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- When is a Surgical Error Malpractice?
Every surgery – even the most minor – poses the risk of medical error. But does every surgical error constitute as medical malpractice? Malpractice is essentially negligence.
- When Is a Physician Responsible for Stark Law Violations?
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 notably in 2010 with the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
- Bayer Facing Additional Lawsuits Over Mirena IUD Side Effects
These clients are claiming that Bayer never warned the public about the possibility of developing Pseudotumor celebri.
- Veterans Administration Patients at Risk
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for Veteran’s Affairs has released a preliminary report detailing the inadequate administration of the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
- What Physicians Should Know About Restrictive Covenants
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
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 is used to treat serious or chronic pain in patients facing serious illness, and is administered through a patch, injection, pill or even lozenge.
- What Is My Right to Appeal a Denial of VA Benefits?
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 denied. However, there is a process by which a claimant can appeal a denial.
- Impact of Drugs and Alcohol and Disability Benefits
When an individual applies for Social Security disability benefits, there is no guarantee that the application will be approved. The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a wide range of factors when reviewing an application, including the nature of the disability, the applicant’s age, their past work experience, and education.
- 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 group as satellite offices and cost centers.
- 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 with a potentially life threatening bacteria. The risk stems from contaminated heating and cooling devices commonly used during open heart surgery.