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Will Surveillance Cameras End Nursing Home Abuse?

A watchful eye may be the better alternative to no eye at all in a situation where abuse of elderly or otherwise vulnerable residents is known...

Experts Say Medical Practice Corrupted by Pharmaceutical Industry

We would like to think the medications prescribed to us by doctors have been proven safe and effective in careful scientific research, and...

Pharma Pricing in Turkey: Challenge and Opportunity

A global shift has been taking place in the pharmaceutical industry as the Pharmerging countries have increasingly started to play a more...

Social Security Disability: COPD & Lung Disease - Condition, Symptoms and Social Security Law

There is nothing more basic to every day of our life than breathing. When breathing becomes difficult and even mild exercise causes shortness of...

FDA Warns Sleep Medications Can Cause Fatigue the Next Morning

As new medications tailored to help individuals get a good night's sleep continue to flood the market, the Food and Drug Administration has...

Sutter Health Settles Whistleblower Case for $46 Million

Sutter Health decided to settle a whistleblower case before trial. The case involved allegations of double billing for anesthesia services at...

What to Do If You Are Misdiagnosed in the Emergency Room

No reasonable person ever wants to find themselves in a hospital emergency room. If you find yourself there, chances are you have been seriously...

Could a Doctor Be So Negligent That it is Considered Murder?

  By HG.org
Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when the loss could have been avoided. Often in cases of medical malpractice, those who are left...

Patients Abandoned By Caregivers at Castro Valley Assisted Living Facility

A Castro Valley assisted living facility was shut down by state social services last month. Patients were left with minimal staff to attend to...

Obesity and Your Disability Claim

In the context of SSDI law, this article discusses why the Social Security Administration is not likely to consider your obesity to be a...

California Medical Equipment Supplier Found Guilty in $11 Million Medicare Fraud Case

The owner of a California durable medical equipment firm was recently found guilty of Medicare fraud. The scheme resulted in more than $11...

Gall Bladder Surgery: A Common Cause for Medical Malpractice Litigation

A gall bladder attack can come on without any warning. Pains on your right side radiate to your back. The pain becomes more than you can bear,...

Social Security Disability: Multiple Sclerosis - Condition, Symptoms and Social Security Law

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease which strikes thousands of Americans each year and leaves them with symptoms, conditions and physical...

Birth Injuries And Defects Often Bring Tough Decisions For Parents

Fetal distress may force parents to choose between neonatal surgery, early delivery, or a “wait and see” approach involving fetal monitoring....

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

  By HG.org
Whenever someone dies it is normal for the survivors to want to find an explanation and a person to blame. Unfortunately, in some cases, nobody...

Claimant Unsuccessful in Disability Insurance Lawsuit against Boston Mutual in a Louisiana Lawsuit

In an ERISA disability lawsuit against Boston Mutual, Federal Judge upholds decision to deny Southside Machine Works employee’s long term...

Patent Expirations Creating Opportunities for Biotech M&A

With patent expirations large pharmaceuticals are facing, there has been a tremendous opportunity for growing biotech companies.

Crestor Study Shows New Risk for Users

A study published in September 2013 in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology has shown that those patients who take Crestor have an increased risk of...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Dentist for Malpractice

A dentist in Tulsa, Oklahoma is the focus of a class action lawsuit filed against him by several patients. The malpractice lawsuit alleges that...

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

  By HG.org
Medical malpractice is when a healthcare professional breaches their duty of care to a patient, resulting in injury or death. Fortunately, these...

What is Medical Malpractice

  By HG.org
When one visits a doctor, they usually expect to get better. But in a few cases, mistakes are made, and the patient ends up with a misdiagnosis,...

Disability Opinions

Communication between an attorney and client is critical in order to help disabled clients. In the world of social security disability, one of...

New Expectations in Turkish Pharmaceutical Market

The global market for pharmaceuticals is expected to grow from 782 billion dollars of its 2011 value to 971 billions of dollars in 2016. 80% of...

Veterans Suffering from Unexpected Source of Injuries: Overmedication

  By HG.org
A battlefield is a dangerous place, and tens of thousands of US military veterans have come home from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries...

