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Super Committee Cuts Could Impact Seniors

Unless you have been living under the proverbial rock you are aware of the fact that the powers that be in Washington are consumed with the matter of the federal deficit. A while back a deal was struck to raise the debt ceiling so that the government could remain operable. This agreement included the appointment of a congressional committee that must come up with a plan to reduce the federal debt by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.

2012 Social Security COLA Announced

When you're making plans for your retirement it is important to have a cogent and realistic understanding of the limitations of Social Security. You can't get into the head of every person who is unprepared for retirement, but it would be logical to assume that a high percentage of individuals have unreasonable expectations regarding how far Social Security will get them.

Incapacity Planning Documents

Atlanta elder law attorneys can help you get prepared for all the eventualities of aging, and it is truly best to have a comprehensive plan in place. When people get interested in estate planning they invariably recognize that they may well experience a period of incapacity before passing away, and this is something to recognize and address through the execution of the proper documents.

What Will Your Social Security Benefit Be?

If you are like most people when you're planning for your retirement, Social Security is going to be a factor. The majority of Americans polled say that their Social Security benefit is going to be their primary source of income when their working years are behind them.

Don't Underestimate Long-Term Care Expenses

Atlanta elder law attorneys must keep their fingers on the pulse of all of the trends that are relevant to planning for aging. One of the matters that has gotten the attention of the elder law community is that of the high and rising costs associated with long-term care.

Deadly Drugs and Drug Side-effects: Pharmaceutical Companies Place Profit Before Public Safety

Manufacturers of dangerous drugs and supplements should be held accountable for deaths and serious injuries due to their drugs or the side effects of their product. Drug companies have a duty to the public to make safe products. They must design, test, manufacture, and package a product to the best of their ability for the safety of their customers. Proving drug manufacturer responsibility for a defective product is a passion the the Clore Law Group.

About Misdiagnosis in Medical Malpractice Cases

When a person shows symptoms of a medical condition, such as a terminal illness or injury, they expect a doctor to be capable of providing them with the correct answers. If a doctor fails to correctly diagnose the obvious symptoms or gives an incorrect diagnosis, the patient may be a victim of medical malpractice.

Stem Cell Research: Potentially Beneficial but Controversial

In 2004, California voters enacted Proposition 71, approving $3 billion worth of funding for stem cell research to be allocated over a 10-year period to different research facilities. Now, in 2011, the money is scheduled to run out in around five years and voters are debating whether to approve a proposition authorizing additional funding. The proposition of providing more public funding for stem cell research has proven controversial among California voters, explains a lawyer.

Prevalence of Identity Theft on Social Networking Sites

The massive availability of the Internet has helped a lot of Americans, even those people who are benefiting from Social Security disability benefits. However, despite the advantages of the online technology, there are also some adverse effects it can provide. One of the most daunting disadvantages of the Internet is fraud.

Canadian Researchers Announce Revolutionary New Hospital Disinfection Technology

A team of researchers in Canada has presented a potentially path-breaking new technology for the disinfection of hospital rooms, possibly helping reduce the number of deaths that result from hospital-acquired infections every year.

Baby Boomers Becoming Caretakers

A recent survey reported by the newspaper USA Today had some surprising findings for the growing group of Baby Boomers that are anticipating caring for their aging parents - only half could name any medications their parents take.

When Will You Be Retiring?

If you want to be prepared for the future you need to engage in careful and intelligent advance planning.

The Hot Topics of Pharm Industry in Ukraine

After almost half a year of ‘corruption lawlessness’, on 7 April 2011, the Law of Ukraine On principles of prevention and countering of corruption in Ukraine, N 3206-VI and the Law of Ukraine On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine concerning responsibility for corruption, N 3207-VI (hereinafter referred to as the “Anti-Corruption Laws”) were finally adopted. Both legislative acts entered into force on 1 July 2011.

Medicinal Products Advertising is Considerably Changing

12/20/2011 Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law “On the Amendments to Certain Healthcare Legislation” (regarding strengthening control over the turnover of medicinal products, food products for special dietary consumption, functional food products and dietary additives), more commonly known under the number 7007.

Seniors on Social Security to See Increase in 2012

Living on a fixed income can be difficult, and this is one of the reasons why it is so very important to engage in retirement planning.

Common Medication and Prescription Errors Leading to Medical Malpractice Claim

You may need to contact a Cleveland medication error lawyer if you believe that a prescription mistake led to injuries. You could be entitled to compensation through an Ohio medical malpractice claim.

