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Malpractice suits alleging “improper bonuses” settled

  November 15, 2017     By Matzus Law, LLC
Incentives are a great way to motivate individuals and push them to reach new heights and get better at a given task. Rewarding people for their...
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Drug Company Priced a Life-Saving Drug Out of My Budget. Do I Have a Lawsuit?

  November 15, 2017     By HG.org
Drugs for various diseases may save the lives of those with these ailments, and when the drug companies hike the prices to amounts that are not...

Drug Side Effects: Researchers Question Efficacy of Abilify to Treat Depression

  November 15, 2017     By d'Oliveira & Associates
Researchers found that side effects attributed to the drug dwarf the slight benefit to treating depression.

ABLE Accounts for Families with Special Needs

  November 10, 2017     By HG.org
Families who have children with special needs often try to plan ahead to anticipate the needs of the child with disabilities. It is often very...

Facts about a Special Needs Trust

  November 10, 2017     By HG.org
Special needs trusts are designed to help individuals have a better quality of life while retaining eligibility for government benefits....

Nursing License Suspended Due to Disciplinary Action: Renewal with Legal Assistance

  November 8, 2017     By HG.org
When a professional must go through a disciplinary meeting because an issue has arisen that causes his or her license suspension, he or she may...

When Should You Contact an Asbestos Lawyer?

  November 7, 2017     By Environmental Litigation Group P.C.
Filing a claim for asbestos exposure is a complex matter. If you want to make the most out of your case and avoid the hurdles of the legal...

Veterans Exposed to Asbestos: How the Veterans’ Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act Can Help

  November 7, 2017     By Environmental Litigation Group P.C.
Veterans have had their share of misfortune in dealing with the VA health care system in the past years. Despite their right to benefit from...

New Texas Legislation Provides Consumer Protections Concerning Freestanding ERs

  November 6, 2017     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
As the Texas Tribune reports, a couple of pieces of legislation recently passed into law in Austin will provide considerable protection for...

Spouse in Long-Term Care and the Need to Update Estate Plan

  November 3, 2017     By HG.org
There are certain times when individuals need to update their estate planning documents like their will, trust or power of attorney...

Failure to Disclose Rare and Serious Side Effects of a Prescribed Medication

  November 2, 2017     By HG.org
Every year individuals are injured by prescription medications that they use to treat another condition. Injured victims may consider seeking...

What Are the Uses for a Miller Trust?

  November 1, 2017     By HG.org
A Miller Trust is a special type of trust that adjusts a person’s income downward, usually in an attempt for the individual to retain...

What Benefits Is My Same-Sex Spouse or Domestic Partner Entitled to?

  By HG.org
Due to a number of important Supreme Court decisions in the 21st century, married same-sex spouses are entitled to a number of benefits that...

The Critical Role of a Medical Expert Witness in a Medical Malpractice Case

  By HG.org
Medical malpractice cases arise in the thousands each year that affect individuals and groups in grievous ways. Injury is the most frequent...

Lawsuit Filed in Tennessee Over Defective Ethicon Hernia Mesh

  October 26, 2017     By d'Oliveira & Associates
The plaintiff claims that complications with the mesh lead caused his severe page and permanent injuries.

Telemedicine Contracts in California

  October 20, 2017     By Matt Dickstein, Business Attorney
What is telemedicine? Telemedicine = physicians + technology. Telemedicine has two parts: physicians who provide medical care remotely, plus...

Can a Social Worker End Protective Service Against a Doctor’s Recommendation?

  October 19, 2017     By HG.org
Ending protective service for a person or child requires knowing the situation fully and if it is in the best interests of the individual. Doing...

Michigan Birth Injury Litigation 101

  October 16, 2017     By Hoffer & Sheremet, PLC
You spent nine months dreaming about what your baby would look like. You eagerly anticipated holding him for the first time. Hearing that first...

What Are the Different Types of Veteran Disability Benefits?

