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NTSB says single-unit trucks are unsafe

The following story appeared June 1st, 2013 in AAJ.

by: Courtney L. Davenport

Chicago attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld, who has represented many people hurt in crashes involving single-unit trucks, said the public, regulatory agencies, and even health care providers are largely unaware of the dangers the trucks pose because they get less attention than tractor-trailers.

“Even though many of these trucks may not look particularly large, their additional weight puts substantially more force into a collision,” he said. “Even at seemingly moderate speeds of impact, I see people with serious back, neck, or orthopedic injuries, which may go undiagnosed if a treating physician goes strictly by the mechanism of the injury as opposed to appreciating that the collision involved a heavy truck.”

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Note Correlation Between Type-2 Diabetes Drugs Byetta And Januvia And Pancreatitis & Pancreatic Cancer

The following story appeared May 20th, 2013 in .

As can be expected, there are many patients and families that are outraged that they have exposed to the risk of pancreatic cancer. The first Byetta lawsuit was filed back in 2008 and many others have followed, with Januvia lawsuits as well. Although none have been to trial yet, it is only a matter of time before these drugs see the inside of a courtroom.

Illinois is second in dog bites, report finds

The following story appeared May 16th, 2013 in .

Jonathan Rosenfeld, whose law firm–Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers –specializes in representing victims of dog bite attacks, said he is not surprised by the state’s spot on the list; in fact, he thinks there have been more attacks that have gone unclaimed.

“Although quite a few dog-related claims are made in Illinois, many people never file a claim because they are unaware that they can be compensated for their injuries,” he said.

Under Illinois law, anyone injured by a dog can be covered under the Animal Control Act. Rosenfeld said it is a common misconception that only damages for dog bites can be claimed, but other dog-related injuries such as being pushed, scratched or hurt trying to avoid a harmful dog also are recognized.

Stryker Hip Recall Attorneys See Potential For Resolution Of Pending Lawsuits

The following story appeared May 14th, 2013 in .

In addition to the implants failing and causing the adverse tissue reactions that Stryker mentions, there are many other possible health risks from the hip implants. Similar to other hip implants by DePuy that have also been recall, the Stryker implants have metal parts that when “fretting” cause small particles of metal to enter the surrounding tissue and possibly the blood stream. This can lead to heavy metal poisoning that can cause a host of medical problems such as kidney failure, deafness, hemorrhages and even death.

50 Secrets A Nursing Home Won’t Tell You

The following story appeared April 1st, 2013 in Readers Digest.

by: Michelle Crouch

“Some nursing homes don’t have liability insurance, so it’s difficult to make a recovery if your loved one is harmed or killed, even if you have a good case. Also, the way these facilities are set up makes it difficult to recover anything from the owner. Often, the guy who’s making millions from the facility is virtually untouchable.”—Jonathan Rosenfeld, a Chicago attorney who specializes in nursing home cases

 

 

Stryker Revises Estimates Upwards As To Expenses Related To Defective Rejuvenate & ABG II Hips

The following story appeared March 18th, 2013 in .

According to hip defect attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld, “the problem with trying to estimate costs for the hip implant removal is that there is no way for Stryker to know the damage and injuries that patients may have from these metal implants. The cost is not just in the removal and replacement; there are possible long-term health risks form muscle and tissue damage, possible metal poisoning and other effects that may not be revealed for years to come.”

“The metal poisoning alone can put patients at risk for cancer, renal failure, cardiovascular issues and many other health implications, even death. Consequently, some of the hip defect lawsuits may yield substantial awards for the pain and suffering that these patients have endured,” Rosenfeld added

Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers Offer Resources For People Injured In Semi-Truck Crashes In Illinois

The following story appeared December 5th, 2012 in .

Attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld believes commercial trucks accidents can be deadly to anyone on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 86% of fatalities attributed to large truck accidents in 2010 were to passengers of other vehicles and pedestrians. The large size and weight makes these vehicles hard to control, stop and maneuver. Of all trucking accidents that were tracked in a five-year study, 49% of them had fatalities.

Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers Offer Resources For People Injured In Semi-Truck Crashes In Illinois

The following story appeared November 27th, 2012 in .

by: PR Web

There is a new website and resource for victims of large truck accidents in Chicago. Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers have created an informational site to address not only legal issues with trucking accidents but to also inform the citizens of the Chicago area of safety concerns regarding commercial trucks. The website (Link Removed), has useful information for anyone who has been involved in a commercial truck accident or just wants to avoid having one in the first place.

Attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld believes commercial trucks accidents can be deadly to anyone on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 86% of fatalities attributed to large truck accidents in 2010 were to passengers of other vehicles and pedestrians. The large size and weight makes these vehicles hard to control, stop and maneuver. Of all trucking accidents that were tracked in a five-year study, 49% of them had fatalities.

Bicycles and Red Lights

The following story appeared November 1st, 2012 in The Urban Country Bicycle Blog.

by: Darryl Kotyk

Part of safe bicycling is obeying the traffic signals. In order for cyclists to help improve road safety, they need to show motorists that they are committed to following the signals themselves. By ignoring red lights, bicyclists are not only endangering their own safety, but in many respects they are perpetuating a stigma held my many drivers — that bicyclists are simply out for their own fun.

Illinois Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys Recognize Inferior Care At Facilities Across State

The following story appeared October 22nd, 2012 in Digital Journal.

The Illinois nursing home attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have set forth to bring public awareness to the inferior care that is being allowed in some of the over 1,200 nursing homes across Illinois. On their website, www.rosenfeldinjurylawyers.com they are addressing the concerns that all Illinois citizens should have about the lack of care happening at nursing homes in our state. While some facilities are may be giving proper care to their residents, many are committing acts of gross negligence and abuse.

Cyclist May Use Full Lane…But Should We?

The following story appeared October 10th, 2012 in Loving The Bike.

I frequently see bicyclists expose themselves to added dangers when they hug the shoulder of the roadway.  Even when cyclists remain on the roadway itself, the edge of the road is frequently littered with debris and uneven surfaces which can contribute to falls or rapid maneuvers to avoid the obstacle.

Particularly in cities where street parking may be allowed, riding along close to the side of the road may expose cyclists to situations involving ‘doorings’ where drivers open their car doors without looking.

Consequently, bicyclists need to remember that they have just as much of a right to use the roadway as vehicles– and by positioning themselves squarely within the lane of traffic they actually may be taking an important measure to improve their safety.

When assisted living isn’t enough, the consequences can be deadly

The following story appeared October 4th, 2012 in The Tennessean.

by: Wally Roche

With the increase in [assisted living] population we’re in unchartered waters,” said Chicago attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld, who has represented families in Tennessee cases against assisted living facilities.

“There is no clear definition of exactly what assisted living is. There is often a real divergence between the expectations of the resident and his or her family and what is actually provided.”

First Settlements in DePuy Defective Hip Replacement Suits

The following story appeared October 4th, 2012 in Lawyers.com.

by: Aaron Kase

So, what exactly is wrong with DePuy hips? “It’s a metal on metal device,” explains Jonathan A. Rosenfeld, a personal injury attorney in Chicago who is handling Depuy cases. “The joint itself, the ball and socket and the way they are sized and fit together, allows for the hip itself to become fairly easily dislocated.”

That means instead of 15 to 20 years of easy, pain free walking, it’s back to the doctor’s office. “There are people who may have three, four, five dislocations of the hip,” Rosenfeld says. “It’s extremely painful. They have to be put back in the socket under sedation. Ultimately a lot of these need to be replaced.”

Worse, breakdown in the joint can actually destroy the living tissue surrounding the hip and poison the patient. “There’s wear and tear from friction between the ball and socket where metal splinters off and becomes implanted in the surrounding tissue. It can cause pain and suffering, and metal poisoning,” says the lawyer.

Perhaps the worst consequence of defective hips comes when they need to be replaced, since the mere fact that a patient has already had one hip replacement necessarily limits the longevity of future procedures. “To remove the device and implant another one becomes more and more invasive,” Rosenfeld says. Each additional replacement surgery has a shorter and shorter life expectancy before another is needed. For younger people who opted to replace a balky hip with the promise that they would get up to two decades of mobility before another surgery, finding out they really only got a few years and may be signed up for multiple replacements in their future is a tough pill to swallow. To say nothing of the possibility of contracting metal poisoning to boot.

Health Care Facility-Acquired Bedsores: Should the Facility Provide Restorative Care or Palliative Care?

The following story appeared August 17th, 2012 in Wound Source.

by: Jonathan Rosenfeld

Whether the development of a bedsore, also commonly referred to as a pressure ulcer, is the fault of the nursing home or an existing medical condition, the actions taken by the health care facility after the sore is discovered can have a large impact in a lawsuit if the patient suffers from complications arising from the sore. How a nursing home treats patients with pressure sores is just as important during litigation as whether the home is responsible for the development of the sores to begin with. For this reason, nursing facilities should not implement treatment protocol that gives the impression that they are killing the patient or doing nothing to prevent the patient’s death.

