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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...

Cerebral Palsy, Erbs Palsy and Medical Malpractice

Cerebral palsy and Erbs (brachial) palsy are two of the most common forms of birth injury. A birth injury is any damage sustained by a mother or...

Common Arthritis Red Flags

An estimated one out of every five American adults, or about 50 million people, will experience arthritis at some point. Though it's commonly...

Nursing Home Horror Stories Come from New York State and Beyond

Some recent examples of nursing home horror stories from New York State and beyond are listed here. There are frequent news stories about the...

Hyperbilirubinemia, Kernicterus, and Cerebral Palsy from Medical Negligence

Hyperbilirubinemia, kernicterus, and cerebral palsy can all occur from Jaundice, which happens as a result of elevated bilirubin levels. Parents...

3 Common Alzheimer's Disease Warning Signs

Dementia is a symptom of Alzheimer's disease, though it can also occur as a result of other medical conditions. Alzheimer's and dementia produce...

What Can your Durable POA for Health Care Do?

A Medical Power of Attorney (POA) or Durable POA for Health Care is a legal document that allows you to provide a plan for your medical care...

May I Create a Joint Medical and Financial POA

During incapacity planning you may use a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and a Durable Financial Power of Attorney to handle your...

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

When you are planning your estate it is important to address all of the matters that are relevant to people who are entering their twilight...

Issues in Social Security – Proof of Marriage

India and Vance had been married for 27 years at his death. When she turned 62 she applied for widows benefits. Social Security requires as part...

Long Term Care: Home Based and Community Services

Most people when they think of long-term care think of care in a nursing home. The majority of people only enter a nursing home when their needs...

Brachial Plexus Injury Can have Long-Lasting Impact

Brachial plexus injuries very often occur during difficult births, and can result in damage to the infant’s arms and shoulder region. Often, the...

Obesity Rise Having Effect on Medicaid Costs

As Americans continue to eat more, exercise less, and gain more weight, the rise in obesity is having a widespread effect on everything from gas...

Do I Really Need to Worry about Social Security?

We have all heard the warning for years now about the Social Security retirement system. Some analysts issue warnings that are dire predictions...

Keep an Eye Out for these Alzheimer's Warning Signs

The chance that a person will develop Alzheimer's disease increases significantly after the age of 65. Almost one out of every eight people will...

3 Alzheimer Warning Signs

According to the Alzheimer's Association, there are a variety of warning signs and symptoms that may indicate the onset of Alzheimer's disease....

Who Needs an Elder Law Attorney

As people continue to live longer and medical science continues to make improvements, elderly people often face a range of legal topics that...

Social Security Disability Application Process in Raleigh

A Raleigh Social Security disability attorney can help you with the Social Security disability process of applying and demonstrating need for...

How Can I Become Someone's Guardian?

A friend or family member has become incapacitated, physically or mentally, and cannot take care of themselves and their finances. You want to...

What Services Do Medicaid Lawyers Provide?

Medicaid is the federal program that provides healthcare benefits to a wide variety of people including uninsured individuals with low income,...

Social Security Disability Claim: Learn How Your Application is Reviewed

A state agency will review your Social Security Disability application. It must meet work and disability standards for benefit approval. If your...

Dependent Social Security Disability Benefits – Learn if You Qualify

Dependent Social Security disability benefits can help family members of someone who is disabled. A North Carolina Social Security disability...

New Policy on Social Insurance for Foreign Employees in China

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security issued the Tentative Measures for Social Insurance Enrollment of Foreign Employees in China...

Ubiquity of Dementia Demands Action

Everyone has heard of Alzheimer's disease, a debilitating condition that causes dementia among our nation's senior citizens. People who suffer...

How a Power of Attorney and a Revocable Living Trust Work Together

If you have a Revocable Living Trust, you know that it can serve as an essential incapacity planning tool. If you’re ever disabled – through...

Some Actos Claims Need to be Filed by June 2012

In many states, the statute of limitations for pharmaceutical injury lawsuits is one year, and we believe the manufacturer of Actos will argue...

