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November 2012 Archives

Sen. Casey criticizes Pittsburgh VA over Legionnaires' outbreak

An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the Pittsburgh VA hospital earlier in November has drawn the attention of Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey. In a letter to the head of Veterans Affairs, Sen. Casey called the spread of the potentially deadly illness "preventable" and accused officials at the hospital of failing to keep the water at the facility properly purified. Critics have said that the VA knew it was putting patients at risk as early as June but did not correct a problem with the water system until learning about the outbreak.

Jury grants $1.77M award in nursing home neglect case

One of the saddest aspects of nursing home neglect cases in Pittsburgh is how quickly it can affect the resident's health. While most people who move into a nursing home do so because they cannot live independently anymore, they often are still able to do some things for themselves such as walk and bathe themselves. But when residents receive poor care, their condition often deteriorates, sometimes within a matter of months or weeks.

Veterans' benefits to increase in 2013

Many veterans and their families in Pittsburgh will be happy to hear that Congress passed a cost of living increase in veterans' benefits on Nov. 13. The small increase, which is meant to match the rate of inflation, is modest, but was nevertheless delayed for months, reportedly by an anonymous senator.

98-year-old nursing resident the victim of sexual abuse

As much as we might investigate a nursing home in the Pittsburgh area before we allow a loved one to move in, in a sense committing a parent or spouse to the care of the facility's staff is an act of trust. We assume that the nurses and aides on staff are skilled, competent and committed to treating their residents with the care and dignity they deserve. So when we hear of cases of resident abuse, our faith in nursing home care may be shaken.

Slow process for veterans seeking benefits in Pittsburgh

Men and women in the Pittsburgh area who served their country and now want to apply for disability benefits through the Veterans Benefits Administration should expect to wait a long time. The Pittsburgh VA Regional Office has one of the worst turnaround times on disability applications in the U.S., according to a recent nationwide study. Local veterans have to wait an average of 10 months before receiving a decision from the VA.

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