Legal Perspectives: The Significance of Charting in Litigation Involving Pressure Sores

The following story appeared August 1st, 2012 in Wound Source.

by: Jonathan Rosenfeld

Even as an injury lawyer who sometimes feels he has seen it all, I am surprised by the tricks that I have seen used by some nursing homes in order to avoid responsibility for their actions. It is unbelievable how poorly kept the patients’ charts generally are in a large number of nursing facilities to begin with, but if a facility feels that there is impending litigation in its future, they may stoop so low as to alter those records in order to cover up its actions. This type of behavior is both unethical and illegal and I am both saddened by the tactic and happy to see punitive damages awarded in cases involving such nursing homes.

Chicago Dog Bite Injury Lawyers Advise Dog Owners To Get Control of Their Animals, Or Be Prepared To Pay Up

The following story appeared June 28th, 2012 in PR Web.

by: Jonathan Rosenfeld

The increase in dog populations in urban areas, such as Chicago, has resulted in a significant number of serious dog bite injuries. Chicago Dog Bite Injury Lawyers seeks to educate dog bite victims as to their legal rights with respect to a claim against the dog’s owner.

Bill to require nursing home insurance fails

The following story appeared June 27th, 2012 in The Intelligencer.

by: Steve Horrell

Chicago attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld, in a blog four years ago titled “Support Mandatory Nursing Home Insurance,” wrote that the state does not require insurance coverage for nursing homes, assisted living facilities or long-term care facilities. “It is up to the facility to decide if they want insurance and if so, how much coverage they desire. Many victims of nursing home abuse go uncompensated for injuries sustained due to the fault of the staff because of the failure of Illinois to require insurance coverage,” he wrote.

New Website Devoted To The Education & Support Of Parents With Children Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy

The following story appeared May 23rd, 2012 in PR Web.

by: Jonathan Rosenfeld

Cerebral Palsy FAQ offers comprehensive materials to help families learn more about this complex medical decision by providing answers to commonly asked questions as well as providing trusted resources to help make difficult decisions related to special needs.

Nursing homes and insurance

The following story appeared April 4th, 2012 in The Intelligencer.

by: Steve Horrell

Rosenfeld estimates that the number of facilities with no insurance is “fairly minimal.”

“The problem is that a lot of these facilities are drastically underinsured,” he said in a recent phone interview. “Theoretically, you can try to recover from the owner, but the way they are structured and set up, it’s very difficult to do so.”

Supreme Court Rules Consumers Can’t Sue Nursing Homes

The following story appeared April 3rd, 2012 in Lawyers.com.

by: Aaron Kase

We are going to see arbitration clauses become an increasingly common part of nursing home admission agreements as these are generally favorable for nursing homes,” says Jonathan Rosenfeld, an attorney in Illinois who maintains a blog on nursing home abuse.

“Many nursing home arbitration clauses control all aspects of the arbitration in a manner that is completely stacked against the patient or family,” Rosenfeld says. “As opposed to having an independent court hear a matter, arbitration agreements may stipulate the entity responsible for making such determinations and the specific rules (or lack thereof) for obtaining discovery material from the nursing home that would ordinarily be permitted in a traditional setting.”

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Launches Website for Parents of Children With Cerebral Palsy

The following story appeared March 30th, 2012 in URL Wire.

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that is caused by abnormalities or injuries of the brain. It affects about 2 to 3 children in 1,000. It can sometimes be attributed to poor physician practices during labor and delivery including loss of oxygen or brain trauma. There is no cure for the disorder, but with the right treatment, a child’s capabilities can be improved.

Nursing Home Patients: Legal Protection To Assure Their Rights Are Not Violated

The following story appeared March 30th, 2012 in What Matters Legal.