When Medical Malpractice Leads to Paralysis

If you’ve been injured and have an Ohio medical malpractice claim, contact a Cleveland medical malpractice law firm that has handled hundreds of successful claims like yours.

Birth Injury Claim: Treating Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

A diagnosis of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy could lead to a birth injury claim.

Birth Injury Claim for Complications of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

An Ohio birth injury claim may be filed if your child was the victim of medical negligence and suffered injuries. To learn what your rights are and if you have a valid claim worth pursuing, you should immediately contact a Cleveland birth injury attorney.

5 Reasons an Emergency Room Error Can Happen

A summary of the 5 main reasons why one could expect to face a medical error in an emergency room.

Is that Truck Driver Really Healthy Enough to Drive? Who Said So?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is continually examining ways to improve the safety of our nation’s highways.

When You Need an Arizona Defective Products Lawyer

Have you been injured by a defective product? If so, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation for pain and suffering, and to replace income you may have lost as a result of your recovery. In that case, you need to hire an Arizona defective products lawyer to represent you in court, so that you get fair compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering.

Hospital to Pay $3M for Patient's Postoperative Bedsore in Medical Malpractice Suit

Detroit personal injury attorneys discuss postoperative bedsore case. In June 2006, plaintiff Dominick Carelli, early 50s, underwent bariatric surgery. The procedure was performed at Westchester Medical Center, in Valhalla.

Gov. Perry’s Presidential Run Places Spotlight on Medical Malpractice Reform Initiatives in Texas

On behalf of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish posted in Chicago News, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Reform.

Detailed Doctor Database Soon to Be Available Online

On behalf of Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish posted in Chicago News, Illinois Laws, Illinois Legislation, Illinois News, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury.

If Your Doctor Doesn’t Believe You…

If you have a pending Social Security Disability claim the most important aspect of your case involves your relationship with your treating physicians.

Orthopedic Surgery Malpractice Actions

Orthopedic surgery doctors manage patients with musculoskeletal system disorders. When malpractice occurs, a person could end up with fractures, tumors, and deformity in the wrists, joints, extremity, and spine.

Continuing Medical Education Used to Discipline Physicians for Mistakes

According to American Medical News, state licensing boards, medical groups, and hospitals are requiring doctors to take continuing medical education (CME) courses to prevent misconduct.

Proving Infectious Disease

The medical treatment of infectious disease falls into infectiology and in some situations the study of epidemiology (how infections spread).

Business Environment in the Republic of Belarus: Review of Tobacco Industry

Law Firm Glimstedt presents the overview of tobacco industry in Belarus. The article covers the following matters: current business trends and opportunities, restrictions and advertisement, prices and taxations, production and import requirements.

Las Vegas Social Security Disability Lawyers Fight for Your Rights

If your SSDI claim has been denied, you’ll need an aggressive team of Las Vegas social security disability lawyers on your side. If you are disabled and unable to retain a regular paying job for at least 12 months, you have a right to seek social security disability.

Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability?

One of the most common questions Social Security disability lawyers hear is, "Do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits?" Unfortunately, this is one of the hardest questions to answer. Social Security regulations are complex and confuse many applicants.

Emergency Room Visits and the Diabetes Drug Actos

A new study shows that adverse drug reactions in older Americans come from only a few categories of Drugs. One of the categories includes Actos, a diabetes drug linked to bladder cancer.

3.6% COLA for Social Security Recipients

People on Social Security will be receiving a cost-of-living adjustment for the first time since 2009 when 2012 rolls around.

Who Should I Choose as My Health Care Agents?

Your health care agents make health care decisions on your behalf if you are unable to provide informed consent at the time and have not already done so.

Seniors on Social Security to Get Boost

One of the reasons why retirement planning attorneys always emphasize how important it is to make preparations for the future is because they understand the fallout that results from a lack of long-term planning.

Cuts by “Super Committee” Could Impact Elder Americans

Most people are well aware of the fact that the subject that is consuming the lawmakers in Washington is the federal debt.

Medicaid Planning Terms

Medicaid is a joint federal and state, need-based program that is often needed by senior citizens to pay for the catastrophic costs of nursing home expenses.

Reasons for Special Needs Trust

A special needs trust is an estate planning tool used to allow assets to be held in trust for the benefit of a physically or mentally challenged individual, or a person with a chronic or acquired illness. We outline four reasons to consider creating a special needs trust.

Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyers Warn Against Allergic Drug Reaction

Las Vegas personal injury lawyers warn consumers about checking with physicians about the possibility of having an allergic reaction to certain medications. Although many physicians inquire about medical allergies before administering medical attention, sometimes these instructions may fall by the wayside and can have devastating consequences.

