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Pharmacists Can Commit Medical Malpractice, Too

When most people think of medical malpractice, they think of surgeries that have gone wrong, or incorrect diagnoses. While surgeons leaving sponges inside patients, nurses giving the wrong medication dosage, or doctors not noticing an obvious sign of cancer are a significant portion of medical malpractice lawsuits, they are not the only…

The Big Three” Account For 75% Of Diagnostic Errors

Three medical conditions account for about three-fourths of all major medical malpractices cases involving a diagnostic error, according to new research published in Diagnosis, the official journal of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Researchers examined 11,592 diagnostic error cases. These included 7,379 with cases which included what researchers classified as “high-severity harms.” Of…

Technology To Detect If Driver Was Texting At Time Of An Accident

According to recent National Highway Transportation Safety Administration data, there were approximately 391,000 injuries and 3,450 fatalities in 2016 that involved drivers who were distracted in some way. Agencies in several states are looking into a new gadget called the “textalyzer.” This device is capable of detecting if a driver that was involved in…

Medical Tourism Nightmares

When people go on vacation, they may be looking to relax on a tropical beach or explore a historic city. However, some people go to another country specifically to get a surgical procedure done. Also known as “medical tourism,” patients seek out plastic surgery, dental work, or major surgery in a foreign…

Deadly Risk Of Parkinson’s Breakthrough Drug

During the early clinical trials of a new Parkinson’s treatment drug, Nuplazid® (pimavanserin) showed promise. Still, many doctors and physicians were cautious about the potential harmful effects that began to show up during the trials. The drug was awarded expedited approval in spite of the concerns. However, by March of last year,…

Cramped Airline Seats Injure Passenger

Some businesses and industries that are held to a higher standard than others. One of these is the airline industry, which is supposed to have an absolute responsibility to make sure that people are not harmed while on the plane. Just because they have this heightened responsibility, however, does not mean that…

Mississippi Crash Heads To The Courtroom

A deadly bus crash took place in Mississippi last month, taking the lives of four people and injuring 35. A CSX freight train was traveling east when it collided with the north-bound bus. The collision pushed the bus nearly 300 feet down the tracks. Now, fifteen of those passengers are filing lawsuits…

How Medical Records Access Can Affect Your Case

As a patient, you are entitled to review your medical records. These records are important to retain in order to track your medical history, and in the event of a personal injury lawsuit, crucial to helping build your case. Of course, sometimes not all medical records are immediately at your disposal, or…

Protect Yourself, Don’t Represent Yourself

Medical malpractice lawsuits are usually time consuming, expensive, and did we mention time consuming? The process usually begins with some type of screening panel to ascertain the merits of the case. From there an initial complaint is filed, the discovery process begins, some type of settlement conference will usually be required and…

Women Sues Over Missing Rib In Wrong-Site Surgery Error

A Connecticut women has filed a lawsuit against the Yale-New Haven Medical Center over a wrong-site surgery that was covered up by the hospital. Last May, 60-year-old Deborah Craven went into surgery to remove a painful and potentially cancerous lesion on her eighth rib. Without Craven’s knowledge, a surgical trainee was added…

Overly Friendly Dog Injuries

Dogs are becoming a bigger part of everyday life in America. They are showing up more often as “therapy” animals on planes, making the rounds in hospitals, and even getting special treatment at coffee shops. Many of these beloved pets are subject to little control by their owners, who see no harm…

Hundreds Of Veterans Died While Waiting For Care At VA Hospital

It has been almost two years since whistleblowers outed the VA hospital for falsifying patient records. The Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Arizona was changing records to hide the fact that patients were waiting much longer than reported before receiving medical care. The VA kept separate documents so that they…

Surgery Centers Implement New Policies To Prevent Anesthesia-Related Risks For Patients With Certain Medical Conditions

Advancements in recent years have allowed for some complex medical procedures to now be safely performed in outpatient surgery centers. Richard Novak M.D., a Stanford physician, estimates that 70% of elective procedures may be conducted in an outpatient facility. The majority of these surgeries require administration of anesthesia. As a result of many negative outcomes, providers…

Steps Of A Medical Malpractice Case In Philadelphia

Realizing that you have been injured by a doctor’s medical malpractice can be extremely overwhelming. This is especially true if you aren’t familiar with the steps of a medical malpractice case. If you believe that you may be a victim of a doctor’s negligence in Philadelphia, the team of attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian…

Convicted U.S. Gymnastics Physician Says His Case Should Have Been Based On Medical Malpractice