The past decade has brought major changes to the nursing home industry in terms of the entities that own and operate the facility.  Today, local nursing home operators are a scare commodity as an influx of corporate owners have besieged the industry in an attempt to capitalize on an expanding elderly population in the United State

13-Year-Old Sex Abuse Victim Wins $15.4 Million

The following story appeared February 13th, 2012 in Lawyers.com.

by: Kieth Ecker

In early summer of 2005, a 13-year-old boy sought counseling at a Virginia facility known as Empowering Families. The counseling center was run by a man named Daniel Price, who had employed a counselor by the name of James Davis who was assigned to the boy’s case. Davis had just been hired by Price a few months prior to counseling the boy.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Debuts Website for Parents of Young Children With Cerebral Palsy

The following story appeared January 18th, 2012 in Market Watch.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers announce the launch of Cerebral Palsy Lawyers FAQ, a new website devoted to informing parents of children with cerebral palsy of their medical and legal rights following a diagnosis.  When parents first realize their child is going to face a life full of obstacles it can be confusing and upsetting. When mixed with the realization that their child’s life was forever altered due to a medical error, parents need somewhere to turn to find facts and provide their child with the compensation they deserve.

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Debuts Website for Parents of Young Children With Cerebral Palsy

The following story appeared January 18th, 2012 in Business Wire.

by: Jonathan Rosenfeld

When parents first realize their child is going to face a life full of obstacles it can be confusing and upsetting. When mixed with the realization that their child’s life was forever altered due to a medical error, parents need somewhere to turn to find facts and provide their child with the compensation they deserve.

Cases and Stories of Abuse to Elderly in Nursing Homes

The following story appeared October 27th, 2011 in eHow.

by: Angela Atkinson

Every family has dealt with an elderly relative who is no longer able to care for themselves independently, whether due to physical or mental incapacity. While some families are able to care for elderly relatives in their homes, others must rely on nursing homes to take care of their loved ones. While there are countless reputable nursing homes in business today, increasing numbers of elderly patients and their families are reporting abuse by nursing home staff members.

For-profit or not: What to consider when choosing a nursing home

The following story appeared August 24th, 2011 in Reuters.

by: Matt Stroud

As a state-appointed consumer advocate overseeing complaints about Florida’s long-term care industry, Brian Lee became curious about corporate ownership earlier this year. He sent nearly 700 letters to every nursing home in the state requesting information about which entities owned which facilities.

Pressure Sores: Inevitable or against the law?

The following story appeared August 6th, 2011 in Chicago Bridge Emerging Professionals In The Field Of Aging.

by: Jonathan Rosenfeld

Though hardly a topic for breakfast conversation, pressure sores (or otherwise referred to as bed sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) are generally the culmination of two factors, prolonged time when unrelieved pressure is applied to bony parts of the body (buttocks, tailbone, hips, and heels) and extended time when human waste is left in contact with the skin. These are two factors known to put patients— and particularly immobile patients— at a heightened risk for developing pressure sores.

When a patient is left in one position for extended periods, the blood flow becomes restricted to healthy tissues and the area slowly begins to decay. When contact with urine and feces is involved the process is accelerated as the caustic nature of the waste products. The culmination of pressure and caustic agents encourages skin breakdown and an open wound may form.

Warnings for Reglan Tardive Dyskinesia Need to be Stark

The following story appeared October 4th, 2010 in Lawyers and Settlements.

by: Gordon Gibb

Washington, DC: It’s hard to imagine the devastation of Reglan side effects on a person. Indeed, the term “side effects” is so overused in today’s pharmaceutical drug industry that people tend to get desensitized to it. But in the case of Reglan tardive dyskinesia, simply dealing with it is something else again.

Reduction of restraints in nursing homes begs question: Is this a good thing?

The following story appeared July 29th, 2010 in Long-Term Living Magazine.

by: Jonathan Rosenfeld

In my experience, I have witnessed facilities slow to utilize restraints—even after repeated episodes of falls. In one of my cases, the facility refused to restrain a resident despite 14 reported falls (many with associated injuries) while living at the nursing home. Unfortunately, the resident’s 15th fall resulted in a head injury which ultimately cost her life.

Nursing homes are a ‘perfect place’ for fugitives

The following story appeared July 1st, 2010 in Long-Term Living Magazine.

by: Jonathan Rosenfeld

Many of the criminals nabbed during the raids are able-bodied and/or younger people. In the case of the Virgil Calvert criminal, Madigan seemed to indicate that this particular individual stood out from your typical nursing home resident. “He knew he was wanted. He seemed perfectly able-bodied. These nursing homes have been turning out to be the perfect place for hiding out,” added Madigan’s spokeswoman Cara Smith.

Nursing home residents involved in car accidents: Who's to blame?

