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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...

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....

How Hospital Negligence Contributes to Blood Transfusion Errors

Hospital negligence can lead to blood transfusion errors that result in injuries and even fatalities. Blood transfusion errors include: •...

Medical Malpractice: Be Aware of These Common Types of Emergency Room Errors

There are some common emergency room errors that are often caused by negligence that could lead to serious or fatal injuries. Demanding and...

Manufacturing Opportunities in Malta for the Generics Drugs Industry: History and Legislative Framework

Without doubt Malta offers significant opportunities for the generics drugs Industry and the evidence for this lies in the pharmaceutical...

Quick Facts about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Although we discuss the Family & Medical Leave Act on our website, we thought we would provide a second source of quick facts on the FMLA and...

Gestational Hypertension and Pregnancy Induced Hypertension / PIH

Gestational hypertension or PIH can lead to a low birth weight for the baby or premature delivery which poses additional health risks to the...

First Mesh Implant Case Earns $5.5 Million in Damages

For some time, the FDA has been aware of side effects related to vaginal mesh implants. The first case involving these side effects went to...

$78 Million for Delayed C-Section Resulting in Lifelong Injury: A Breakdown of PA Damages

Putting a dollar figure on a catastrophic event, particularly a birth injury that quickly turned what should have been a joyful day into a...

A Cure in Sight for Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to the brain before or during birth or in the first few years of life, and has no known cure. Recent...

Wrongful Death in Pennsylvania

A motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice, poorly maintained premises or even a workplace accident that is due to a wrongful act, a...

Clinical Integration and the Rochester Network Advisory Opinion

  By Ruder Ware
The Rochester Network Advisory Opinion is one of the few sources that we have to get a glimpse of what is required for a health care...

Medical Director Compensation and Compliance

  By Ruder Ware
Compensation to medical directors has become a 'hot-button" compliance issue. If not properly structured and monitored, a medical director...

Medical Director Compensation and Compliance

  By Ruder Ware
Compensation to medical directors has become a 'hot-button" compliance issue. If not properly structured and monitored, a medical director...

The False Claims Act – Application of the Lincoln Law to the Health Care Industry

  By Ruder Ware
The False Claims Act was originally focused on the defense industry during the Civil War. It was later expanded during the defense industry...

New Dialysis Risks: Pete Maughan on the Recall of Dialysis Drugs GranuFlo® and NaturaLyte®

A lot of questions have been raised following the recent developments concerning Fresenius Medical Care and their dialysis treatment products...

Alternative to Assisted Living Facility

The idea of being uprooted and moving into an assisted living community is not an especially pleasant one for many senior citizens. People...

Dangerous Drugs During Pregnancy: Injuries and Illnesses

Common prescriptions can be dangerous drugs for your unborn child during pregnancy. Almost all pregnant women know to stay away from illegal...

Overview: Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims

If you have a valid medical malpractice claim, act now before the time limit. Call an Elyria medical malpractice attorney about statutes of...

Your Former Spouse and Social Security Benefits

Did you know an ex-spouse can receive Social Security benefits on your record? A lot of people are not aware of this rule. However, there are...

Planning for Medical Emergencies

Planning for a medical emergency is one of the most important things you can do for you and your family. After all, life is unpredictable and...

Arthritis Warning Signs You Need to Know

Arthritis can strike at any time, though it most typically affects people over the age of 60. There are many forms of arthritis, and while there...

Do Damage Cap Laws Pass Constitutional Muster?

Nearly 30 states currently limit the amount of damages that can be received in a medical malpractice lawsuit, according to the American Medical...

Fosamax: Cure or Cause

One fact is that women are five times more likely to get osteoporosis than men. Physicians know there is no way to stop osteoporosis or to cure...

Elderly Parents May End Up Costing Children

With many baby boomers reaching retirement age every day, proper financial planning is becoming increasingly more important. But for many...

Federal Medicaid Fraud Audit Program Has Negative Returns

A recent report from a government watchdog group shows that a federal Medicaid audit program designed to curtail some of the $60 billion a year...

Elderly Depression - What to Look Out For

For elderly Americans, depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated because many people do not recognize the symptoms. Elderly people are...

Identity Thieves, Scam Artists Often Target Elders

There are things that can be done to protect your assets during the latter stages of your life from a legal perspective, and you should discuss...

Can Obesity Be Considered a Disability for Social Security Claims?

If properly documented by a physician, obesity can be the basis or contributing factor in a disability finding. For obesity to factor in, it...

San Francisco Defective Products Attorneys Protect the Rights of Those Injured by Faulty Products

San Francisco defective products attorneys know that by law, manufacturers and designers of products are responsible for ensuring those products...

Medi-Cal Eligibility: Expert Guidance is Essential

Many people are surprised to hear that Medicare will not pay for residence in an assisted living community or a nursing home. This is a pretty...

Understanding Social Security and Its Future

Most of us have heard all the dire warnings about the future of the Social Security retirement program. Some analysts tell us that the program...

Misbranding Depakote

A recent headline announced that Abbott Laboratories must pay over $1.6 million for misbranding the prescription drug Depakote. The total...

3 Financial Questions about Life-Threatening Illnesses

An article in Forbes recently highlighted some of the important financial issues that those who have been diagnosed with a serious or...

Illinois Court on Proving Liability for Medical Malpractice

Oftentimes, physicians are employed by more than one medical institution. This can make it difficult establish liability for negligent treatment...

Audits Targeting Medicaid Abuse Fall Short

A recent report issued by the Government Accountability Office, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress found that a federal program designed...

There Are a Variety of Factors that Can Lead to a Hospital Malpractice or Doctor Malpractice Case

Examples of medical malpractice caused by doctors or hospitals include medication errors, surgical mistakes, misdiagnosis, ordering the wrong...

