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False Claims Act 2015 Settlements

Whistleblowers that helped uncover violations of the False Claims Act in 2015 were rewarded for their efforts with nearly $600 million,...

Disability and Addiction to Drugs

  By HG.org
Individuals inflicted with drug addiction often struggle against an impulse to use drugs. This addiction can lead to significant problems with...

Fibromyalgia and SSD Benefits

  By HG.org
Individuals who are inflicted with serious medical impairments may be able to receive compensation through the Social Security Disability...

Working and Collecting Social Security Benefits

  By HG.org
Many individuals live on a fixed income which may be limited in amount and may be inadequate to fully support them. This motivates many people...

How Children Can Qualify for Social Security Benefits

  By HG.org
Many parents raise disabled children who have various impairments. Support is available through the Social Security Administration via monetary...

Social Security Administration and the Listing of Impairments

  By HG.org
The Social Security Administration has a catalog of deficiencies that count towards disability and allocating monetary benefits to those that...

Determining Residual Functional Capacity

  By HG.org
A disability examiner works together with a medical consultant to determine a claimant’s residual functional capacity. The consultant determines...

Consultative Medical Examination in Social Security Cases

  By HG.org
The Social Security Administration adheres to strict regulations for assessing when an individual meets what is considered to be disabled and is...

SSD and Blindness

  By HG.org
Individuals who are blind or suffer from vision problems may be able to acquire Social Security disability benefits based on their medical...

Patients' Right to Informed Consent

When it comes to recommending a course of treatment for a patient, whether it involves medication, a surgical procedure, or any other medical...

Zofran Lawsuit Alleges Failure To Warn

One of the most recent lawsuits filed against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) regarding its drug Zofran alleges that GSK engaged in wrongful conduct and...

Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

Medication errors are a common and serious problem throughout the United States healthcare system.

Risk of Negligence in Weight Loss Surgeries

According to the American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third highest cause of death in the United States, behind cancer and...

Man Left In Sun Dies At Florida Nursing Home

A man left in a wheelchair in the sun at a Florida nursing home passed away after suffering second-degree burns, blistering, and symptoms of...

When Should A Negligent Doctor Apologize?

Often, physicians that make errors and harm their patients do not apologize because they either don’t want to tip a patient off to their medical...

Aneurysm Medical Device Blamed for Patient’s Stroke

The Penumbra Coil 400 is a medical device that has been used to treat patients suffering from aneurysms.

Lawsuit Accuses Drug Maker of Hiding Side Effects

A new lawsuit claims Johnson & Johnson and the former FDA Commissioner conspired to conceal information about the harmful effects of the...

Communication Errors

Nearly one third of all medical malpractice cases can be directly linked to communication errors, according to a recent study conducted by CRICO...

Listed Impairment and Approval

When you have a disability that leaves you unable to work, the last thing you want to hear is that it might take months or even years to find...

How Can People Lose Their Social Security Disability Benefits

  By HG.org
Social Security disability benefits provide claimants with much needed income while they are unable to work. However, in some cases, these...

Choosing an Onset Date for Disability

When applying for Social Security disability benefits, one of the first questions you will be asked is “on which date did you become disabled.”...

Disability Benefits for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), is a serious and debilitating condition...

Medical Negligence in Weight Loss Surgery

Medical negligence is a serious problem in the medical field. In fact, according to the American Medical Association, it is one of the top three...

When a Dental Malpractice Mistake Happens, Patients Have Options

Across the US, dental malpractice cases happen much more frequently than you might expect. It might not sound to be such a big issue, but on the...

Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

  By HG.org
When a family makes the difficult decision to move a loved one into a nursing home, they expect that the loved one will be treated properly....

Nurse Fatigue and Medical Malpractice

  By HG.org
Medical malpractice often involves more than a treating doctor and a patient. Instead, many individuals may contribute or detract from a...

How Do Medication Errors Occur and Who Is Liable?

  By HG.org
One of the leading causes of death in the United States is medical malpractice. Many of these injuries are the result of medication errors,...

Technologies that Can Help Prevent Medical Errors

  By HG.org
Every year, thousands of American die from medical errors that could have been prevented. At the same time, important advances in technology...

Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Alleges Takeda Illegally Promoted Diabetes Drug for Patients with Prediabetes

Takeda Pharmaceuticals is facing a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that the company promoted its diabetes drug Actos to patients with...

How to Know if I Have a Medical Malpractice Claim

  By HG.org
A medical malpractice claim arises when a person is injured because of a healthcare provider’s negligence or deviation from accepted standards....

Biggest Medical Mistakes Patients Face in the United States

  By HG.org
According to national studies, hundreds of thousands of patients die every year from medical mistakes that were completely preventable. This...

Court Rules Third Parties Can Sue Hospitals

A patient is administered sedatives or narcotics in a hospital emergency room, and is discharged without being advised not to drive while under...

How to Prepare for a Disability Appeal

  By HG.org
More than half of all Social Security disability benefits applications are denied at the initial stage. This staggering statistic demonstrates...

