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Diabetes Drug Actos - Frequently Asked Questions

  September 9, 2011     By Rudolph F.X. Migliore, PC
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

  September 7, 2011     By Zimmet & Quarles. P.L.
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

  September 2, 2011     By Zimmet & Quarles. P.L.
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

  September 1, 2011     By Zimmet & Quarles. P.L.
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

  August 30, 2011     By John R. Vermillion & Associates, LLC
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

  August 30, 2011     By John R. Vermillion & Associates, LLC
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

  August 29, 2011     By Legal Alliance
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

  August 23, 2011     By Rudolph F.X. Migliore, PC
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

  August 22, 2011     By Sachs Waldman PC
The author discusses how a gynecologist’s errors prolong cancer’s effect in medical malpractice suit.

Scranton Hospital Sued for Medical Malpractice

  August 22, 2011     By Sachs Waldman PC
An article reviewing a case of medical malpractice against Scranton Hospital.

ALS Misdiagnosis Resulted in Inability to Walk in Medical Malpractice Case

  August 19, 2011     By Sachs Waldman PC
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

  August 19, 2011     By Frank & Kraft, Attorneys at Law
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

  August 18, 2011     By Purcell & Amen, L.L.C.
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

  August 15, 2011     By Rudolph F.X. Migliore, PC
Actos is a prescription diabetes drug but it has recently been linked to bladder cancer.

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

  August 11, 2011     By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie, Inc
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

  August 10, 2011     By Goldberg & Osborne
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

  August 10, 2011     By Law Firm of Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC
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?

  August 5, 2011     By Buckfire & Buckfire P.C.
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

  August 4, 2011     By Zimmet & Quarles. P.L.
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

  August 4, 2011     By L. Ty Wilson, PC
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

  August 3, 2011     By Davidov Law Group
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

  July 27, 2011     By Zimmet & Quarles. P.L.
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

  July 26, 2011     By Bailey & Galyen
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

  July 23, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Malpractice Reform Legislation Has Passed The House

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

  July 21, 2011     By Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C.
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

  July 21, 2011     By Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C.
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

  July 19, 2011     By Zimmet & Quarles. P.L.
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

  July 15, 2011     By Parman and Easterday
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

  July 15, 2011     By Parman and Easterday
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

  July 14, 2011     By Mesriani Law Group
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.

Social Security Benefits for Divorced Spouse

  July 13, 2011     By Hammond Law Group, LLC
According to federal law, a divorced spouse can claim social security benefits on the basis of your work records. However, those benefits will have no impact on the benefits available to you or your existing spouse.

Commonly Misdiagnosed Illnesses

  July 12, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Commonly misdiagnosed illnesses include Lupus, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis and Celiac's Disease. Many of these conditions carry somewhat similar symptoms.

Unnecessary Surgery

  July 12, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Over utilization of surgeries such as Knee Arthroscopy, Stent Placement, Hysterectomy and Spinal Fusion.

Wrong Site Surgery

  July 12, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Wrong site surgery continues to be a perplexing problem in many hospitals.

Emergent C-Sections Require Full Participation of the Health Care Team

  July 10, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Emergent c-sections are most often called for when the fetal heart rate (FHR) drops down to 60 beats per minute. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and also the American Academy of Pediatrics have established guidelines that call for the hospital to be able to begin the c-section within 30 minutes of the decision being made to operate.

Medical Record Review - Medical Records Have Gone Electronic

  July 10, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Medical records have now gone electronic. Although only a small percentage of U.S. hospitals have qualified for incentive payments from the federal government for using electronic medical records, this certainly is the trend into the future.

Shoulder Dystocia Causes Brachial Plexus

  July 10, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Shoulder dystocia Is the probable cause of most serious brachial plexus injuries. Shoulder dystocia is variously defined. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists defines it as a delivery that calls for additional obstetric maneuvers following the failure of gentle downward traction on the fetal head to accomplish delivery of the shoulders.

Hospital Acquired Infections are Highly Preventable

  July 10, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Hospital acquired infections can be controlled. Three types of hospital acquired infections that can cause devastating injury, yet are clearly preventable are the following:

FDA Says Breast Implants Safe, But Won’t Last a Lifetime  

  July 6, 2011     By Zimmet & Quarles. P.L.
Silicone gel breast implants are safe, says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but they are not lifetime devices, with 20 to 50 percent of recipients requiring replacement within 10 years.

