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Sweeney Law FirmFDA Warns of a Major Risk with St. Jude Heart DeviceThe FDA issued a Class I recall for St. Jude Medical, AMPLATZER TorqVue FX Delivery System on January 18, 2013. The wire insulation for the device may be faulty in some instances and could cause serious injury or death. The device is meant to repair holes in the heart atria...Sweeney Law FirmFederal Watchdog Report Says Medicare Paid $5.1B to Nursing Homes Offering Poor CareNursing homes across the country received what amounted to $5.1B in 2009 for providing substandard care to residents. Many facilities did not adhere to or follow care guidelines set by federal groups assigned to setting  and policing nursing home standards. An estimated third of Medicare recipient patients who needed nursing...Sweeney Law FirmFlorida Rejects Arbitration of Wrongful Death Claim Against Nursing Home; Issue Remains Open in IndianaA recent decision of the Florida Supreme Court ruled that a man’s wrongful death claim against the nursing home where his uncle died could proceed in court and was not required to go to arbitration, despite a clause in the nursing home admissions contract that called for arbitration of all...Sweeney Law FirmFort Wayne Dog Attack LawyersAggressive dogs can be a very costly and dangerous thing to own. Dog bites accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claim dollars paid out in 2012, costing nearly $490 million, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) and State Farm, the largest...Sweeney Law FirmFort Wayne motorcycle accident leaves 1 dead and 1 injuredOne motorcyclist was killed and another was critically injured after after a double motorcycle accident at 4 a.m. on May 28th. The police believe that the two motorcyclists came in contact with each other at a high rate of speed while heading westbound on Illinois Road near the intersection at...Sweeney Law FirmHealth Buzz: Bed Bugs may Carry MRSAIn a recent study of bed bugs removed from patients in Vancouver’s St. Paul Hospital, all 5 bed bugs were carrying bacteria that were resistant to antibiotics. Three of the bed bugs contained MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Two of the bed bugs carried VRE (vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium). Further studies need...Sweeney Law FirmHigh BPA Levels in Kids Linked to Risk for Heart, Kidney Damage, Study FindsBPA is the common name for the compound bisphenol A. BPA is used to line aluminum cans for food packaging, is found to leach out of some plastics when heat is applied (baby bottles included), and is also used as one of the starting materials in resin composite dental fillings...Sweeney Law FirmHolidays and Traffic AccidentsHolidays are an increased time for car accidents because more people are on the roads. There is also a greater likelihood that alcohol has been consumed by motorists. The severity of accidents also has a correlation to the time of day it occurs. This time of day and accidents relationship...Sweeney Law FirmHospital Acquired Infections--The Real StoryThe article says that one in twenty hospitalizations results in a hospital-acquired infection (HAI). Annually, it is thought that 100,000 deaths are attributable to HAI. The simple but effective practice of frequent hand washing is a great way to lower incidences of HAI. A company that has utilized remote video...Sweeney Law FirmHospitals Question Fairness of New Medicare RuleNew health management regulations that began in October 2012 involve more follow up care for patients in an effort to reduce numbers of people being readmitted to hospitals. Criticism is growing for the government program and requirements that penalizes hospitals for readmissions after treating certain illnesses (heart attack, heart failure,...