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Handling Online Defamation of Physicians

  July 25, 2017     By Sidney L. Gold & Associates, PC
With the growth of online review websites, physicians nationwide face an increasing risk of unwarranted defamation. No one wants to hear...

Burnout among Doctors Can Have a Major Impact on Quality of Care

  July 24, 2017     By Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP
When Dr. Dianne Shannon started practicing medicine, she wanted to help people. She was an internist working in outpatient clinics in Boston,...

IVC Filter Manufacturer Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit

  July 21, 2017     By d'Oliveira & Associates
The lawsuit claims that manufacturer C.R. Bard failed to properly warn and hid safety hazards from patients.

Can the Hospital Authorize Treatment Without My Consent when I Am My Husband’s POA for Healthcare?

  July 18, 2017     By HG.org
Many individuals have a power of attorney document drafted on their behalf. This document is often considered a fundamental cornerstone of an...

Autopsies Are Useful in Proving Medical Malpractice

  July 18, 2017     By Folkman Law Offices, P.C.
An autopsy is the internal and external examination of the body used to determine the cause of fatality. An autopsy is comprehensive, involving...

Protecting the Elderly in Texas

  July 17, 2017     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
A state's elderly residents are among their most vulnerable residents. Recent Texas legislative issues/news announces a new state law scheduled...

Pain after Flu Shot? There’s a Government Program for That

  July 14, 2017     By Law Offices of Leah V. Durant, PLLC
Pain after a flu shot could be a sign of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a potentially-serious shoulder injury or another vaccine-related medical...

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

  July 14, 2017     By Garfinkel Schwartz PA
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Law was passed in 1927 to protect longshoremen who work on U.S. waters.

Telemedicine Reform Bill Passed in Texas

  July 14, 2017     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
One of the bills that the Texas Legislature passed in the last regular session legalized the practice of telemedicine.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms that a Baby Suffered a Brain Injury at Birth?

  July 11, 2017     By Williams & Brown, LLP
When a baby suffers an injury during labor and delivery, parents are devastated and have many questions about what happened, why it happened and...

Medicare Fraud and Expert Witnesses

  July 10, 2017     By HG.org
Fraud is a serious crime that often affect multiple persons simultaneously. When someone’s personal information has been stolen and used in this...

Caps to Non-Economic Damages Would Limit Patient Recourse

  July 10, 2017     By Ankin Law Office LLC
The United States House of Representatives has recently voted on legislation that would limit the amount of non-economic damages patients could...

FDA Case Studies Reveal Diagnostic Risks of Laboratory

  July 7, 2017     By Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd.
The medical diagnostic process is incredibly complex, and as a result, errors aren't uncommon during this process. It is difficult to trace the...

Failure to Disclose Is Medical Malpractice

  July 7, 2017     By Folkman Law Offices, P.C.
A doctor has a duty to disclose all relevant information regarding a medical treatment to their patients. This allows the patient to make a...

Why People Are Hesitant to File Medical Malpractice Claims and Why They Shouldn’t Be

  June 20, 2017     By Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP
People often feel subject to things that are completely beyond their control and understanding. This is true not only of bigger forces in life,...

Meningitis Misdiagnosis Case

  June 19, 2017     By Galfand Berger LLP
The Pennsylvania Superior Court recently awarded more than $10 million in damages to a mother, after medical professionals failed to diagnose...

Real Estate Arrangements with Disabled Persons

  June 15, 2017     By HG.org
Persons with disabilities are protected by the Fair Housing Act in which they may be provided a place for rent or to purchase no matter which...

Expert Witnesses Discuss Dangers of Using Forceps during Childbirth

  June 13, 2017     By HG.org
There are many dangers in childbirth, but there are none greater than when the baby is harmed during the process. This may occur with various...

How Federal Debts May Affect Your SSD Paycheck

  June 12, 2017     By Herren Law
Now that you’ve gone through the Social Security disability process and started receiving your monthly benefits, you are free to use the money...

Are Doctors Responsible for Pain Medication Addiction?

  June 8, 2017     By Folkman Law Offices, P.C.
When patients are in pain, doctors often prescribe opioid pain medications. They are effective in treating pain, but can have a dangerous side...

Defective Pacemakers, Recalls, and Alerts

  June 8, 2017     By Brookman, Rosenberg, Brown & Sandler
A pacemaker is a medical device that delivers electrical impulses to the heart to stabilize heart rhythms. Irregular heartbeat affects millions...

Which is Best for My Handicapped Child’s Education, a 504 Plan or an IEP?

