On November 14, 2018, the Pennsylvania Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators voted to reduce the number of continuing education credit hours required every two years for licensed nursing home administrators. The Board voted seven to three to reduce the credit hours from 48 to 36.
We are pleased to announce that Attorney Rob Sachs of Shrager & Sachs has written an article titled, “Plaintiff’s Challenges to Pre-Suit, Binding Arbitrations in Nursing Homes,” which has been published by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. In the article, he addresses two significant days for nursing home residents throughout the state of Pennsylvania, September 27 and 28.
On September 27th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which administers over $1 trillion of federal reserves, issued final rules that will disallow binding, pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing facilities that are federally funded. Unfortunately, the next day, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court stated that it is bound by the US Supreme Court precedent and upheld the arbitration clause that will force separate arbitrations of survival actions that are bound by arbitration clauses and wrongful death action trials.
“There is no moral or economic reason to deny people who have been harmed the right to sue in court. But Republicans keep trying to do so.” This quote by our managing partner, Attorney Robert Sachs, Jr., shows our passion for protecting citizens’ rights to sue financial institutions. However, not everyone shares our convictions. The Trump administration is trying to shut down a rule that would allow people to join together to file class action lawsuits against banks and other financial institutions. If the Republicans succeed in blocking this rule, thousands of victims of fraud and financial abuse would have to settle in arbitration, which almost always benefits the banks.
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is trying to pass a rule that will allow citizens to file class action lawsuits against financial institutions. Without this rule, banks can force citizens to settle complaints in arbitration, which often works in the interests of the banks. Bringing individual lawsuits against financial corporations is often too costly, so the best way to hold banks responsible is through class action lawsuits.
Keith Noreika, a bank lawyer appointed by Trump, tried to stall the rule by saying more time was needed to determine if the rule threatened the stability of the nation’s banking system. The Consumer Financial Bureau refused. The facts showed that the rule would cost around $1 billion a year for the banking system, which makes more than $171 billion per year. Thus, the rule would not destabilize the nation’s financial institutions. It would only keep them more accountable.
The National Association of Distinguished Counsel (NADC) is one of the leading organizations in the country that recognizes and rewards legal professionals that continually and consistently exemplify what it means to be at the top of their class. This group uses high scrutiny and in-depth research to only pick out who it believes to be the best of the best. By the time it is finished choosing its annual members, less than 1% of all actively practicing lawyers in the country will receive an invitation to the Nation’s Top One Percent by NADC.
It is with much pride that our team at Shrager & Sachs in Philadelphia can announce that Attorney Robert Sachs has been selected to the 2017 list of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel Nation’s Top One Percent. In order to have been selected, Mr. Sachs must have met and exceeded the difficult standards set forth by the NADC, including passing the analyses of blue ribbon panelists and judicial review groups. (Click here to visit the official NADC website and learn more about this great association.)
Shrager & Sachs is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Rob Sachs has been elected to the Board of Directors of The Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia. A prestigious honor that highlights Attorney Sachs’ positive reputation throughout the local and legal communities, selection to the Lawyers’ Club Board of Directors is a distinction reserved for respected attorneys who are committed to furthering the organization’s mission of promoting camaraderie among members of the bench and the bar in the Philadelphia area. Mr. Sachs will serve a three year term on the Board of Directors.
Started in 1892, The Lawyers’ Club of Philadelphia is a professional legal organization that has been steadfast in its efforts to create good fellowship between lawyers and members of the legal profession in the Philadelphia region and Judges throughout Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania, including Judges in the Supreme, Federal, Superior, Commonwealth, and Appeals Courts.
Our team of Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Shrager, Spivey & Sachs is pleased to announce that our firm has received the 2017 Best Law Firm Award from Best Lawyers®. Because this award is only presented to a small number of firms every year, such an achievement displays a firm’s ability to handle complicated cases and provide excellent, top-tier representation on behalf of clients.
Our team is pleased to announce that Attorney Robert Sachs will be a faculty speaker at the Association for Justice’s Nursing Home Litigation Fundamentals Seminar, which will take place on October 28 and 29 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center & Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This will be the second presentation of the seminar that took place in Philadelphia last spring.
The event is designed for both experienced and new nursing home lawyers and will cover a wide range of issues related to nursing home litigation, including the process from a case evaluation to resolution. Speakers for the event will include former chairs of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group. While presenters will undoubtedly share information regarding new tactics that can be used during litigation, the presentation will focus on the fundamentals which remain crucial in these types of cases.
Speaking about the upcoming event, Sachs states, “I am pleased to be on the faculty along with some of the top nursing home lawyers in the country. I have been asked to address medication errors.” He adds, “Sadly, I have handled too many cases like this. These cases run the gamut and include everything from criminal actions, to ‘mercy’ killings, to dosage calculation errors, to chemical restraint cases. This is a very active area for nursing home litigation.
