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New Draft Guidelines for Endoscopy to Avoid Medical Malpractice

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

Social Security Benefits for Divorced Spouse

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

Commonly misdiagnosed illnesses include Lupus, Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis and Celiac's Disease. Many of these conditions carry somewhat similar symptoms.

Unnecessary Surgery

Over utilization of surgeries such as Knee Arthroscopy, Stent Placement, Hysterectomy and Spinal Fusion.

Wrong Site Surgery

Wrong site surgery continues to be a perplexing problem in many hospitals.

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

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

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

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

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  

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.

What is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust

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

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

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?

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

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

An emergency room error could lead to a medical negligence claim in Illinois.

A Close Look at Serious Malpractice in a Hospital

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

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

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

Are the nation’s best hospitals really better than all the rest?

Items to Put with Your Will

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

You should know about the dangers of gastric bypass surgery.

A Look at SSI Disability Determination

Supplemental Security Income SSI disability determination depends on your needs.

Reviewing Eligibility Requirements for Social Security Disability

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

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Spina Bifida Corrective Surgery

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

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

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?

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

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.

Birth Injury Hazards: The Risks of Oxygen Deprivation

Infants can suffer tremendous harm before they ever leave the delivery room. Despite medical best practices, the latest technologies and a mother's months of preparation, new parents too often find themselves wondering just what may have gone wrong in the delivery room. Seeking answers, they contemplate a life ahead with a child who may have severe physical and developmental limitations.

Fetal Monitor Strips and Obstetrical Malpractice Cases

During labor and delivery, obstetricians, nurses and hospital staff involved in the birth are responsible for taking every reasonable step to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. One of the ways they can do this is by properly monitoring the vital signs of mother and baby during labor and delivery and taking appropriate actions when signs of distress are present. Improper monitoring often leads to serious birth injuries.

Five-time U.S. Chess Champion Dies from Gall Bladder Surgery

Chess grandmaster and author Larry Evans died recently after gall bladder surgery complications. The 78-year-old chess player's career spanned decades and won him accolades from both friends and competitors.

Legal Compliance Checklist for a Medical Corporation

In this Article, the author gives you a legal compliance checklist for your medical corporation.

Should you Incorporate Your Medical Practice?

In this Article, the author answers the question, should you incorporate your medical practice? What are the costs and benefits of forming a medical corporation?

Failure to Diagnose Stroke

Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. and some deaths might have been prevented with proper diagnosis. Failure to diagnose a stroke may result in a Florida medical malpractice claim.

Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack

As common as a heart attack is in emergency rooms, many times a doctor’s failure to diagnose an attack still happens. This negligence may result in filing a Florida medical malpractice claim.

New Rules in Pharmaceutical Industry

Since 01.09.2009 Russia introduced new rules which will affect almost all companies operating in the national pharmaceutical market, such as: domestic producers of medicines, foreign producers importing medicines into Russia, drugstores, clinical trial centers, state authorities supervising pharmaceutical industry and some others.

Overview of Surgical Errors

Surgical errors occur in many forms, such as operating on the wrong body part, puncturing healthy organs or failing to properly monitor the patient. Such errors could lead to additional medical treatment or surgery, time off from work and pain and suffering.

The Potential Dangers of Vacuum Extraction and Forceps Use

The improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction during birth can cause serious injury to child and mother.

High Risk Pregnancy Complications

The complications and conditions associated with high risk pregnancies should be properly identified and treated to avoid serious injury.

Prozac and Heart Defects in Babies

The antidepressant drug Prozac has been linked to heart defects in babies born to mothers who took the medication while pregnant.

What a Social Security Disability Attorney Can Do for You

Whether it’s your first time to file a social security disability application or appeal the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s adverse decision on your claim, acquiring the services of a social security disability attorney can help your endeavors succeed.

“Safe Harbor” for Doctors, Caps, Health Courts & other Panaceas Are Not the Answer to Rising Health Care Costs

Reform of the medical malpractice laws has been a subject of national debate for many years.

