Surveys resulting in civil fines

An Orleans County nursing home has been fined $75,900 by the federal government for failing to comply with quality care requirements. Orchard Manor was cited for civil money penalties based on a survey in November. Civil money penalties are given out by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to The Monitor, the amount of Orchard

Morphine overdose ruled as a homicide

The family of Florence Pierpoint, a 79-year old nursing home patient who was killed while in the care of a Tacoma nursing home, filed a lawsuit after a medical examiner ruled her death a homicide caused by a morphine overdose. The complaint  includes charges that the facility’s staff failed to administer medications according to the physician’s orders and

2nd Highest Jury Verdict in South Carolina Nursing Home Litigation

On April 27, 2007 a conference was held in Columbia, South Carolina, entitled, “Nursing Home Malpractice: Evaluating and Addressing Accountability.” The conference was sponsored by the National Business Institute. Five attorneys spoke on various aspects of nursing home litigation in South Carolina. Attorney D. Nathan Hughey, who has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in nursing

Gary W. Poliakoff Speaks at Annual Nursing Home Malpractice Conference

On April 27, 2007, Gary W. Poliakoff spoke at an annual conference hosted by the National Business Institute, entitled, “Nursing Home Malpractice: Evaluating and Addressing Accountability.” Mr. Poliakoff also was a speaker at the same conference in 2006, also regarding nursing home malpractice litigation. Mr. Poliakoff’s topic this year was, “Issues Involved in Taking the


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