  October 13, 2017     By HG.org
Veteran disability benefits are compensation methods used to provide monetary assistance to persons that have been in war. These are to...

No-Pets Policy and Emotional Support Animals

  October 10, 2017     By HG.org
The right to have an emotional support animal often depends on if the individual has a disability or if the emotional support animal is to...

Notices to Patients When a Physician Leaves a Group Practice

  October 5, 2017     By Matt Dickstein, Business Attorney
When a physician leaves a group practice, the physician has a duty and a right to notify his or her patients. BUT, the practice has a right to...

Recoverable Damages in Michigan Medical Malpractice Cases

  September 28, 2017     By Hoffer & Sheremet, PLC
Your doctor made a mistake. You were injured. You now have to take time off work, pay unexpected medical costs, and hire someone to maintain...

Is It Too late to Sue: Statutes of Limitation and Repose in Michigan

  September 28, 2017     By Hoffer & Sheremet, PLC
Lawyers receive calls every day from people who are injured but waited too long to sue. Don't sleep on your rights. There are time limits that...

Key Components of a Physician’s Non-Compete Agreement

  September 28, 2017     By Larry "Max" Maxwell Law Practice
Also known as a restrictive covenant, a noncompetition clause, or covenant not to compete, a physician non-compete agreement is a clause in the...

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

  September 28, 2017     By Kennedy Attorneys & Counselors At Law
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule provides Federal privacy protections for individually...

Michigan Medical Malpractice 101

  September 28, 2017     By Hoffer & Sheremet, PLC
Michigan, like many other states, has strict rules governing the procedure one must follow in pursuing a lawsuit against a healthcare provider...

Campus Medical Records and College Students' Privacy

  September 28, 2017     By HG.org
When a college student has a medical issue, he or she is often awarded a measure of privacy. However, medical records are usually open and...

Medical Marijuana Law in Texas Goes into Effect

  September 25, 2017     By The Posey Law Firm, PC
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that because of a recent medical marijuana law passed by the Texas Legislature, pot is going to be...

Importance of Using a Medical Oncology and Hematology Expert Witness

  September 25, 2017     By HG.org
When someone has contracted cancer or has a blood disorder, he or she may be victim of a medical malpractice claim. This usually means that an...

Action Items for the Estate When a Solo Physician or Dentist Dies

  September 22, 2017     By Matt Dickstein, Business Attorney
When a solo physician or dentist dies, the doctor’s estate must figure out what to do with the practice. Because the doctor practiced solo,...

NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation "Interviews" about Medicaid

  September 22, 2017     By Law Offices of John Howley, Esq.
A letter from the NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation means that you are the target of a fraud investigation. How you respond to the letter can...

What To Expect from Your Attorney and What Your Attorney Expects from You

  September 20, 2017     By Hoffer & Sheremet, PLC
Whether you hire an attorney to negotiate a contract for your business, represent you during a contentious divorce or to file a malpractice...

Vertebrae Injuries that Occur During Newborn Delivery Explained by Expert Witness

  September 20, 2017     By HG.org
Medical malpractice often needs the assistance of an expert witness due to the complexities and medical procedures that occur during surgery and...

Medical Expert Witness Explains What Lawyers Must Understand about Informed Consent

  September 19, 2017     By HG.org
It is often necessary to hire an expert witness so that the judge or jury is able to understand certain aspects of a case or the evidence...

Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Higher Risk of Death

  September 18, 2017     By d'Oliveira & Associates
Studies conducted have suggested that the risk of death has increased due to some heartburn drugs.

Lack of Regulation Regarding Ambulance Accidents in Texas Adds Insult to Injury

  September 18, 2017     By Simmons and Fletcher, PC
In Texas, there are no laws requiring that private ambulance services carry anything more than a minimum limits policy. This is just one of many...