Finding a Doctor Just Got Easier

The new Patients’ Right to Know Act, which became law earlier this year, restored consumers’ right to access this information. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) recently launched a website which contains profiles of physicians currently licensed in Illinois.

Complications from Defective Drugs Can Be Severe

Defective drugs can have many complications, some of which can be severe to deadly.

End of Life Decisions in Ontario, Canada – Do Doctors Have the Right to Decide?

As Shia Muslims, Mr. Rasouli’s family believed that as long as a person was alive everything should be done to prevent death. Accordingly, they opposed the doctors’ plan to withdraw the mechanical ventilation. This case was first heard by Madam Justice Himel of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. It was appealed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. Now leave is being sought to have the matter heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. Thus far, the courts have sided with Mr. Rasouli’s family.

On Social Security? Expect 3.6% COLA

Americans who are relying on Social Security too heavily can find it difficult to get by, especially given the ever-increasing costs that they face. The law does allow for regular cost-of-living adjustments that are tied to the rate of inflation on a yearly basis.

Keep Long-Term Care Costs in Mind

Unfortunately too many people don't take retirement planning seriously enough, and as a result a significant percentage of Americans are not prepared.

Malpractice Cases in Turkey

This article explains the general trend of malpractice cases in Turkey. This study had been review in the light of recent amendments in legislation related to Turkish Law.

Assisting with Long Term Care? Is a Caregiver Contract Right for You?

In many cases, family members help their loved ones with their long term care needs. This may be a better option than bringing in a stranger.

Illinois Doctor Database Passed Under Overturned Medical MalPractice Law is Reinstituted

Last year, Illinois lawmakers passed a comprehensive medical care reform bill that imposed a cap in medical malpractice cases.

Regulatory Compliance for a Medical Practice

In this article, I give you a quick overview of the major regulatory compliance areas for physicians and medical practices, namely: Referral Laws -- Anti-Kickback and Stark Self-Referrals; Billing Medicare and Other Payers; HIPAA; and Supervision of Staff.

Adjustment of the Standard of Social Security Payment - China

Shanghai Human Resources and Social Security Bureau issued the New Standard of Social Security Payment in Shanghai (the “New Standard”) on March 31, 2011. The New Standard has come into effect on April 1, 2011 and will expire on March 31, 2012.

Takeda Seeks Approval of New Actos Combination Drug, Even as It Faces Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits

The manufacturer of Actos is seeking approval for a new drug that combines Actos with another diabetes medication. The manufacturer is still facing lawsuits alleging that Actos caused bladder cancer.

Could Supreme Court Decision Jeopardize Medical Care for Accident Victims?

The Supreme Court is currently grappling with issues raised by a temporary injunction granted to hospitals and patients after California cut Medicaid patient fees in 2008 and 2009. The result of the Supreme Court’s decision could have a significant impact on patients who depend upon Medicaid to cover some portion of their personal injury-related expenses after an accident, explains an attorney.

Were Lap Band Recipients Subject to Attorney Advertising Violations?

Twenty-one-year old California resident Jessica Bleaman's problems weren't over after she had to undergo a second surgery due to personally injurious complications from a gastric band procedure she underwent with a clinic found through a 1-800-GET-THIN ad. Bleaman also found herself facing collections activities and solicitation from a potentially unethical and dishonest lawyer. This article explores which bar association rules that attorney may have violated.

Diabetic Recovers $19.1 Million for Brain Damage

Twice in October 2007, plaintiff Ronald Campbell, 55, an insulin-dependent type II diabetic, experienced a hypoglycemic (lower than normal level of blood glucose) episode, became nonresponsive, and was taken to Temple University Hospital's emergency room, where his blood sugar was stabilized. One of the instances, on October 11th, was very severe and the attending physician was Michael DeAngelis.

Workplace Injuries at CareAlliance Health Services

CareAlliance Health Services is one of the largest employers in the Charleston area. It has more than 4,500 employees, including those at Roper, Roper North, & Bon Secours St Francis Hospitals, who are entitled to workers' compensation benefits if they suffer an injury at work.

Tips to Help Prepare You for Surgery

It’s important to take some precautionary measures before “going under the knife.” Surgery is complicated enough, and as a patient there are steps you can take to help it go smoothly and help you heal more quickly. It’s also hard not to feel helpless when going into surgery, so following these steps can give you some sense of control.

Questions to Ask When You Are Having Surgery

Fifteen million people undergo surgery in American hospitals each year. Most of these are not emergency surgeries and are therefore considered elective; this means that, since the surgery, is on a non emergency basis, that may be time to consider the necessity and implications of your surgery, as well as the processes involved in the procedure and the recovery.

