Press - Part 2
The following story appeared October 27th, 2011 in eHow.
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.Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
The following story appeared August 24th, 2011 in Reuters.
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.Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
The following story appeared August 6th, 2011 in Chicago Bridge Emerging Professionals In The Field Of Aging.
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.Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
The following story appeared January 18th, 2011 in Deerfield Patch.
When it comes to placing a parent or grandparent in a nursing home, how much do you actually know or want to know about the facility?Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
The following story appeared October 4th, 2010 in Lawyers and Settlements.
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.Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
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.
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.Download PDF printout of the original story »
Nursing homes are a ‘perfect place’ for fugitives
The following story appeared July 1st, 2010 in Long-Term Living Magazine.
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.Download PDF printout of the original story »
Nursing home residents involved in car accidents: Who's to blame?
The following story appeared June 8th, 2010 in Long-Term Living Magazine.
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.Download PDF printout of the original story »
The following story appeared January 18th, 2010 in Deerfield Patch.
A patient at a nursing home in Highland Park suddenly grabbed his throat and started to cough.
His body shook as he threw his head back and forth. When a staff member performed the Heimlich maneuver, a black plastic object was dislodged from the man’s throat.Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
The following story appeared October 28th, 2009 in AARP Bulletin.
There’s “such financial pressure to keep the occupancy rate high,” says Jonathan Rosenfeld, a Chicago lawyer who specializes in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. “Everybody they can get in means the facility will be more profitable.”Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
The following story appeared October 14th, 2009 in Healthcare Technology Online.
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.”Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
The following story appeared July 17th, 2009 in My Web Times.
“When you become aware of mistreatment … it is important to get your loved one the medical treatment they need and then get into “fact-collection mode.” … Collect information about the incident, acts of the nursing home staff and medical condition of your loved one.”Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
Pressure ulcers threaten nursing home residents and facility’s bottom line
The following story appeared March 11th, 2009 in Long-Term Living Magazine.
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.Download PDF printout of the original story »
Views from the other side
The following story appeared March 1st, 2009 in Long-Term Living Magazine.
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.Download PDF printout of the original story »
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.Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
The following story appeared December 20th, 2008 in.
Nursing Home abuse attorney Jonathan Rosenfeld discusses Medicare’s new five star rating system for nursing home quality.Go to original article on website »
The following story appeared September 10th, 2007 in Chicago Sun-Times.
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.”Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
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.Download PDF printout of the original story »
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.Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
The following story appeared February 4th, 2005 in The Heralld News - Jolliiet (IL).
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 $50,000 in damages, said Jonathan Rosenfeld, her Chicago-based lawyer. She filed the suit in December.Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »
The following story appeared February 8th, 2002 in Chicago Sun-Times.
My favorite is Jonathan Rosenfeld’s ad, featuring his (I assume) grinning face at the center of a dollar bill-styled layout and the motto “Get the CA$H You Deserve!”Go to original article on website » Download PDF printout of the original story »