[Updated September 2019] The elder abuse lawyers at Mahany Law are investigating a claim of elder abuse and neglect at Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
According to the company’s website, Bethesda is a 14 bed facility offering skilled nursing care and therapy services. It is located at 8225 Summa Avenue in Baton Rouge.
We are investigating a report that a patient who fell did not receive prompt assistance and was left on the floor for an extended period of time. We are also told that meals aren’t being served consistently. If the allegations are true, the facility isn’t meeting the standard of care required of skilled nursing facilities and is endangering the safety of patients.
Unattended falls and spotty meal service are often a sign of poor staffing, poor training and /or financial uncertainty.
Our nursing home neglect team handles cases where patients have suffered death, serious injuries or level 3 and 4 bed sores. The person who contacted us did not qualify for representation. The information reported to us, however, was serious enough for us to alert the public and seek patients and staff who may have additional information.
Information for Patients
If you or a family member suffered serious injuries or bedsores at Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital, you may be entitled to compensation. There is never an excuse for bed sores and even most falls are preventable. Leaving a patient on the floor is never acceptable.
Obviously spotty meals are also a major concern. If a facility can’t afford food or doesn’t have the staff to serve meals, there is a real problem that warrants immediate action.
We understand that some patients are afraid to step forward out of fear of retaliation. Don’t be afraid. The law protects patients from poor care. There is no reason to needlessly suffer. All calls and inquiries are confidential. If we take your case, we will work hard to protect you from retaliation and protect your well-being.
Information for Staff of Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital
We are always looking to speak with staff. First, it is important for us to understand what is happening at the facility. You can provide your information anonymously. Just like you, our primary concern is the health, safety and welfare of patients.
If the facility receives Medicaid or Medicare – most do – and the services are so poor as to be considered “worthless services,” you may be entitled to a whistleblower reward of between 15% and 30% of whatever the state or federal government collects from the wrongdoers.
Other types of nursing home fraud that warrants cash rewards includes billing for medically unnecessary services or using unqualified staff.
Louisiana is a hotbed of healthcare fraud. (Visit our sister site for more information on how to collect a Medicare fraud reward or to learn more about Medicaid fraud in the Big Easy. You can also contact us directly.)
The hospital has only one rating on the vitals.com website. That rating gave the facility just one star and claimed the facility may have staffing issues. Since the ratings are anonymous, we don’t how credible the rating is. They have a good rating with Google.
We don’t know much about Bethesda Rehabilitation. Our only information comes from a single source. That is why we are investigating. The allegations are serious enough to warrant further inquiry, however, we have made no finding of poor care. Instead we are reaching out to staff, patients and families of patients to help us understand what is taking place at the facility.
Update: We always said in our investigations that we are "reaching out to staff, patients and families of patients." We are happy to report that on September 24th, a person claiming to be a representative of the facility reached out and complained about this blog post. She claims that there have been no patient complaints and that the facility is well run. In conducting a Google search we found the one star poor review (noted above in the main post) by a patient that was made at about the same time we were contacted. The details of the complaints are different however.
We again reiterate that we conduct investigations when contacted by staff members or patients. We have no way of verifying either the complaint or the claims by Bethesda that it is a well run facility. Anyone thinking of seeking treatment there is urged to make their own independent research and not rely on a blog post or investigation.
If the facility wishes to send us their most recent state inspection reports we will be happy to retract this posy. Normally these inspections are posted by Medicare but we are unable to locate one for this facility.
To learn more, contact us online, by email at [hidden email] or by phone at 833-201-1555. All inquiries are protected by the attorney – client privilege and kept confidential.