New Jersey and PA Nursing Home Abuse and OBRA Regulations

As a New Jersey nursing home abuse law firm, we constantly speak with nursing home abuse victims and/or their families. Many ask if Congress has been actively involved in the prevention of nursing home abuse. While the answer is indeed YES, more work is needed. Nursing Home Abuse Regulations through OBRA As far back as 1987, the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging held hearings to determine the scope of abuse that was occurring in nursing homes. The federal government deemed the nature and extent of the abuse occurring in nursing homes to be such a serious concern that at the same time, the United States Office of Inspector … [Read more...]

New Program Will help Prevent Medical Malpractice Caused by Miscommunication

According to a recent study, almost 80% of all serious medical malpractice events stem from poor communication during "patient hand-offs". These errors are usually caused by the inadequate transfer of crucial patient information from one medical provider to another. Without the correct information about a patient's current and past medical treatment, a doctor can make terrible mistakes that could lead to misdiagnosis, serious injury, or wrongful death. In response to the results of this study, the Joint Commission (the agency that accredits U.S. Hospitals) has developed a "pilot program" that hospitals will begin instilling to help … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice leads to a 1.5 Million Dollar Verdict

In 2006, a 20 year old woman died after being misdiagnosed and released from a Chicago area ER. November 9, 2010, a Chicago jury awarded her family $1.5 million. Medical Malpractice in a Chicago Hospital Michelle L. Koenig went to the Emergency Room at Provena St. Mary's Hospital with complaints of a skin condition that she did not recognize or know the cause of. The ER doctor, Timothy Moran, diagnosed her skin illness as simply a rash and sent Michelle home. Two days later, Michelle was dead. Michelle was actually suffering from an aggressive form of Chickenpox and, tragically, Dr. Moran's misdiagnosis lead to her death. In two … [Read more...]