Mark Bello

Two Families File Wrongful Death Lawsuits Against Massachusetts Nursing Home

Two families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against a Massachusetts nursing home claiming the facility is to blame for the residents’ deaths in 2015 from injuries suffered after falls. Both residents died of blunt force head trauma. One victim was […]

Tatum O’Brien

H.R. 1215- an Anti-Justice Bill Limiting Recovery for those Injured in Healthcare Cases.

Congress has recently taken several bills under consideration related to tort reform. If these bills are passed, they could limit, eliminate, or significantly change individual’s access to the justice. On June 28, 2017, the House is to vote on “Protecting […]

Randy Appleton

West Virginia Nursing Home Sued for Negligence

A man is suing AMFM LLC in Charleston, West Virginia, which is the owner of a nursing home where the man’s wife was a resident in 2015. The lawsuit alleges that Lula Jarvis died in the care of the nursing […]

Scott R. Marshall

TORT DEFORM: Tort Reform and the Absurdity of Caps on Damages

I am a trial lawyer. I know our tort system well. I cannot stand frivolous claims, nor can I stand frivolous defenses. They have no place in our Civil Justice System. I also have no patience for disingenuousness. The assault […]

Andrew D'Arcy


The size and structure of aging Americans is changing.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation will experience considerable growth in its older population as baby boomers continue to enter their golden years.  This growth in elderly individuals is […]

F. Paul Bland, Jr.

Will Congress Give Abusive Nursing Homes a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card?

A group of lawmakers wants to hand the nursing home industry a get-out-of-jail free card, in the form of HR 1215. The bill, which is deceptively titled the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017,” would cap the amount of “non-economic” damages a victim could obtain from a nursing home in a lawsuit at just $250,000 per case, no matter how many victims were hurt or how many people (or corporations) are responsible.

Wayne Parsons

H. R. 1215 promotes unsafe medicine

  The Bill is H. R. 1215 – and Rep. Steve King (R – IA)) gave it the title “Protecting Access to Health Care Act of 2017″. For starters it is interesting to note that at the same time H. […]

Andrew D'Arcy


According to the findings of a new research, very few nursing homes follow the recommended isolation precautions for residents with multi-drug resistant infections, which may place other nursing home residents at  risk of the serious and potentially  life-threatening “superbug” infections. […]

Page Graves

2016-2017 No-Fault Year in Review

[Annually, Smith & Johnson, Attorneys, P.C.’s law partner, L. Page Graves, is a featured speaker at the joint State Bar of Michigan’s and Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Upper Michigan Legal Institute where he reviews and discusses the latest appellate […]

Mark Bello

Wyoming Nursing Home with History of Poor Care Allegations Settles Most Recent Lawsuit

A Casper, Wyoming nursing home that has repeatedly been accused of poor care has settled a lawsuit alleging its staff injured a resident. The lawsuit alleged that a Poplar Living Center van driven by one of the nursing home’s employees […]