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The Nursing Home Abuse Podcast

Examining the latest legal topics and news facing families whose loved ones have been injured in a nursing home. Hosted by lawyers Rob Schenk and Will Smith of Schenk Smith LLC.
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Dec 17, 2018

Thousands of complaints are made against nursing homes every year. Hundreds of family members of nursing home residents seek the advice of counsel. Still fewer cases are initiated and only a fraction of those reach a verdict. In today’s episode, attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss the process by which a case is evaluated by attorneys.

Dec 10, 2018

According to some recent studies, over 1.5 million people live in nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities in the USA. Among those residents, over 2 million infections occur annually. Infections are associated with elevated rates of morbidity and mortality, rehospitalization, and extended hospital stays. In today’s episode, attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss whether nursing homes are liable for infections.

Dec 3, 2018

The NursingHome411.Org website is a useful resource for anyone looking for a nursing home or interested in current issues in nursing home care.  In today’s episode, attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss how to utilize the nursing home 411 website to find or evaluate a nursing home with guest Richard Mollot, Executive Director of The Long Term Care Community Coalition.

Nov 26, 2018

Sexual abuse is non-consensual sexual contact by one person upon another. Sexual abuse is a form of elder abuse that frequently goes underreported, under-investigated, and unnoticed. In today’s episode, attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss the signs of sexual abuse and how to uncover when it may be occurring to a loved one.

Nov 19, 2018

Minimum Data Sets are taken whenever a resident is admitted or discharged from a nursing home. They are important records that follow a resident to indicate their needs.  In today’s episode, attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss nursing home minimum data sets and their role in nursing home care with guest Margo Craig, a legal nurse consultant with Sentry Medical Legal Services.

Nov 12, 2018

Slings and lifts in nursing homes are used to move residents when necessary, however they can fail causing injury and even death.  In today’s episode, attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss how slings and lifts are used in nursing homes and their failure rates with guest Teresa Boynton, a clinical consultant at Hill-Rom.

Nov 5, 2018

Arbitration is the preferred dispute resolution method of nursing homes across the country. Arbitration is an alternative to the 7th Amendment right to a civil trial by jury and is almost always binding without the possibility of appeal. In In today’s episode, live, from the Consumer Voice conference, Will Smith talks about why arbitration is bad for the average nursing home resident and good for the average nursing home owner.

Oct 29, 2018

The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (“Consumer Voice”) is the nation’s leading advocacy group representing consumers in issues related to nursing homes, helping to ensure that residents are empowered to advocate for themselves. From October 22nd through October 24th, Consumer Voice held its annual conference in Alexandria, Virginia. In today’s episode, attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss their attendance at the conference what was learned.

Oct 22, 2018

Not all nursing home staff are the same, they have specialized roles when caring for your loved one.  In today’s episode, attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss the different kinds of staff that work in nursing homes and their roles.

Oct 15, 2018

Filing suit against a nursing home in Georgia courts can be a complex and time-consuming process. From start to finish, a lawsuit may take years to get to verdict. In today’s episode, attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss the manner in which a case may be settled prior to verdict or even filing suit.

Oct 8, 2018

What does it mean to “file suit” against a nursing home? Where does it occur and when? In today’s episode, attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss initiating an average nursing home lawsuit and what families of injured residents may expect.

 

Oct 1, 2018

Death certificates are a significant factor in wrongful death cases of nursing home residents, and can provide important information.  It is not always considered that they can be corrected or amended under specific circumstances. In today’s episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss death certificates and their administration with guest Tommy Davis, Coroner for Newton County Georgia.

Sep 24, 2018

Catheter-associated UTIs are a preventable health problem that is common in nursing home residents.  Recent innovations designed to prevent Catheter-associated UTIs or CAUTIs are recently recommended. In today’s episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss the hazard of Catheter-associated UTIs in nursing home residents and methods of prevention with guest Dr. Jennifer Meddings, an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Health System.

Sep 17, 2018

Falls are a common hazard faced by nursing home residents and can be an indicator of health problems.  It makes sense to take particular care with incidences of falls in older people and their subsequent care.  In today’s episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss prevention of falls in nursing home residents and care of residents at risk of falling with guest Teresa Boynton, a clinical consultant at Hill-Rom.

Aug 6, 2018

Autopsies are mandated by the state of Georgia when someone dies in state custody or under unusual circumstances.  A state autopsy can also be requested under certain conditions. In today's episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss state autopsies in Georgia and related legal procedures with guest Gene Proctor, Coroner of Floyd County Georgia.

Jul 30, 2018

Sepsis is a life threatening medical condition that can lead to septic shock and death.  It can occur in nursing homes as a complication of bedsores and catheterization, and must be avoided.  In today's episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss sepsis in nursing homes and how it can be treated and prevented with guest Dr. Imrana Malik, Global Sepsis Alliance Advance Coordinator.

Jul 23, 2018

Care and policy involving older people is an active area of regulation and legislation with many policy advocates.   One way of influencing policy is through regulation-related litigation. In today's episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss litigation advocacy and current regulations affecting older people with guest Iris Gonzalez, Senior Attorney for AARP Foundation.

Jul 16, 2018

Autopsies can be performed by private companies when a cause of death is ambiguous or unknown and needs to be known by family members of the deceased.  This is often important for legal cases and closure regarding a loved one’s death. In today's episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss private autopsies and when they are performed with guest Dr. Virginia Richards of Greenwich Forensic MD.

Jul 9, 2018

Setting out to find a nursing home is a big decision with a lot of factors.  Cost and quality of care are paramount and finding the right nursing home for your loved one requires a lot of research.  In today's episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss how to research and find a nursing home with guest Jeff Bird, President of Parkview Aging Services.

Jul 2, 2018

Wandering and elopement are difficult problems that older people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease face.  Caretakers are needed who understand the life threatening nature of these diseases and how to keep those they care for safe.  In today's episode, nursing home abuse attorneys Rob Schenk and Will Smith discuss wandering and elopement prevention with guest Gene Saunders, CEO of Project Lifesaver International.

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