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  • Nearly All American Will Suffer at Least One Misdiagnosis

    || 28-Sep-2015

    A new report conducted by the National Academy of Medicine proves that almost every American will suffer a wrong or late diagnosis at least once during their lifetime. In fact, the amount of misdiagnoses that occur throughout the United States is shockingly high, but the complex medical system conceals these statistics and occurrences from the public. Below are a few shocking conclusions found in ...
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  • Medical Errors on the Rise in VA Hospitals

    || 14-Sep-2015

    Hospitals throughout the U.S., including VA facilities, are facing pressure to reduce the number of preventable medical errors that have led to a growing number of patient injuries or deaths. The trouble is that while there is a seven percent increase in medical errors reported at VA hospitals, there has been an eighteen percent dip in investigations as to why they occurred. As malpractice payouts ...
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  • The Beginning of a New Formation of Nursing Home Regulations

    || 7-Aug-2015

    After the Attorney General’s Office filed a lawsuit against Golden Gate National Senior Care due to alleged inadequate care, poorly trained staff members, and not enough staff members in 14 different nursing home facilities, the Auditor General and the Department of Health (DOH) formed a task force to review the state regulations of these facilities over a six-month period. Currently, the ...
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  • Identifying Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Warning Signs

    || 24-Jul-2015

    As elders become physically and mentally incapable of caring for themselves, many people put their elderly loved ones into a nursing home. Nursing homes are designed to provide medical care and various forms of therapy so that the occupants of that nursing home are as healthy as possible despite ages and conditions. Majority of occupants in nursing homes do not need hospital care, but need to be ...
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  • Nursing Home Company Faces Legal Action in Pennsylvania

    || 6-Jul-2015

    A nationwide nursing home company with multiple locations throughout Pennsylvania is facing scrutiny after state authorities filed legal action last week. The action, according to law enforcement, focuses poor conditions and failures to provide standard care to elderly residents. Here are some details about the legal action: Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced that a legal action ...
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  • Fourth of July Safety Tips: Staying Safe During the Holidays

    || 30-Jun-2015

    Shrager, Spivey & Sachs hopes everyone throughout Philadelphia and Pennsylvania has a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend. As one of the most popular holidays of the year, we know that many local residents will be heading off for vacation soon, or gearing up for celebrations. Because this time of year historically sees an increase in the number of preventable accidents, injuries, and hospital ...
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  • Updates on the Pocono Interstate Crash

    || 5-Jun-2015

    As an update on the truck/bus collision Wednesday in Pennsylvania, we are learning more about the truck company whose truck crossed the median and struck the bus. Subsequent reports about the accident indicated that the driver of the tractor trailer which crossed the median was Franklin Wyatt of Macomb, Oklahoma. He was driving for Greatwide Dedicated Transport, which is an operating division of ...
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  • 3 Dead After Bus & Tractor-Trailer Collide on Pocono Interstate

    || 3-Jun-2015

    A tragic collision between a bus and tractor-trailer in the Pocono Mountain Region this morning has resulted in 3 deaths and multiple injuries. According to Monroe County officials, the accident occurred shortly after 10 am on Wednesday June 3rd when a bus transporting Italian tourists crashed head-on with a commercial truck. Here’s what we know about the crash so far: The bus, traveling ...
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  • Train Derails in Philadelphia

    || 13-May-2015

    Tuesday night, an Amtrak train, Train #188, derailed in Philadelphia, killing 6 and injuring more than 140. The train was carrying approximately 238 passengers and 5 workers. Those injured were taken to Temple University Hospital, Aria Health-Frankford, Albert Einstein Medical Center, and Hahnemann University Hospital, with several still in critical condition. The train, en route from Washington ...
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  • Shrager, Spivey & Sachs was able to settle a case for a woman, an emergency room nurse, who developed complex regional pain syndrome after incurring a spinal accessory nerve injury during a lymph node biopsy while under receiving diagnostic care at a hospital in central Pennsylvania. The spinal accessory nerve controls functions related to the muscles in the shoulders and the head, such as ...
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  • Attorney Rob Sachs to Speak at Upcoming Legal Education Conference

    || 16-Mar-2015

    Attorney Rob Sachs - managing partner of Shrager, Spivey & Sachs - will be speaking at an upcoming legal education conference next Monday, March 23. The conference - Auto Litigation 3.0 - is being hosted by 360 Advocacy and will be held at the Encore in Las Vegas. Speakers include some of the nation’s top and most accomplished injury lawyers who will be sharing their insight on handling ...
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  • Earlier today, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority released an advisory that hospital-acquired pressure ulcers remain a top concern for hospitals across the state. According to the advisory: PA hospitals reported over 19,000 pressure ulcer events (recognized safety concerns) in 2013. PA healthcare facilities reported 33,545 events involving impaired skin integrity in 2013 - a majority of ...
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  • Most Common Birth Injuries

