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Complaint Filed Against PA Dept. of Health for COVID-19 Response at Nursing Homes

Published on Apr 29, 2020 at 7:15 pm in Press Release.

PHILADELPHIA, PA, April 29, 2020—Four Pennsylvania law firms—Shrager & Sachs, Kanter, Bernstein & Kardon PC, Massa, Butler, Giglione, and Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. have filed a joint complaint against the Pennsylvania Department of Health regarding the responses and measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic at skilled nursing facilities across Pennsylvania. The plaintiff is a family member of a long term care facility resident.

The claim, filed on April 28th, 2020, alleges that residents in multiple facilities were and are being denied safeguards and mitigation measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, including personal protective equipment (PPE), proper social distancing, and isolation plans for those testing positive. This is in violation of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and federal and state regulations concerning inspections and investigations of long term care facilities, including the Social Security Act and its implementing regulations, the Civil Rights Act as it applies to the Federal Nursing Home Reform Amendments, and the Pennsylvania Disease Prevention and Control Law.

COVID-19 Deaths at Chester County, PA Veterans Nursing Home Triple

Published on Apr 27, 2020 at 8:43 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, residents at a top-rated, state-run nursing home for military veterans and their spouses in Chester County have been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Over a five day period in late April, the death toll nearly tripled. According to the Chester County coroner, 26 residents who tested positive for the coronavirus or were presumed infected have died as of April 24.

Overall, residents at the Southeastern Veterans’ Complex (SEVC) in East Vincent Township have been happy with their care. Loved ones have positively reviewed the facility, which currently has a waiting list. Now, however, it seems the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) that runs the facility may have concealed the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.

How Are Philadelphia Businesses Being Affected by COVID-19?

Published on Apr 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm in Business Litigation.

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has caused a pandemic that’s left the world turned upside-down. As safety measures and updates from the CDC and WHO are reported, many are doing everything they can to help mitigate this disease so life can return to normal. However, we currently do not know how long this pandemic will last. While we’re doing what we can to ensure a better future, there are problems happening in the present that are affecting U.S. businesses owners and their employees. Let’s look at the changes COVID-19 caused and what small business owners can do about it.

Deceased COVID-19 Victims Found Abandoned in Care Homes in Spain

Published on Mar 27, 2020 at 10:21 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

As COVID-19 spreads throughout Europe, nursing home residents are found to be abandoned at some facilities in Spain. According to NPR, Spain is the second hardest-hit country in Europe by the virus with more than 39,000 confirmed cases and 2,800 deaths as of March 24, 2020. Currently, over a fifth of the nursing homes in the Madrid region have had cases of COVID-19.

On March 23, the Defense Minister Margarita Robles of Spain announced Spanish military finding care home residents abandoned, with some left dead in their beds. It was discovered staff in some centers left after cases of COVID-19 were detected. Residents were left to take care of themselves–including those in serious conditions.

How Long Does a Truck Accident Claim Take to Settle?

Published on Mar 26, 2020 at 3:07 pm in Truck Accidents.

Truck driving away

Being involved in a truck accident can be a traumatic experience. When injuries, time away from work, and financial troubles are resulting factors, recovery is often challenging. That’s why victims of tractor-trailer wrecks have the right to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for their losses and hold the negligent party accountable for their actions.

Filing a truck accident claim is an involved process. If you’re planning on doing so, it’s likely you’re wondering how long it will take the claim to settle. When you work with an experienced law firm like Shrager & Sachs, we’ll do whatever it takes to ensure you receive the compensation you need as fast as possible. Let’s take a look at the factors that affect how fast or slow a claim goes.

What Can Cause Anemia During Pregnancy?

Published on Mar 12, 2020 at 5:47 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Pregnant woman holding stomach

When your red blood cells can’t carry enough oxygen to your body, you most likely have iron deficiency anemia, which means that your body doesn’t have enough iron to make hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries the oxygen. Anemia makes it hard to function because you’re tired and weak, and anemia during pregnancy is no different.

Anemia can happen during pregnancy because pregnant women need double the amount of iron than a nonpregnant woman would need. Since they’re growing another person inside them, they need more blood to get oxygen to the baby. The American Society of Hematology states that the amount of blood in your body increases about 30 percent when you become pregnant.

Another cause of anemia in pregnant women is a low-iron diet. When you’re pregnant, you’ll most likely have to increase your consumption of iron-rich foods or take a supplement with iron to prevent a deficiency. Thankfully, there are some signs that you’ll be more likely to become anemic while pregnant.

The Dangers in Neglecting to Diagnose Infection in a Hospital

Published on Feb 27, 2020 at 8:19 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Hospital room with three beds

When someone develops an infection and seeks treatment, it’s imperative that the care team identify what’s going on and implement treatment as quickly as possible. When doctors or nurses neglect to diagnose infection in a hospital, the patient’s condition can deteriorate quickly.

Patient care should be the number one priority for all medical professionals. When it isn’t, preventable mistakes are made. When an infection isn’t diagnosed in time, it’s common for other complications to arise, especially if a patient has a compromised immune system. Let’s take a look at common infections patients develop and what happens if a doctor neglects to diagnose the condition.

How Do Speed Cameras Work in Pennsylvania Highway Work Zones?

Published on Feb 20, 2020 at 7:16 pm in Auto Accidents.

Construction worker facing work zone

Work zones can be extremely dangerous for workers and drivers alike, and when drivers speed through them, any accident in a work zone can quickly become deadly. That’s why PennDOT rolled out a trial of speed cameras in work zones in an attempt to slow down drivers and reduce the amount of fatal accidents that occur.

According to PennDOT, there were nearly 2,000 crashes in work zones in 2018. 43 percent of the crashes resulted in injuries, and 23 people died. The program’s intent is to lower these numbers and make work zones safer for everybody over the next five years, so how do they plan to achieve that?

How Often Are Infections Caused by Negligence in Hospitals?

Published on Feb 13, 2020 at 4:56 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Four hospital beds in room

When you’re really sick, you count on a hospital to treat you so that you can heal and recover from your illness. But when you get an infection because of the hospital’s negligence, it can make it harder to feel like you’re in good hands and going to get better quickly. You might think that hospitals are extremely clean and completely disinfected spaces, but that’s not always the case.

In fact, infections can spread faster in hospitals since many patients already have compromised health. Even though hospitals are considered clean places, there are still plenty of surfaces and nooks within the buildings that are ideal for growing bacteria. On top of that, healthcare professionals are constantly on the move and working with different people, making it easy to carry germs from person to person.

After an infection caused by hospital negligence, you’ll need representation to help you stand up for your rights. A Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer from Shrager & Sachs will fight for you against the hospital who could have prevented your infection. So that you’re informed about what caused your illness, let’s take a look at the negligent actions that can cause hospital-acquired infections.

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