CAT Scan Costs Doctor $2.85 Million in Malpractice Suit

  By HG.org
A jury in Myrtle Beach, SC has awarded what is expected to be one of the state’s largest judgments in a medical malpractice lawsuit against an...

Medical Malpractice Whistleblower Case Against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Settled

The immunosuppressant drug Rapamune was at the center of a lawsuit which was recently settled for $257.4 million.

Understanding Informed Consent

  By HG.org
Anyone who has ever been to a doctor has probably seen a form relating to informed consent. But what is informed consent? What happens if you...

What to Do if Your Child is Injured at Birth

  By HG.org
It is a nightmare scenario nobody wishes to face: what should be one of the happiest moments of their life becomes one of the most tragic when...

What are Medicare and Medicaid and How Does One Qualify?

  By HG.org
Many of us have heard of Medicare and Medicaid, but never really understood what they were. Who is eligible for this coverage? What does it...

How to Get Your Social Security Benefits

  By HG.org
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the organization responsible for paying disability benefits to American adults and children deemed...

What is HIPAA and What Does it Mean to Me?

  By HG.org
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a set of statutes designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the...

Da Vinci Robot Device Breaks Off Inside Woman During Surgery

Across the United States there have been thousands of these robots installed in hospitals and many surgeons have seemed eager to use the devices.

An Overview of Medical Malpractice in Illinois

  By HG.org
If you, or someone you know, have/has suffered an injury during medical treatment, you or they may have a claim for medical malpractice....

What is Negligence?

  By HG.org
One can only bring a lawsuit for negligence if they can establish all four of the required elements. If any one of the elements is missing, then...

Researchers Estimate Surgical “Never Events” Occur 4,044 Times a Year

Johns Hopkins released the findings of a careful review of national medical malpractice claims. The safety researchers who conducted the...

How Disabled Do You Have to Be to Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

You do not have to be "totally disabled" or an invalid! For many claimants, you only have to be disabled from your former type of work. The...

Medical Malpractice Myths: Separating Fact From Fiction

A recent study found that large medical malpractice payouts make up less than 1 percent of all medical payments in the U.S.

Medical Malpractice and Surgical Errors

Errors during surgery can be some of the most dangerous medical errors. When a reasonable standard of care is not met, and a surgeon’s actions...

Disruptive Behavior Among Medical Professionals

Many people feel afraid when they look for medical help. Whether it is their fear of a traumatic diagnosis or simply experiencing nerves over a...

Social Security and the Benefits

How to get Social Security Benefits and the Application Process to do so

Proposals of Tort Reform: Limiting the Rights of the Wronged

In the last few years, costly health care has been a hot topic, as families and employers struggle with skyrocketing health insurance premiums...

Unnecessary Medical Treatments

Are medical tests, procedures and treatments safe and necessary? Unfortunately, many medical tests and procedures are performed unnecessarily,...

Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: Still a Common Threat to Infants

Despite advances in neonatal medicine, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy remains a common condition in the U.S., potentially causing cerebral...

The Dangers of Sleeping Pills

According to WebMD Health News, sleeping pills are dangerous. A doctor reporting to the news agency has likened them to smoking cigarettes. Even...

3 Early Signs of Parkinson's Disease

Though an outwardly noticeable condition, Parkinson's Disease stems from brain's inability to send messages controlling muscle movements.

Arizona Social Security Disability and SSI Disability Claims

Social Security Disability benefits and SSI Disability Claims are two different ways for individuals to receive financial compensation and...

Known to Fail but Implanted Anyway: DePuy ASR Hip Replacements

Johnson & Johnson announced in January 2013 that it had set aside close to $1 billion, in addition to the $3 billion set aside in 2011, to...

VBAC – Vaginal Birth after Cesarean

Most women who have had a previous C-section birth can deliver their next baby vaginally. However, some women will be in danger of a birth...

High Risk Pregnancy, Birth Injuries, and Birth Defects

High risk pregnancies include risk types such as women with abnormal weight, multiple pregnancies, premature birth, etc. Doctors need to pay...

Elder Abuse Is a Growing Problem, Especially in For-Profit Nursing Homes

The growing number of for-profit nursing homes appears to be adding to the problems of waste, fraud and abuse that plague many nursing homes.

