Health Care and Social Law Articles

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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...
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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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

Anesthesia Errors and Injuries from Medical Negligence

Anesthesia mistakes happen with major operations as well as with common elective procedures. An anesthesia error can cause severe permanent...

Why Wills - The Problem of Intestacy in Jamaica

You must not avoid writing your will. In fact, it is your voice after you death. Your family and loved ones will be certain of your wishes. A...

Reverse Mortgages vs. A Line of Credit – Which is Right for You

For many elderly Americans, the golden years are fraught with concerns over money instead of spent sitting on the front porch sipping iced tea....

What are the Side Effects From the Drug Victoza?

Victoza is a prescription medication that helps lower blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes, otherwise known as adult onset...

Contaminated Steroid Puts Thousands at Risk for Fungal Meningitis Death

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimate that as many as 13,000 people may have been injected with the defective drug, leaving open the...

Litigation Goes Mental in Miami

This month, both former directors of the mental health care company American Therapeutic Corporation (ATC), Dr. Mark Willner and Dr. Alberto...

Hospital Liability for Wrongful Death

Common Types of Hospital Negligence: One common type of hospital negligence is when a patient becomes the victim of a surgical mistake. Mistakes...

Gastric Bypass Surgery Complications from Medical Malpractice

People considering a gastric bypass procedure need to understand that gastric bypass surgery is major abdominal surgery and with all surgeries...

Kernicterus and Severe Jaundice in Newborns from Medical Malpractice

Kernicterus is a neurological condition that happens to a newborn with severe jaundice. It involves a high level of bilirubin, a substance...

High Risk Pregnancy Causing a Birth Defect or Birth Injury

High risk pregnancies include premature delivery, multiple births, pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH), preeclampsia, vaginal birth after...

GranuFlo and NaturaLyte Dialysis Drug Recalls

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a class I recall of two drugs manufactured by Fresenius Medical Care (FMC) for use during...

Birth Control And Blood Clots: The Dangers of Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz and Ocella

By July 2012, Bayer Pharmaceuticals had spent over $400 million to settle claims that its ‘wonder drug’ Yasmin-line of birth control is actually...

Life Sciences Law in Switzerland

This Q&A guide gives a high level overview of key issues including pricing and state funding, manufacturing, marketing, clinical trials,...

Dementia: Yes, It Can Happen to You

Some people are prone to adopting the "it will never happen to me" point of view, but these are the same individuals who often find themselves...

Dovetailing Disabled Adult Child Benefits with Supplemental Security Income Benefits

A short window exists for a special needs child who is near age 18 to qualify for SSI by meeting the definition of disability. There is a...

What You Should Know About Your Legal Health

Introduction As with your physical health, you can avoid problems by periodically checking your legal health. Areas to consider include...

Medical Malpractice Responsible for Birth Injuries, Including Cerebral Palsy

Two major types of birth injuries can occur as a result of medical malpractice, these include a traumatic brain injury and a lack of oxygen to...

It All Burns Down to Smoking

Persisting is clearly not the only answer when it comes to men, or smokers for that matter. In the case of Mrs. Elmer Perry, who begged and...

Pennsylvania Hospital Infections Rates Are Down

In a report released February 2012, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council stated inpatient infection rates at hospitals are...

Does a Severely Injured Plaintiff Have a Right to Be in the Courtroom?

Defendants in cases involving severe injuries including brain injury, spinal cord, or burn injury, often request that the injured plaintiff is...

Study Reveals Startling Hospital ICU Misdiagnosis Statistics

When a Patient Dies in an Intensive Care Unit, There Is a 28 Percent Chance That a Diagnosis Was Missed - When John Hopkins University School of...

How to File an Illinois Nursing Home Complaint

Often, people have not filed a formal nursing home complaint simply because they are unsure how or unaware that they can. A nursing home...

Birth Asphyxia and Birth Hypoxia from Medical Malpractice

Birth asphyxia and birth hypoxia happens if a baby doesn’t receive an adequate supply of oxygen before, during, or immediately following birth....


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