At Shrager & Sachs, we care about our community and take pride in getting involved with local organizations. As part of his commitment to the people he serves, Attorney Robert Sachs is involved with the SeniorLAW Center, where he serves as a board member.
Mr. Sachs views his service as a board member of SeniorLaw Center as an adjunct to his nursing home negligence practice. “Over 20 years ago, just after I began working as David Shrager’s partner in 1994, Mr. Shrager encouraged myself and the rest of the firm to become involved in cases on behalf of Pennsylvania’s senior citizens,” said Mr. Sachs. “As a group, Mr. Shrager felt that elder Pennsylvanians were horribly underserved regarding legal services. Especially in the context of personal injury litigation, where lawyers traditionally undertake representation on a contingent fee basis, the available damages for one who was no longer working and had a relatively short statistical life expectancy has kept many lawyers from representing older clients.”
Managing Partner Rob Sachs is serving as the course planner and as speaker at the Pennsylvania Association for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Seminar scheduled to take place on Monday May 2, 2016. The panel will include other lawyers from around the country who are experts in a variety of nursing home subjects, including nursing home abuse and neglect.
During the seminar, Attorney Sachs will be discussing case selection and intake. Other subjects will include how to take the most effective corporate designee deposition, corporate negligence in Pennsylvania, subrogation and reimbursement in light of McCutchen v. U.S. Airways, and other timely topics which anybody handling a nursing home case should know.
We are pleased to announce that Robert Sachs has been included in the 2016 Super Lawyers List for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession. This accomplishment is a truly a testament to his experience, professionalism, and unparalleled client advocacy.
As managing partner of Shrager & Sachs, Robert’s practice focuses on plaintiff’s complex personal injury claims, including those involving mass torts, product liability, truck accidents, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse. A seasoned attorney with significant experience and a solid history of success in the courtroom, Robert is also a frequent lecturer and blogger on personal injury topics. He is also active member of the Board of Directors for SeniorLaw Center in Philadelphia and the Public Justice Foundation.
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Shrager & Sachs is passionate about the pursuit of justice. If you’ve been hurt and are looking for outstanding legal representation, please contact us today to talk about your rights as an accident victim.Free consultations with a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer are available when you call (888) 899-0652.
I highly recommend this firm based on their expertise and outcomes. In addition, Rob Sachs genuinely cared about my emotions re: bringing my case (and all of the ancillary tasks surrounding it) to closure. Rob fully understood what was important to me and my family. Well done; thank you!
19:44 16 Jul 18
This firm represented our family in the wrongful death of my father. They greatly exceeded our expectations. Attorney Rob Sachs and his team went the extra mile. On a scale of 1-10, they are an 11! There may be bigger law firms in the Phila./Pa area, but none better!M. Scanlan
13:38 18 Apr 18
I worked with Rob and his team after I sustained a head injury in a car accident which resulted in years of treatment and loss of work. Rob and his staff were incredibly knowledgeable and successful in fighting for me. I felt as though Rob was personally invested in my case and recovery. After my case was won and "closed", Rob continued to be available as a resource. When the nature of my needs evolved to a different area of law, he referred me to another professional yet still remained involved. I would highly recommend Rob Sachs to anyone seeking legal representation.
22:27 12 Feb 18
I referred a rather complicated medical malpractice-wrongful death case to Rob Sachs of Shrager, Spivey & Sachsand am very thankful that I did. Two other prominent law firms in Philadelphia had reviewed the matter and turned the case down. Rob offered to give us another opinion and, after thoroughly examining all of the reports and medical records, he notified us that he would undertake representation. He very aggressively pursued the claim and eventually obtained a seven figure settlement! Remember, this was a case that two other medical malpractice firms had turned down, and the family of the deceased victim had all but given up until we got the case to Mr. Sachs. Can't say enough good things about him, his work ethic, his knowledge and expertise in this complex field of law and the results he obtained for the family!! I would highly recommend Rob to anyone looking for a great lawyer to handle their case!.
21:53 25 Jan 18
Over the years I have had several opportunities to work with these lawyers and I've always been very impressed. In particular, I have found Rob Sachs to be especially well-versed in all case issues/law, and very easy to work with. I highly recommend this law firm!
23:19 24 Jan 18
Shrager, Spivey & Sachs is one of the best personal injury law firms in Philadelphia. Their team of trial lawyers do an outstanding job helping clients navigate through the legal process and are always willing to go the extra mile.
14:46 24 Jan 18
Rob Sachs and all of the attorneys at Shrager, Spivey & Sachs are not only zealous advocates for their clients and for justice, but they are also compassionate and caring. It can be challenging to find lawyers who are both technically at the top of their game and also caring. This firm checks both the boxes!