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Nursing Home Negligence Injury

March 9th, 2015

The neglect of nursing home residents often results in serious or even fatal injury. This can include:

  • Bedsores
  • Malnutrition and dehydration
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Illness and disease

If you suspect a loved one is suffering from nursing home negligence in Arizona, call our experienced attorneys at today to schedule a free and informative consultation.

Identifying Negligence

Nursing home neglect can take many forms, some of which may be difficult to see. However, by and large, neglected nursing home residents will show signs of mistreatment including:

  • Weight loss
  • Pressure ulcers or open wounds
  • Infection
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Hair loss
  • General uncleanliness

These signs may be indications of neglect and, when left unaddressed, can result in significant harm to your loved one. To help prevent serious or fatal injury from neglect, it is best to contact an experienced attorney as soon as you suspect any form of mistreatment.

The Arizona nursing home negligence injury attorneys at Cullan & Cullan, M.D., J.D. are ready to investigate claims of mistreatment and to take swift action to protect victims of elder abuse. Please contact us today to schedule your free consultation and let us help your family get the justice you deserve.

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Do I Have a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

February 9th, 2015

If you suspect your loved one died due to negligence or abuse at the hands of a caregiver, you may be entitled to seek justice through a wrongful death lawsuit. The best way to determine if you have cause to file suit is through a thorough investigation conducted by the doctor/lawyers at Cullan & Cullan.

If you believe your loved one was the victim of fatal mistreatment, please call us at to schedule a free case evaluation today.

In the state of Arizona, you may be able to take legal action against a nursing home if the victims of mistreatment was:

  • Your spouse
  • A parent or grandparent
  • A sibling

In most cases, you need to be a direct relative of the deceased to file a wrongful death lawsuit, but this is not always the case. During your free consultation we will discuss your rights, your options, and the most effective way to get justice for your family.

Our Arizona nursing home lawyers have decades of experience helping families recover damages following the untimely death of a loved one. Please contact Cullan & Cullan today to schedule your free consultation and learn how we can help your family get the justice you are due.

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Statute of Limitations for Reporting Abuse

January 26th, 2015

Arizona Revised Statute 12-542 places a two-year statute of limitations on legal action following nursing home abuse and neglect. This period does not begin until the date injury was discovered, unless the courts find discovery should have taken place earlier. This detail can make taking legal action more complicated and is just one of several reasons you will want an experienced nursing home lawyer on your side from the moment you suspect mistreatment.

Our state gives victims of abuse and neglect a two-year window, but waiting is never a good idea. Remember, nursing homes are often part of larger corporations, and those companies typically have powerful attorneys and insurance adjustors waiting to squash any challenge that arises. While taking action earlier will not necessarily stop these powerful interests from trying to silence your family, it can be incredibly helpful in winning your case and protecting your loved one against future mistreatment.

If you have waited to take legal action but are still within the two-year statute of limitations, it’s not too late. Call the Arizona nursing home abuse attorneys at Cullan & Cullan at today or contact our office online to schedule a free consultation and learn how best to secure the justice your family deserves.

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Behavioral Changes

January 8th, 2015

Behavioral changes are often a clear indication of nursing home abuse. In fact, changes to behavior can follow all types of mistreatment and are common even when physical signs are not present.

Any sudden or worrisome changes in behavior should be monitored closely. If you suspect these changes have been sparked by abuse, they should be brought to the attention of an experienced nursing home attorney immediately.

Changes to watch for include:

  • Withdrawal from the nursing home community
  • Visible discomfort or fear around staff members
  • Unusual habit development such as nail biting or rocking
  • Agitation or increased aggression
  • Depression and anxiety

These behaviors can all indicate a serious problem and should not be ignored.

Preventing Abuse

You cannot always prevent abuse, but you can take steps to reduce your loved one’s risks. Visiting frequently and becoming acquainted with all staff members are some of the most effective ways to help protect your loved one from mistreatment. If you notice changes in behavior, the Arizona nursing home attorneys at Cullan & Cullan can look into your concerns and help you determine if they are being caused by mistreatment.

If you suspect a loved one is being mistreated at his or her nursing home in Arizona, please contact Cullan & Cullan, M.D., J.D. online or by calling today.

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Nursing Home Abuse Caught on Tape

November 12th, 2014

Two certified nursing assistants in Florida were recently caught on tape physically abusing a 75-year old Alzheimer’s patient, illustrating the power of modern technology in the fight against nursing home abuse.

After noticing bruises on his father’s legs, a man decided to set up a hidden camera to see if he could find the cause. Over a three-week period, this camera recorded multiple instances of abuse at the hands of two CNAs. This abuse went beyond reactionary to include unprovoked assault, harassment, and brutality against this elderly patient, prompting criminal battery charges to be brought against the employees.

This case is, tragically, far from isolated. Every year, thousands of nursing home residents are physically, sexually, and emotionally abused by those who are charged with caring for them. This gross injustice must be dealt with swiftly and effectively to protect the health and happiness of victims. If you suspect any type of abuse, the Arizona nursing home attorneys at Cullan & Cullan are here to take your case, stand up for your family, and ensure that justice is served.

To schedule your free consultation with one of our Arizona nursing home abuse attorneys, please contact Cullan & Cullan, M.D., J.D. today.

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Are Medicare Nursing Home Ratings Trustworthy?

October 13th, 2014

One of the most trusted resources used in selecting a nursing home is the star rating system available on the Medicare website. Sadly, according to an investigative report published in The New York Times, this system may not be nearly as thorough as we’ve been led to believe.

