Seeking Justice for Elders Neglected in Assisted Living Facilities

Concern about elder abuse is growing in Hawai‘i. Galiher DeRobertis & Waxman is currently representing local victims of elder neglect, abuse, and exploitation, as well as their families.

The firm is pursuing a lawsuit against Oceanside Hawai‘i Assisted Living on behalf of the family of Susan Pedro, an elderly mother who died at Wahiawa General Hospital last January, just a month after her family took her out of Oceanside.

Tragically, the conditions that led to Ms. Pedro’s death were preventable. She died as a result of complications from the facility’s neglect.

Attorney Anthony Carr described the conditions she endured in an interview with Hawai‘i News Now: “[Oceanside] left her in her wheelchair, around the clock, for an unknown period of time to soak, just soaked and soiled in her feces and urine, which caused not only pressure sores, but caused those pressure sores to get infected by the very bacteria that she was left sitting in.”

Oceanside has recently been the subject of numerous violations in state inspections, which reported that “health, welfare and safety of the residents are/were at risk.”

Needless to say, tragic events like these have had profound effects on Ms. Pedro’s family and other families of neglected elders in care homes. The full article from HNN is availalble at the following link: Assisted living facility targeted with wrongful death suit.

Perhaps worst of all, this case is part of an epidemic: with the average age of the population in Hawai‘i increasing, elder abuse and neglect is on the rise.

CTE Conference 2016 Wrap-Up

We hosted quite the conference, last week. The CTE Conference 2016 brought together leading researchers and practitioners, to share the latest research related to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (or CTE for short), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and sports safety.

Click here to view the video at Hawai‘i News Now – KGMB and KHNL

The second day of the conference was the second annual Neuro-Huddle. Its focus was on the long term impacts of concussion, sports safety, with the intention of developing public awareness of CTE in sports related trauma and injuries.

CTE and concussions in general are quite the hot topics. In a recent poll by HBO Real Sports/Marist, roughly one third of Americans have have become more concerned because of the link between concussions suffered while playing football and long-term brain injury. A similar number said they would be less likely to allow a son to play the sport because of the head-injury risks.

Just in the last couple days of news, we’ve seen a New York Times exposé on the NFL’s surprising growth in spite of growing concern over concussion and degenerative brain diseases, in “Roger Goodell’s Unstoppable Football Machine.” Another nationally published piece came from Congressman Jim Jordan, vowing to improve youth sports through health and safety initiatives as co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports.

Though football is but one among many contact sports, it gets the spotlight in these discussions, given its status as a national obsession and as the sport with the second-highest rate of concussions (after girls’ judo).

It was an honor to be joined during the conference by some of the most credible researchers in the fields of athletic training, neuropsychology, pathology and sports medicine. Our speakers generously shared the latest insights and research in their areas of expertise. We recorded the event, and we’ll be rolling out the highlights on our blog over the rest of the month. There’s so much to share. Stay tuned!