  June 1, 2017     By HG.org
Determining which plan is better for a child with special education needs depends on various factors. An IEP is an individualized education...

Apology Laws and Their Effect on Malpractice Lawsuits

  June 1, 2017     By Folkman Law Offices, P.C.
Apology laws have been passed in more than 30 states in an attempt to reduce malpractice lawsuits. These laws allow for physicians to freely...

Common Legal Mistakes Made by Doctors

  June 1, 2017     By Sidney L. Gold & Associates, PC
Health care is one of the most regulated industries in America. As doctors in private practice, a careful juggling act must occur between caring...

What Is Healthcare Fraud and How Can You Spot It?

  May 31, 2017     By Louthian Law Firm, P.A.
Healthcare has been a dominant subject in American life for many years. We talk at length about quality of care, medical errors, insurance...

The Most Common Forms of Medical Errors

  May 30, 2017     By Cirignani Heller & Harman, LLP
We take many things for granted in our daily lives. This is especially true when we place our trust in professionals and rely on their expertise...

Kickbacks and Fraud in Our Health Care System

  May 30, 2017     By Louthian Law Firm, P.A.
The health care industry in the United States is plagued by fraud, abuse and waste. In fact, it costs us up to $60 billion every year. People...

Medical Laboratory Expert Witness in Medical Malpractice Cases

  May 30, 2017     By HG.org
Many cases have the need for a medical laboratory in issues with malpractice claims. This means that certain aspects need further testing, or...

Expert Witnesses Provide Testimony in Perinatal Malpractice Cases

  May 26, 2017     By HG.org
Perinatal malpractice usually involves injuries to the baby before, during or after the child has been born. These could occur through the...

When is a Surgical Error Malpractice?

  May 24, 2017     By Folkman Law Offices, P.C.
Every surgery – even the most minor – poses the risk of medical error. But does every surgical error constitute as medical malpractice?...

When Is a Physician Responsible for Stark Law Violations?

  May 18, 2017     By Sidney L. Gold & Associates, PC
The Ethics in Patient Referrals Act or Stark Law was passed in part in 1989. Since its passage, the law has been modified frequently, most...

What Is My Right to Appeal a Denial of VA Benefits?

  May 17, 2017     By HG.org
When a person sustains an injury in service, he or she may file a claim for VA benefits. It is not uncommon for these claims to be initially...

Bayer Facing Additional Lawsuits Over Mirena IUD Side Effects

  May 16, 2017     By d'Oliveira & Associates
These clients are claiming that Bayer never warned the public about the possibility of developing Pseudotumor celebri.

How to Establish a Connection between Your Military Service and Your Disability

  May 15, 2017     By Herren Law
Filing a claim with the Veterans Affairs (VA) for disability compensation for an illness or disability that resulted from your military service?...

Veterans Administration Patients at Risk

  May 11, 2017     By LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for Veteran’s Affairs has released a preliminary report detailing the inadequate administration of the...

What Physicians Should Know About Restrictive Covenants

  May 11, 2017     By Sidney L. Gold & Associates, PC
A restrictive covenant is a contract between an employee and employer that protects the employer from future losses when the employee leaves.

How Fentanyl Prescriptions Can Be Medical Malpractice

  May 10, 2017     By Galfand Berger LLP
Fentanyl is a potent narcotic drug. It is chemically similar to morphine but 80 to 100 times stronger, and is a synthetic opioid. Typically it...

Impact of Drugs and Alcohol and Disability Benefits

  May 1, 2017     By LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.
When an individual applies for Social Security disability benefits, there is no guarantee that the application will be approved. The Social...

When Large Medical Groups Acquire Small Physician Practices – Legal and Economic Structure

A trend in the medical marketplace is for big group multi-specialty medical practices to buy up small practices, and integrate them into the big...

Heart Surgery Infections and Malpractice

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has growing concerns that approximately 600,000 heart surgery patients could be infected...

Injuries Resulting from Breast Cancer Treatment

An alarming study by a Danish group claims that physicians, in their rush to treat women diagnosed with breast cancer, may actually do more harm...

Chicago's Public Hospitals Paid Out More than $160 Million for Medical Malpractice Cases

Two of Chicago’s public hospitals have shelled out more than $160 million in the last several years, indicating that medical malpractice is a...

Superfluous Surgical Procedures Undermine Patient Safety

Unnecessary surgical procedures unduly cost patients time, money, and discomfort. In some cases, the surgical procedure may even put their...

Patients File LivaNova Lawsuit in Pennsylvania

More Hospitals Warn Patients About LivaNova Bacterial Infection.