A Safer and Happier Life for Children in the UAE

Highlight on the New UAE Child Protection Law “Wadeema Law”

How Can I Find a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

  By HG.org
Malpractice occurs when some form of negligence, such as a misdiagnosis, treatment after the surgery, mismanagement of care, treatment errors or...

Changing Illinois Medicaid Laws Affect Personal Injury Settlements

Changes are coming to personal injury settlements in 2016. These laws will affect those with Medicare and Medicaid. Here is how you can stay...

New Bill Aims to Protect Nurses from Injury

Nurses and medical institutions will both benefit from the new laws being passed, which will help ensure safety regulations and accountability...

Losing Disability Benefits

  By HG.org
The Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income programs both provide monetary benefits to disabled individuals although they...

Common & Deadly Forms of Medical Malpractice

Medical errors are the third most common cause of death for Americans. Each year, nearly 400,000 people die as a result of errors made by...

Claims that Give Rise to Medical Malpractice

  By HG.org
Technology has progressed to allow all manner of surgeries that extensively prolong human life to be performed with varying types of machinery....

Pharmaceutical Registration in Egypt

The Egyptian Pharmaceutical market is facing a vital crisis of drug deficiency. Egyptian Pharmaceutical production has been impacted by the...

Benicar Side Effects Mistaken For Celiac Disease

A recent study has found that doctors have been misdiagnosing intestinal side effects of Benicar as Celiac disease.

Concierge Medical Practices

You know the story. As Medicare spins out of control, many doctors turn to concierge medicine. Concierge medical practices offer primary care,...

Medicaid Fraud Investigations in New York

A Medicaid fraud investigation begins long before you are contacted by an investigator. By the time they contact you, the investigators have...

Surrogate Maternity - International Experience and Implementation in Ukraine

Continued existence of human race, as an apogee of the relationship between a man and a woman is expressed in motherhood, which not only...

Nerve Damage Lawsuits Filed against Makers of Levaquin and Other FQ Antibiotic Drugs

The FDA has warned that patients taking antibiotic drugs known as fluoroquinolones (or FQ antibiotics) may be at risk of developing a serious...

Hospital Falls

Slips, trips and fall accidents can cause serious injury. Head trauma, cuts, lacerations, broken bones and internal injuries can result when...

Inpatients Face Real Risk

When hospitalization is necessary to treat a medical condition many patients fear the loss of control that will inevitably follow.

Liability for Malpractice in Emergency Rooms

One of the most challenging positions in the medical profession is that of an emergency room physician.

Psychiatric Care and Patient Harm

Most Americans know that when a physician breaches his or her duty of care to a patient, thereby causing harm, the physician can be held liable...

Lancaster County, PA Hospital to Pay Historic False-Claims Settlement

Close to 500 hospitals nationwide are set to pay approximately $250 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act that they implanted...

Mirena IUD Side Effects on the Brain

A hormone used in the Mirena IUD is now suspected of causing an elevated risk of PTC or pseudotumor cerebri in women.

Power Morcellator Lawsuits Consolidated in Kansas

All across the United States, lawsuits are being file due to it allegedly causing the spread of cancerous cells throughout the body.

Infuse Bone Graft Lawsuit Filed After Back Pain and Tumor Growth

One woman alleges additional health complications after unapproved Infuse bone graft surgery.

Mother Sues After Taking Zofran During Pregnancy

Without ever conducing a clinical trial, GSK marketed Zofran to pregnant women as a treatment for morning sickness.

$100 Million Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Award Reduced to $10 Million

After appealing the original award, Boston Scientific, was able to have the amount significantly reduced.

Understanding Medicaid Fraud Investigations in New York City

A Medicaid fraud investigation is a serious matter that can lead to criminal charges. You should consult with a Medicaid fraud lawyer before you...

Risperdal Lawsuit Awards and Settlements

Learn more about the current Risperdal lawsuits and what factors are considered in determining a settlement.

Overview of License Defense for a Physician

A bird's eye view of professional discipline for a physician, that is, the process by which your medical license comes under attack and your...

$75,000 Whistleblower Reward in EMR Kickback Case

Diagnostic Pathology Group Pays $500,000 to Settle Allegations that Physicians Were Given Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Software in Exchange...

Helpful Tips for Selecting a Medical Malpractice Firm

If you or a loved one has been injured due to an avoidable medical error or negligence, you should be diligent in exploring your legal rights....

Texas Mother Alleges Denied C-Section Resulted in Birth Injuries and Death of Newborn

A young Texas mother is seeking answers after her newborn suffered extreme birth injuries and died during the labor and delivery process. The...

Most Recent IVC Filter Lawsuit

Learn why and how you can file an IVC Filter Lawsuit if you have had an Inferior Vena Cava Filter implanted in you or someone you know.

Responding to NYC Medicaid Fraud Investigations

If you receive a letter from the NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation, it means that you are the target of a Medicaid fraud investigation. How you...

Pill Mill Doctor on Trial for Murder

A Los Angeles doctor is facing a lifetime in prison for her alleged role in the drug overdose deaths of at least three of her patients.

