Personal Injury

As you read this, your world has been turned upside down in a few short weeks. Even if you already worked from home, you probably now have a spouse or partner joining you, plus perhaps a child or two, not to mention some stir-crazy animal members of the family. And you are trying to do all this without a decent haircut or your “real” hair color. If you are someone who depended on your work in a factory or plant, a theater, or a restaurant for wages, you are undoubtedly in a very frightening new world. Our Economy is Connected…
In this unprecedented time, Livas Law Group remains committed to putting its clients first. As government officials recommend social distancing, limitation of in-person meetings and travel, and practicing self-quarantine, we are adjusting how we go about the practice of law. Out of an abundance of caution to our employees and to the public, the leadership of the firm decided it was best for now that all employees work from their homes. The firm was properly prepared to have its office fully operational on a remote basis. Our technology allows the firm to be in contact with each other, to be…
Government Re-Prioritizes Nursing Home Inspections and Visits Due to Coronavirus The coronavirus epidemic is pausing inspections conducted by State Survey Agencies (SSAs). The most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance related to nursing homes and coronavirus includes a pull-back of regular CMS inspections. The federal agency said it would only conduct revisits when Immediate Jeopardy (IJ) is cited. CMS defines IJ as: “… a situation in which entity noncompliance has placed the health and safety of recipients in its care at risk for serious injury, serious harm, serious impairment or death. These situations must be accurately identified…
New Jersey Nursing Home Evacuated After All Residents Assumed to Have Coronavirus Several national news sources, including NBC, reported on Wednesday, March 25, that as many as 94 people, including residents and staff, at a New Jersey nursing home, are believed to test positive for coronavirus. Already, 24 residents at St. Joseph’s Senior Home in Woodbridge have tested positive. Another 70 have been tested, and all are presumed to be infected with COVID-19. A spokesman for the City of Woodbridge released a statement that the possible outbreak began earlier this month when the first positive on March 17 triggered…
From pandemic under-preparedness to environmental deregulation, Donald Trump’s federal government is out of the business of protecting lives and health. As I write this, more than 55,000 Americans have tested positive for COVID-19.  More than 800 of them have died.  More than 200 died yesterday.  In many parts of the country, the number of detected infections, and death, are doubling every 3 days.  By this weekend, more than 100,000 will have tested positive.  Likely more than 1,500 will have died.  The rampage of this virus is on a frightening trajectory; we are likely to see days in the month of…
Coronavirus: Who Makes Up the At-Risk Long-Term Care User Group? For most people, coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, but for older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. And for residents of nursing homes across the country – the risk is even higher. In 2015, there were approximately 47.8M Americans over age 65 and 6.3M over age 85, many of who grew to depend on a long-term care facility to support their daily needs. Here is a statistical look provided by Morningstar data…
If you have a loved one who lives in a nursing home, you are probably worried about ensuring their safety during the coronavirus pandemic. The virus is particularly dangerous for elderly people and those with preexisting medical conditions. Furthermore, the close quarters of many nursing homes mean that illnesses can spread rapidly among residents if proper precautions are not taken. Staff-to-resident contact can also spread illnesses, especially if staff come to work sick. When nursing homes do not take proper precautions to reduce residents’ exposure to viruses, this may be considered nursing home negligence. If you have concerns about…
On March 20, 2020 Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued an “Executive Order In Response to COVID-19.” What has been commonly referred to as the “Stay In Place Order” also details requirements for social distancing and outlines when certain activities are permissible. Governor Pritzker’s power to take this extreme action stems from the powers vested in him as Governor of the State of Illinois under the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. This Act allows Governor Pritzker to issue a “Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation” and take immediate action without any laws being first passed by the Illinois Senate and the…
Nursing Home Industry Makes Plea for Protective Masks and Gowns for Workers On Friday, March 13, Illinois nursing homes, along with every other long-term care facility in the U.S., were told to shut down visits to residents, take steps to isolate residents from one another and start screening for coronavirus symptoms. In Illinois, a nursing home located southwest of Chicago is battling the state’s first long-term care facility coronavirus outbreak. On Wednesday, March 19, nearly 50 people, including both residents and staff at the Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Willowbrook, were tested positive for the highly-contagious disease. Many…
Coogan on the Ben Joravsky Show Talking COVID-19 Ben Joravsky hosts an informative and entertaining daily podcast discussing politics and the news of the day. Our Jim Coogan Speaks with Columnist and Host Ben Joravsky about the Courts and Elections Law in the COVID-19 Era The Ben Joravsky Show is a daily podcast where host, Ben Joravsky chats with public officials, journalists, lawmakers and newsmakers about the issues of the day. Jim Coogan has been a regular guest, discussing law and policy. This month, the most pressing issue facing the entire world is the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.…
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care Invites You to Share #LoveFromADistance With new directives placing strict limits on visitors to nursing homes and many assisted living facilities taking similar precautions, friends and families of residents living in long-term care facilities are using creative ways to stay in touch with their loved ones. Our friends at Consumer Voice offer some creative ideas and best practices for staying connected during the Pandemic: Find new ways to communicate: Communicate via letters and cards. Use technology – video chat, FaceTime, text and email. Ask facility staff to facilitate residents using technology;…
With sharp teeth and strong jaws, dogs can cause serious damage to soft tissue when they bite. Perhaps the most obvious injuries are scars that form as the body heals. However, another type of injury that can perhaps have more long-lasting consequences is nerve damage.  At Mevorah Law Offices LLC, our team helps obtain compensation for dog bite victims. We know the right strategies to help our clients receive justifiable compensation. Please speak with one of our Illinois dog bite lawyers to learn more about how to obtain a settlement for nerve damage and other injuries. Treating Nerve Damage Many…
We Are Here When You Need Us The lawyers of Dwyer & Coogan are committed to your case. These are unprecedented times. It is difficult for any living American to find a comparison. On one hand, we all face the serious risk of infection by a rampant virus and on the other, the economy has ground to a trickle due to social restrictions and business closures. While COVID-19’s mortality rate is not extraordinarily high, it is high. And even those who survive a bout of the disease suffer serious symptoms and often require intensive medical care. But your lawyers are…
First Illinois Nursing Home to Report Coronavirus Outbreak is in DuPage County Officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reporting at least 46 people, including both residents and staff, have tested positive for coronavirus at a DuPage county nursing home. This is the first coronavirus outbreak in a long-term care facility in the state. Chicago’s WGN9 reported the first confirmed test of a Willowbrook resident over the weekend by state health officials. Only days later, the virus moved quickly to others at the Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in the 7000 block of South Madison Street…
As of March 19, public health officials in Illinois have recognized four long-term care facilities in the Chicago area reporting COVID-19 cases. This includes a possible coronavirus outbreak inside a nursing home in west suburban Willowbrook involving 46 people, including 33 residents and 13 staff.As public health officials wait on additional test results to come back related to Willowbrook, two residents have tested positive for COVID-19 in Evanston at Three Crowns Park, there is one confirmed case at Admiral at the Lake facility in Chicago’s Edgewater, and a staff member at the Church Creek Senior Living Center in Arlington…
A message from Attorney Steven Levin Nursing home residents are at the center of a perfect storm: starkly vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, which has proven particularly deadly to the elderly, and cut off from those who can most effectively speak up to protect them. As experienced advocates for patients in long term care and their families, our firm is ready to help you ensure that your loved ones stay safe and healthy. With the news here in Illinois that a suburban nursing home has at least 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19, we all know that we must act decisively…