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Fifteen Citations for a Northern CA Nursing Home

The state of California has issued 15 citations to Olive Ridge Post Acute Care Skilled Nursing Facility in Oroville, CA.  They are accused of illegally moving out 14 residents early last year.  The residents in question were patients of Olive Ridge’s locked unit for patients with Alzheimer's, dementia, psychosis and other ailments.  They reportedly planed…

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Grotesque Neglect in Florida Nursing Homes

Reporters from the Miami Herald recently published an investigative report on nursing homes and assisted living facilities and found “grotesque neglect and outright abuse and awful deaths suffered by elderly and mentally disturbed residents.” They found in some cases residents had been denied medications, restrained illegally with ropes, and untreated wounds. In one instance, an…

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Nursing Homes Have Infection Control Issues

This May, the American Journal of Infection Control published a study that finds 15% of American nursing homes are cited each year for infection control violations—or “deficiency citations” as they are known. Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health analyzed deficiency citation reports originally collected for the purpose of Medicare/Medicaid certification between 2000 and 2007, and…

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Grand Jury Report Finds Flaws with In-Home Senior Care Program

California’s In Home Supportive Services Program (IHSS) is, in theory, a good idea but a San Diego County Grand Jury Report finds it inefficient and flawed. The IHSS Program is a state program that helps pay for services such as meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, bathing, grooming, and accompaniment to medical appointments for disabled and…

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Reminder – Truckers watch your cargo

As a reminder, cargo thefts are becoming a big problem nationwide.  Florida is known as a high-risk state.  Many thefts are occurring when the driver stops for something to eat.  Statistics show that more than $500 million in cargo was stolen in the United States – almost 1,000 truckloads in one year.  Goods most taken…

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Florida rest stops going green

Here is some good news for motorists.  Florida truck drivers and other motorists will have something to look forward to on the turnpikes in the near future.  The state will be replacing four of its eight service stations and remodeling others.  The new rest stops will meet the energy and environment design standards endorsed by…

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Stephen M. Garcia of The Garcia Law Firm was once again named as a Southern California Super Lawyer 2010 by Los Angeles magazine, Super Lawyers.

Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding attorneys from more than 70 areas of practice using a rigorous, multi-phased selection process that includes peer nominations, evaluations of attorneys based on 12 separate indicators of professional achievement and peer recognition, peer evaluation by lawyers within one's practice area, and a final discipline check to verify that the attorney meets…

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How to Write and Use Jury Instructions in Civil and Criminal Cases co-authored by Bill Artigliere of The Garcia Law Firm.

As part of the Florida Supreme Court's approval of the total reorganization of the Florida Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, the manual used by civil practitioners and judges throughout Florida, this new appendix outlines the preparation, presentation, and use of jury instructions in Florida civil trials. The appendix addresses the role of jury instructions…

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United States District Court Judge Stephen Wilson granted final approval of the class action settlement against Kendall Floral Supply, LLC in which Stephen M. Garcia of the Garcia Law Firm served as lead counsel.

The lawsuit derived from Kendall Floral's misclassification of approximately 307 current and former Kendall Floral merchandisers as independent contractor, exempt from the overtime requirements of wage and hour laws in the State of California. As a result of the efforts of the class counsel, Kendall Floral class members making timely and lawful claim received an…

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