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Sweeney Law FirmKC man who walked away from nursing home found deadA 75 year old man with alzheimer's left the assisted living facility where he lived and was found dead about nine hours later. He wore a monitoring device that was supposed to alert the staff if he left the premises. It didn’t work at the time of this incident. Police...Sweeney Law FirmLawsuits for Wrongful Death & Punitive Damages filed after Indiana State Fairgrounds Stage CollapsesOn August 19th, 2011, the first lawsuits for wrongful death and punitive damages were filed after the August 13th, 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, IN. The collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds occurred shortly before Sugar Land took the stage. The stage collapse resulted in...Sweeney Law FirmLeaf-Like Material “Traps Bedbugs,” say ResearchersA Balkan solution for bedbug woes uses leaves from the kidney bean plant to hook and trap the unwanted pests. Scientists are looking into how and why this works as bedbug problems become an increasingly troubling problem in every part of the world. Institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, hotels,...Sweeney Law FirmLeafy Greens Top Source of Food Poisoning in USA study by the Centers for Disease Control has found that the food group of leafy green vegetables is the most likely to result in food poisoning. Approximately 20% of food poisoning cases involves greens such as spinach, lettuce, kale, etc. The key to preventing food borne illnesses is in...Sweeney Law FirmMalpractice damages awarded for "loss of chance"In Crown Point Indiana, a Lake Superior Court jury awarded malpractice damages to a Hammond county man whose chances of lung cancer recovery were reduced by the lack of early treatment by his health-care provider. The attorney who represented the man's family summed up the importance of the case...Sweeney Law FirmMandatory Electronic Logs for Truck DriversFederal law is changing regarding truck driver logs. Gone will be the days of paper logs that a driver could falsify in an attempt to stay on the road longer hours for more money. The law is being implemented in an effort to make the roads safer for everyone. Electronic...Sweeney Law FirmMedical Clinics See Growth in Senior Citizen PatientsThis article describes the reasons why clinics are experiencing a surge in business across most categories and with most groups of people. Acute care is the only category that saw a reduction in numbers between the years of 2007 to 2009. Seniors, among other clinic users, utilize this type of...Sweeney Law FirmMedical Device Manufacturer Medtronic Recall of Devices in 2011Medical device manufacturer Medtronic had to recall many devices in 2011. The following is a list of Medtronic items recalled in 2011: Kappa pacemakers Sigma pacemakers MiniMed Paradigm insulin pumps SynchroMed EL implantable pain medication pump SynchroMed II implantable pain medication pump There are also recalls on some of...Sweeney Law FirmMedicare cutting payments to nursing home operatorsThe nation's nursing homes are facing a $4 billion drop in annual payments from Medicare. The cuts affect reimbursement fees for what's known as "post-acute care" for seniors at skilled nursing facilities. Such services are needed by seniors who have been hospitalized and require rehabilitative services before returning to their...Sweeney Law FirmMedicare Fraud Warning SignsThis article lists some of the warning signs of Medicare fraud. Some of the signs a patient might be aware of, and some could only be caught by billing/payout personnel. Double billing for the same procedure, or billing fraudulently for procedures or items that were not done/ items not...