from AHRQ Patient Safety Network

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

9/23/2016
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Medical Malpractice Tort Reform: Medical Industry Arguments Don't Hold Water

The medical industry argues tort reform and limiting people's rights is necessary to curb medical malpractice lawsuits, but the hard facts do not support this

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

9/18/2016
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Tips for preventing bed sores in bedridden patients

Nursing home residents are very often bedridden and susceptible to pressure ulcers, bed sores, decubitus ulcers, and other skin breakdown

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

9/13/2016
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AHRQ Evidence Report Chapter on Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcer prevention not only prevents injury and harm in nursing homes, it saves lives and taxypayer dollars

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

9/6/2016
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New Pressure Ulcer Staging Guidelines from NPUAP

NPUAP recently issued new pressure ulcer (bedsore) guidelines that are important for nursing home lawyers and their client victims of nursing home negligence

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

9/2/2016
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Call to Ban Forced Nursing Home Arbitration: Update

Forcing injured nursing home residents and their families to give up their jury trial right is wrong, and advocacy groups are still hard at work on this issue

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

8/26/2016
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The "July Effect" May Lead to Unexpected Medical Outcomes in Hospitals

Physician Residents in large teaching hospitals like Duke Medical Center and UNC Chapel Hill sometimes provide care without enough supervision

Category: Medical Negligence/Malpractice

6/24/2016
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Treating Birth Asphyxia to Avoid Brain Injury in Newborns

Asphyxiated newborns may suffer brain damage including cerebral palsy, seizures, and other problems and this article discusses treatment alternatives

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

6/17/2016
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Nurse Staffing During Labor and Delivery

Staffing levels are critical in labor and delivery in order to prevent babies from being hurt in hospitals

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

6/7/2016
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Neonatology Physicians and Cerebral Palsy Injury Lawsuits

When children are injured at birth and a lawsuit is brought, a neonatologist is usually a necessary physician expert witness

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

6/3/2016
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Oxytocin: Preventable Birth Injury Article

Pitocin, or Oxytocin, is the drug most commonly associated with preventable bad outcomes in labor and delivery

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

5/27/2016
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Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury from Delivery - Epidemiology

Epidemiologist medical doctors can help with several aspects of cerebral palsy cases, including linking brain injury to contractions and Pitocin

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

Labels: Birth Injury
5/23/2016
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Cerebral Palsy and Life Expectancy

A child with cerebral palsy from birth injury may actually live a very long time, requiring long-term and high medical expenses

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

5/20/2016
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Obstetrician Organization Pitocin (Oxytocin) Guide (Samples)

To avoid brain injury from birth including cerebral palsy, Obstetricians and obstetrical nurses who deliver babies agree on key guidelines for use of drugs to induce labor

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

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5/17/2016
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Cerebral Palsy & Cortical Visual Impairment

Cortical visual impairment (sometimes called "cortical blindness") and cerebral palsy from brain injury at birth, often go hand in hand

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury