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California man accused of nursing home neglect

While the care and well-being of the residents of nursing homes in California should always come before potential profits, some claim that one nursing home owner may have had his priorities backwards. Suspected nursing home neglect may have occurred in dozens of facilities that provide long-term care for the elderly. That man in question actually owns the company Brius Healthcare Services.

Brius Healthcare Services provides the largest number of nursing homes in the state of California. However, in a class action lawsuit, allegations of suspected abuse and neglect point to the claim that the various facilities were usually understaffed. Additionally, the suit alleges that 57 residents were admitted to a nursing home without being informed that the facility was already understaffed. 

Those pursuing these allegations also point to industry regulations that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has cited Brius for. This could result in nonpayment for Medicare claims. In addition to unspecified damages, the suit seeks a court order requiring the defendants to provide residents with surveys regarding their care that they can fill out.

Additionally, in 2012, California police were apparently prompted by 65 separate complaints to launch an investigation into one of the named nursing homes. When a nursing home continually ignores the standards of care and puts patients into otherwise dangerous situations, serious injury can occur. Families that suspect that their loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect due to a violation in the standard of care may be able to seek compensation on behalf of the victim through the successful litigation of a medical malpractice claim. If successful, the victim may be entitled to financial recourse for pain and suffering as well as an related medical bills, both current and future.

Source:, "Class Scorches Big Nursing Home Chain", Matt Reynolds, Oct. 9, 2014

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