Diabetes Drugs Complications and Actos

Diabetics have had ongoing issues with different drugs to treat their condition. Most recently, the drug Actos has been linked to bladder cancer and lawsuits are now being filed.

Importing Pharmaceutical Drugs and Medical Devices into Ghana

The article presents an overview of the statutory requirements and guidelines for importing drugs and medical equipments into Ghana. It is intended to serve as a quick reference for companies planning on importing drugs or medical devices into Ghana.

The Basics of Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability benefits are paid to medically disabled individuals who have worked in recent years. More than 60% of disability applications are denied; an attorney is necessary.

Antidepressants and Birth Defects

Birth defects are a concern for every pregnant woman. Some women may have been told to take certain antidepressant medications during their pregnancy, which subsequently caused birth defects in their unborn children.

Have You Suffered from Dental Malpractice?

It is extremely important for people to keep up with their regular dental cleanings and checkups so they can properly maintain good oral health. When a dentist or oral surgeon fails to provide a standard level of care, and as a result seriously injures or kills their patient, then the victim or the surviving family members may qualify for a personal injury claim against the liable party.

Surgical Errors Are a Form of Medical Malpractice

  By Rogan Law
Going under the knife is associated with a number of risks. Unfortunately surgeons and medical staff can make grave errors in the surgical process that can lead to debilitating if not, life-threatening injuries.

Harmed in a Dentist's Office? Did the Dental Assistant Do More Than They Were Allowed to Do?

California law limits the role of Dental Auxiliaries. When "busy" dentists allow their dental assistants to do more than the law permits, patients can sustain serious injuries. In this article, the author explains the role of dental assistants as outlined in the California Dental Practice Act.

Long-Term Painkiller Use Linked to Kidney Cancer

Long-term use of non aspirin anti-inflammatory drugs is associated with an increased risk of renal cell cancer, according to a new study.

Bladder Sling Problems

Bladder Sling Injuries and Problems

Why Has Actos Been Linked to Bladder Cancer?

The diabetes drug Actos has been linked to bladder cancer. Actos acts as a foreign agent that can lead to mutated cells and cause cancerous tumors.

Last Minute Medicaid Planning

While planning for long term care should ideally occur years before entering a nursing home, this is not always possible or even considered until it is too late. The following article, however, outlines several strategies that are available for individuals with "a foot in the door" of a nursing home with respect to their available assets.

What is Complementary and Alternative Medicine?

If you or someone in your family has recently been injured in an accident, your short- and long-term healing plans likely include both traditional and CAM treatment. You are most likely already familiar with traditional treatment and therapies like prescription drugs, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. But this may be for your first introduction to CAM.

Medication Errors Can Lead to Serious Side Effects

Every year, millions of patients suffer serious side effects from medication errors. In certain situations, the victim can pursue damages in a personal injury lawsuit.

Diabetes Drug Actos - Frequently Asked Questions

The diabetes drug Actos has been linked to bladder cancer. These are frequently asked questions regarding the actos-bladder cancer link.

Nurses at Risk for Exposure to Chemo Drugs

Nearly 17 percent of nurses who work in outpatient chemotherapy infusion centers reported being exposed on their skin or eyes to the toxic drugs they deliver, according to a new study.

Trigger Tools May Detect Adverse Events Following Surgery

Patients who suffer pulmonary embolism or deep-vein thrombosis (PE/DVT) within 30 days of an outpatient surgery, and an emergency department visit within 21 days, are most likely to suffer other adverse events, according to a new study.

Life-Threatening Leg Clots Run in Families, Study Shows

Siblings of those who have been hospitalized with potentially lethal blood clots in the legs or pelvis are more likely to also suffer the disorder than those with healthy siblings, according to new research.

Handling Your Power of Attorney for Health Care Affairs

A power of attorney for health care is an extremely important estate planning document. With this tool, you’re able to have a plan in place so that you’re prepared for medical emergencies.

When a Health Care Power of Attorney Works

You need a health care power of attorney. So does your mom, dad, spouse, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, and child (age 18 or older.)

Import Substitution: Adaptation of Foreign Manufacturers of Medicines to the New Ukrainian Reality

Over the last several years the pharmaceutical markets of some countries of the former Soviet Union have witnessed strengthening positions of domestic production of medicines, as well as the general tendency of the imported medicines substitution by the domestically produced pharmaceutical products (so-called “import substitution”).

Native Americans, Diabetes, and Bladder Cancer

The diabetes drug Actos has recently been linked to Bladder Cancer. Some in the Native American community were prescribed Actos, as they have a higher risk of developing diabetes.