2010 Long Term Care Study Raises Concerns

  July 6, 2011     By Frank & Kraft, Attorneys at Law
Estate planning is part of the broader field of elder law, which invariably includes retirement and incapacity planning. All of these things are connected, and to put it bluntly, you can't pass along what you don't have. So the expenses that you incur during the years that precede your death are going to impact your estate quite profoundly unless your wealth is truly extraordinary.

Special Needs Children

  July 2, 2011     By Law Offices of Richard B. Schneider, LLC
Leaving money to a special needs child through an outright inheritance can disqualify them for government benefits that they may need for their care. In fact, an inheritance of as little as $2,000 could have serious consequences for them and cause them an interruption in any public benefits they may be receiving.

Have You Executed Your Advanced Directives?

  July 2, 2011     By Purcell & Amen, L.L.C.
Estate planning is typically thought of as a purely financial endeavor, and it is true that preparation of assets for eventual distribution to your loved ones after your passing is central to the exercise.

Comprehensive Planning Includes Advanced Health Care Directives

  June 30, 2011     By Parman and Easterday
Estate planning centers around the preparation of assets for distribution to your loved ones after your passing. However, if you want to be comprehensively prepared for any and all contingencies that may arise there are some other things to take into consideration as well. One of these is the possibility of falling into an incapacitated state that renders you incapable of making medical decisions for yourself.

Doppler Ultrasound Spots Milk Allergy in Babies

  June 27, 2011     By Zimmet & Quarles. P.L.
Doppler ultrasound can help determine if a baby is allergic to cow’s milk based on the thickness and blood-vessel density in the bowel wall, a team of Brazilian researchers has found.

Work Permits for Foreigners in Turkey

  June 25, 2011     By Cindemir Law Office
This article aims to explain basic principles governing the acquisition of work permit for foreigners in Turkey. The article is committed to clarify relevant issues with questions and answers.

New Tax Law

  June 25, 2011     By Deborah Sexton Law Office, PA
When a person dies, federal estate tax may be due. These are taxes that are due when the assets are passed to another person. Most people refer to this tax as the “death tax.” You may be aware that there are new laws regarding this tax. It is important to stay on top of the new tax law so that you know how you may be affected. Will you have to pay estate taxes?

Arkansas Intestacy Laws

  June 25, 2011     By Deborah Sexton Law Office, PA
If you don’t have a will, the state of Arkansas has one for you. Here is what happens to your assets under Arkansas intestacy laws.

The Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust

  June 25, 2011     By Deborah Sexton Law Office, PA
The Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) is typically used to get the value and proceeds of an insurance policy out of an estate so they’re not taxed for federal estate tax purposes. The use of ILITs is not complicated, but there are some administrative hoops to jump through. Your estate planning attorney can do much of the jumping through hoops on your behalf.

Long-Term Care Insurance - Be Careful of Unscrupulous Agents and Policies Targeting Senior Citizens

  June 24, 2011     By The Evans Law Firm
Protecting Yourself from Unscrupulous Long Term Care Insurance Practices and Policies - Unscrupulous agents target seniors for improper long-term care. Be careful of long-term facilities that do not meet your needs or are misrepresented.

Three Things a Living Trust Can Accomplish

  June 24, 2011     By The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C.
A trust is a powerful estate planning tool, and there are three important things a living trust can do for your estate plan.

How Do You Know if Your Parent Needs Long-Term Care?

  June 22, 2011     By Robert J. Kulas, P.A.
When you hear the term “long-term care”, it’s easy for your mind to automatically jump to the image of a nursing home, but this isn’t necessarily accurate

Judging the Judgments: Collecting Compensation and Problems you may encounter

  June 21, 2011     By Mesriani Law Group
The first and foremost thing that one must not do when suing is to get blinded by the potential amount of compensation that he may receive when “all is said and done” in the court. In personal injury, employment, and social security matters, it is important to consider not only the figures which one may receive as final indemnification to the damage, but also the ability of the defendant to pay it once you win the case.

When Medical Malpractice Leads to an Emergency Room Error

  June 16, 2011     By Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C.
An emergency room error could lead to a medical negligence claim in Illinois.

A Close Look at Serious Malpractice in a Hospital

  June 14, 2011     By Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C.
Injuries that result from malpractice in a hospital in Illinois could lead you to file a claim.