The following story appeared June 8th, 2010 in Long-Term Living Magazine.

by: Jonathan Rosenfeld

Several years ago my office represented a resident who, while on his way to a convenience store across the street from the nursing home, was struck by a truck making a right turn. The man suffered severe orthopedic injuries to his legs—bilateral femur fractures and degloving—when he was thrown from his electric wheelchair and run over by the rear wheels of the truck.

Prevent Wandering Patient Tragedies

The following story appeared October 14th, 2009 in Healthcare Technology Online.

by: Ken Congdon

I recently spoke with Jonathan Rosenfeld, a lawyer who represents people injured in long-term care facilities and author of the blog Nursing Homes Abuse Blog, on this topic. According to Jonathan, there are several non-technological steps a healthcare facility can take to lower their risk for a wandering patient incident. “The first step in wandering patient prevention is performing a full assessment of the patient at the time of admission to determine if they are a wandering risk and reviewing the patient’s medical history,” he says. “This includes confirming Alzheimer’s and dementia diagnoses and speaking at length with the patient’s family to get a full understanding of the patient’s capabilities.”

Pressure ulcers threaten nursing home residents and facility’s bottom line

The following story appeared March 11th, 2009 in Long-Term Living Magazine.

by: Jonathan Rosenfeld

The financial impact of pressure ulcers on medical facilities cannot be ignored from both a cost of care standpoint as well as from litigation related expenses and judgments. Every pressure ulcer related hospitalization averages13 days with a cost of $37,500. Pressure ulcer care and treatment cost medical facilities an estimated $11 billion per year.

Views from the other side

The following story appeared March 1st, 2009 in Long-Term Living Magazine.

by: Richard L. Peck

Visitors to our Web site at http://www.ltlmagazine.com will note the arrival of a new blogger named Jonathan Rosenfeld. He is an attorney-but the type of attorney you will seldom hear from in a long-term care publication. He is a plaintiff’s attorney, specializing in suing nursing homes in cases involving resident injury.

New rating system for nursing homes released

The following story appeared December 28th, 2008 in Lawyers USA.

Jonathan Rosenfeld, a plaintiffs’ attorney at Strellis & Field in Chicago and author of the Chicago Nursing Home Lawyer blog, said lawyers may use the new rankings to support their case at trial or in settlement negotiations.

However, he does not believe the rankings will have a major impact on potential litigation, except perhaps to single out the for- profit homes that have lagged behind in patient care.

Driver claiming partial disability sues boxer; Golota caused crash, woman says

The following story appeared September 10th, 2007 in Chicago Sun-Times.

by: Steve Patterson

Mendez, 18, was “permanently injured to her back and neck” and incurred “substantial medical bills” after the accident, according to her attorney, Jonathan Rosenfeld.

“She has no idea who he is,” he said of Golota’s notoriety. “She’s only concerned with seeing to it that she gets fair compensation for her injuries.”

Settlements by Category

The following story appeared June 30th, 2006 in Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter.

Atty Jonathan Alan Rosenfeld. November 13, 2003 City of Chicago garbage truck turned right from Central Park onto North Ave. and struck M-37, a blind pedestrian using a cane, in the crosswalk. Pltf suffered bilateral leg degloving injuries and femur fractures with required multiple repair surgeries and an extended hospital stay ($500,000 approximate medl. expense). Pltf’s atty noted that pltf was schizophrenic and mentally impaired prior to this accident and had also been in an accident 10 years prior where he sustained bilateral femur fractures with traumatic brain injury. City of Chicago is self-insured.

Metro Briefs – Man could get $3 mil. from city

The following story appeared April 25th, 2006 in Chicago Sun-Times.

A legally blind man run over by a city garbage truck would receive $3 million to compensate him for his severe leg injuries, under a settlement advanced Monday by a City Council committee. The mid- afternoon accident occurred in November 2003. Juan Otero, 38, was crossing North Avenue at Central Park “with the light” when he was hit by a garbage truck that was turning right. The laborer who was driving the truck claimed he didn’t see Otero, who has a detached retina and walks with a cane. The skin and muscle were literally torn off Otero’s legs, according to his attorney, Jonathan Rosenfeld.

Mother sues after ambulance blocked

The following story appeared February 4th, 2005 in The Heralld News - Jolliiet (IL).

by: Stewart Warren

A Joliet woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Joliet alleging that her daughter died last year after a city ambulance couldn’t leave the Evergreen Terrace apartment complex because it was blocked by police vehicles. Patricia Kent is seeking at least $50,000 in damages, said Jonathan Rosenfeld, her Chicago-based lawyer. She filed the suit in December.