Nurses who are Underpaid who Continue to Take Care of Nursing Home PatientsFor years, a crisis has been brewing in the nursing home industry where certified nursing assistants have received low wages and poor/no benefits while providing care to their residents. Many of these nursing assistant jobs require the employee to work erratic hourly schedules for poor benefits, little pay, and usually no opportunity to advance in their career. These jobs have been associated with high injury rates and high turnover.

Approximately 50% of all nursing assistants in the United States live well below the federal poverty level. Low pay often results in the need to work longer hours, which could cause fatigue and place the resident’s health in danger. The problem with underpaying and understaffing is likely to increase significantly in the years ahead, as the last of the baby boomers enter their retirement years, and the need for additional nursing home beds rises.

According to the US Bureau of Labor, the number of nursing home workers across America has doubled over the last decade with many more jobs likely available by 2024. Statistics show that the population of Americans over 85 years old will likely be doubled by 2030 where most will require some level of professional skilled nursing care at a facility or in their home.

Amazon Workers and Documents More horrific news concerning Amazon workers has gained national attention in April 2018 since the nonprofit advocacy group National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) added Amazon warehouses to their “dirty dozen” list of America’s most dangerous workplaces. Amazon was given the title after developing a pattern of hazardous work conditions that tend to place efficiency and productivity over safety and employee livelihood. NCOSH spokesperson Marcie Goldstein-Gelb released a statement saying “this year, [we] will identify several companies who received specific warnings about safety hazards and failed to correct them. Workers paid the ultimate price for these failures.”

Unfortunately, their bad workplace practices are nothing new. Almost from the start, they have been known to focus most of their attention on fulfilling hundreds of thousands of orders quickly often at the cost of employee safety, who must do their jobs in unsafe working conditions at Amazon warehouses nationwide. A spokesperson for Amazon has responded by saying “we are proud of [the] safety record and thousands of Amazonians work hard every day innovating ways to make it even better.” The group released to report showing that Amazon had “a disturbing pattern of preventable deaths” were seven employees have died in Amazon warehouses since 2013. The report stated that “Amazon workers suffered injuries and sometimes lose their lives in a work environment with a relentless demand to fill orders and close monitoring of employee actions.”

The seven deaths involved various crashes in accidents. Two employees were crushed to death by warehouse forklifts, and another died after being run over by a truck. A fourth employee died in an accident involving an SUV driver, and another worker died of a fatal heart-associated incident that occurred while working overnight. The sixth employee was crushed to death by a pallet loader, and the seventh employee was crushed by an Amazon conveyor belt.

California Law Driving With Hands and Without DevicesCalifornia is trying a bold new approach to the subject of distracted driving with the implementation of its newest law— if you are holding anything but the wheel, you will receive a ticket. Drivers no longer need to be caught in the actual act of making a call or texting and police officers can ticket them simply for having a mobile device such as a phone or tablet where it can be accessed behind the wheel. The law doesn’t just seek to reduce the number of drivers using their smartphones, but to eliminate their very presence from view.

Texting While Driving is the Single Largest Threat to Drivers in Recent History

Over the last fifty years, increased population and access to mobile technology have combined to give us the sharpest increases in traffic fatalities we have ever seen. 46 states have now outlawed texting and driving, but it can be extremely difficult for police officers to catch culprits red-handed. Previous incarnations of California’s law have not been deemed strict enough to help reverse this trend.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) conducts regular investigations, surveys and inspections of Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Homes and Rehabilitation Centers statewide throughout the year. The efforts of the surveyors and inspectors can quickly identify any violation of regulations as outlined by the Nursing Home Care Act. When surveyors identify a deficiency or violation, state and federal nursing home regulators can take quick action to impose severe penalties in monetary fines.

The Public Health Department routinely publishes their publicly available findings online through Quarterly Nursing Home Reports with detailed descriptions of serious problems, violations, and deficiencies. During the first quarter of 2018, surveyors found numerous serious deficiency and violations at the facility’s listed below. Each one was cited for multiple Type A (severe violations) and Type AA (extreme violations) that resulted in fines that ranged from $12,500-$50,000. These facilities include:

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Extreme Sports or High Risk OccupationsJust how dangerous are sports when compared to some of the most dangerous occupations on the planet? It is a known fact that manual labor, construction and manufacturing jobs place workers at significant risk of injury or death, but sports can be just as deadly. Here we will take a look at the leading jobs and sports in the world in terms of the risks employees and participants take on.

The Most Dangerous Occupations on Earth

Men are far more likely to be killed or injured on the job than women due to the fact that they are far more likely to choose work in areas such as construction, manufacturing or occupations that require the operation of heavy machinery. In 2015 there were over 4,800 workplace fatalities reported in the United States. The vast majority of those killed were men.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) conduct routine inspections, investigations, and surveys of all nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and assisted-living facilities throughout the year across the state. The inspectors typically arrive at the facility unannounced to determine the level of care every resident is being provided and identify any violation of regulations as outlined by the Nursing Home Care Act. When surveyors find a deficiency or violation, federal and state nursing home regulators usually take quick action to enforce regulations and impose severe penalties in monetary fines.