Learn About Retaining Eligibility for VA Benefits

Eligibility for VA benefits is dependent on factors such as active duty. The determination of this is sometimes complicated, depending on the...

Medical Negligence in Hospitals and Doctor’s Offices

With 225,000 people in the U.S. dying each year from medical malpractice and 1.5 million injured from medication errors in hospitals, doctor's...

Common Types of Post-Operative Injuries

Common post-operative injuries that individuals should know about before undergoing surgical procedures.

Erbs Palsy and Brachial Plexus Birth Injury

Children with Erb's palsy often have partial or total paralysis of their hand, arm, or face. The most common cause of Erb's palsy is dystocia,...

Chiropractors and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Just as any other type of medical practitioner, when a chiropractor consults with a patient he or she is expected to make an initial...

Inducing Labor with Pitocin May Increase Risks of Birth Injury

Pitocin is not just a dangerous drug; there are benefits to its use. If administered and monitored correctly, it can help save the life of a...

Is Medical Malpractice Ignored by Those Happy to Just Be Alive?

According to a study released by Johns Hopkins, surgical errors that are considered “never events” happen at least 4,000 times a year in the...

Wrongful Death Resulting from Medical Malpractice

Wrongful death lawsuits resulting from medical malpractice are filed when a patient dies as a result of the negligence of a doctor, nurse,...

Kernicterus, Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, and Severe Jaundice with Babies

Kernicterus is a dangerous neurological condition that can develop if a baby with very high bilirubin levels, leading to severe jaundice is not...

Cerebral Palsy in Newborns and Medical Malpractice

Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious birth injuries that can affect children and families.

Overview of Damages Available with Medical Malpractice Compensation

When a doctor hurts a patient, the patient often looks to be awarded medical malpractice compensation. There are many damages available in...

Setback Regarding Doctor-Licensing Requirements Prompts Concerns

A number of Ohio medical societies are fighting back against increased licensing standards, a worrisome development in a state with so many...

Developmental Delays and Developmental Disabilities in Children from Medical Malpractice

If your child is significantly slower in achieving developmental milestones such as walking, talking, or self-care skills compared with other...

What Prompts People to file Medical Malpractice claims

Although a medical professional’s negligence can have severe consequences, everyone injured at the hands of a doctor or nurse does not file...

Patient Safety Is No Accident

It is important for expectant parents to educate themselves about birth injuries in general and about things they can do to help keep their...

Medical Errors Can Be Prevented and Patient Safety Improved

Although medical literature frequently reports computerization of medical records, barcoding for medications, evidence-based medicine, and other...

A Doctors Delayed Diagnosis or Misdiagnosis

Doctors routinely diagnose different conditions in patients. Unfortunately, these diagnoses are not always timely and accurate. In these cases...

Traumatic Brain Injuries to Babies from Medical Malpractice

Traumatic brain injuries sometimes happen to newborn children as a result of medical malpractice. Traumatic brain injuries in babies can lead to...

The SSA’s Online Benefits Statement Tool: What You Need to Know

Before, the Social Security Administration (SSA) issues benefits statements to its beneficiaries via mail. Now, only individuals aged 60 years...

Current Problems on the Pricing of Pharmaceuticals For Human Use in Turkey

This article addresses the reference pricing system used for the pricing of the pharmaceuticals for human use in Turkey and the current problems...

Disability Benefits for Mental Health Issues

  By HG.org
Social Security disability benefits are available to individuals who suffer long-term disabilities, including physical and mental health...

Surgery Injury from Surgery Malpractice

Each year thousands of people are injured or die from surgery malpractice. Patients are injured or die from complex emergency surgeries as well...

Social Security Fund Woes: What’s in It for You and What the Government is Doing about It?

Have you just hired a Los Angeles Social Security claim lawyer who will help you in processing your Social Security claims? For some time now,...

The SSA and Direct Deposit: Making Social Security Benefits Payment Easier

Times are getting tougher by the day. As it is, people with disabilities are finding it hard to survive on a daily basis. Because of their...