Even Minor Pharmacy Errors, Pose Substantial Threat to Safety of Children

  June 14, 2011     By Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers
While prescription drugs may be an invaluable tools in the practice of medicine-- and can be used to treat numerous illnesses and diseases-- prescription errors can cause serious injury and death. About 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events occur every year in the U.S.

Analyzing the Disadvantages of Filing a Lawsuit over a Settlement

  June 7, 2011     By Mesriani Law Group
Today’s propensity of various Hollywood films to depict courtroom drama is like a contagious disease in the mental disposition of many Americans. Not only that, but it also gives a certain level of a romanticized view of how courtroom cases are tried, hence a woefully wrong viewpoint of things being imbibed to the typical American citizen, especially in a simple matter of cases such as personal injury, employment, or even social security.

Hospital Ratings Miss Many High Performers, Study Says

  June 6, 2011     By Zimmet & Quarles. P.L.
Are the nation’s best hospitals really better than all the rest?

Items to Put with Your Will

  June 1, 2011     By Byrd Garrett PLLC
When you create an estate plan, one of the most important things that you could do is to ensure that all of your documents are in order and easily accessible when it comes time that they are needed by your loved ones.

What You Need to Know about the Dangers of Gastric Bypass Surgery

  May 26, 2011     By Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C.
You should know about the dangers of gastric bypass surgery.

A Look at SSI Disability Determination

  May 26, 2011     By Shelly Leeke Law Firm
Supplemental Security Income SSI disability determination depends on your needs.

Reviewing Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability

  May 25, 2011     By Mesriani Law Group
Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income or SSI for disabled adults and children is not difficult to attain as long as the requirements are met. The SSI is meant to support those who cannot supply themselves of income because of the hindrances of their disabilities like inability to walk, blindness, deafness, muteness, or even diseases like H.I.V.

Florida Gun Law Would Hinder Doctors’ Efforts to Protect Children

  May 20, 2011     By Zimmet & Quarles. P.L.
The American Academy of Pediatrics joins the Florida Pediatric Society and other physicians and medical professionals in expressing concern over legislation that would restrict pediatricians’ ability to ask patients and parents questions about gun safety.

Sustainability of Senior Entitlement Outlays

  May 18, 2011     By Purcell & Amen, L.L.C.
One of the most amazing demographic realities of our time is the rapid aging of the United States population. The baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age, and as a result senior citizens are the fastest growing age group. This is more than just a statistical oddity that is interesting to mention. It also has practical implications that are very relevant to anyone who is engaged in retirement planning.

Are You Eligible for Social Security Benefits?

  May 18, 2011     By Purcell & Amen, L.L.C.
Social Security is a federal program managed by the Social Security Administration. Funds for social security retirement benefits and social security disability insurance come from taxes which are collected from the paychecks of every working American. There are three ways you may be eligible to receive benefits.

Are Medical Rankings Reliable?

  May 9, 2011     By Derzon & Menard, S.C
When we go under the knife for surgery, we place our lives in the hands of the doctor performing the operation and the hospital where it is taking place. We trust that we will be treated with care and that all precautions will be taken to keep us safe. However, sad it may be, some doctors and hospitals simply do a better job than others when it comes to protecting the safety of patients.

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada Refuses to Pay Long-term Disability Benefits to Gunshot Victim

  May 9, 2011     By Attorneys Dell & Schaefer
The pain associated with a disability can be difficult to bear. The pain of being denied long-term disability insurance benefits by your long-term disability insurance carrier - in this case, Sun Life assurance Company of Canada - exacerbates the physical pain of a disabling condition.

Listening to Patient Reports in Clinical Trials

  May 3, 2011     By Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman, P.C.
Patients assume that when their doctors prescribe medications, the physicians know all the potential side effects and are reasonably certain the drugs are safe. However, this is not always true according to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine by oncologist Dr. Ethan Basch.

Hospital Infections Persist Despite Prevention Efforts

  May 3, 2011     By Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman, P.C.
It is often said among hospital workers that the most likely place to pick up an illness is the very place people go when ill: the hospital. For many years, health care policy makers have conducted studies and developed protocols to decrease the number of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). A HAI, or nosocomial infection, is just that: an infection that is acquired at the hospital.

Retirement, Social Security, Medicare and Long Term Care Benefits

  April 29, 2011     By Armstrong, Fisch & Tutoli, Attorneys at Law
We typically spend the first thirty years of our adult lives gathering assets which we'll consume during the last thirty years of our lives.