The dedicated nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC remains committed to posting publicly available information so families can make a fully decision about where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of skilled nursing care. If you suspect that your loved one was abused, mistreated or neglected in an Illinois nursing home, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a free, initial consultation with our experienced attorneys to discuss your legal options and rights. We provide every client a “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee, meaning you pay us only when, and if, our law firm is successful in resolving your case.

The Public Health Department makes their findings publicly available online through Quarterly Nursing Home Reports. These reports include detailed descriptions of serious deficiencies, violations, and problems. During the second quarter of 2018, surveyors found numerous serious violations and deficiencies at the nursing homes listed below. Each of these nursing centers were cited for multiple Type A (severe violations) or Type AA (extreme violations) that resulted in fines that ranged from $25,000-$50,000. These nursing homes include:

Head Trauma in College Football and Blaming NCAA for Not Knowing RisksCollege sports teams are watching what happens next, now that former football players suffering brain damage have begun suing the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) for not warning players about the associated risks of concussions that appear to be inherent in the sport. Legal experts believe new cases will be setting a precedent on the responsibility the Association holds and any potential change that might be required for college football players.

The first case that went to trial in June 2018 involved a former Division I college football player’s widow Deb Hardin-Ploetz who filed a lawsuit seeking $1 million in damages against the NCAA in 2017. The plaintiff claims that the Association ignored the warning signs associated with repeated head trauma that likely caused her husband’s early demise and blames NCAA for negligence and wrongful death. Court filings show that the NCAA countered the plaintiff’s allegations by responding that her husband “voluntarily participated in the activity of playing football and accordingly assumed the risk of injury.”

While many concussion-related cases have been filed against the Association before, all of them had been dismissed, settled out of court, or put on hold while working out legal disputes. Finally, decades after the first cases were filed, there would be a case in court to show evidence to a jury that might find in in the plaintiff’s favor if they determined that the Association was at fault for the death of her husband Greg; whom played defensive tackle and linebacker positions for the University of Texas over five decades ago. Ploetz graduated from college in 1975 with a Master of Fine Arts Degree and went on to become a high school and college art teacher. However, his condition became so severe that he stopped teaching a decade ago and passed away from the long-term effects of his illness on March 11, 2015, at 66 years old.

the-fight-against-distracted-drivingIt is impossible to operate any form of machinery while you do not commit your full attention to the task at hand. This includes when you get behind the wheel of a car or truck. Distracted driving is a factor in a majority of accidents, and the epidemic has grown worse with each passing year as we continue to come up with innovative ways of taking our attention off of the road. Phones, music players, tablets and other mobile devices allow us a portable way of remaining connected to each other, but drivers need to have the patience to wait until they arrive safely at their destination before reaching for these items.

The Staggering Statistics Behind Distracted Driving

We have all been guilty at some point of being tempted by some object in our vehicle that has diverted our focus from the road. Recent reports have revealed that every day in the United States, 660,000 drivers are using a cell phone. We see these people almost everywhere we go and may even become annoyed by their erratic or reckless driving. We may also find ourselves with the phone in hand on occasion.

Medication Errors and Falls in Nursing HomesRockford, Illinois – The quarterly report released by the IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) in the fall of 2017 revealed that Forest City Rehab & Nursing Center was cited for multiple violations. The nursing facility is located at 321 Arnold Ave. in Rockford. The report revealed that the facility was fined $29,400 for one Type A violations and two Type B violations. Type A and AA violations are the most serious violations that could or did result in a resident’s death.

The violations were identified in two different state surveys conducted in June and July 2017. In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 18, 2017, the state investigator noted that the “facility failed to administer medications in a manner to avoid a significant medication [mistake] that resulted in [the resident] receiving [four other residents’] opioid medications.”

A Horrific Medical Administering Mistake

Death of Sewer Worker InvestigationStreamwood, Illinois – A 22-year-old Gurnee construction worker Brett Morrow died while installing a fiberglass liner in a sewer pipe that prevents leaks. The worker was fatally injured after being hit by a large horizontal pipe that blocked access of others to help the victim. Immediately after the accident, the injured worker communicated with others at the scene but was found unresponsive by emergency responders when they arrived.

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is investigating the incident that trapped the injured victim about 25 feet into the pipe, making it difficult for rescuers to reach him to provide care. The sewer pipe liner became crumpled and hardened, which blocked access to Morrow. Rescuers from the Streamwood Fired Department cut the liner apart to successfully pull the victim out almost four hours after arriving at the construction site.

The village’s Fire Chief Chris Clark stated that “we were certainly hopeful that he would be viable. We operated as if it would be a rescue the entire time. It wasn’t until we had him removed that we were able to determine he was deceased.” The Fire Chief said that “it took some time to cut the lining material away so that technicians could get to the patient. Then we were able to remove the patient. It is very challenging, because it’s a very small space to work in, and there was a lot of safety equipment.”

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