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Study Reveals Startling Hospital ICU Misdiagnosis Statistics

When a Patient Dies in an Intensive Care Unit, There Is a 28 Percent Chance That a Diagnosis Was Missed - When John Hopkins University School of...
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Birth Asphyxia and Birth Hypoxia from Medical Malpractice

Birth asphyxia and birth hypoxia happens if a baby doesn’t receive an adequate supply of oxygen before, during, or immediately following birth....

How Hospital Negligence Contributes to Blood Transfusion Errors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gestational Hypertension and Pregnancy Induced Hypertension / PIH

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

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

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

A Cure in Sight for Cerebral Palsy?

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

Medical Director Compensation and Compliance

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

Medical Director Compensation and Compliance

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

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

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

Dangerous Drugs During Pregnancy: Injuries and Illnesses

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

Overview: Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims

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

Do Damage Cap Laws Pass Constitutional Muster?

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

Fosamax: Cure or Cause

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

Federal Medicaid Fraud Audit Program Has Negative Returns

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

Can Obesity Be Considered a Disability for Social Security Claims?

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

Misbranding Depakote

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

Illinois Court on Proving Liability for Medical Malpractice

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

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

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

Qualifying for Medicaid without Committing Medicaid Fraud

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

Surgical Site Infections Add to Hospitalization Costs

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

Successful Hospital Fall Prevention Strategies

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

Are Home Births Dangerous?

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

Z-Pak Linked to Sudden Heart Attacks

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

Infuse Bone Graft Dangers

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

Canada Warns its Citizens of Actos Bladder Cancer Risks

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

New Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Link

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

When is Medicaid Planning Actually Fraud?

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

Medical Malpractice Areas Responsible for Causing Birth Injuries Part 2

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

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

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

Are You Aware of Medicare Limitations?

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

Medicaid Planning and Filial Responsibility Laws

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

Crossing State Lines with Your Estate Plan

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

Medical Malpractice Areas Responsible for Causing Birth Defects Part 1

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

Exclusive Breast Feeding - Indonesia

  By Leks&Co
The purpose of the issuance of Government Regulation Number 33 of 2012 on Exclusive Breast Feeding (“GR No. 33/2012”) is to implement the...

Brain Cooling for Newborns with HIE to Help Prevent Permanent Brain Damage

Brain cooling is a procedure which is helping infants suffering from HIE to reduce brain damage, including reducing the chances for cerebral...

Birth Injuries – Cerebral Palsy / Erb’s Palsy/ Brachial Plexus

In the case of Erb’s palsy, the network of nerves running from the base of the neck through the shoulder can be stretched or broken during...

Wrongful Death Claim from Medical Malpractice

When a family loses a member of their family because of the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or hospital, they have a right to be compensated....

Concealing the Risks of Dangerous Drugs

As more drug developers continue to conceal the potential risks of new drugs or medical devices, the frequency in which personal injury lawsuits...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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...

Medical Malpractice and Nursing Homes

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

Are Cesarean Sections Helping or Hindering the Health of Mother and Infant?

As a lawyer, who litigates birth injury cases, I've noticed that there is still quite a bit of confusion about c-section deliveries. I've...

When an Undiagnosed Aneurysm Leads to a Medical Malpractice Claim

If you or a loved one was the victim of an undiagnosed aneurysm, you may be entitled to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the doctor....


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