How Understanding Tolling and the Statutes of Limitations Can Help Your Personal Injury Case

  By HG.org
If a person is hurt in a personal injury case including a car accident or a medical malpractice situation, an understanding of a tolling of the...

Improve Your VA Disability Claim

  By Herren Law
When you or a loved one joined the military, you, like thousands of other veterans, dedicated everything to your service, giving the Army, Navy,...

Stricter Malpractice Laws

When a patient is admitted to the hospital for surgery, his or her life is literally in the hands of the surgeon who is performing the procedure.

Six California Plaintiffs Awarded $1 Billion Verdict for Defective Metal Hip Implants

After being implanted with the devices the Plaintiffs all claim to have serious injuries due to the implant system.

What Is the “Discovery of Harm” Rule in a Medical Malpractice Case?

  By HG.org
Every state has a law related to the amount of time a person can bring forth a personal injury case before being time-barred from making the...

Invokana Lawsuits Will Be Heard in Federal Court

These lawsuits against the makers of the diabetes drug claim that it was the cause of their kidney failure.

Does Workers’ Compensation Affect My Social Security Disability Benefits?

  By HG.org
Workers’ compensation packages provide what benefits are allotted to workers when they have been injured while at the jobsite performing duties...

When Can You Sue for Emergency Room Malpractice

  By HG.org
Everyday people are injured and must go to an emergency room to seek care for their medical needs. However, in some cases, a doctor’s errors may...

Elder Care Abuse and Neglect – Should I Hire a Lawyer?

  By HG.org
Every year, elderly individuals are abused, neglected or exploited. In many cases, this abuse is inflicted by a caregiver, which may be a...

Kickback Fraud in the Health Care Business

Competition for health care business is strong. Every possible service from pharmaceutical manufacturers to providers of durable medical...

Overview of License Defense for a Physician

[P]rofessional discipline for a physician [involves] the process by which your medical license comes under attack and your defense of it.

Do I Need an “Affidavit of Merit” in a Medical Malpractice Case?

  By HG.org
Medical malpractice cases are complex and often take a substantial amount of time when tried. They can be expensive for both parties.

When Can a Nursing Home Be Sued for Bedsores?

  By HG.org
An increasing trend in personal injury cases involves claims that are brought forward related to a loved one acquiring bedsores. The formation...

Can You Sue for Unsatisfactory Plastic Surgery Results?

  By HG.org
Plastic surgery is an elective procedure that usually requires out of pocket income for payment to the healthcare facility and physician that...

Safety Protocols and Electronic Medical Records Can Reduce Incidence of Birth Injury

Childbirth is especially susceptible to medical error because of the complexity and variability of the medical issues that can arise. Medical...

Affordable Care Act: The Employer Shared Responsibility Provision and Seasonal Workers

The reporting requirements for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will remain in effect for the 2017 reporting period, which covers 2016. Any...

Lawyers Claim DePuy Aggressively Marketed Metal-On-Metal Implants

With alleged prior knowledge of the flawed design, DePuy still marketed these metal-on-metal implants.

Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

If you are divorced and planning for your retirement, you may have questions about what benefits you are entitled to receive, including Social...

What All Employees Should Know About the FMLA

When and why you can take FMLA leave.

FDA Warns About Defibrillators

Tragically, two people recently lost their lives after the batteries in their implanted heart defibrillators failed to function properly.

Deciding Factors before Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Claim

  By HG.org
Medical malpractice issues plague thousands of patients in the United States each year due to medical errors and negligence. Deviations from...

Pennsylvania Potential Changes to Regulations in Nursing Home

Pennsylvania lawmakers could be making some changes to nursing home regulations. A task force within the Department of Health conducted a recent...

How a Misdiagnosis Results in Medical Malpractice

  By HG.org
When diagnosed with a medical condition, the situation is often stressful and emotional as it is. When the person discovers that initial health...

What Is the Role of a Medical Expert Winess in a Malpractice Case?

  By HG.org
In a medical malpractice case, a medical expert may provide critical information before or during the trial. It is important for the person...

When Can You Sue for Emergency Room Malpractice

  By HG.org
Everyday people are injured and must go to an emergency room to seek care for their medical needs. However, in some cases, a doctor’s errors may...

Alternatives to Filing a Guardianship in Texas

If you are the caregiver for a person who is a minor, or who has an illness or other condition that causes them to be unable to manage their own...

Sixth Risperdal Lawsuit Settled After Several Large Jury Awards

The plaintiff alleges that the drug Risperdal was responsible for his gynecomastia.

