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VA Nursing Homes: No Place for our Heroes

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VA nursing homes provide care to over 46,000 veterans who require regular medical assistance due to age or physical disability. Alarming reports have surfaced, however, about the quality of care that is given to our nation’s heroes and as well as cases of neglect and abuse. We simply cannot accept this type of treatment for those who we love and who have put their health and lives on the line in service of our country. As a nation, we can… more »

Chicago Contractor Fined After Worker Injured In Trench Cave-In Accident

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OSHA has fined an Elk Grove Village contractor more than $110k for numerous construction site safety violations involving potential trench cave-in’s and similar dangers.

Trench Cave-in’s All Too Common Danger Facing Construction Workers

Trenches are necessary in construction to install water pipes and other equipment. Building trenches according to code is an expensive and time-consuming process. Therefore, many contractors cut corners, but in doing so, they put their workers at great risk of significant injury and even death.

Severe Violations

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When Hospitals Monitor Women in Labor, C-Sections Can Be Reduced

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A new study indicates that mothers and babies can be protected from serious delivery complications involving C-sections that sometimes end in death. In recent years, there has been a significant rise in the number of babies being delivered through cesarean sections (C-sections). New research indicates that labor and delivery clinicians who continuously monitor women in labor tend to have a reduced number of potentially dangerous C-sections compared a hospitals that provide clinicians on standby as needed. In a C-section birth,… more »

Nursing Homes Beginning to See Financial Dangers of Large Verdicts

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The future of many of the nation’s nursing homes appears to be in serious trouble, which is unlikely to reverse course soon. Some large chain nursing facility companies are paying large verdicts when losing nursing home lawsuits and are nearly bankrupt or actively seeking Chapter 11 protection to keep their doors open. In recent years, there has been a significant increase of patients filing negligence claims against assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. Many of these nursing home lawsuits have resulted… more »

Evolution of Foster Care System Still Has Flaws

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The foster care movement in the United States was born primarily due to the lifelong efforts of Charles Loring Brace to provide a better life for the thousands of homeless and neglected children he found throughout New York City. He believed that every child deserved to have a proper upbringing by loving parents and felt that Christian farm families at the time were best suited to care for the children who had been discarded. Both then and now, the foster… more »

Needs of Diabetic Nursing Home Patients Go Ignored

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Diabetic Nursing Home Population Continues To Grow

One in every five individuals 65 years and older suffers from diabetes mellitus. The prevalence of patients with diabetes while staying in a nursing home is estimated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to be one in three. With the advancing age of baby boomers rapidly growing, this number is expected to grow even higher in the next few years. However, with the rising cost of health care across the nation,… more »

Bed Sores Prove to Be Deadly

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Hospital-acquired bedsores have been linked directly to increased mortality rates of patients receiving care in hospital environments. The Journal of American Geriatrics Society published a study led by UCLA that directly correlates death rates and pressure sores acquired in hospitals. The report concludes that study patients developing decubitus ulcers (bedsores; pressure ulcers; pressure sores) had a higher incident rate of suffering a bed sore fatality during the hospital stay compared to those without pressure sores.

UCLA Study Regarding Hospital Pressure

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2014 Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers’ Scholarship Winners

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Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Single Mothers’ Scholarship to Brittany Redfern and Laurie Hucks. Our scholarship committee was impressed by the overall dedication of single mothers to pursuing their educational goals, while caring for their children, but these two women are true stand-outs for the way in which they are able to balance their academic workloads while caring for their children. Below you will find these winning essays from Brittany and Laurie. Based… more »

Nursing Home Chain Enters Settlement in Fraud Case

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In October 2014, the U.S. Justice Department announced it had reached a settlement agreement with a network of nursing home chains. This settlement comes after allegations of abuse and nursing home fraud with reports of patients suffering from neglect in horrific conditions. Many patients have suffered dehydration, malnutrition, infection that resulted in amputation and unnecessary hospital stays while under the care of the nursing home chain. The settlement agreement involves a resolution to allegations claiming that Extendicare Health Services provided… more »

Dramatic Rise in Hip Replacement Procedures

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Recent studies have revealed that more Americans are the recipients of total hip replacements than ever and that patients are receiving hip replacements at younger ages than before. There are more people living in the United States with hip or knee replacements now than people who are being treated for heart failure. With the increase in hip replacements comes the need for better and more advanced ongoing care to reduce complications. The recent mass torts against companies such as… more »