Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Blog

  • Nursing Homes Profiting from High Intensity, Possibly Unnecessary Therapy, Research Shows

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 10-Oct-2018

    A new study is revealing an alarming trend among nursing homes – facilities are increasingly providing elderly residents with intensive, costly, and possibly unnecessary therapy, even in the last weeks of their lives. The study, conducted by the University of Rochester and published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, is raising concerns about the necessity ...
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  • Pennsylvania Passes Act 53 to Expand Prosecution Power in Elder and Nursing Home Abuse Cases

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 19-Sep-2018

    America’s growing elderly population has facilitated the expansion of a booming industry tasked with providing the support, care, and services they need. Unfortunately, the proliferation of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and companies offering daily care and living assistance services has also created growing concerns over the safety of our most vulnerable population, especially ...
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  • Boating Accidents, Victims' Rights & Liability

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 20-Aug-2018

    The summer is a popular time for water activities. This doesn’t just include cooling off at swimming pools. It also includes a range of recreational boating activities, especially along the rivers and lakes throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas. Whether it’s fishing, water sports, power boating, or a simple way to enjoy the water, however, recreational boating poses ...
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  • Nursing Home Injuries Caused by Inadequate Staffing

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 13-Aug-2018

    Families face a difficult task when deciding whether or not to place their elderly loved ones in a nursing home or assisted living facility, not to mention a challenge in finding the right one. To aid them in this journey, many families will utilize various resources that provide insight into the level of care and support facilities will provide their family member. This may include visits and ...
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  • Swimming Pool Accidents & Liability

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 16-Jul-2018

    Summer is now here, and with it warmer weather. During this time of year, enjoying your free time and the outdoors often means cooling off in the pool. While swimming pools are a great form of recreational fun and a great way to exercise, they aren’t free from safety risks and the potential for preventable accidents and injuries – especially when negligence is involved. Unfortunately, ...
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  • Proposed CMS Rule Could Put a Stop on Public Reporting of Hospital Infections

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 9-Jul-2018

    Over the years, we have discussed many health care related issues on our blog, including those involving medical malpractice. We have also written many posts discussing proposed rules and legislative changes in the health care industry that harm patients, their rights, and their safety. Recently, a new proposed rule change that would put an end to public reporting of certain infections acquired in ...
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  • Pennsylvania Legislature Votes Against Bill Capping Punitive Damages in Nursing Home Abuse Cases

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 5-Jul-2018

    The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently voted against a bill that would have put a cap on the punitive damages that could be awarded to victims in verdicts against nursing homes in the state. This bill sought to apply the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act to assisted living facilities and nursing homes, which would have capped these damages to 250 percent of ...
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  • Philadelphia Nursing Home Profited as Care Declined, Report Shows

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 22-Jun-2018

    A recent article from the Philadelphia Inquirer is shining a spotlight on a local nursing home owner that profited despite declining care at its facilities. According to the article, nursing homes once owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia went from barely breaking even to becoming some of the most profitable nursing homes in the region after being bought by Charles-Edouard Gros. One of the ...
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  • Medical Malpractice: C-Sections, Surgical Risks & Patient Consent

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 19-Jun-2018

    Doctors have a legal duty to treat patients in accordance to established medical guidelines and standards, as doing so is critical to avoiding preventable injuries. While evaluating whether a medical professional took appropriate steps to treat a patient as a reasonably skillful doctor would under the same or similar circumstances is an important part of determining whether negligence played a ...
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  • Texting Drivers Remain a Problem in Pennsylvania, But Few Receive Tickets

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 5-Jun-2018

    Distracted driving has become one of America’s leading causes of preventable car accidents, injuries, and deaths. While this can include any form of risky multi-tasking – from personal grooming and eating or drinking to conversing with passengers or reading maps – it most notably includes text messaging and the use of handheld smart phones. In fact, the National Highway Traffic ...
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  • How Avoiding Apologies After an Auto Accident Can Protect Your Right to Compensation

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 18-May-2018

    Apologies can be a polite way to express concern when you make a mistake or when something accidental happens. While it may be a natural reaction for many people after knocking something over or bumping into another person, even if it wasn’t necessarily their fault, apologizing should be something you avoid after a car accident, as it can create complications in any personal injury case you ...
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  • Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Devices

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 4-May-2018

    Birth injuries can result from a range of negligent actions and conduct during pregnancy, labor, and delivery – including the improper use of forceps and vacuum extractors. While both of these medical devices can assist physicians during difficult deliveries, they must be used in accordance to strict standards. When medical professionals fail to use forceps or vacuum extractors properly, ...
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  • Liability & Commercial Truck Accidents: Who Covers Victims' Damages?

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 23-Apr-2018

    Trucks, tractor-trailers, and other commercial vehicles that transport goods and products use our public roads and highways on a daily basis. Because they’re much larger, heavier, and slower vehicles than passenger cars, pickup trucks, and motorcycles, they also pose innumerable risks to those around them, including the threat of catastrophic injuries or death when vulnerable motorists are ...
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  • Should I Consult a Medical Malpractice Lawyer After a Birth Injury?

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 16-Apr-2018

    Birth injuries are never an easy experience, especially when those injuries result from preventable acts of negligence committed by the medical professionals in whom you placed your trust during such an important time. While families are tasked with rebuilding their lives and finding ways to manage life-altering repercussions, it is also important to understand they have legal rights when birth ...
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  • Failure to Read Fetal Heart Rate & Birth Injuries

    Posted By Shrager & Sachs || 19-Mar-2018

    Monitoring an unborn baby’s heart rate during labor and delivery can alert nurses and medical staff to potential complications and medical emergencies that must be promptly addressed. Should a baby’s heart rate become too high or too low, for example, it may indicate fetal distress caused by oxygen deprivation and the need for an emergency C-section. In order to ensure a baby is ...
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