Dr. Larry Nassar is currently serving a minimum 40-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to sexually abusing many girls. He was the USA Gymnastics team doctor at the time and an associate professor at Michigan State University (MSU). In a recent interview with an investigator, Nassar stated that his case should have been a…

Philadelphia Woman Sues McDonald’s After Slip & Fall

Brenda Cleveland visited a McDonald’s restaurant on South Broad Street in Philadelphia recently where she incurred significant injuries after tripping over a curb that was uneven. The claim filed in a county court names the McDonald’s Corporation and the property owner and management company as defendants. She alleges that the defendants demonstrated negligence by…

Dentist Accused Of Reusing Needles And Prescription Fraud

Even under the best conditions, going to the dentist can be nerve-wracking. When lying back in the dentist’s chair, you cannot see much of what is going on around you except for the dentist and assistant leaning over you putting things into your mouth. Patients have to trust that the dentist has…

Liability For Property Damage & Personal Injury From Potholes On Pennsylvania Roads

The long winter has taken its toll on roadway surfaces with many motorists encountering large potholes capable of significantly damaging tires, rims, ball joints, struts, exhaust systems and more. The Philadelphia Inquirer cited a report from AAA that annual damage from potholes in the U.S. is an astounding $3 billion. Ryan Slicker was driving…

Pennsylvania Man Awarded $2.75 Million Following An Accident Resulting In A Leg Amputation

Anthony Dos Santos brought a civil personal injury claim against Whitewater West Industries in a Lehigh County court after losing part of his leg in a construction accident. Dos Santos was 23 years old when he and two other workers were moving 40-foot long steel objects with forklifts. Whitewater West is a manufacturer and service provider for amusement…

More People Died From Selfies Than Shark Attacks In 2015

Yesterday a 16-year-old boy was fatally struck by a train while attempting to take a selfie in India. Selfies are normally associated with narcissism and ‘duckfaces’, but a growing trend of deadly selfies has exposed a darker side to these pictures. In 2015, dozens of people died while attempting to take selfies,…

Medical Malpractice And Mental Health

US policy makers are currently renewing efforts to increase health care for mental illnesses. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. According to medical studies, about 20% of all adult Americans, or one in five people, suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Americans file 270 million prescriptions each year for anti-depressants…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules On Statute Of Limitations In Medical Malpractice Survival Actions

The medical malpractice case of Dubose v. Quinlan reached the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently. The court was tasked with determining if the plaintiff’s survival action had been brought in a time-frame that was proper based on state law. The Superior Court had ruled prior that the two-year period in which to file a suit was rightfully…

Detroit Family Files Wrongful Death Suit

Detroit, Michigan saw the tragic loss of an award-winning journalist and radio personality, Angelo Henderson in February of 2014. Henderson passed away in his home in the three weeks following a surgery on his left knee. Now, after some careful review of the surgery and other medical proceedings, his surviving wife has…

Six-Year-Old Girl Electrocuted At MGM National Harbor In Maryland

According to officials with the Prince George County Fire Department, a six-year-old girl incurred serious injuries “consistent with an electrocution” last week just outside of the MGM National Harbor Resort in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The Department’s Assistant Chief, Alan Doubleday, says the girl remains in critical condition and another man who attempted…

Fertility Doctor Accused Of Using Own Sperm To Inseminate Patients

A retired fertility doctor who allegedly used his own sperm about 50 times to inseminate unsuspecting patients, pleaded not guilty in late September to two counts of felony obstruction of justice for misleading authorities investigating complaints from children he fathered. Not only did the doctor’s lapse in ethics lead to the criminal…

Bicyclist In Philadelphia Injured In Sinkhole Crash Awarded $3.2 Million

Judge Frederica Massiah-Jackson declined the City of Philadelphia’s request for a new trial in the case of Degliomini v. Philadelphia Phillies; however, the $3.2 million verdict previously awarded in trial was reduced to the $500,000 statutory limit for claims against governmental entities. Plaintiff Anthony Degliomini was riding a bicycle in a charity event on a city…

Medical Malpractice And Arbitration Agreements

Litigation can be an arduous and expensive process for all involved parties. To reduce the potential burden, many members within the healthcare industry include clauses within their agreements with patients that stipulate the use of arbitration in place of a trial should a dispute arise. Essentially the agreement asks the patient to…

Gun Manufacturer Ordered To Pay $500,000 To Injured Hunter

A judge recently ruled against the one of the nation’s largest firearm manufacturer, Remington Arms, in a new personal injury case filed by a Louisiana hunter. The case has proven to be a controversial one since there are strict laws that protect gun makers from lawsuits in the state. According to the…