Texas Department of Insurance Adopts New Rule Prohibiting Discretionary Clauses in Texas Insurance Policies

Texas Department of Insurance has banned Discretionary Clauses in Life, Disability, Health, and other policies. Following a National trend, the TDI found that these clauses are unfair and deceptive. The ban goes into effect on policies delivered after February 1, 2011 for Disability policies, and June 1, 2011 for all other policies.

An Overview of Medical Malpractice Claims in California

Everyone relies on a doctor to heal them or make them better if they get sick or injured. But what happens when your physician is unreliable – to the extent that your condition only becomes worse? Simple, through a medical malpractice lawyer in California, you can file a malpractice claim based on personal injury or even wrongful death.

Do No Harm or if a Doctor Does, the Need to Admit to Conduct that Injures

Hippocrates insisted that "The physician must...have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm." It is with the faith that their physicians will "do good" or at least "do no harm" that patients seek out medical care.

A Treatment Tragedy: When Medical Negligence Leads to Wrongful Death

When medical negligence leads to the death of a loved one, it can be a shocking event.

New CDC Campaign: One Needle, One Syringe, Only One Time

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 125,000 people in the U.S. have been potentially exposed to HIV and different forms of hepatitis since 1999 due to lapses in infection control practices. Additionally, a 2009 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine noted 33 different outbreaks of viral hepatitis in nonhospital settings over the last decade.

Overview of Decree on Accreditation Agency for the Hospital with International Quality Standards - Indonesia

  By Leks&Co
On 23 August 2010, the Minister of Health has issued the Decree Number 1195/MENKES/SK/VIII/2010 of 2010 on the Accreditation Agency for the Hospital with International Quality Standards.

Excising the Gall Bladder: The Risks of 'Band-Aid' Surgery

Gall bladder surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed in hospitals, but is not without its risks.

Birth-Related Brain Injury

Other than the death of a child, few events in life can be as devastating as discovering that your newborn baby has a debilitating and permanent brain injury from birth. Because medical liability cases have short time limits, immediately contacting an attorney who is experienced and skilled in dealing with traumatic birth-related brain injuries is essential.

Low APGAR Score Linked to Cerebral Palsy

A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) reports that low APGAR scores may be an indicator of cerebral palsy birth injury.

Immigrants and Health Care in New York Hospitals

The hospital experience is being transformed into one that takes into account an individual's cultural needs, including ethnicity, race and even religion.

Information about Depakote

Bringing a baby into the world is an amazing and life changing experience. This experience is something that will never be forgotten, and we all want it to be memories of love and happiness. Sadly though this is not always the case, sometimes families have to face the dreaded reality that the baby has birth defects, and in the worse cases, the baby does not live.

Shift From Paper to Electronic Medical Records: Cause for Concern?

From banking and managing finances to shopping and ordering pizza, almost everything these days is done electronically. Not every sector of society has been quick to embrace the electronic age, however. The medical community has remained behind the digital curve.

Man Receives Millions for Misdiagnosis

Becoming ill may be a bad dream in-and-of itself, but being misdiagnosed, only to have the illness exacerbate tenfold before an accurate diagnosis can be rendered, is a nightmare. We put our trust in doctors and hospitals, assuming that they will take all precautions necessary to ensure a proper diagnosis. When those precautions are not taken, though, results can mean a lifetime of pain or suffering for the victim.

DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits

DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of the well-known Johnson & Johnson Company, has issued a recall of its ASR hip replacement and implant systems. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular Hip System are both part of this hip replacement recall.

The Depuy Recall

On August 24,2010 a volunteer hip replacement recall was issued by Depuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson and Johnson. The ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system has shown to have a 13% failure rate within the first 5 years.

Conclusions from Urological Medical Malpractice Studies - Canada

An analysis and report of the findings of retrospective academic studies of medical malpractice claims in urology with a focus on the implications for their cause and frequency.

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