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Weed Killer and LawsuitsAfter several high-profile jury losses that resulted in large verdicts against it, Bayer is faced with a spiraling legal crisis from sales of the weed killer Roundup. Now, there is strong talk that the German company may be close to putting some of its legal woes that it inherited when it acquired Monsanto behind it by settling the lawsuits.

The media has reported that the settlement number could reach as high as $10 billion. Still, given the harsh punishment that juries have meted out to the company, any type of settlement may be a prudent bet for Bayer as the stock market has punished the stock in the past year since news broke of the jury verdicts against Roundup related to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma cases.

The Settlement Talks Have Stabilized the Stock

Medicare-Payment-RulesMedicare recently finalized and implemented new payment rules that will impact the bottom line for skilled nursing facilities. Many of them are struggling to put the new rules into place in their business, and the regulations are changing the way that nursing homes provide care for their residents. The skilled nursing facility has already been criticized for putting profits first, and the new Medicare program threatens to make this even worse.

Based on the new reimbursement rules, nursing homes have less incentive to give extensive therapy to residents since it will impact the facility’s bottom line. This may lead to an overall deterioration of the condition of the average nursing home resident who depends on therapy to maintain their health and well-being.

On October 1, 2019, Medicare finalized a new program called the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Previously, Medicare reimbursements were determined based on therapy minutes. Now, the basis for reimbursement is the patient’s condition as well as their anticipated needs during their stay. Under the new rules, nursing homes must determine the level of care that is necessary for a patient and will then have to deliver care in accordance with the resident’s needs. The facility will have to first determine the resident’s needs and then must make sure not to overdeliver care.

Dicamba Weed Killer ProductsBayer has had its hands full with legal issues stemming from its weed killer products. The company faces billions of dollars in liability due to tens of thousands of lawsuits brought against for Roundup side effects and complications. These are personal injury claims in which the plaintiffs allege that they contracted cancer due to their exposure to Roundup. Now, another of Bayer’s products has been found by a jury to be responsible for a different kind of harm.

Specifically, a jury in Missouri has awarded a farmer $265 million based on claims that a weed killer made by Bayer and BASF destroyed the man’s peach crop. For Bayer, this represents another legal blow to a company that is reportedly deep in negotiations to settle the Roundup lawsuits.

The plaintiff owns one of the largest peach farms in Missouri. His orchard is thousands of acres and is located near several other farms. The farmers on these plots of land were using herbicide that contained an ingredient known as dicamba. This is a potent ingredient that many believe does not stay localized to the area in which it is used.

Boy Scouts of America BankruptcyReeling from the prospect of virtually unlimited liability after decades of sex abuse allegations, the Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware court. For the Boy Scouts, this filing caps an exploratory process that lasted 15 months when the organization began to lay the groundwork for a possible filing.

The bankruptcy filing, however, is not the end of the line for the Boy Scouts. The organization is believed to be working out a plan that would allow it to continue operating while compensating the victims for the harm that they suffered. However, it is not apparent that the organization will be able to execute this plan.

Recent changes in laws in many states have made it possible for those who were allegedly molested by scoutmasters decades ago to now file sexual abuse lawsuits against the Boy Scouts. States have changed their statutes of limitations to allow victims to sue as adults. Combined with the fact that victims may sue the organizations that were represented by the pedophiles, the Boy Scouts were facing an existential crisis due to the staggering amount of possible liability.

Hospitals In Illinois that are BADWonder how your Illinois Hospital rates? The list below reveals low-rank medical centers in hospitals that are likely experiencing the lowest reimbursement rate from Medicare.

Ever wondered how your local hospital ranks against all other medical centers in Illinois? The answer can be found in publicly available data supplied by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Compare Tool that releases data on hospitals nationwide. The center’s five-star quality rating system assist families, consumers, and caregivers when comparing hospitals in their community.

Hospitals and medical centers with five stars are considered to provide much above average quality care to their patients compared to one-star facilities that are considered to provide substandard care. The Compare Tool ranks each facility on specific factors including health inspections, staffing issues, and quality measures. Consumers can use this information is a valuable means of deciding where to receive care in their community.

