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Rheingold Partners All Selected As Super Lawyers

This year, all of the partners of Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra were selected to appear in New York Super Lawyers 2016. Additionally the associates at the firm have been recognized as Rising Stars. Thomas Valet, Edward Ruffo and Thomas Giuffra have all been named to the Top 100 list. This is Mr. Giuffra's fifth consecutive year being named to this prestigious group of lawyers. Sherri Plotkin was named one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in New York. This is a significant accomplishment for the firm, as Super Lawyers recognizes only the top 5% of lawyers in the five boroughs and Long Island.

Record judgment award for birth injury

One of the largest judgments ever, $53 million, was awarded earlier this year in a Cook County, Illinois courtroom. The lawsuit was focused on a 12-year-old child who suffered a serious injury during his birth that resulted in severe complications that manifested throughout his life. $53 million is one of the largest awards ever given by a jury and, so far, it has stood up to post-trial challenges including a motion for mistrial. This post will go over the case to explore what resulted in this extraordinary verdict.

You can hold an expert liable for a bad report

The traditional rule held that medical expert testimony was immune. You could not sue or hold responsible a doctor who gave a bad report or testimony; you were stuck with the results. But the modern trend has been to hold these experts accountable.

It is easier to sue nursing homes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, passed a new regulation that prevents nursing homes that accept federal funding from forcing claims into arbitration. Arbitration is a private method of dispute resolution, similar to courts but entirely within the control of the parties. Nursing homes tend to force new residents to sign contracts that surrender their rights to the judicial system for a variety of claims including elder abuse, wrongful death, and sexual harassment.

Maternal mortality rates rise in the United States

According to a study released by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the United States is one of the few countries in which maternal mortality rates have risen in the past few years. The study identifies chronic medical issues like obesity and diabetes as the primary causes of the increased mortality rate. But, maternal deaths due to hemorrhaging, while declining, are not eliminated.

Study finds large number of women suffer injuries during delivery

Childbirth is a wondrous and dangerous process. At the beginning of the last century, about 9 in 1,000 women died during the process. Unfortunately, according to a series of recent studies, a significant number of women endure injuries associated with delivery before they seek medical assistance. Moreover, even the women who do ask for help, doctors misdiagnose or ignore their concerns.

Obese residents strain nursing home resources

Nursing homes across the country routinely deny hospital referrals for obese patients. Moderately obese patients, those with a BMI of 35 or above, strain nursing home resources and impact their ability to provide care. Obese patients require specialized care that most nursing homes are ill-equipped to provide. This post will delve into the difficulties faced by nursing homes and how it impacts their ability to provide care for your loved one.

Why are birth injuries cases difficult to prosecute?

Birth injuries present a unique set of problems that many attorneys are ill-equipped to address. Birth injuries, unlike birth defects, are caused by something that occurs during delivery or immediately after. It is due to complications during childbirth or because the doctor improperly used a set of tools, like forceps.

First steps to take in a medical malpractice case

Medical malpractice cases arise when a patient receives improper or inadequate medical care and suffers an injury or worsened condition. Medical malpractice is a suit against the offending medical professional for inadequate care that resulted in an injury. If this occurs to you, here are some of the first few steps you should take after learning about your injury.

Nursing abuse is common but from an unlikely source

A recent study from Weill Cornell Medicine, New York found that one in five residents of nursing homes experienced either verbal or physical mistreatment from other residents. Yes, it appears that the most common abusers in nursing homes are other residents, not the staff. This post will discuss the conditions of this study and its implications for you and your family.

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