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Sweeney Law FirmNursing Home Industry Using Deception to Stop Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration ActSeptember 12, 2008Sept. 11, 2008 - The Public Citizen Nursing Home Industry Launches Campaign of Deception to Derail Protections for Elderly Residents More Than 100 Public Interest Organizations Support the Legislation; Industry Coalition Opposes It Under Pretense of Consumer Protection WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the eve of a key U.S. Senate committee...Sweeney Law FirmHospital Stays Can Be Hazardous to Your HealthSeptember 10, 2008Hospital Stays are the 8th Leading Cause of Death in the United States By: Russell Blaylock, MD Odds are high that at some point in your life, you'll need to go to the hospital.You could be struck down by an illness or an injury ”” or perhaps just require some...Sweeney Law FirmExtendicare Hit with Class Action Lawsuit in the State of WashingtonAugust 26, 2008SEATTLE, Aug 22, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- 15 Washington Skilled Nursing Facilities Hit With Class Action Lawsuit A class action lawsuit (Case #08-2-28645-2KNT), was filed today in King County Superior Court against Milwaukee-based Extendicare Homes, Inc., Fir Lane Terrace Convalescent Center, Inc. and its 15 long-term skilled nursing facilities...Sweeney Law FirmU.S. Doctors Say that Lawsuits are a Valuable Deterrent to Dangerous DrugsAugust 18, 2008By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Top doctors who run one of the most influential U.S. medical journals are giving the U.S. Supreme Court some unsolicited legal advice about a major case. Lawsuits can serve as ""a vital deterrent"" and protect consumers if drug companies do not disclose...Missouri Court Upholds $16 Million Verdict Against Allstate for Claims PracticesMissouri Court Upholds $16 Million Verdict Against Allstate for Claims PracticesJuly 30, 2008Appeals court upholds $16 million verdict against Allstate By DAN MARGOLIES, The Kansas City StarAllstate Rated As Worst Insurance Company for ConsumersAllstate Rated As Worst Insurance Company for ConsumersJuly 9, 2008 Insurance Industry Employs “Deny, Delay, Defend” Strategy, Puts Profits Over Policyholders Sweeney Law FirmNursing Home Residents Signing Away Right to SueJune 19, 2008Tuesday, June 17, 2008 By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer Patients hoping to get into nursing homes increasingly are signing away their rights to sue over poor care. That's a problem, a number of lawmakers say, and they're pushing legislation to make such agreements unenforceable. The nursing homes say the...Sweeney Law FirmMaryland Studying Legislation to Hold Nursing Homes AccountableJune 17, 2008By James Drew Baltimore Sun reporter June 16, 2008 Alarmed that the purchase of nursing homes by larger companies could cause a decline in care, Maryland is studying whether restrictions should be placed on ownership as regulators face criticism that private equity groups make it more difficult for the public...Sweeney Law FirmJury Awards $6M verdict to family of Arizona nursing home residentMay 20, 2008$6M Jury verdict in morphine overdose death of Arizona nursing home resident A.J. FLICK, Tuscon Citizen Published: 05.14.2008 A jury awarded a Tucson family $6 million in a lawsuit brought after an ailing 81-year-old relative died of a morphine overdose. Mary Culpepper and two other relatives last month were awarded...Sweeney Law FirmGAO Report Confirms that Nursing Home Problems Significantly UnderrepotedMay 15, 2008May 15, 2008 Serious Deficiencies in Nursing Homes Are Often Missed, Report Says By ROBERT PEAR, New York Times WASHINGTON ”” Nursing home inspectors routinely overlook or minimize problems that pose a serious, immediate threat to patients, Congressional investigators say in a new report. In the report, to be issued...