Gynecologist’s Errors Prolong Cancer’s Effect in Medical Malpractice Suit

The author discusses how a gynecologist’s errors prolong cancer’s effect in medical malpractice suit.

Scranton Hospital Sued for Medical Malpractice

An article reviewing a case of medical malpractice against Scranton Hospital.

ALS Misdiagnosis Resulted in Inability to Walk in Medical Malpractice Case

Davenport's medical malpractice attorneys argued that McCluskey prematurely and without adequate information diagnosed Davenport with ALS, when the MRIs taken in 2003 demonstrated evidence of damage to the plaintiff's thoracic spine, which McCluskey either ignored or did not consider.

Extending Retirement Date Can Be Wise

There are folks who go through life with the vague belief that they will be retiring when they reach their middle 60s without recognizing the fact that this is not a given. The word “retirement” can sometimes sound like a entitlement and it would certainly be nice to be able to relax and enjoy the latter portion of your life without having to work. But in the end, the word simply defines the decision to step away from your career.

Getting All That You Can from Social Security

Retirement planning lawyers frequently emphasize how vital it is to devise a plan and stick to it if you want to enjoy your retirement years to the fullest.

Diabetes Drug Actos and Bladder Cancer

Actos is a prescription diabetes drug but it has recently been linked to bladder cancer.

Are California’s Limits on Non-Economic Damages Unconstitutional?

Ever since the California Legislature passed the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 (MICRA), plaintiff’s attorneys have been working hard to repeal or amend the law. It is patently unfair to cap a malpractice victim’s non-economic damages, and it gives doctors and healthcare facilities incentive to do a cost benefit analysis on human lives.

FDA Warning Issued for Actos

FDA has issued a warning that there is an increased risk of bladder cancer in certain patients taking Actos. The risk seems to be considerably higher for those that take the drug at higher cumulative doses and for longer periods of time. Although Actos continues to remain on the shelves of drug stores in the United States, the drug is under a long-term observational study by the FDA. France and Germany have suspended the drug, due to the mounting concerns for its citizens.

Online Nursing Home Ratings

Finding the right nursing home for a loved one can be overwhelming. How can you determine if the standards of care meet your loved one’s needs?

When Can You Sue a Hospital in Michigan for Medical Malpractice?

According to the Institute of Medicine, up to 98,000 people die in hospitals in the United States every year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented.

What to Expect from Elective Surgery for Your Children

Elective surgery may imply that this type of surgery is optional, but that’s not always the case. An elective procedure is a surgery of choice, one that is planned in advance, rather than one that's done in an emergency situation. Most surgeries are elective.

Injured in Georgia - Medicaid Basics

In the event you become disabled due to an accident or an injury, there are programs available to help pay for medical care. Medicaid is one such program.

The 4 Healthcare Directives You Need Now

Healthcare directives allow you to remain in control of your health care decisions.They are an essential part of your estate plan.Below are the legal documents that comprise healthcare directives.

FDA Approves Boostrix to Prevent Tetanus, Diphtheria, And Pertussis In Older People

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Boostrix vaccine to prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis in people ages 65 and older.

The Judiciary’s Role in Shaping SSA

Social Security was created by FDR in 1935 as a part of the New Deal plan. This program was created to assist aging workers in the post-depression era economy.

Malpractice Reform

Malpractice Reform Legislation Has Passed The House

Anemia Drug & Kidney Failure: Dangerous Prescription Drug Claim in IL

A dangerous prescription drug claim in Illinois may be filed if an anemia drug caused kidney failure.

Unsanitary Hospitals: Medical Malpractice in an Illinois Hospital

Medical malpractice in an Illinois hospital may be pursued as a claim against the offending institution if unsanitary hospital conditions led to sickness or injuries.

Many Patients at Risk for Sleep Apnea, but Few Are Sent for Testing

A new study reveals that 40 to 50 percent of people are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea but fewer are sent for testing because they don’t mention it to their doctors and doctors don’t always screen for it.

Gift Giving, Medicaid, and the Estate Tax

A lot is said about the complexities of estate planning, but in the end it is a relatively simple matter.

The Elderly and Dangerous Medication Mishaps

When it comes to medication and the elderly, it is not uncommon for dangerous mishaps to occur.

New Draft Guidelines for Endoscopy to Avoid Medical Malpractice

The advancement of commonly used endoscopic procedures for the last 10 years gave way to better therapeutic and diagnostic benefits for patients, but these complex reusable devices also became more difficult to clean and disinfect.


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