Avoiding Criminal Charges at the NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation for Medicaid Fraud

  September 14, 2017     By Law Offices of John Howley, Esq.
Every year, hundreds of New Yorkers face criminal charges because they provided false information on their Medicaid application or...

Basics of Social Security Retirement Benefits

  September 14, 2017     By Mike Murburg, PA
Retired workers and various family members are entitled to Social Security Retirement Benefits.

Where Is the Line Between Medical Judgment and Medical Malpractice?

  September 13, 2017     By Levine Law, LLC
Doctors make life-changing decisions on a daily basis. When they make mistakes, the consequences can be devastating. While Colorado law affords...

Yaz Settlement Recipients the Target of Green Dot Debit Card Scam

  September 13, 2017     By d'Oliveira & Associates
Claiming to be from a settlement center, con-artists tell Yaz victims to send money to receive their settlements back.

What is a Special Needs Trust and when Should I have One Made?

  September 11, 2017     By HG.org
A special needs trust is a special type of trust that is used to supplement the needs of someone with a disability without causing him or her to...

False Advertising Alleged in IVC Filter Lawsuit

  September 8, 2017     By d'Oliveira & Associates
The lawsuit accuses the makers of the Gunther Tulip IVC filter as retrievable when removal of the device is often impossible.

Common Issues in False Claims Act Investigations

  September 7, 2017     By Stumphauzer & Sloman, PL
Physician-owned entities, pharmacies, hospices and other providers need to know about the False Claims Act.

Differentiating between Different Types of Nurses to Select an Expert Witness

  September 7, 2017     By HG.org
When choosing to hire an expert witness, the lawyer needs to evaluate the case and determine what type of nurse is needed based on the subject...

Expert Witness Explains Complications Involved in Kidney Stone Surgery

  September 7, 2017     By HG.org
Medical procedures are fraught with difficulty even in the best circumstances. This means an expert witness should be hired to explain these...

Johnson & Johnson Appeals $48 Million Verdict Awarded in Motrin Case

  September 6, 2017     By d'Oliveira & Associates
The company is claiming that Motrin is not dangerous and cannot be held liable for failing to warn consumers.

Disability Benefits for Lyme Disease

  September 6, 2017     By LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.
Tick infestations have become rampant in recent years, and the effects of a tick bite can be debilitating. Ticks bites can cause a nasty...

Rules Regarding Marijuana in the Workplace in Legalized States

  By HG.org
While the entire United States has different laws based on what has been proposed and implemented in each individual state, some of these permit...

When Can a Nursing License be Taken Away?

  August 31, 2017     By HG.org
There are various ways a nursing professional may lose his or her license in the medical world. In order to keep this form occurring, it is best...

Does an Advance Medical Directive Have to be Followed?

  August 30, 2017     By HG.org
An advance medical directive allows a person to write out specific healthcare decisions that they want to make based upon certain conditions,...

Hernia Mesh Products Sold Without Proper Testing

  August 25, 2017     By d'Oliveira & Associates
Many plaintiffs are speaking out about how the Physiomesh device had allegedly left them in constant pain.

AbbVie Hit With $15 Million Jury Verdict in Depakote Spina Bifida Case

  August 24, 2017     By d'Oliveira & Associates
Plaintiff claims the child’s spina bifida was due to his mother taking Depakote during her pregnancy.

Is it Too Late to Hire a Lawyer to Handle My Medical Malpractice Claim I Filed?

  By HG.org
In some situations, a person may file a lawsuit without the assistance of a lawyer. However, once he or she realizes how complicated the process...

Expert Witness Evaluation Regarding Perinatal Malpractice Cases

  By HG.org
Perinatal malpractice cases are often discovered through the keen use of procedures performed on the placenta and residue to reveal what caused...

Making Sense of The Stark Law

  August 23, 2017     By Sidney L. Gold & Associates, PC
The Stark Law is a federal law which, in its first iteration, was first enacted in 1992. The general purpose of the law is to ensure that...