SSDI vs SSI: What’s the Big Difference?

  April 27, 2011     By Mesriani Law Group
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a 20-year old worker has a 3 in 10 chance of becoming disabled even before reaching retirement. This is why it is important to know the programs implemented by the SSA through which you can receive disability benefits.

Can a Non-Licensed Person Work with Physicians, Medical Corporations and Group Medical Practices?

  April 25, 2011     By Matt Dickstein, Business Attorney
How a non-licensed person can work with a medical practice, including the use of an administrative/management services company.

Information about Pharmaceutical Products in Drugstores, an Advertisement?

  April 19, 2011     By Legal Alliance
In accordance with the paragraph 1 article 15 of the Law of Ukraine “On Consumer Rights Protection”, a consumer has the right to receive necessary, accessible, accurate and timely information about the products that provides him with an opportunity of conscious and competent selection of such product. The consumer shall be provided with such information prior to purchasing the product or ordering the works (services). The information about the product is not considered as advertising.

Do Pharmacist Mistakes Count as Medical Malpractice?

  April 15, 2011     By Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C.
You may be the victim of medical malpractice in Illinois if you were injured because of pharmacist negligence.

Preventing Medical Errors Related to Prescription Medication

  April 14, 2011     By Hastings, Cohan & Walsh, LLP
Take the proper steps to avoid becoming a victim of medication errors.

Concerning Legal Responsibilities of the Head of a Representative Office of a Foreign Company - Ukraine

  April 14, 2011     By Legal Alliance
According to the Article 1 of the Law of Ukraine “On Foreign Economic Activities”, a representative of the foreign subject of business activity can be considered an institution or a person representing interests of a foreign subject of business activity in Ukraine that has properly registered respective authorities.

Distribution of Printed Drug Promo Materials among Doctors: Requirements and Limitations - Ukraine

  April 14, 2011     By Legal Alliance
Advertising is information about the entity or goods distributed in any form and in any manner in order to form or maintain knowledge of consumers of advertising and their interest with respect to such entity or goods[1].

New York Tort Deform as it Relates to the Rights of Injured Children

  April 12, 2011     By Tolmage, Peskin, Harris, Falick
In a callous political move, Governor Cuomo dealt a significant blow to the rights of brain damaged children to help offset the State’s budget shortfall.

The Doubling Growth Defense in Cancer Misdiagnosis Cases

  April 11, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
The doubling growth defense in cancer misdiagnosis cases is frequently misplaced and flawed. What this defense consists of is the contention that cancer cells grow exponentially in a predictable and orderly fashion, i.e. in effect doubling in size over time.

Patients Placed in Danger as a Result of Alarm Fatigue

  April 6, 2011     By Patrick Malone & Associates, PC
The term “alarm fatigue,” which is generally attributed to the increased use of monitors, is distracting and numbing hospital personnel with deadly outcomes.

A Bill Before the Oregon Legislature Could Give Whistleblower Protections to Non-nursing Hospital Personnel

  April 6, 2011     By Patrick Malone & Associates, PC
A recent bill before Oregon’s state Senate might provide non-nursing hospital personnel workplace protection when they report patient care practices, procedures, or policies that endanger patient safety.

Pharmaceutical Trade Names: Sponsorship on TV - Ukraine

  April 5, 2011     By Legal Alliance
TV commercials are the best way to promote mass-consumption products, including pharmaceutical products. The main advantage of TV commercials is their broad coverage, as television is considered to be the most widespread mass media. At the same time, TV commercials provide ample opportunities for targeting.

3 Things to Ask Your Medical Malpractice Attorney

  April 4, 2011     By Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C.
There are 3 things you should ask your attorney when pursuing an Illinois medical malpractice claim. For help, call a Chicago medical malpractice attorney.

The Advantages of Getting an Attorney to Handle Your Disability Insurance Claim

  March 30, 2011     By Attorneys Dell & Schaefer
Dealing with insurance companies is hardly ever a pleasant experience. This is because to them, you are just a number that represents a negative proposition on their balance sheet if you happened to submit a claim for disability benefits with them.

Podiatric Malpractice

  March 24, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Podiatric malpractice claims tend to be difficult claims because the specialty underwriters that insure these losses hire experienced defense counsel who cover a broad geographic area and therefore have considerable experience.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  March 24, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Chronic fatigue syndrome has long been looked at askance both in the medical and legal establishment. Research now suggests medicine may be moving closer to a determination of the cause of the condition.