Don't Expect too Much from Social Security

Statistics indicate that a high percentage of people who are approaching retirement age are simply not ready, and many seniors will never be...

Planning for Dementia

Most people have watched an episode of 60 Minutes at some point in their lives and are familiar with Mike Wallace who recently passed away at...

Advanced Age Can Bring Dementia With It

It may be human nature to avoid subjects that are not especially pleasant, and this is one of the reasons why people often procrastinate when it...

How to Meet Social Security Disability Qualifications

Social Security disability qualifications will depend on your work situation and the severity of your impairment. A Social Security disability...

What Physicians Should Know about Insurer's Retrospective Audits

What are retrospective audits? Once insurance claims are settled, physicians’ practices hope, and probably assume, that the claims won’t be...

Medical Negligence and Medical Malpractice Problems in the United States

Medical negligence is defined as the act or omission in treatment of a patient by a medical professional, which deviates from the accepted...

Pradaxa Shows Significant Side Effects

Pradaxa is an anticoagulant, or blood thinner, that was approved by the FDA in Oct. 2011 to prevent blood clots in patients who experience...

Plavix Side Effects

The Need for Stroke and Heart Attack Medication - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the fourth leading...

Elder Law Primer – What is Elder Law?

As you get older, different laws have a greater or lesser effect on your life. Elder law is simply a phrase used to describe all the legal...

Plan for a Nursing Home Now

Have you ever considered what might happen to your assets if you have to go into a nursing home for a long term stay? Nursing home care is...

Medical Malpractice in Personal Injury Cases

Victims of injuries and wrongful deaths resulting from negligent or, sometimes even malicious behavior for doctors and/or other medical...

An Introduction to Elder Law – 3 Issues

When you are making your estate plan you may hear the phrase “elder law” but not really know what it means. Elder law is simply the collection...

Social Security Disability: Check the List of Impairments to See if You Qualify

The Social Security Administration uses the List of Impairments – or Blue Book – to determine whether or not an applicant is disabled. Consult a...

How to Appeal a Denial of Social Security Benefits

Although you may not have any problems qualifying for your Social Security benefits once you reach retirement age, there is always a chance that...

Estate Planning With a Special Needs Child

When you have a child with special needs, many areas of your life require additional planning and special arrangements, and your estate plan is...

Can You Spot the Signs of Elder Abuse?

Tens of thousands of elders fall victim to some form of abuse every year, and the abuse is very often at the hands of caregivers or close family...

What is an Advance Medical Directive?

An Advance Medical Directive is an essential estate planning document that lets you communicate your wishes for end-of-life medical care to your...

Los Angeles Disability Discrimination: Laws, Claims, and Attorneys

Claiming for disability discrimination in the State of California is no easy task despite the implementation of laws protecting employees and...

A Birth Injury from Medical Malpractice

A birth injury is one of the most heart-breaking situations a family can experience. A Birth injury can devastate a family and have a permanent...

Why is a Medical Expert Giving Testimony at Your Social Security Disability Hearing?

In a relatively small number of hearings a medical expert, hired by the government, will give testimony at your Social Security hearing. This...

Hospital-Acquired Infections Increase Mortality Rate for Elderly ICU Patients

Senior citizens, who are admitted into a hospital intensive care unit and suffer from a hospital-acquired infection, have their risk of death...

Pradaxa Internal Bleeding Lawsuit

New cases of serious, uncontrolled bleeding in user of the prescription drug Pradaxa have surfaced. Pradaxa is used for stroke prevention in...

Cerebral Palsy and How Medical Malpractice May be Responsible

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of neurological disorders that affect muscle coordination and body movement. Cerebral palsy occurs from a lack...

Doctors Claim They Suffer Increased Stress from Worrying about Malpractice Lawsuits

Despite all of the years of education and specialized training, reports show that 225,000 people die in the United States every year from...

Why Do You Need an Advance Healthcare Directive?

No one likes to think about what would happen to them if they were injured or became ill and could no longer make medical decisions for...

Financial Abuse of the Elderly

It is useful to recognize the fact that estate planning is just one aspect of elder law, and as elder law attorneys it is our job to stay...

