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Licensed Home Health Aide Accused of Beating Elderly Veteran in Her Care

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Island Home Care Agency licensed home health aid and practical nurse Areatha L. Pickens accused of beating elderly paraplegic Theodore Darden. Click here to see the exclusive News 4 story. Read More >>

Long Island Nurse is Sentenced for Filing False Records

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Riadel Manzano, a former director of nursing at Woodmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center  was sentenced after being convicted of a felony for filing false records. She provided a New York State Department of Health investigator with false records showing that the Woodmere nursing staff adequately monitored a resident who sustained serious injuries after falling repeatedly. Click here to Read More >>

These Justice Organizations Lead the Fight to Protect the Safety, Rights of All Americans

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Every year for the Justice Served Awards issue, we celebrate injured people and their families who have stepped up to make America a safer, more just nation. This year, we’re shining a bright light on the organizations that tirelessly support and advocate for all Americans. Click here to read the Newsletter Read More >>

Beware the Insurance Company Three D’s: Delay, Deny, Defend

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When you buy insurance, you’re buying security. In exchange for your hard-earned dollars, you trust the insurance company to be there when disaster strikes, to shoulder a potentially devastating financial burden. But too many insurance companies care more about profits than policyholders. They employ shady tactics to keep from paying legitimate claims, a practice we call The Three D’s. Click Read More >>

Adults Are Key to Preventing Playground Injuries

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School’s out for summer, and kids are bursting to get outside and hit area playgrounds. No surprise then that June is a particularly dangerous month for playground injuries. Before you let those kiddos loose, learn how adults are the key to playground safety with tips on equipment, clothing and safe behavior. Click her to read the Newsletter Read More >>

Bikers, Walkers Threatened By Increase In Distracted Driving

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April showers have given way to May flowers, encouraging walkers and bicyclists to get out and enjoy the weather. Long walks and leisurely bike rides can be a perfect way to soak up the sun, but busy streets with distracted drivers can be an accident waiting to wreck a lovely day. Unfortunately, when drivers are distracted, pedestrians and bikers often pay the price. This month, you should know Read More >>

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?

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Choosing nursing home, assisted living or in-home medical care is complicated, difficult and often an emotional process. The last thing on your mind is the possibility that those responsible for the care of some of our most vulnerable citizens would abuse or neglect their patients. But it does happen all too often, which is why you should know the signs of elder abuse and how to find quality care Read More >>

U.S. Justice Department Joins Lawsuit That Alleges United Healthcare Overcharged Medicare For Their Advantage Plan Customers

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After a five year Department of Justice Investigation, The DOJ unsealed a lawsuit on February 16, 2017.  UnitedHealth Group and affiliated health plans are accused of overcharging Medicare by hundreds of millions of dollars and possibly billions. The suit alleges that the plans were claiming that patients were sicker than they really were. It alleges that UnitedHealth has inflated its plan Read More >>

Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman

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The Ombudsman Program is an effective advocate and resource for older adults and persons with disabilities who live in nursing homes, assisted living and other licensed adult care homes. Ombudsmen help residents understand and exercise their rights to good care in an environment that promotes and protects their dignity and quality of life. The Ombudsman Program advocates for residents by Read More >>

Proposed Law on Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Abuse May Hurt Your Family

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It's already hard enough in many states to hold accountable those responsible for medical errors at nursing homes, clinics and hospitals. But a new bill now before the U.S. Congress will make it even harder, and in some cases impossible, for any American to pursue justice when injured by substandard health care. Given that credible studies show more people are killed and injured each year by Read More >>