Accountability in Hospitals

A medical error, made by a physician or other practitioner, can have devastating effects on a patient’s health.

Xarelto Lawsuit Update

Learn what the current status of lawsuits brought against the prescription drug Xarelto by those who have reported adverse side effects.

Can a Doctor Give Someone Else My Medical Records Without My Permission?

  By HG.org
Individuals are provided with a number of privacy rights, especially concerning their healthcare records. These rights are pursuant to the...

Am I Entitled to My Medical Records?

  By HG.org
Generally, patients are entitled to a copy of their medical records as provided under state and federal law. However, they must usually follow a...

What Are the Common Testosterone Therapy Drugs?

Learn which common testosterone therapy drugs are causing adverse side effects and what people are doing about it.

Medical Professionals Facing License Revocation

Doctors spend many years studying and working to earn their medical license.

Cyber-Bullying Crimes in New Jersey

The act of bullying has been around for as long as anyone cares to remember.

Medical Marijuana Allowed While on Probation

On May 8th, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1267 into law, which concerns the use of medical marijuana while an individual is on...

Thousands File Low Testosterone Therapy Lawsuits

New testosterone lawsuits are being filed by men claiming to have experienced negative side effects from taking the drug.

Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits Continue

Lawsuits are still being filed against the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket as new medical studies are being performed.

Is It Malpractice When a Doctor Misses a Diagnosis?

  By HG.org
Every year, there are thousands of medical malpractice lawsuits against a small number of doctors. All too often, these lawsuits stem from...

Independent Medical Examination

In most disability claim cases, the claimant will treat with his or her own doctor. The patient has the full right to choose whichever doctor...

SSDI Benefits for Older Applicants

There are several advantages to applying for SSDI when you reach 50 that do not apply to younger applicants.

The Rise of Vaccine Injury Payouts

As a result of improperly injected flu vaccines, there has been an increase in the number of vaccine injury payouts.

New Jersey Health Care Lawyers Discuss Proposed Changes to Stark Law

In July of 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed modifications to the Stark Law regulations [Section 1877...

Medical Malpractice and Lack of Informed Consent

  By HG.org
Every day across America, millions of medical procedures take place without incidence. In fact, for the most part, the United States is one of...

Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits

Learn what Social Security Disability benefits are and when you can obtain them.

Did My Doctor Know Enough to Perform That Surgery, or Was It Malpractice?

  By HG.org
While the vast majority of surgical procedures performed in the United States go smoothly, there are the occasional problems. To those left...

Can I Sue a Foreign Doctor for Malpractice in an American Court?

  By HG.org
Medical tourism is on the rise for Americans. Many Americans seek the substantial savings they can obtain by getting various medical treatments,...

Diabetes Drug Actos Linked to Bladder, Prostate, and Pancreatic Cancer Risk; Thousands File Lawsuits

The diabetes drug Actos has been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer. Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the drug, has agreed...

Legislation To Have Surgeries Videotaped

A recent invention out of the University of Toronto has some hospitals fighting against its use, while lawmakers are advocating for it.

Number of Xarelto Lawsuits Continue to Rise

Blood thinner still being used even in the face of growing allegations.

Swine Flu Vaccine Disables 12 Year-Old Boy

Vaccines play a large role in improving public health.

Health Insurance Law Dubai & Abu Dhabi: Employer Responsibilities and Duties

Prior to the growth of the foreign workforce in the United Arab Emirates at the beginning of the millennium, an employer was only required to...

NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation Letters

A letter from the NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation means that you have a potentially serious problem. Do not try to handle this on your own....

US Supreme Court Confirmation of the Affordable Care Act

In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June of 2015 that the core component of President Obama’s health care law that allows the...

Tort Reform Is Not Only Useless, It's Harmful

The insurance industry and corporate interests have worked for decades to sell the story of “tort reform,” the idea that “frivolous lawsuits”...

Dangerous FLQ Antibiotic Warning Labels Reevaluated by FDA

Fluoroquinolone antibiotics that are frequently prescribed for sinus infections or urinary tract infections can cause permanent nerve damage...

Mortality Rates and Malpractice

A series of recent infant deaths at a medical center in Florida, and a subsequent investigation of the deaths by CNN, suggests that an increase...

New Report On Medical Omissions

A new report on studies of acute care facilities highlights several startling ways in which medical professionals may be liable for care they do...

Who is Liable for Medication Errors?

Learn why medication errors occur and how to safeguard yourself against prescription drug errors.

Viable Medical Malpractice Claims Require Specific Criteria

Most people are familiar with the term “medical malpractice,” but few understand its meaning or what goes into establishing a viable claim.

Medical Malpractice Litigation in the U.A.E.

Federal Law no. 10 of 2008 on Medical Liability regulates medical liability in the United Arab Emirates. Article 15 of the Federal Law no. 10 of...

Social Media Best Practices for Healthcare Providers

Social media continues to change how we communicate.

Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Will Affect How Ohio Hospitals Choose Decision-Makers

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all States to license same-sex marriages and to...


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