With summer being officially over, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has received the August reports of nursing home inspections. These inspection reports include information on patient care and building inspections. If a facility is not following regulations during the inspection, the facility will be cited. The facility must then submit a plan of action in order to correct the issues that were found during the inspection, including a completion date of the corrections. The Department of Health will then conduct a surprise follow-up inspection to ensure the issues have been resolved. The inspection reports are posted to the Department of Health’s website 41 days after they are completed.

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On Monday, applications for the second round of funding under the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program were opened. Grants of between $5,000 and $50,000, depending on a business’ revenues, will be issued by Pennsylvania’s 17 Community Development Financial Institutions within two weeks of the application period closing. Funding for the grant program comes from federal stimulus money provided to the state through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported that a Beaver County, PA rehabilitation facility gave the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine to more than 200 of its residents without approval from the Department of Health.

Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, in Brighton, PA, has had one of the worst Covid-19 outbreaks in the state. Reports state that due to Covid-19, Brighton has had more than 300 resident cases, over 100 staff cases, and 73 resident deaths. In a wrongful death lawsuit filed earlier this year, the family of a Brighton staff member who died of Covid-19 alleged that the virus had spread through the facility unchecked.

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COVID-19 is causing more than public health and economic issues in the United States.

A July 16, 2020 report in the Wall-Street Journal reported on new proposed legislation that would address liability issues in COVID-19 patient care. As cases continue to spike across the country, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) are working on a measure that would give federal courts jurisdiction over personal injury and medical liability claims due to COVID-19.

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In our high-tech world of Snapchat, Groupme and text messaging, individuals are often sharing intimate photos or videos with their romantic partners via cellphones. Additionally, with the prevalence of in-home security cameras, webcams, and cellphone video technology, it is easier than ever for an individual to record intimate interactions without their partner’s consent or knowledge. Even when consent is provided by both parties for the recording of such intimate interaction, there usually is not consent to share and distribute such recordings with others outside of the relationship.

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Today, the Philadelphia Municipal Court issued an Administrative Order postponing Landlord Tenant cases that are currently scheduled for a hearing before the Municipal Court between July 6, 2020 and September 2, 2020 until further order of the Court. Governor Wolf’s May 7, 2020 Executive Order previously extended the moratorium on certain evictions and foreclosures from May 11, 2020 to July 10, 2020.

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Your Zoom deposition is going to take place in one week. At this point, you should feel ready for it. You also know the number one thing you must make sure to do – be 100% honest.

Continue to go over the list of activities you can no longer do because of the accident. Make sure you complete this list with as much detail as possible. Also be sure to send the completed list to your attorney and discuss.

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The birth of a child is an opportunity for joy and excitement, as well as a little anxiety for new parents. After all, the birth process can be scary, especially given the rising maternal mortality rate in the United States. Although no parents want to deal with a medical malpractice suit as part of their post-birth plan, it is sometimes necessary to bring them the closure they deserve when the mother or baby suffers harm.

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A couple weeks before your Zoom deposition is scheduled to take place, you have probably already spoken to your attorney multiple times to prepare, and should be focusing on how you will explain to the defense attorney how this crash has impacted you and your family. As long as you tell the truth, everything will be fine.

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