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Ashley Baird

On the front lines in the fight against nursing home abuse

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Attorney Ashley Baird, a lawyer with the law firm Dollar, Burns and Becker, L.C. - a Kansas City, MO law firm. Ashley Baird has handled hundreds of cases of nursing home abuse over the years, but a recent case where a woman died from horrific pressure sores (often called "bedsores”) made a lasting impression on her. 

“The case was in California,” she says, “and will probably be on my mind for a long, long time. "We didn’t focus on what happened but why it happened.” And what was uncovered shocked even Baird, who thought she had seen it all. 

“This was a system failure,” she emphasizes, “where in essence the residents AND the employees were subjected to abuse by the corporate culture of the parent company. It was disgusting.” Baird empathized with the nursing home staff; there weren’t enough of them, they weren’t trained properly, and what happened wasn’t entirely their fault. 

“The woman was only there about eleven weeks and developed deep pressure sores, causing an excruciatingly painful death,” she stated. “The family wasn’t aware she had the problem until it was too late." 

In this case, Baird was able to help win a judgment of several million dollars with her distinguished co-counsel Lesley Clement of Sacramento, California. “Our opponents respect our expertise in the area of nursing home and elder abuse and that helps in equitable resolution of cases that typically go on for 18 months or more,” she says.

 

Experience makes all the difference

Ashley feels that, thanks to handling hundreds of cases of nursing home abuse, “We are very familiar with the state and federal regulations governing nursing homes, allowing us to streamline cases and get to the heart of the matter," says Baird.

 

Policy change is the goal

Baird notes her efforts often result in an agreement to implement long-term change of policy. “Usually we can get a policy put into place to keep what happened from happening again. Nursing home owners typically agree to our requests for policy and procedure changes." 

She's worked on medical cases and nursing home cases since she started her career as an attorney. It was then she discovered nursing home abuse was the niche she was interested in. "I felt that it was important to protect our elders from abuse and neglect in nursing homes,” Baird recalls. “At that point in their lives, they are at a fragile and vulnerable stage and are in great need of a voice."

In addition to nursing home abuse, Baird's practice focuses on personal injury litigation including medical malpractice, wrongful death, insurance bad faith, and daycare abuse cases. Baird has litigated vaccine cases before the United States Federal Court of Claims in Washington, D.C. She has litigated cases in both state and federal courts in Missouri and Kansas, the Federal Court of Claims, the Supreme Court of Missouri, and the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri.
 

About Ashley Baird 

Ashley attended the University of Kansas, where she received a degree in business administration, and received her law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2006. While in law school, Baird was a member of the Law Review Journal. 
 

In 2012, Ashley was selected by Missouri Judges and her peers to receive Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s Rising Star Award, awarded to women lawyers under the age of 40 who have already made a difference in the justice system of Missouri. Also in 2012, she was named to the National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40 list. Ashley has also been named to Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Missouri and Kansas in 2012 and 2013. Ashley is licensed to practice in both Missouri and Kansas. She has written many amicus briefs on behalf of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys (MATA). 

Baird is also a published author in the Missouri Bar Journal as well as the Journal of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys.

 

 

 

 


 

 
 

Credentials

Areas of Practice

  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Daycare Abuse
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

 

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas
  • Missouri

 

Education

  • University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, Kansas City, Missouri
  • University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Missouri Bar, Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Member, Board of Governors, Amicus Committee, Women's Caucus
  • Association for Women Lawyers for Greater Kansas City, Board Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Hope House, Member

 

Publications & Appearances

Published Works

  • PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE AFTER SUMMARY JUDGMENT DISPOSITION...NOT SO FAST, The Missouri Trial Attorney, Summer 2013.

  • EX-PARTE COMMUNICATIONS WITH PHYSICIANS? Missouri's Old Rule v. HIPAA's New Rule, The Missouri Bar Journal, March-April 2009.

  • THE LITIGANT'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING SUMMARY JUDGMENT FOR A CLAIM OF NEGLIGENT RETENTION OF AN INCOMPETENT SUBCONTRACTOR, The Missouri Trial Attorney, Winter 2007.
 
Tom Hershewe