Equity in Apportioning Blame: Market Share Liability, Explained

Market share liability is a unique concept in the United States and is only applicable if and only if the product is fungible. It was first...

Financial Moves for the Terminally Ill

A recent article in Forbes points out that the terminally ill face several financial and estate planning questions that, though not often spoken...

Qualifying for Medicaid without Committing Medicaid Fraud

For many senior citizens, the cost of medical care and services is a big concern. Often, healthcare plans that were in effect while working are...

Surgical Site Infections Add to Hospitalization Costs

Patients who develop a surgical site infection are more likely to be re-hospitalized, adding millions of dollars every year to American health...

Successful Hospital Fall Prevention Strategies

A strong reporting initiative that encouraged hospitals to report the number of fall accidents that occurred in their facilities is being...

Are Home Births Dangerous?

There is conflicting evidence about the safety of home births versus the risks. What cannot be denied however is that there is an increasing...

Fraud Continues to Plague Medicaid System

Medicaid, the joint state and federal health insurance program designed to provide health care to the poor, needy, disabled, and elderly, loses...

Popular Medicaid Myths

The idea of having to move into an assisted living community or nursing home environment is not appealing to a great many people. However, it’s...

Government Medicaid Audits Cost 5 Times What They Recover

In 2008, the federal government launched a Medicaid audit program designed to curtail the estimated $60 billion a year that Medicaid loses to...

Infuse Bone Graft Dangers

The Infuse Bone Graft by Medtronic has been used off-label and been associated with major side effects. Can you imagine how it would feel to...

Canada Warns its Citizens of Actos Bladder Cancer Risks

The diabetes drug Actos has been linked to Bladder Cancer. Litigation is now underway and Canada recently warned it's citizens of this risk. As...

New Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Link

The diabetes drug Actos has been linked to Bladder Cancer. Litigation is now underway as a new study confirms the actos bladder cancer link....

Z-Pak Linked to Sudden Heart Attacks

The antibiotic Zithromax (Z-Pak) has been linked to sudden Heart Attacks. The law firm of Rudolph F.X. Migliore, P.C. is investigating cases of...

Fraudulent Medicaid Claims Decreasing, but Still a Problem

As states across the country continue to struggle with solving their Medicaid funding problem, fraudulent Medicaid claims continue to plague the...

As More Boomers Retire, Retirement Homes Scramble to Change[1]

The generation that grew up in the postwar economic boom is bringing with it new expectations as it enters retirement at a rate of 10,000 people...

When is Medicaid Planning Actually Fraud?

If you have heard claims such as “protect your estate assets and still qualify for Medicaid” and wondered about the legality of the claims, you...

OPM Disability: How Can I be Sure that my “Physician’s Statement” Contains Everything I Need for OPM Approval?

If you’ve already begun the process of applying for CSRS or FERS disability retirement benefits, then you’re probably intimately familiar with...

Medical Malpractice Areas Responsible for Causing Birth Injuries Part 2

Part 2 of a two part blog about birth injuries from medical malpractice. Part 1 was posted June 25th. This is part two of a two part article...

Are You Aware of Medicare Limitations?

It is a rude awakening when you start to reach middle-age and find that you are not prepared for retirement. One of the reasons why far too many...

Declining Patient Rights and Medical Malpractice Reform

The real outcome of tort reform is the limiting of sick and injured people’s rights and the stunning profits of insurance companies. The...

Medicaid Fraud Continues to Plague System

With state budgets increasingly tight and Medicaid set to expand drastically in 2014, many lawmakers are looking for ways to decrease the impact...

Medicaid Planning and Filial Responsibility Laws

While planning for retirement, many people focus on the money they'll need to support themselves and their family after they stop working. What...

Common Questions about Medicaid Planning

While many people make Medicare coverage part of their retirement plan, not everyone knows that Medicare doesn't pay for long-term care...

Medicaid Fraud Accounts for Billions Lost Each Year

The costs associated with the growing number of Americans who have fallen into poverty and are relying upon Medicaid for health care insurance...

What Your Children Need to Know About Your Extended Care Plan or, Your Lack of One

In a small majority of states, adult children of elderly parents may be required to pay for the parent's long-term care expenses if the parent...

Future Health Care Expenses Can Be Considerable

When you are enjoying your prime earning years you have a certain amount of financial power. Once you retire you may find yourself living on a...

Crossing State Lines with Your Estate Plan

Moving to a new home probably means making long lists of Things to Do. If you’re moving across state lines, be sure to add an Estate Plan Review...

Medical Malpractice Areas Responsible for Causing Birth Defects Part 1

If your child has birth defects as the result of medical malpractice, you probably have many questions. View this two part article about the...

Veterans Benefits Can Provide Financial Security

As you are thinking about the quality of life that you will lead as a senior citizen, you must be pragmatic about your present-day actions....

The Rhode Island Veterans Diversion Program

Criminal Charges against Veterans who complete the Rhode Island Veterans Diversion Program are dismissed. The program itself is therapeutic,...

The Future of Social Security

If you have worked hard all of your life, and are at the point where you are starting to think about your golden years you are probably counting...

Medicaid Grows as Possible Healthcare Option in Estate Planning

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlights how Medicaid, especially after the passing of the Affordable Care Act is changing the way...

Developmental Disabilities and Mental Retardation from Medical Malpractice

Children with developmental disabilities reach developmental milestones such as crawling, walking, talking, social behaviors, and learning,...

Tips to Qualify for Social Security Disability

Social Security disability insurance is specifically designed to help people who suffer from certain severe conditions. There are two major...


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