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CPR Client Paralyzed at Construction Site in Fall Settles for $15M in Delaware County, PA

Attorney Stewart Cohen A construction worker represented by CPR attorneys Joel Rosen and Stewart Cohen, who fell three stories and was paralyzed from the waist down when the platform he was standing on gave out from under him, has settled his case for $15 million. The case was proceeding in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. The settlement was[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ May 20, 2019
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Cosmetics Safety in 2019

Are cosmetics safe for use, or do many cosmetics actually contain hazardous product defects? According to a recent article in The New York Times, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) struggles to regulate cosmetics, even though they may contain several harmful ingredients. In short, the cosmetics industry remains governed by decades-old regulations that do not take into account updates[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Feb 20, 2019
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Risks of Giving Birth at a Birth Center

Expecting mothers have many decisions to make as they plan for the birth of their child, one of the most important being where and how they will give birth. Indeed, the range of options is long, with some mothers choose scheduled cesarean-sections at hospitals; other choosing natural births in birthing centers, and others even deciding to give birth at home.[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Dec 3, 2018
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How Money Corrupts Medicine

On September 14th, 2018, The New York Times editorial board published a very important piece on the fall of Dr. José Baselga. Formerly a top official at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — one of the nation’s giants in the field of cancer research —  Mr. Baselga announced his resignation from the organization after an explosive joint New York Times/ProPublica[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Nov 26, 2018
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How Medical Tests Can Lead to Poorer Healthcare

In today’s digital world, and since the dawn of the computer and the proliferation of the internet, we tend to rely heavily on technology. Indeed, when a piece of technology malfunctions, we are often impatient, if not downright shocked. And one would never expect a computer to be wrong — a miscalculation or misinterpretation of data by a machine might[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Nov 21, 2018
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Why Doctors Are Quitting & Pursuing Other Careers

According to a recent report from NBC News, many doctors are making the decision to quit their jobs—some after decades of employment as healthcare providers. While physicians have different motivations for leaving the medical profession, their decisions to quit and pursue other careers is leaving the healthcare field with an estimated shortage of doctors in the future. Is there really[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Oct 22, 2018
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“Post-Hospital Syndrome” Impact on Elderly

Many family members worry about their elderly loved ones and the risk of a serious personal injury. Sometimes we think about how these risks can play out in a nursing home setting due to the result of elder abuse or neglect, while in other cases we might consider the ways in which medical malpractice can cause especially devastating injuries to[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Oct 15, 2018
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U.S. Most Dangerous Place for Mothers To Give Birth

According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), about 211 million pregnancies occur every year, and about 123 million of those women ultimately give birth to an infant. Many women who get pregnant in the U.S. and carry to term assume that they are receiving some of the best healthcare in the world. However, according to a startling report[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Oct 8, 2018
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Long-Term Effect of Traumatic Brain Injury is An Increased Risk of Suicide

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can be debilitating, with innumerable physical and intellectual consequences. For many people who sustain severe TBIs, it is impossible to return to life the way it was before the accident. According to a recent study published in JAMA, a peer-reviewed medical journal, head trauma can also lead to a sharp increase in the risk of suicide.[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Oct 1, 2018
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Cost of Defensive Medicine Less Than Critics Claim

Patients should never expect to suffer injuries as a result of medical malpractice, but negligence can happen in a doctor’s office, in a hospital, and in other healthcare settings more often than people might think. In order to prevent medical negligence litigation, and to avoid claims like a failure to diagnose cancer, some healthcare providers have turned to a practice[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 24, 2018
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Why Do We Think Drinking Is Healthy?

Did you know that drinking alcohol actually kills more Americans each year than opioids do? While there has been a significant public outcry about opioid addiction and the serious harms of opioid use, we rarely devote the same attention to public policy changes when it comes to alcohol consumption and injury prevention. According to a recent article in The Inquirer,[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 17, 2018
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Son Carries Father’s Legacy With Documentary on Medical Errors

Medical errors happen all too frequently in the United States, and patients suffer serious personal injuries. An article in the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ explained how medical mistakes are the third-leading cause of death in our country, and hospitals need to do better when it comes to reporting these errors so that we can gain a better understanding of how[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 10, 2018
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Quirks in Public Reporting of Executive Pay at Health Insurance Companies

For patients who suffer injuries as a result of medical mistakes and medical errors, as well as for consumers who simply need to rely on health insurance for their medical needs, the lack of transparency in the healthcare industry can be extremely frustrating and problematic. According to a recent article in The Inquirer, there are state laws in place that[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Sep 3, 2018
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Our Political Leanings Distort Our Assessment of Unrelated Expertise

Can our political leanings distort our assessment of unrelated expertise? More specifically, can a person’s political leanings—which differ from her healthcare provider’s political leanings—affect that person’s relationship with her physician? A recent article in The New York Times addresses this issue and raises the question of whether a patient may be more likely to assume that a doctor has made[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 27, 2018
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Hospital Closures Affecting Rural Mothers

In rural areas of the country, hospitals are consolidating and more and more patients find themselves living dozens—if not hundreds—of miles away from the nearest medical facility. According to a recent article in The New York Times, these hospital closures are having an especially harmful effect on pregnant women who are not receiving the medical care they need in order[...]

By: Cohen, Placitella & Roth @ Aug 20, 2018
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