UCLA Medical Center Received Failing Grade for Patient Safety

This article discusses the recent failing grade UCLA and other hospitals received for hospital safety. This also covers a problem independent...

Accommodations and Disability Retirement, No Conflict

Why the Accommodations Issue is Unlikely to Pose a Problem If You Are Filing for Federal Disability Retirement Benefits

Boy Wears Braces For 11 Years, Sues Orthodontist for Malpractice

Medical physicians are not the only profession that have to worry about medical malpractice suits. Dentists, chiropractors, and psychiatrists...

Electronic Healthcare Records Linked to Speedier Processing of Social Security Disability Claims

The Wright State Research Institute has developed a new software system to implement electronic healthcare records in order to speed up the...

Misdiagnosis of a Heart Attack, Stroke, Cancer, or Infection

Each year medical misdiagnosis leads to thousands of unnecessary injuries and deaths. This article explains how a heart attack, stroke, cancer,...

Looking at Marital Status, Dependents, for VA Benefits

Veterans’ disability lawyers in Raleigh will explain how your marital status and dependents can impact veterans’ disability benefits. If you...

Basics of Medicare

Medicare, health insurance for elderly and disabled Americans, is a large system that can seem confusing. Here are some basics to help you...

How is Medicaid Different from Medicare?

The Federal government created both Medicaid and Medicare to assist some Americans with the high cost of health care

Obama Administration Focuses on Medical Malpractice

The Obama administration has been asking individuals who have suffered improper medical care to report such instances of neglect. It is hoped...

Plastic Surgery Mistakes from Medical Malpractice

Plastic surgery, although a common elective surgery carries a risk for injury or death. It's important to understand that all surgeries carry a...

Guide on Filling out SSI Application Form

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program of the Social Security Administration (SSA) is a needs-based program that seeks to provide...

Equally Deadly: ICU Misdiagnosis and Breast Cancer

An undiagnosed heart attack or stroke accounted for almost three of every four missed diagnoses that, had health care professionals correctly...

Merging Medical Practices

In this article, the author discusses the merger of medical practices, from a legal perspective.

Social Security Going Electronic

Due to the aging of the baby boomers, there are approximately 10,000 people applying for Social Security benefits every day. This volume of...

Hungary to Offer Investment-based Permanent Residency for €250,000

A major development in Hungarian immigration policy affecting ’investor residency’ is anticipated imminently. On 27th October, 2012 the ruling...

SSA Taking Steps to Save Taxpayers Money

Sometimes you can engage a paradigm shift that can provide economic efficiency in a rather simple but effective manner. This is something that...

Check Mailings Being Discontinued by SSA

In a move that is of interest to people who are retired or planning for retirement the Social Security Administration is implementing a...

SSA Enacts $1 Billion Cost-Cutting Measure

The Social Security Administration expects to save somewhere in the vicinity of $1 billion by discontinuing the practice of sending out paper...

How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of Medicare, Medicaid, or Healthcare Related Fraud

The senior population in this country continues to grow, presenting even more viable targets for Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare related...

SSDI Benefits for Disabled Veterans

Talking with Veterans Social Security disability attorneys in Raleigh can help you learn if you qualify for disability benefits through Social...

Overcrowded Emergency Departments Leading to Hospital Malpractice and Doctoral Malpractice

Overcrowded emergency rooms have become a major problem with hospitals, resulting in an increase in medical negligence and medical malpractice....

California Medical Malpractice Lawsuit from a Medical Injury

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured because of the negligence of a nurse, doctor, or hospital, you may be wondering if you...

Fungal Meningitis: What You Need to Know

The New England Compounding Center, has recalled more than 17,000 doses of contaminated steroid injections and experts worry that as many as...

Assessing Your ADL through the Function Report Form

The role of the Social Security Administration (SSA) on your claim is to make sure that your disabling condition is severe enough for you to be...

Turkey Pharmaceutical Sector: New Regulation of Promotion of Medicinal Products for Human Use

A new regulation has been published on Official Gazette dated 14 October 2012 that contains a number of changes have been made on Regulation on...

Disability Hearing Preparation

  By HG.org
Applicants for SSI disability or SSDI disability benefits go through a sequential evaluation process. Clearer and more serious impediments are...


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