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Vote for The Velvet Hammer at ABA’s site!

Posted on 25 November 2014

Karen Koehler’s Velvet Hammer blog was selected again as one of the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100. Editors of the ABA J... Read more


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Posted on 21 November 2014

As I’ve blogged about a number of times–even before the death of cyclist/attorney Sher Kung–many, including... Read more


Second Avenue Redux: Solving the mystery of those curved arrows…

Posted on 19 November 2014

In a previous post, I asked if anyone knew what those curved arrows at the Madison intersection signified. Bike Man Dan (our ... Read more


Sanderson v. Evergreen Rehabilitation

Jeff Sanderson

Jeff Sanderson & mother Marjorie Gwynn

A 36-year-old, highly dependent brain injury patient suffered repeated neglect and abuse over the course of a one-year stay as a resident at Evergreen Rehabilitation Bremerton (Evergreen), a skilled nursing facility in Bremerton, Washington. Evergreen staff failed to monitor its patient's meals and calorie intake as ordered by a physician, resulting in an 80-pound weight gain in just a few months. In addition, Evergreen staff failed to provide restorative therapy, nursing care, and proper bathing and hygiene care to its patient because Evergreen admittedly lacked adequate staffing. On a few occasions, Evergreen staff allowed its patient to sit in urine soaked clothes for long periods of time. Also, when the patient arrived at Evergreen, he suffered from a condition called polyphagia — i.e., a tendency to eat too fast and too much. Physician orders required Evergreen staff to provide one-on-one monitoring and cueing during meals because the patient had a tendency to eat too fast, take large bites of food, and not chew his food, creating a risk of vomiting and aspiration. Evergreen failed to monitor and cue as ordered, resulting in multiple episodes of vomiting. On one occasion, Evergreen staff rolled the patient off his bed and onto the floor, causing minor injuries.

Characterizing its abuse as nothing more than a few "scrapes, bruises and some missed baths", Evergreen rejected any wrongdoing. The trier-of-fact disagreed and the court entered judgment against Evergreen.