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COVID-19 Outbreaks Continue in Nursing Homes

Widespread and shocking outbreaks have continued to wreak havoc in nursing homes across the country, leaving families of loved ones in these facilities worried about their elderly relative’s health and safety. The first warning of devastation the coronavirus could cause within nursing homes came in late February, when residents of a suburban Seattle nursing home [….]


Cruise Ships may not have Responded Properly

As the world continues to take necessary precautions to slow down rates of coronavirus infections, the Carnival cruise ship company is facing backlash over their response to reported outbreaks. More than 1,500 people on the company’s cruise ships have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with dozens of fatalities. While multiple of the company’s cruise ships were [….]


Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Essential Workers

While the current COVID-19 pandemic has left many people without employment, frontline workers and first responders have still continued to work. This has led to many frontline workers worried about contracting the coronavirus and what impact that would have on their income. However, this past week, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced an emergency rule. This [….]


COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, many families are concerned about the health and well-being of their loved ones in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Over 3,600 deaths across the nation have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks in these facilities filled with elderly and disabled residents. However, this number is [….]


FDA Pulls Zantac

On April 1, 2020, the FDA announced its request for manufacturers of ranitidine products (Zantac) to immediately withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market. This is the most recent step in the ongoing investigation into N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medication. Ranitidine is the common name of popular prescription and over the [….]


Investigations and Fines at Assisted Living Facilities Due to the Handling of COVID-19

In response to 13 deaths at a Massachusetts veterans home, Governor Charlie Baker has hired Mark Pearlstein from McDermott Will & Emery LLP to investigate what went wrong and why. Tests that have been conducted so far reveal that six of the deaths at the state-run nursing home for veterans in Holyoke, MA were due [….]


COVID-19 at the Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee

Some staff members and clients at the Shapiro Developmental Center in Kankakee have stepped forward with claims that they were not properly notified of the presence of coronavirus. The number of COVID-19 cases at the facility has now reached 12 and the center has continued taking precautionary measures to limit the amount of exposure, which [….]


Remote Legal Assistance

While Illinois is under the “shelter-in-place” order, our physical offices will be closed in order to comply with the guidelines. However, our staff will be working remotely to remain accessible to our clients. To ensure the well-being of our clients, staff, and community, we have been implementing some adjustments that strive to keep everyone as [….]


National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2020

Intended to encourage the public to learn more about healthcare safety, National Patient Safety Awareness Week is being held during the week of March 8-14, led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). This week in March serves as a dedicated time and platform to raise awareness about patient safety, advances that have already been [….]


Long Emergency Room Wait Times Cause Issues

After having to wait hours in the emergency room at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, a 25-year-old teacher has died. However, she is not the only one who has experienced delays in receiving medical care at this facility. According to federal documents, Froedtert Hospital staff did not check the woman’s vital signs as often as they [….]