According to The Times, the Medicare rating system relies on third-party input and reviews are not verified by government employees. This means that a nursing home can make up its own reviews, post them to the Medicare site, and improve their ranking – all without any type of oversight or verification. This is troubling news indeed for people who rely on these reviews to select a care facility.

Nursing home abuse and neglect are epidemic in the United States. Instances of mistreatment are so common, it can be difficult to find a home in which some issue has not occurred. When one of the most trusted sources of information on homes is found to be untrustworthy, families are often left with very few good choices.

The Phoenix nursing home attorneys at Cullan & Cullan understand how devastating it is to learn that a loved one has been mistreated in their care facility. We are here to take your case and fight for your family to help see safety restored and justice served.

If you are in need of a nursing home attorney in Phoenix or surrounding areas of Arizona, please contact Cullan & Cullan, M.D., J.D. today to schedule a free consultation.

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The Health Consequences of Poor Hygiene

October 3rd, 2014

Hygiene is essential for a healthy life and residents of nursing homes have a right to a clean living space and body. It is the responsibility of nursing home staff to maintain hygienic standards in the facility and to assist residents in keeping their bodies clean. Failure to do so can result in serious and even deadly consequences for nursing home residents.

Poor hygiene can lead to body odor and bad breath, but these are far from the largest concerns. Improper sanitation can result in:

  • The spread of infectious disease
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Increased risks for heart disease and hypertension
  • Infection and gangrene

Some of the consequences of poor hygiene are uncomfortable and irritating. Others can result in a painful and untimely death. When hygienic standards are not being kept by staff and management, any suffering faced by nursing home residents is grounds for swift and aggressive legal action.

The Arizona nursing home negligence attorneys at Cullan & Cullan are here to help victims of mistreatment get justice. We are prepared to work swiftly on your case and fight tooth and nail for your rights to ensure justice is served.

If you suspect a loved one is suffering from nursing home abuse or neglect in Arizona, please contact Cullan & Cullan M.D., J.D. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

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Abusing HIPAA

August 21st, 2014

A nursing home in Florida has recently invoked HIPAA to protect its employees against a criminal investigation regarding the sexual abuse of an elderly patient who suffers from advanced dementia. This shocking abuse of the rights guaranteed by HIPAA is the first to have garnered national media attention, but it is far from the first time this bill has been used to benefit abusers at the expense of the abused.

Signed into law in 1996, a cornerstone of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is its prohibition against sharing healthcare information without the express permission of the patient. Designed to protect the patient, this piece of the bill has now been misused to shield companies against legal action when patients suffer mistreatment or abuse.

This gross misinterpretation of HIPAA is but one of the many reasons you need an experienced attorney on your side if you suspect a loved one is experiencing any type of nursing home abuse or neglect.

The Phoenix nursing home attorneys at Cullan & Cullan know how to investigate allegations of mistreatment to identify its perpetrators, and how to hold those parties accountable for their actions. We are prepared to fight tooth and nail for the protection of your loved one, and to take your case as far as necessary to see that justice is served.

If you are in need of a nursing home attorney in Phoenix or surrounding areas of Arizona, please contact Cullan & Cullan, M.D., J.D. to schedule a free consultation today.

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Stages of Pressure Ulcers

July 8th, 2014

Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, often start small and may even be unnoticeable for a time. However, small sores can quickly develop into larger wounds and eventually result in serious health consequences including sepsis and death.

If someone you love has developed pressure ulcers while in a nursing home, please call Cullan & Cullan at 602-200-9999 today for a free case evaluation.

Stages of Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcers are typically diagnosed in one of four stages:

  • Stage 1 – during this stage the skin may appear red and be warm to the touch. At stage 1 there is not yet an open sore, but the skin may feel different than surrounding areas and even be painful to the touch
  • Stage 2 – during this stage the ulcer begins to form. Surface skin may break open or wear away, allowing the sore to expand to deeper layers as well. Stage 2 may look like a scrape, shallow indentation, or blister
  • Stage 3 – during this stage the ulcer will begin to extend to tissue well below the surface of the skin. It is not uncommon for fat to begin to show in crater-like sores during stage 3
  • Stage 4 – during this stage the sore has reached deep tissue, muscle, bone, tendons, and joints. Once a pressure ulcer has reached stage 4, serious health complications may be unavoidable

If you have noticed pressure ulcers in any stage while visiting a loved one in a nursing home, please contact Cullan & Cullan, J.D., M.D. today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Arizona nursing home neglect attorneys.

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What is Considered Poor Hygiene?

June 9th, 2014

Hygiene is a set of practices that includes thing such as proper sanitation and is intended to ensure healthy surroundings. Poor hygiene is any failure to put hygienic practices in place – an act of negligence that can endanger the lives of vulnerable nursing home residents.

Examples of inadequate hygienic practices include:

  • Improper waste disposal
  • Failure to disinfect surfaces
  • Inattention to possible contaminants and infections

In a nursing home setting, these things can lead to infectious diseases and illnesses, and result in serious, even fatal complications.

Poor Personal Hygiene

Many residents of nursing homes need assistance in maintaining personal hygiene. Nursing home staff should be properly trained to ensure residents are clean and dry at all times in order to guard against skin conditions and infections.

Signs of inadequate attention to the personal hygiene of residents include:

  • Soiled clothing or bedding
  • Crusted food on or around the body
  • Teeth or hair that have not been brushed
  • Smells of urine or feces

These issues indicate negligent care and should be brought to the attention of an experienced nursing home attorney immediately.

If you suspect a loved one is suffering neglect at his or her nursing home, please contact Cullan & Cullan M.D., J.D. today to schedule your free consultation. Our attorneys serve victims of nursing home abuse and neglect throughout Arizona.

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