New Jersey Medical Malpractice Case Accuses Doctor Of Disclosing A Patient’s HIV-Positive Status To A Third-Party

Plaintiff “John Smith” brought a civil action against Dr. Arvind R. Datla and Consultants in Kidney Disease in a New Jersey court claiming that Datla, a nephrologist, improperly revealed that the plaintiff (patient) was HIV-positive to another individual without consent. The plaintiff was being treated for kidney failure at the time when the defendant allegedly…

Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Case Involving Birth Injury Settled For $19.5 Million

William and Carolyn Hughes brought a claim of medical negligence in Lackawanna County Court against Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Dr. Lori DelGaudio, and Dr. Teresa Baseski. Their son Billy was left with “catastrophic and permanent injuries” after alleged negligent care during Mrs. Hughes’ pregnancy. The case was recently settled for $19.5 million, which is believed…

$250 Million For Those Harmed By GranuFlo

In February of 2016, Fresenius Medical Care (“Fresenius”) agreed to settle over 10,000 lawsuits that had been filed against it over one of its kidney dialysis products, GranuFlo. The company will pay out $250 million to settle various lawsuits brought by patients and family members of patients who were injured by the…

Washington D.C. Offering Cash Incentive To Residents Who Report Identity Of Those Operating ATVs On Roadways

Washington D.C. police arrested 56 individuals who were operating all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on the roads and seized roughly 41 of these vehicles. Off-road style dirt bikes and mini bikes are not permitted on public roadways in D.C. Groups of young people riding these vehicles have reportedly been causing problems across the region,…

Local Gas Stations To Warn Against Distracted Driving

The Mid-Atlantic chapter of AAA has launched a campaign to combat distracted driving, and local gas stations will soon play a part. The campaign seeks to educate drivers on the severity of distracted driving, specifically to note that distracted driving is just as serious as driving under the influence of alcohol or…

PG&E Bankruptcy Seeks To Cap Victim Compensation

Under a plan proposed to the Northern District of California, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), as part of its bankruptcy proceedings, would cap compensation for victims of California wildfires at no more than $16.9 billion, a sum that lawyers representing victims of the fires have described as “totally unacceptable.”  The $17 billion…

Wrongful Death Suit Filed After Unsupervised Resident Of Nursing Home Falls

The family of 78-year-old Barbara Jones-Davis has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Wesley Enhanced Living at Stapeley, an assisted living facility in Philadelphia after the resident fell approximately 15 feet to her death. Jones-Davis, who suffered from dementia and visual impairment, exited the facility through an unlocked door and wandered without supervision. The…

Potential Physician Liability If Working With Providers That Are Not Physicians

Doctors are increasingly using mid-level medical providers for assistance in their practices. The most common practitioners for this role are physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs), which are also referred to as advanced practice providers. They are used to increase overall efficiency by allowing physicians more flexibility, improving overall patient satisfaction, and boosting…

Telephone Communication Between Healthcare Providers & Patients Can Lead To Litigation

Communication between providers and patients over the phone is quite common. Instances, where litigation has resulted involving telephone triage, have occurred based on a doctor’s failure to provide treatment, patient abandonment, or a failure to maintain adequate standards of care. Many cases of medical malpractice are actually based on some type of failure…

Maryland Appeals Court To Determine If Parent-Child Immunity Applies In Wrongful Death Cases

Michaelangelo Heidenberg, the young son of Timothy Heidenberg and Claudia Grier, accidentally drowned in his father’s swimming pool. His mother, representing the boy’s estate, filed a claim of wrongful death naming the father as the defendant in a Howard County court. Judge Timothy J. McCrone ruled to allow the matter to continue despite the…

Georgia Jury Awards $4.48 Million In Case Involving Death After Spinal Fusion Surgery

After a six-day medical malpractice trial in Savanna, a jury took slightly over two hours to render a verdict, which led the defense to think that they had prevailed. However, the jury awarded a widow $4.475 million after her husband died one day after undergoing spinal fusion surgery. Tommy Rogers was age 54 when he died following the…

Understanding The Gonzalez Act In U.S. Military Medical Malpractice Cases

In 1946, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) was enacted, which recognized liability resulting from negligent actions (or inactions) of federal employees operating within the range of their official duties. This meant that the United States would bear potential liability in a suit instead of the individual employee. One of the exclusions within the…

