Safety Advocates

Accountability Means Something

At Dollar, Burns & Becker, you’ll find fierce safety advocacy. We work with clients to determine what changes a nursing home needs to make and ensure follow-up actions are executed. As part of our settlement documents, the defendants are held accountable for their actions, or lack thereof. Below are actual examples of settlement documents containing accountability elements.

 

Case 1

Elderly woman dropped from ambulance sustains fatal injuries when untrained EMT failed to properly unload gurney. Nursing home agrees to hire an independent consultant to review safety policies and report findings to top management.

 

Actual Contents of Settlement Agreement

Emergency Medical Services agrees:

1. To retain an independent industry consultant to, within six months, review policies and provide his/her confidential opinions regarding the sufficiency and propriety of such policies to nursing home.


2. The review will be of all current nursing home emergency medical services policies, but in any event will include the following subjects:

  • Training and supervision of all emergency medical services personnel.
  • Training for the proper methods of transporting patients.
  • Training for the proper methods of loading and unloading stretchers from the emergency medical service company vehicles.
  • Proper age requirements for all emergency medical services personnel.

 

3. That the report and recommendations, if any, will go to the top level of management in the department(s) involved. 


4. That management will consider the report and recommendations, if any, in good faith and implement those, which in their best judgment, are appropriate. 


5. That once the matters committed above have been completed, the fact of completion will be communicated to Dollar, Bums & Becker, L.C., which will then relay the same information to plaintiff.

 

Case 2


Elderly woman struck in the head by nursing home CNA, resulting in blindness and death. Nursing home agrees to hire consultant to make safety recommendations for management to consider and implement. 

 

Actual Contents of Settlement Agreement

1.… review will be of all the current policies … 


2.… the report and recommendations will go to the top level of management … 


3.… management will consider the recommendations in good faith and implement those, which in their best judgment, are appropriate … 


4.… management will report to the board of directors on the consultant’s report and implementations … 

 

If your loved one has been injured or abused in a nursing home, call us immediately at 1-877-816-2600. We will do what it takes to ensure bad safety practices are changed.