Should I Hire a Zoloft Lawyer?

Should you worry about protecting a large drug manufacturer who may have acted negligently to protect the profitability of their product, while...

The Rise of Gastric Bypass Surgery Malpractice

Gastric bypass surgery has long been touted as a dependable solution for individuals who need to lose a substantial amount of weight. This...

Older Patients: Make Sure Your Doctor Tests You for Colon Cancer

Like many other forms of cancer, you can definitely survive for many years if you catch and treat colon cancer at an early stage. Although many...

Assisted Living Community Alternative

One thing to consider when contemplating the contingencies of reaching an advanced age, is the possibility of being unable to handle your...

High Percentage of Boomers Unprepared for Retirement

In 2011, there was a poll conducted by the Associated Press and LifeGoesStrong.com. The purpose of the probe was to get an idea about how...

Will Zoloft Cause Birth Defects?

This question of whether Zoloft causes birth defects likely brought you here for two reasons. #1: You’re currently taking an antidepressant like...

Defective Hip Replacement Lawyers

Depuy and other companies have recently come under fire for the manufacture of faulty hip replacements. These devices often fail to meet quality...

How to Deal With Elder Abuse

Do you know what to do if you suspect elder abuse? First you must understand what elder abuse is and how to spot it. - Types of Abuse - Elder...

Medical Care vs. End-of-Life Care

There was a 60 Minutes segment that aired in '09 that was entitled "The Cost Of Dying," and this report was very relevant to anyone who is...

Elder Abuse Revised

Everyone gets older – that’s just a fact of life. And while we can’t avoid aging, we can take steps to ensure that our loved ones are properly...

How to Decide if Someone You Love Needs Long Term Care

The decision to seek long term care for a loved one is a difficult one to make. Perhaps you are afraid of hurting your family member’s feelings...

Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension

After labor and delivery, if your child developed persistent pulmonary hypertension and you believe it was caused by medical negligence, you may...

What is an Advance Medical Directive?

An advance medical directive can actually consist of two different legal documents, both designed to protect you medically in the event you can...

Fiduciaries

When it comes to financial matters we need several people we can trust to act in our best interest. These people include friends, relatives and...

Zoloft Statute of Limitations

As a general rule of thumb, if you're concerned about the statute of limitations for your Zoloft related birth injury case, the sooner you...

Las Vegas Medical Malpractice Lawyers Handle Various Types of Cases

Las Vegas medical malpractice lawyers can help you determine which type of case you may have:

Personal Injury Cases – Each One is Different

Personal injury cases can have a myriad of circumstances and situations associated with them. It takes the long-standing and varied experience...

Zoloft Usage by Sex

Historically doctors had no idea that any risks were being posed to the unborn child when the mother took Zoloft while pregnant. Conversely, the...

A New York Defective Products Attorney Can Help Unravel the Law's Complexities and Use Them in Your Favor

You undoubtedly use products in your home every day, and simply assume that they are safe. Maybe the product you bought isn't particularly...

Hospitals Aiming for Fewer Errors and Better Patient Care

An estimated 100,000 people per year die in hospitals around the country from preventable errors and over the years this situation has only...

Improving Your Doctor’s Hygiene

Hygiene in hospitals is not as high of a priority as one would expect. When people don't feel well, they see a doctor. They probably assume that...

The True Costs of Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's

When Andrew “Bud” Kangas, of Appleton, Wisconsin, learned he had Alzheimer’s disease, he quickly handed over his finances to a family member....

Your Hospital Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Preventable hospital mistakes range from U.S. surgeons operating on the wrong person or body part, happening as much as 40 times per week, to a...

Leading Las Vegas Worker’s Comp Attorneys You Can Afford

Being injured while on the job can be both a physically and emotionally draining process. Dealing with the physical pain as a result from an...

Did Zoloft Cause My Child’s Birth Defects?

In the case of Zoloft, this was prescribed to pregnant women by doctors who truly believed they were not risking the health of the unborn child....

Study Shows Nursing Home Patients with Dementia Likely to Suffer an Injurious Fall When Taking Antidepressants

It's no secret that falls in the elderly nursing home population remain one of the largest threats to patient’s safety and overall well-being....