Xarelto Makers Failure to Warn of an Allegedly Known Risk

Attorneys for the victims claim that Janssen and Bayer concealed information on the label.

Important Traits in an Effective Orthopedic Expert Witness

  By HG.org
Expert witnesses must have experience in the subject of the case. This usually means that someone in the medical field has been hired to explain...

When Patients Place Trust in Professionals, Accountability is Vital

When you suffer from a medical condition in the United States, you are forced to place your trust in the hands of a vast network of doctors,...

Cardiology Expert Witness and Why Lawyers May Need One

  By HG.org
When someone has been involved in medical malpractice with the heart, a cardiology expert witness is often necessary. These professionals have...

What are the Rules about Collecting Child Support from Someone who Receives SSI or SSDI?

  By HG.org
Child support is collected from the parent that earns the most income from work or other projects. The amount and stipulations on what is...

Clinical Trials Link Invokana to Amputation Risk

The FDA is ordering Johnson & Johnson to add a boxed warning regarding these clinical trials.

The Rising Costs of Prescription Drugs Are Impacting Workers Compensation Claims

Each year, the Express Scripts Workers Compensation Drug Trend Report evaluates changes in medication use and associated costs for injured...

Is Your Doctor Experienced Enough to Operate on You?

When you need a medical operation, you will naturally have a lot of concerns and questions about your health and your recovery, but one question...

If I Relocate Overseas Permanently, do I Lose my SSDI Benefits?

  By HG.org
Social Security Disability is available to those that are elderly, disabled or have qualified for the benefits. There are many specific...

About Federal Healthcare Fraud

  By HG.org
Healthcare fraud is a serious crime that affects multiple individuals when someone engaging in an attempt to intentionally defraud the...

Our In-Network Hospital Moved a Patient to an Out-of-Network Hospital for Emergency Surgery, What Do I Do?

  By HG.org
Medical insurance and stays at a hospital may become complicated when the patient is moved from one location to another. However, if the initial...

Legal Battles of Pharmaceutical Companies in Ukraine for Miramistin

  By IPStyle
It’s an open secret that the pharmaceutical industry has been long striving for leadership in capital investments, research, innovations and new...

Off-Label Use of Medicine and Liability

A recent case has resulted in an ophthalmologist being held liable for injury to a patient who lost their vision from off-label use of a...

Handling Online Defamation of Physicians

With the growth of online review websites, physicians nationwide face an increasing risk of unwarranted defamation. No one wants to hear...

Burnout among Doctors Can Have a Major Impact on Quality of Care

When Dr. Dianne Shannon started practicing medicine, she wanted to help people. She was an internist working in outpatient clinics in Boston,...

IVC Filter Manufacturer Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The lawsuit claims that manufacturer C.R. Bard failed to properly warn and hid safety hazards from patients.

Can the Hospital Authorize Treatment Without My Consent when I Am My Husband’s POA for Healthcare?

  By HG.org
Many individuals have a power of attorney document drafted on their behalf. This document is often considered a fundamental cornerstone of an...

Autopsies Are Useful in Proving Medical Malpractice

An autopsy is the internal and external examination of the body used to determine the cause of fatality. An autopsy is comprehensive, involving...

Protecting the Elderly in Texas

A state's elderly residents are among their most vulnerable residents. Recent Texas legislative issues/news announces a new state law scheduled...

Pain after Flu Shot? There’s a Government Program for That

Pain after a flu shot could be a sign of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), a potentially-serious shoulder injury or another vaccine-related medical...

Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Law was passed in 1927 to protect longshoremen who work on U.S. waters.

Telemedicine Reform Bill Passed in Texas

One of the bills that the Texas Legislature passed in the last regular session legalized the practice of telemedicine.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms that a Baby Suffered a Brain Injury at Birth?

When a baby suffers an injury during labor and delivery, parents are devastated and have many questions about what happened, why it happened and...

