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March 17, 2020

How to Spot and Stop Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Today, nearly 1.5 million people are living in nursing homes. As the number of people residing in these facilities grows, some may not be receiving the level of care they deserve. Congress passed the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act (NHRA)...

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September 23, 2016

Hurley McKenna & Mertz Files Lawsuit Against the Mosaic of Lakeshore Nursing Home

On September 20, 2016, Tiba Thurmond, as Power of Attorney for Property of Rhonda Ridley, filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County against the defendant, alleging that the facility failed to provide proper care to Rhonda Ridley....

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August 5, 2016

Crossing Out the Clause: Forced Arbitration in Nursing Home Contracts

Nursing home residents and their families face more than the risk of abuse and neglect, a recent New York Times article reported. The multi-billion dollar industry has created a way to suppress the constitutional right of residents and their families...

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September 5, 2015

Protecting Your Loved Ones: How Prevalent is Nursing Home Negligence in Illinois?

Punitive damages, which are awarded to plaintiffs when a defendant has acted willfully, maliciously, or fraudulently negligent, are intended to deter similar future acts. Tort reformers and the media often attack this form of compensation, however, claiming it is frivolously...

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August 21, 2015

When and How to Act on Suspicions of Elder Abuse

Some people need more protecting than others, particularly young children and the elderly. That responsibility rests on the shoulders of the community—caregivers, healthcare professionals, financial institutions, neighbors, friends, and family—so make a difference in the lives of those around you....

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July 19, 2015

Negligent Use of Coumadin in Nursing Homes Largely Unresolved and Underreported

Today the Diocese of Joliet released more of its internal documents relating to sexual abuse by its priests. This is part of the ongoing disclosure required as part of a legal settlement last year. This most recent batch of documents...

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February 5, 2015

Nursing Homes are Petitioning for Guardianship to Collect Debts

The Las Vegas Sun (5/29) editorialized, “It is only common sense that many federal laws, those on civil rights among them, should be consistently and strictly enforced throughout the country.” However, “many federal laws not covering constitutionally protected freedoms should...

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January 19, 2015

New Illinois Law Addresses Problem of Medical Neglect and Abuse in Nursing Homes

As a Chicago car accident attorney, I want to express my support for the new Illinois law requiring that adults wear seat belts while riding in the back seat of a vehicle, which took effect on the first of this...

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