Laws Tightened for California Assisted Living FacilitiesMore than two-thirds of the states in the nation mandate that an inspection of an assisted living facility or nursing home occur every 18 months. However, California has long believed inspecting these facilities once every five years is adequate enough, but might consider conducting a study to determine if annual inspections are necessary. The state’s lack of tighter inspection schedules seems to highlight much bigger issues concerning the deterioration of regulating facilities in business to help the elderly, disabled and ill.

Assisted living businesses, providing day-to-day assistance and housing to the elderly, disabled and ill, are one of the fastest-growing industries in the U.S. The industry provides a variety of housing solutions for its residents to live independently. However, recent publications and television programs have shed new light concerning the industry, where many of the nation’s less able to entrust their lives.

Deplorable Conditions

Drugs versus Alcohol and CrashesFor decades, law enforcement officers have used proven methods for verifying suspicion of drunk driving by asking the suspect to perform three tasks including using their eyes to follow the officer’s finger moving back and forth, taking steps outside of the vehicle and standing on the leg for a one-half minute. Prosecutors and personal injury attorneys representing victims have used the result of a standard field sobriety test to prove how the motorist was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another or by a driver under the influence, speak with a Chicago car accident attorney today for a free case evaluation by calling (888) 424-5757 without delay.

Unfortunately, medical science has yet to create a device to detect all incidents of driving while under the influence of drugs. The law enforcement officer may be able to identify an alcohol-impaired driver who stumbles on one foot when taking a field sobriety test, but a driver under the influence of drugs might be able to maintain their balance indefinitely during the same test. In recent years, many more states have begun legalizing recreational, medical marijuana, which makes it more important than ever to understand how driving under the influence of drugs can negatively affect driver behavior.

Celebrity Deaths due to Medical MalpracticeMore than 1.5 million patients suffer the serious outcome of medical malpractice in the United States annually. Approximately 200,000 individuals are injured so severely that they die from medical negligence each year. So, it is not surprising that famous people and celebrities face the same potential risk of being injured or dying because a medical professional made a mistake.

In some cases, the accident is the result of the doctor’s failure to review the patient’s medical record before making a diagnosis, providing treatment or performing surgeries. Other times, the doctor prescribed medications at too high of a dosage, or the wrong medication, or a drug that was never needed. The information below details the most famous medical errors that cost and celebrities their lives.

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Pot Legalization and Traffic FatalitiesIn 2017, the Denver Post published an article rhetorically asking their readers if there was a link between the rise in traffic fatalities and legal marijuana use. The article stated that since 2013, the number of motorists that died in vehicle crashes in Colorado who tested positive for marijuana in their system had risen significantly to almost double. This number coincides with a report released by the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) that was recently updated April 2017. That report showed that nationwide, “drugs were present in 43% of fatally injured drivers with a known test result, [that occurred] more frequently than when alcohol was present.”

Have you or a family member been injured by a driver under the influence of marijuana? Contact a Chicago car accident lawyer for a free case evaluation. Call (888) 424-5757 today.

In recent years, Colorado is among several states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use including Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia. Additionally, thirteen other states decriminalized possessing marijuana in small amounts. A 2013 study found a correlation between medical marijuana laws and the increased presence of marijuana in fatally injured drivers.

Sexual Assault in Nursing HomesThe public always reacts with shock upon learning that another helpless nursing patient was sexually assaulted by the person paid to provide his or her case. What the public is oblivious to, however, is just how common this occurrence has become and why it is so important to take every precaution possible before trusting others with the safety of those who you hold dear. We would all like to believe that the nursing home administrators, health inspectors and government agencies are working diligently on behalf of the victims of these heinous crimes, but many of the victims are deprived of a voice, and the perpetrators walk free.

How Nursing Homes and Authorities are Turning a Blind Eye to the Issue

It is terrifying to think that our loved ones are vulnerable to the whims of sexual predators when they are in their weakest state. Thousands of nursing home patients find themselves with medical conditions or injuries that make it impossible for them to fight back when caregivers, other residents or even their friends or family members commit unthinkable acts toward them. We would like to believe that steps are being taken to prevent the abuse and to bring justice to those who commit these deeds.