    || 18-Feb-2015

    Birth injuries are among the most challenging and emotionally difficult personal injury cases around. Not only can birth injuries create lasting physical impairments and limitations for children, they can also cause tremendous emotional and financial burdens for parents and loved ones. Unfortunately, birth injuries - particularly those caused by negligence - are more common than most may think. ...
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  • Identifying Common Signs of Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

    || 11-Feb-2015

    Nursing home abuse is a common and unfortunate reality in facilities across the country - and it can take many forms. Whether it is neglect, emotional abuse, physical harm, or sexual assault, no form of elder abuse should be tolerated. Abuse: The intentional and willing infliction of harm that results in pain and suffering, physical injury, or emotional / psychological anguish. Neglect: A failure ...
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  • Report Notes Trend in Medical Malpractice Suits

    || 29-Jan-2015

    A report recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association echoes what researchers and experts have been saying for years: medical malpractice suits and awards are on the decline. According to the report, the rate of medical malpractice suits and award amounts have been on the decline largely because of tort reform and new laws that cap damages. Based on statistics from 2002 ...
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  • Federal Government Penalizes Hospitals for Medical Errors

    || 14-Jan-2015

    Individuals have been calling for genuine healthcare reform for countless years. Though the Affordable Care Act includes many highly covered issues, such as insurance coverage, it also addresses the much needed healthcare reform. Recently, Medicare took action to enact this reform by cutting payments to 721 hospitals across the nation. There were many prominent hospitals included in this list, ...
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  • Remington Lawsuits Detail Problems with Court Secrecy & Public Safety

    || 30-Dec-2014

    In recent years, Remington Arms Company - one of the oldest firearm and ammunition manufacturers in the U.S. - has faced scrutiny for producing rifles that can inadvertently fire. These Model 700 rifles have been linked to allegations of injuries and deaths across the country, and have sparked numerous lawsuits. Still, they remained popular among consumers. According to a recent opinion editorial ...
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  • Partner Rob Sachs Secures Settlement for Victim of Surgical Injury

    || 23-Dec-2014

    Shrager, Spivey & Sachs is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Rob Sachs has recently settled a central Pennsylvania medical malpractice case. The case was settled for just under $1 million. The case involved a surgical injury to our client's "spinal accessory" nerve during a lymph node biopsy procedure. In addition to suffering from a loss of function of the muscles ...
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  • Tips for Holiday Safety

    || 19-Dec-2014

    The holidays are here and for many that means celebrations, parties, and time with family. Although this time of year brings enjoyment for many, it unfortunately also brings an increase in accidents, injuries, and deaths - many of which are preventable. In fact, statistics and studies show that the winter holidays account for some of the highest rates of accidents in America: Crash data shows a ...
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  • Tracy Morgan injured another is killed by Walmart truck

    || 7-Jun-2014

    We all heard sad news today that comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured while travelling back to New York from a comedy performance last night in Delaware. Preliminary investigation by the state police indicates that Morgan’s limo bus was hit from behind by a Walmart tractor-trailer that “didn’t see” slow moving traffic until it was too late. In addition to ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally - 2014 Nos. 14-18

    || 6-May-2014

    Since my last post on the Truck Accident Tally, it’s been an active time in this region. On May 1st, there were two wrecks involving commercial vehicles. The first was a truck transporting grapes in Delaware. As the truck went from southbound I-295 onto the ramp to northbound DE-141, the truck overturned. Overturned trucks are often an obvious sign of driver inexperience. This ramp takes ...
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  • Rob Sachs Speaking in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh on Truck Litigation

    || 6-May-2014

    I will be on the faculty of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s “Litigating Tractor Trailer Wrecks: These Are No Ordinary Car Accidents”" seminar this week in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. I’ll be covering both a review of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (including the new hours of service rules) and talking about the latest case to help Pennsylvania truck and ...
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  • Copied below is “Call me – I’m in the car” which was one of my first blogs in November, 2006. I’m re-publishing this now because everything I wrote 8 years ago applies just as much in 2014. In fact, the statistics on usage make this message even more important now. "Call me - I'm in the car." You've heard it and you've probably said it - but did ...
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  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary, Barry J. Schoch, released statistics about the safety of our roads earlier this month. The good news is that we had fewer fatalities in 2013. The total number of fatalities dropped from 1,310 to 1,208. In addition, there were notable decreases in fatalities where the victim was unbuckled, where a vehicle was speeding, and where the accident ...
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  • Truck Accident Tally – 2014 Nos. 12 & 13

    || 17-Apr-2014

    Today’s tally has two more truck wrecks to report. Yesterday afternoon just as rush hour was at its peak a tractor trailer hauling garbage flipped over as it curved on an on ramp entering Route 130 in Pennsauken, New Jersey. From the video posted by WPVI, it is clear that the driver was carrying too much speed on the curve and his rig fell on its side and spilled the garbage all over the ...
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