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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Nursing Homes = Profits Over People?

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Do nursing home residents suffer from the Profits Over People business model?

A recent article in the New York Times reported that a patient in a small Bronx nursing home was beaten to death by an employee.

The Bronx nursing home is owned by a for-profit private company - often a recipe for disaster when in a healthcare setting. The bottom line is to increase earnings and decrease spending. This strategy negatively affects nursing home standards for staffing levels and the quality of patient care.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Road to Grandma’s House May Soon Be Covered in Snow. Drive Safely!

It’s officially winter and winter driving can be dangerous. Failure to keep in the proper lane or running off the roadand driving too fast for conditions are of the most frequent driver behaviors that cause car accidents this time of year. Please consider the following suggestions to avoid those situations and stay safe this season.

3 keys to safe driving in the snow: 1. Stay Alert, 2. Slow Down and 3. Stay in Control.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Medicare’s Nursing Home Ratings: Were They Rigged?

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Did Medicare allow nursing homes to rig its 5 Star Rating System?

Medicare’s 5-Star system has long been the gold standard for rating nursing homes. Patients and their families rely on this rating scale to decide which nursing homes were best for them. Unfortunately, a New York Times investigation proved that the star review system is incomplete and can be misleading.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Woman Sues Upscale Gym, Says Exercise Band Left Her Partially Blind

A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit against an upscale Manhattan gym, after she said she was smacked in the face with an exercise band and left partially blind.

Video is all over YouTube showing accidents with rubber the exercise bands, CBS2 reported.

Elizabeth Lapp, 35, claimed she has been left partially blind after her gym band slipped out of her hand and hit her in the eyes.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Anyone Who Trips, Slips or Falls, at 30,000 Feet: The Law Is on Your Side

Injured airline passengers can use an international treaty, known as the Montreal Convention, to seek money damages from airlines for in-flight injuries.

Unlike the burden to prove fault in many personal injury claims, once an injured airline passenger proves that they were hurt in an “accident” on an airplane or at an airline’s facility, the burden shifts to the airline to prove that it was not at fault.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Loss of Right of Sepulcher: How the Law Encourages Respect and Dignity for the Disposition of People’s Remains

(Warning: contains graphic descriptions concerning people’s remains). 

Although we assume our loved ones’ remains will be treated properly and considerately, that is not always the case.

The requirement that people’s earthly remains be treated with dignity and respect is called the Right of Sepulcher. When remains are handled improperly the deceased’s next of kin may suffer severe emotional shock and injury. Their legal remedy is called Loss of Right of Sepulcher.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

3 Reasons Why Insurance Companies Love to Settle Personal Injury Claims “Out of Court”

After a serious accident, an insurance claims adjuster will often contact the injured person to try to settle the case informally, “out of court,” without lawyers. The adjuster works for the insurance company of the person who caused the injury - not the injured party. The adjuster promises a quick payment and no legal fees. While this may sound tempting, here are three important reasons why you should hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to fight for you.

1. Insurance companies know the dollar value of your injuries.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

No Legal Fee Unless You Win? What’s That Mean?

Often personal injury lawyers advertise “No fees unless you win,” but what does that really mean?

Most personal injury lawyers will speak, at no cost, with the injured person to answer their question about whether they have a legal claim. If the lawyer believes that there is a case, and the client agrees to go forward, they will sign an agreement called a retainer. Generally, retainers state that the lawyer will represent the client for a particular case and that the client will pay for the legal services.

However, many personal injury lawyers agree to have their legal fee paid, as a percentage of the total recovery, only if they win money for the client. The legal fee is earned only after that money is collected. No legal fee is owed if money is not collected.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Senior Safety Alert: Antipsychotic Use On The Rise

Nursing homes prescribe patients dangerous medications at an unusually high rate -- 20% of US nursing home residents are given antipsychotic drugs that aren't necessary.

Antipsychotics are powerful psychiatric medications with serious and permanent side effects, including death. If only 2% of the general population needs these medications, why do nursing homes prescribe them to patients at ten times that rate?  

These drugs were initially intended for people with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. They're not intended to treat people with Alzheimers and were repeatedly denied approval for use in patients with dementia. They increase memory loss and crush people’s spirits.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Car Crashes on the Rise

It's shocking that already this year, 165 people have been killed in New York City as a result of car accidents. 

Thousands more have survived serious car accidents, but have suffered critical injuries and fractures. Many people injured by careless drivers have not been able to work or carry on their usual activities and routines. 

Five Tips to Avoid Collisions: 

1. Don’t text, talk or use your smartphone while walking across a street.

2. Don’t text, talk or use your smartphone while operating a motor vehicle.

3. Be on the lookout for vehicles or pedestrians entering your lane of traffic.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Albany Preserves Construction Worker Safety Laws

New York still has strong laws to protect construction workers, despite a recent push by insurance and construction interests to weaken them.  

Scaffold Safety Law

Since the 1920s, New York’s “Scaffold Law” has protected construction workers, who work at heights, from falls. It does that by placing the burden of providing safety equipment on the property owner and the general contractor. The owner and general contractor have the most control over the job site and are in the best position to make sure that safety equipment is used and and safety rules are followed.

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