Disability Benefits: FAQs on Work, Taxes, and Family Benefits

  March 24, 2011     By Mesriani Law Group
There are many things that social security disability claimants or beneficiaries should know about, such as how work or taxes may affect the benefits they receive or if their family is also entitled to it.

Checking out the Doc

  March 23, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Checking out the background of a physician can make or break a medical negligence case.

Important Things to Know When Getting Representation for Social Security Claims

  March 10, 2011     By Mesriani Law Group
All social security benefits claimants have the right to have a representative when going through the process of their application.

A Primer on Applying for Social Security Benefits

  March 3, 2011     By Mesriani Law Group
For most Americans, whether at retirement, during a disability, or when they have no resources, the benefits given by the Social Security Administration (SSA) will provide a safety net to meet their basic needs. But claiming these benefits under the SSA’s myriad programs isn’t as easy as filling out a form and filing an application.

Disabled Struggling in Down Economy

  March 2, 2011     By Dane Shulman Associates, LLC
Trying to land a job is hard enough. Trying to land a job when you suffer from a permanent disability is even harder.

Hospice Fraud in South Carolina and the United States for Whistleblowers, Employees and Lawyers

  March 1, 2011     By Joe Griffith Law Firm, LLC
Hospice fraud is a growing problem in South Carolina and the United States. Medicare and Medicaid fraud in the hospice setting can be the subject of False Claims Act claims by qui tam whistleblowers. The federal False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3732, authorizes false claims suits for fraud against the government, also known as qui tam or whistleblower suits, against their employers on behalf of the United States.

Patient's Right to Consent To Treatment in Ontario - Canada

  February 26, 2011     By Wagner Sidlofsky LLP
Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader's recent dispute with a hospital over the fate of their terminally ill child highlights a debate over end of life issues. The author reviews an Ontario case to highlight how Ontario has dealt with the tension of a patient’s right to consent to treatment and a doctor's right to advocate for what he/she feels are in the best interests of the patient.

Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury in New York

  February 16, 2011     By Oliveri & Schwartz, P.C.
The authors answer some of the most common questions about Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Car Accidents, Premises Liability, Dog Bites, and more.

Breast Cancer Lymph Node Removal

  February 12, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Breast cancer lymph node removal is no longer seen as a given in light of recently reported results from a study showing the survival rate of women with T1 or T2 tumors is no better with those women who underwent lymph node removal versus those who did not.

HIPAA Compliance after HITECH

  February 12, 2011     By Paul R. Hales, Attorney at Law, LLC
The Health Information Technology and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) creates new and tough challenges. It mandates conversion to electronic health records (EHR), significantly increases HIPAA compliance requirements for Covered Entities, places new, strict requirements on Business Associates and their Subcontractors and provides greatly increased penalties for non-compliance. Fully compliant HIPAA policies and procedures are the essential first step in meeting the HITECH challenge.

Spina Bifida Corrective Surgery

  February 11, 2011     By Brien Roche Law
Spina bifida corrective surgery has recently produced significant strides in terms of improving overall functionality of babies born with this condition.

Have I been a Victim of Medical Malpractice? - 10 Questions to ask Yourself

  February 10, 2011     By Rue & Ziffra, P.A.
If you have suspicions that you or a loved one have been a victim of Medical Malpractice, don't hesitate to seek out help and know your rights.

Fosamax Side Effects

  February 7, 2011     By Rudolph F.X. Migliore, PC
The Food and Drug Administration has continually reported the dangerous side effects of the prescription drug, Fosamax.

What Are the Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits?

  February 3, 2011     By Mesriani Law Group
In order to meet the needs of millions of disabled Americans, there are 2 federal programs under the U.S. Social Security Administration that are designed to provide disability benefits to injured/disabled workers or individuals with little income and few resources.

Study Shows That Illinois Doctors Are Not Fleeing Illinois, as Some Claim

  February 3, 2011     By Law Offices of R. F. Wittmeyer, Ltd
There have been recent media publications in Chicagoland and other parts of Illinois claiming that, based on a recent study of medical students at Northwestern University School of Medicine, physicians are fleeing the state of Illinois. These claims simply are not supported by the evidence, or even the study itself.