Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Thrilled by American Nursing Homes Making Moves to Change Care

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Our nations’ nursing homes are in dire need of help. Every day, nursing home abuse attorneys of Messa & Associates, P.C. are contacted by individuals regarding some form of abuse or negligence that a loved one endured in a nursing home. The importance of patient care seems to have dissipated and its priority replaced by money and business related needs. However, it seems there is has been a push for betterment in the nursing home industry. Advancing Excellence, NH Quality Campaign - a campaign created to encourage, assist, and empower nursing homes to improve the quality of life, prevent bed sores and pressure ulcers, and care for … [Read more...]

DePuy Hip Implants Cause Osteolysis

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In the United States, hip replacement surgery is one of the most common orthopaedic surgeries that occurs each year. In fact, since 1997, there have been approximately 300,000 hip replacement surgeries performed in the United States. Without question, the development of prosthetic hip joint replacements, and the development of cement or "glue" to securely place these implant parts into the human skeleton, has been one of the most major advancements in orthopaedic surgery during the last several decades. Notwithstanding the numbers, as was detailed on our articles about hip implants, hip replacement surgery is not a cure for hip pain and … [Read more...]

After DePuy Recall, Patients Ask: “Did I really need that implant?”

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Now that some 96,000 patients could potentially have a defective DePuy ASR hip implant, many patients are asking the question "Did I really need to have hip replacement surgery to begin with?" Many patients who elected to have the DePuy hip replacement surgery did so because they had hip pain and believed that this device would "cure" their pain. But, a hip implant is a treatment for the pain, not a cure. Why isn't a Hip Implant a Cure for Hip Joint Pain? The hip is a joint between the top of the leg bone ("femur") and the pelvis bone ("acetabulum"). Hip pain is caused when there is damage to this joint. The main function of the hip … [Read more...]

Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect: Is Any Resident Safe?

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A New York nursing home finds itself in the midst of nursing home abuse allegations after being accused of holding a frail Brooklyn judge prisoner by blocking his mail and visitors. The allegations are the latest twist in a case launched this year by the family of Judge John Phillips against Prospect Park Residence, the nursing home in which Phillips resided for eight months until he died at age 83 in 2008. The family's lawyer, John O'Hara, a long time friend of Judge Phillips, said of the tragedy: The whole thing was surreal. It looked like a nice place, but it was a death house. Elder Abuse and Nursing Home … [Read more...]

Concussions in young athletes might be detectable by performing a simple test

Back in January, we wrote a blog on the Star-Ledger’s series on concussions in young athletes. We talked about how important our kids are to us and how much we want to see them succeed. Above all, we want to make sure our children are safe wherever they are. The Star-Ledger series on concussions in young athletes covered the impact and dangers of head injuries, and what’s being done to protect our kids. If you haven’t read it yet and have kids who play sports, I highly recommend you to take a look. Meanwhile, a new report has been released that I’d like to tell you about. What’s new with concussions in young athletes? Research … [Read more...]

Series on concussions in kids in Star-Ledger teaches us all a very important lesson

All parents are their kids’ biggest fans. We watch, cheer and root for their teams. We worry about them getting hurt, but rarely do we even consider that they could suffer a long-term injury. Until now. With all the recent media attention, it is now beyond dispute: A kid’s concussion can be a lifelong injury. Athletes are at a high risk simply because of the competitive, physical nature of the sports they play. It’s the reason many athletes have short careers and an unfortunate cause of brain problems later in life. With concussions in kids, the danger is even bigger. A child’s brain is more fragile than an adult’s, and in the … [Read more...]

The link between burnout and surgical errors should be taken seriously

We have all heard the term, “burnout.” It means exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration. It applies to teachers, pilots, coaches, lawyers and doctors. When it comes to surgeons, burnout is a clear cause of surgical errors and mistakes. That shouldn’t surprise anyone. A recent study acknowledges what we already know: As a group, surgeons work as hard as any other profession. What’s worse, the hours are often worked under very stressful situations. It’s natural for any human being to be tired from working grueling hours in stressful situations. Therefore, … [Read more...]

Spend time with loved ones and savor the time you have with them

Happy Holidays! As we spend time with loved ones, we look back on the past year and look ahead to the next. This past year has been challenging, there’s no doubt about it. The struggling economy and nationwide recession brought us job losses and companies going out of business. It seems that things got harder for many people. Looking back While we spend time with loved ones, we think about families who have been through hard times. For families who have lost loved ones or who have faced their own illness, disability or injury because of medical negligence, 2009 has been a very difficult year. We have heard from hundreds of people … [Read more...]

How to find the best medical care for you and your loved ones

Best medical care: How can you find it? Finding the best medical care is not easy. Why? Because how do you ever know whether you are or are not getting the “best.” Is “best” the most likeable, the most experienced, the best trained? How can you even begin to find the “best” medical care. As a trial lawyer, I have had the experience of seeing and learning about “poor” medical care from the people who call me every day with a potential medical malpractice case. Usually, I only learn about what “great” medical care should be after I retain a well qualified expert to evaluate a potential medical malpractice … [Read more...]

Medical malpractice data should be easily accessible for public viewing

Did you know that medical malpractice data about your local hospitals and doctors is being hidden from you? We’re not talking about a few little facts. We’re talking about 20 years worth of medical malpractice data, including 460,000 records of medical malpractice lawsuits. This is data that the public SHOULD have access to but doesn’t. It doesn’t sound fair, does it? You’re right of course — it’s not fair. Why is medical malpractice data being hidden from the public? It may sound obvious to you, but medical malpractice data is being hidden because there are some people who don’t want you to see it. The American Medical … [Read more...]