When Is It Medical Malpractice VS. Just a Bad Outcome?

  By HG.org
When a person is harmed during a medical procedure, the family and victim often feel it necessary to seek a suit against the attending...

What to Do after a Baby's Birth Goes Terribly Wrong

  By HG.org
A baby’s birth is usually one of the happiest times an expecting mother experiences in her life. However, this is not the case when a medical...

The Critical Role of a Medical Expert in a Medical Malpractice Case

  By HG.org
Medical malpractice cases arise in the thousands each year that affect individuals and groups in grievous ways. Injury is the most frequent...

Xarelto Trials Set to Begin in February 2017

All the lawsuits filed against the Xarelto manufacturers claim that they have suffered serious or life threatening side effects from the drug.

Multi-Discipline, Integrated Health Care Practices

Physicians sometimes team up with chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other health care providers to...

Legal Structure for a Medical Practice with 50/50 Shareholders

The key to the structure is this: The two physician / shareholders can either work together, or they can breakup.

Dynamics of a Birth Injury Lawsuit

  By HG.org
When a baby is injured during birth, he or she may have a negative impact that affects him or her throughout life or long-term physical harm...

Hospitals’ Failure To Report Fatalities

In a recent report, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that 12 hospitals in the United States failed to comply with...

Johnson & Johnson Loses Another Trial Over Cancer Talcum Powder Link

Evidence piles up as more cases alleging that Talcum Powder was the cause for ovarian cancer are filed.

Action Plans for Parents Considering Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim on Behalf of Their Children

  By HG.org
When a child is harmed during a medical procedure, the parent is usually the person that has to consider filing a claim for medical malpractice....

SSD and Retirement Benefits in Maryland

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available to those who have suffered a medical condition that leaves them unable to work for at...

Installment Buy-in to a Medical Practice

There are two basic elements to a buy-in: the amount of the buy-in price, and the time over which the price is paid. In this article, I discuss...

What to Do if Injured by a Doctor

  By HG.org
There are many instances where a person has been harmed by a doctor during a medical procedure. When these incidents occur, one course of action...

Hospital Negligence

If you or a loved one is hospitalized because of an injury or illness, you are putting your health and safety in the hands of medical...

Risks of PROM During Pregancy

Pregnant women often refer to their “water breaking” when talking about childbirth. This refers to the rupturing of the membranes around the...

Medical Malpractice Cases Involving the Impact of Testosterone on Intellectual Functioning

  By HG.org
Testosterone has been linked with heart attack and disease risks that could lead to serious injury or death. Every single male that consumes...

Medical Malpractice Causes

  By HG.org
Of the most common causes of death in the United States, medical errors and issues rank number three. Approximately 400,000 persons die each...

Liability and Medical Students

  By HG.org
Mistakes that cause injury or death are common in the medical world. These occur with both healthcare practitioners and medical students. The...

How to Handle Doubts about Medical Treatment

  By HG.org
There are a vast variety of medical insurance carriers, plans, contracts and programs available for consumers to choose from both through work,...

When Doctors Prescribe Dangerous Drugs to Elder Patients Who Fall

  By HG.org
Patients that receive prescription treatment from a physician of an advanced age may increase their risk of falls and injury. It is difficult...

Medical Malpractice Claims Based on the Side Effects of Testosterone

  By HG.org
There are a vast variety of hormones and vitamins that are on the market and available online for purchase by consumers. While some of these may...

A Patient's Guide to Medical Malpractice Cases

Medical malpractice cases, for a normal patient, can be frightening and difficult to comprehend. Often, the patient, or the patient’s family, is...

More Infections from Surgical Device

A heating and cooling device used during surgical procedures has recently been linked to serious and fatal infections at three Pennsylvania...

Negotiating Employment Contacts

Whether you are a recent medical school graduate or a seasoned physician preparing for a change in your employment, it is important to know the...

Taxes and Disability Benefits

When it comes to disability benefits, the type of benefits that you are collecting will determine whether they are taxable or tax free. How your...

Essure Blamed for Side Effects and Health Complications

Thousands of women are reporting serious injuries and health complications from the device.

Who's Liable When Medical Students Make Mistakes?

When medical students make mistakes in hospitals, they may be held liable for damages if patients are harmed by their negligence, but it is...

Tips on Social Security Claims

  By HG.org
Social Security claims are important to those that have disabilities of varying degrees and types. Many of these individuals are unable to work...

Xarelto Lawsuit Paving the Way for Ongoing Litigation

After severe internal bleeding from Xarelto use, one man’s lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial.


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