Compensation Structures for Medical Practices Part 2 - Compliance with Stark and Anti-Kickback Laws

Today, I briefly outline the legal requirements that apply when a group medical practice pays compensation to its members. My prior newsletter...

Planning for the Care of Your Special Needs Loved One

We will start out by discussing the rules of eligibility for certain types of assistance programs. Next, we will discuss problems and pitfalls...

HECM Can Finance Purchase of Long-Term Care Insurance

The high and rising costs associated with long-term care are something to take very seriously when you are making preparations for the latter...

Surgical Errors on the Rise

As a society, we trust our medical professionals and care facilities to provide us with the highest quality of medical care and treatment....

Johnson v. Graceland Care Center of Oxford, LLC v. Conley (41 So.3d 692)

Case: Johnson v. Graceland Care Center of Oxford, LLC v. Conley (41 So.3d 692) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - 1. Estate of Adela Johnson...

Pharmacist Sentenced to Home Confinement after Re-Packaging Drugs for Nursing Home Patients

Pharmacists play an essential role in the well being of nursing home patients by filling physician prescriptions and in many cases keeping track...

Effects of Zoloft on Fetal Growth

Easier said than done, but if you can find a way to combat depression that doesn't involve Zoloft, especially during your third trimester, then...

Salas v. Grancare, Inc. (22 P.3d 568)

Case: Salas v. Grancare, Inc. (22 P.3d 568) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Salas, representing a class of nursing home residents (both deceased...

Wilcox v. Schwartz

Case: Wilcox v. Schwartz Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Wilcox - Defendant (Appellant) – Schwartz Court: Appellate Court of Connecticut (2010).

Lee v. Hawaii Pacific Health (121 Hawai’I 235, 216 P.3d 1258)

Case: Lee v. Hawaii Pacific Health (121 Hawai’I 235, 216 P.3d 1258) Parties: Plaintiff (Appellee) - Lee, as personal representative of the...

Newkirk v. Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC. (898 N.E. 2d 299)

Case:Newkirk v. Bethlehem Woods Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, LLC. (898 N.E.2d 299)Parties:Plaintiff (Appellee) - Newkirk, representing the...

Sexual Side Effects of Zoloft

Zoloft has been shown in several double blind studies to cause numerous sexual side effects for both men and women. Up to 70% of men on Zoloft...

Complications During Pregnancy, Such as Uterine Rupture, Put Mother at Risk

Every day in the United States, more than two women die from pregnancy complications. An Amnesty International 2010 report (Deadly Delivery: The...

C-Diff Infection Alleged to Blame for Death of Nursing Home Patient

A recently filed wrongful death lawsuit claims that clostridium difficile, or commonly known as C. Diff, is to blame for the death of a patient...

Medicare Standards Require Nursing Home Patients to be Transported Safely

Emergency medical and transportation services are a necessary component of a comprehensive medical care program. Ambulance services can be...

Actos Litigation Moves Forward

Scientists recently linked the blockbuster diabetes drug Actos to bladder cancer. Actos’ maker insists that the benefits of the drug outweigh...

Study: Hospitals Attempt to Bury Evidence of Medical Malpractice

A recent study indicates that hospitals bury evidence of medical negligence through underreporting and by refusing to perform autopsies....

Making Sense of Medical Malpractice Law

Many people have a general understanding about the definition of medical malpractice. However, far fewer individuals are familiar with the law...

Zoloft Discontinuation Syndrome

What is Zoloft discontinuation syndrome? - Zoloft discontinuation syndrome is the technical term for what occurs when patients experience...

You Can Increase Your Full Social Security Benefit

The unfortunate truth is that a significant percentage of Americans do not plan ahead diligently with retirement in mind and they wind up being...

Long-Term Care Insurance Financing Strategy

Long-term care is extremely expensive and the fact is that Medicare does not pay for it. So, if you truly want to be prepared for all the...

Medical Malpractice and Nursing Homes

Medical malpractice claims arise when people are injured by negligent or intentional acts of a licensed medical professional. Medical...


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