Medicare Fraud and Expert Witnesses

  By HG.org
Fraud is a serious crime that often affect multiple persons simultaneously. When someone’s personal information has been stolen and used in this...

Caps to Non-Economic Damages Would Limit Patient Recourse

The United States House of Representatives has recently voted on legislation that would limit the amount of non-economic damages patients could...

FDA Case Studies Reveal Diagnostic Risks of Laboratory

The medical diagnostic process is incredibly complex, and as a result, errors aren't uncommon during this process. It is difficult to trace the...

Failure to Disclose Is Medical Malpractice

A doctor has a duty to disclose all relevant information regarding a medical treatment to their patients. This allows the patient to make a...

Why People Are Hesitant to File Medical Malpractice Claims and Why They Shouldn’t Be

People often feel subject to things that are completely beyond their control and understanding. This is true not only of bigger forces in life,...

Real Estate Arrangements with Disabled Persons

  By HG.org
Persons with disabilities are protected by the Fair Housing Act in which they may be provided a place for rent or to purchase no matter which...

Expert Witnesses Discuss Dangers of Using Forceps during Childbirth

  By HG.org
There are many dangers in childbirth, but there are none greater than when the baby is harmed during the process. This may occur with various...

How Federal Debts May Affect Your SSD Paycheck

  By Herren Law
Now that you’ve gone through the Social Security disability process and started receiving your monthly benefits, you are free to use the money...

Are Doctors Responsible for Pain Medication Addiction?

When patients are in pain, doctors often prescribe opioid pain medications. They are effective in treating pain, but can have a dangerous side...

Defective Pacemakers, Recalls, and Alerts

A pacemaker is a medical device that delivers electrical impulses to the heart to stabilize heart rhythms. Irregular heartbeat affects millions...

Which is Best for My Handicapped Child’s Education, a 504 Plan or an IEP?

  By HG.org
Determining which plan is better for a child with special education needs depends on various factors. An IEP is an individualized education...

Common Legal Mistakes Made by Doctors

Health care is one of the most regulated industries in America. As doctors in private practice, a careful juggling act must occur between caring...

What Is Healthcare Fraud and How Can You Spot It?

Healthcare has been a dominant subject in American life for many years. We talk at length about quality of care, medical errors, insurance...

The Most Common Forms of Medical Errors

We take many things for granted in our daily lives. This is especially true when we place our trust in professionals and rely on their expertise...

Kickbacks and Fraud in Our Health Care System

The health care industry in the United States is plagued by fraud, abuse and waste. In fact, it costs us up to $60 billion every year. People...

Medical Laboratory Expert Witness in Medical Malpractice Cases

  By HG.org
Many cases have the need for a medical laboratory in issues with malpractice claims. This means that certain aspects need further testing, or...

Expert Witnesses Provide Testimony in Perinatal Malpractice Cases

  By HG.org
Perinatal malpractice usually involves injuries to the baby before, during or after the child has been born. These could occur through the...

When is a Surgical Error Malpractice?

Every surgery – even the most minor – poses the risk of medical error. But does every surgical error constitute as medical malpractice?...

When Is a Physician Responsible for Stark Law Violations?

The Ethics in Patient Referrals Act or Stark Law was passed in part in 1989. Since its passage, the law has been modified frequently, most...

What Is My Right to Appeal a Denial of VA Benefits?

  By HG.org
When a person sustains an injury in service, he or she may file a claim for VA benefits. It is not uncommon for these claims to be initially...

Bayer Facing Additional Lawsuits Over Mirena IUD Side Effects

These clients are claiming that Bayer never warned the public about the possibility of developing Pseudotumor celebri.

How to Establish a Connection between Your Military Service and Your Disability

  By Herren Law
Filing a claim with the Veterans Affairs (VA) for disability compensation for an illness or disability that resulted from your military service?...


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