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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Switched at Death: A True Story of Major Bronx Funeral Home’s Mix-up

{2:35 minutes to read} Even for a Bronx and Brooklyn funeral home lawyer, I was shocked by reading this tragic story.

In December 2015, a Bronx woman lost her battle with cancer, leaving behind eight sons, more than a dozen grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Her numerous friends and loved-ones came from as far away as Australia to attend her open-casket funeral.


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Deadly Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak in Australia


{1:15 minutes to read} Legionnaires’ Disease is truly a global public health risk. In the latest outbreak, nine cases, with one death, occurred in Sydney, Australia. Australian health authorities have concluded the victims were exposed to Legionella bacteria in Sydney’s Central Business District. Although the health department reported that it believes the outbreak is over, it is still searching for the source.

Despite the fact that there were regulations to try and prevent the spread of Legionnaire’s Disease, there was still a deadly outbreak.


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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Are New York’s Nursing Home Regulators a Safety Backstop or an Industry Rubber Stamp?

{3:40 minutes to read} Do New York’s nursing home regulators turn a blind-eye to nursing home mistreatment?

New Yorkers might assume that State of New York Department of Health reviews nursing home operators for past violations, before it allows them to operate a new home. One would think that operators with a history of poor patient care would not be allowed to continue to manage one nursing home, let alone many. Sadly, New York’s nursing home regulators don't seem to apply that common sense.  


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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What Can the Bronx Teach Michigan?

{2:00 minutes to read} Every year, between 8,000-18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease. Regrettably, local outbreaks are becoming more common. The different responses by officials in New York and Michigan are case studies of how public health authorities can make a difference in protecting people from this disease.   

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

6 Things You Should Know Before You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

{2:30 minutes to read} If you’ve been hurt in an accident, here are 6 important things you should know before you  hire a lawyer.  

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Social Media Abuse: Is Your Loved One a Victim?

{3 minutes to read} Social media and smartphones are not only being used to share statuses and news with friends, they’re putting helpless loved ones at risk for humiliation, or even worse - abuse.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Bronx Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak: DECEMBER UPDATE

{2:55 minutes to read} Our prior blog posts have reported on the tragic outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx, New York. Here are recent developments:

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Verdict against Gun Shop could prevent guns from getting to bad guys

{3:10 minutes to read} In 2010, two Milwaukee police officers sued a gun store that improperly sold the weapon that was used to shoot and maim them. They sued to recover money damages for their personal injuries.  

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Profits Before People: An Unacceptable Model for Healthcare

 

{2:25 minutes to read}  Does patient care suffer when a healthcare facility's profit motive conflict with its duty to provide the highest quality patient care? There is evidence that some facilities are cutting corners and rushing patients through the system in order to save money and increase profits.  


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Monday, October 26, 2015

A Warning Regarding Coumadin: Be Informed

{3:45 minutes to read} Coumadin is a blood-thinning medication used in many health care facilities. It is used to prevent blood clots known to cause injury to the heart or lungs. This drug is generally safe and effective when used as prescribed; however, monitoring Coumadin is challenging. Improper use causes some patients to suffer and it quickens death. Unfortunately, many nursing home patients are suffering from Coumadin’s improper use.


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Friday, October 16, 2015

Bronx Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak: OCTOBER UPDATE

{2:10 minutes to read} In response to the Legionnaires’ outbreak in the summer of 2015, the City Council passed a bill that’s intended to curb the future spread of the illness.

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that is caused by Legionella bacteria. The disease is transmitted to people when they inhale water droplets that contain Legionella. A common place for Legionella to live is in cooling towers. A cooling tower is a rooftop installation that cools the water used in air conditioning systems. Water vapor produced in the water cooling process is released into the air. That water vapor can carry Legionella. People contract Legionnaires’ disease when they inhale that contaminated water vapor. 


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