Ohio Couple Wins $14.5 Million After Doctor And Hospital Injure Son During Birth

The parents of a baby born with cerebral palsy and other medical complications received $14.5 million from the overseeing obstetrician and hospital. The verdict has been deemed the largest ever returned to plaintiffs in the Johnston, Ohio federal court. Ohio Birth Injury Lawsuit Ohio couple Nicole Welker and Justin Brinkley’s lawsuit, claims…

Doctor’s Mistake Costs Patient Most Of Small Intestine

When a patient goes to the doctor complaining of abdominal pain, they may not expect it to be something serious enough to require immediate surgery. If the surgeon says the procedure can wait and goes out of town, the patient may not think it is anything urgent. Unfortunately for a patient in…

Iowa Governor Signs Bill Limiting Non–Economic Damages In Medical Malpractice Litigation

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad approved a medical malpractice reform bill placing a $250,000 limit on non-economic damages. A crowd gathered for the signing at the capitol office. Governor Branstad expressed his views stating that he had wanted such legislation for a long time. He feels that the measure will assist the state…

Shark Attacks At Record High In 2015

The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) recently found that 2015 was the most dangerous year on record for shark attacks. The ISAF – a database administered by the Florida Museum of Natural History and the American Elasmobranch Society, compiling details of all known shark attacks, worldwide – found that there were 98…

Medical Negligence Case Involving Athlete With Post Concussive Syndrome Challenged By Statute Of Limitations

Plaintiff Jennifer Bradley was a student-athlete on the field hockey team at American University in Washington D.C. During her third year, Bradley sustained a concussion during a match. She continued to endure symptoms of a concussion and expressed this, both verbally and in writing, to the team management and trainers. She was…

Do Surgeries On Friday Have Higher Death Rates

When scheduling an elective surgery, you may prefer to have the operation take place on a Friday. It will allow you to have the weekend to recover. Your family may also be around on the weekend to help care for you. However, a new study looked at the numbers behind the idea…

Suit Filed Against Surgeon After Patient Dies Suddenly Following Surgery For Sleep Apnea

Erik Nelson was evaluated by Dr. Brennan Dodson, owner of Bridger Ear, Nose and Throat, for obstructive sleep apnea and a persistent nasal obstruction. Nelson had been diagnosed following a polysomnogram, which is a sleep study that is used to evaluate an individual’s breathing patterns while sleeping. After the initial consultation, Dodson suggested that…

Hotel Guests Suffer Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

When booking a hotel room, most people are looking to see whether the hotel is the right price, clean, or offers free parking. However, most of us overlook the real dangers of staying the night in a hotel room. Whether staying the night for business or on vacation, one of the most…

Judge Denies Request To Dismiss Personal Injury Claims Against Pharmaceutical Company

Gilead Sciences Inc. asked a California court that various personal injury claims against them be dismissed. According to the Los Angeles Sentinel, Superior Court Judge Carolyn Kuhl has denied this request. Gilead is accused of knowingly withholding safer medications that they were aware of to maintain high profits from their TDF medications that were…

Steamroller Industrial Accidents

A steamroller is a type of heavy equipment used in construction for leveling surfaces. The name “steam roller” has stuck even though these machines are generally diesel-powered. Roller machines are large and heavy but generally move slowly. They may not seem like they would be very dangerous but every year people are…

IVC Filters

Medical Malpractice lawsuits can originate in a variety of ways, many times by way of a health care provider deviating from the requisite standard of care during a treatment or procedure which causes injury to a patient. However, another way for a medical malpractice case to gain traction is by way of…

Older Patients Often Emerge From Hospital Stays Worse Than When They Arrived

Patients are supposed to emerge from hospitals healthier than when they arrived. But a significant number of older Americans are likely to emerge more disabled after a hospital stay. “In older patients, acute medical illness that requires hospitalization is a sentinel event that often precipitates disability,” according to The Journal of the…

Plastic Surgery Trends In 2015

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently published a report, detailing all of the plastic surgeries performed over the course of 2015. The numbers show some fascinating changes from prior years, and some interesting trends in the types of plastic surgeries now in demand. In general, facial cosmetic surgeries such as chin…

​Judge Overturns $38 Million Wrongful Death Decision

Two years after the terrible incident and after a lengthy civil trial that ended with a $38 million verdict against the Baltimore police for shooting and killing Korryn Gaines in a standoff, the judge on the case shocked lots of people by throwing away the verdict. The case bears a review of…

Johnson & Johnson Hit With $8 Billion Risperdal Verdict

Johnson & Johnson has been hit with an $8 billion dollar verdict after a local man claimed that he was unaware of the risks of taking the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.  The plaintiff, Nicholas Murray, was prescribed Risperdal when he was a minor. According to his lawsuit, he was not adequately informed of the side…

Boat Fire Survivor Claims Lack Of Training

Earlier this month, we covered the federal investigation into a boat fire that claimed dozens of lives in California. “Conception,” a diving tour boat, burst into flames along the coast of Santa Cruz Island during the middle of the night. Five crew members were able to escape but 34 others, who were sleeping…

Conference In Washington, D.C. Reports Costs Of Civil Litigation High Across The U.S.

The Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) recently presented how excessive civil litigation costs continue to plague the country at their SummitXX conference in Washington D.C. They explained that households are each indirectly spending thousands every year toward these costs. They reported that approximately 57% of the total expense is paid in plaintiff compensation and…

Lawsuit Against Doctor For Patient’s Suicide

Suicide is a tragic way for a family to lose a loved one. Friends and family often feel guilty for not doing something, or not noticing the warning signs. In some cases, people close to the suicide victim feel responsible for the death. In Florida, a man believes that his wife’s doctor…

Philly Woman Awarded Damages In Sidewalk Slip-and-Fall Case

Donna Fletcher filed a personal injury lawsuit in Philadelphia County Common Pleas Court naming Juan Pena as the defendant. She was walking down a sidewalk on Pena’s property when she tripped, fell, and was injured. There was a pipe extending outward from a drain that caused the fall. The judge deemed that…

Makers Of Popular OTC Heartburn Drug Hit With Class Action

Drug manufacturers Sanofi-Aventis and Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals are facing a class-action lawsuit related to the popular heartburn remedy Zantac. According to the claim, filed in the northern district of California, a known carcinogenic compound called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) has been detected in ranitidine, the active ingredient in Zantac. Zantac is an over-the-counter medication…

Don’t Bet On It – Abilify Claimed To Cause Gambling Addiction

Abilify is a medication that is prescribed to patients who suffer from depression, bipolar disorder, irritability associated with autism, or schizophrenia. The drug was developed by the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company and placed in the market in 2002 after approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The medication is supposed to target dopamine…

Doctor Liable In Heart Attack Malpractice Case

When a person begins to feel pain, discomfort, or like something is not right, they may still not be sure if it is something minor or a medical emergency. However, there are two symptoms that almost always necessitate a trip to the hospital: shortness of breath and chest pain.  Chest pain is…

Hospital Worker Causes Hepatitis Outbreak For Sharing Needles With Patients

A former hospital worker was sentenced to 39 years in prison after causing a hepatitis C outbreak among surgery patients. The worker was found to be taking syringes with painkillers and injecting them into himself before refilling the syringes with water and injecting patients with the tainted solution.  Hospital Staff Stealing Patient…

Settlement Reached In Wrongful Death Case Involving A Philadelphia Nursing Home

A Philadelphia nursing home settled a claim of wrongful death with the son of the deceased for $145,000, split between a wrongful death claim and a survival claim. Ola Simmons died from respiratory conditions, which the claim asserts was due to negligence demonstrated by the nursing facility.​ A settlement conference involving plaintiff John Simmons, the administrator of…

The Role Of Doctor Bias In Misdiagnosis

Doctor bias is an unfortunate reality in the medical world. It is a topic that we have addressed here several times–including the bias that LGBT+ patients may face, and the bias in pharmaceutical testing and medical treatment which affects women. Just how much do these biases ultimately affect medical care? New research out of Johns…

Slipping And Falling At The Theme Park

As the summer months approach, many people will be heading out to theme parks for a day of fun and amusement. There are many parks to choose from around the country including Disneyland, Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Six Flags. While most who visit these entertaining venues come home with…

People Ignore Warnings About Cheap Plastic Surgeries

Thousands of people seek out plastic surgery operations to augment their figures, change the shape of their nose, or remove unwanted fat. However, some people cannot afford to get the expensive procedures done. This leads them to seek out cheaper alternatives, including unlicensed practitioners and going overseas for the procedure. In some…

South Dakota Division Of Insurance Reports Recent Shift In Medical Malpractice Award Value & Duration Of Cases

The South Dakota Division of Insurance requires that medical liability insurers in the state submit a report with a summary of claims each year. In 2016, these providers paid out merely $1.8 million in settlements in resolution of 12 cases. This is a considerable disparity compared to $6.4 million spread among 18 settlements in 2015, and…

Pawnee Nation Sues Fracking Company

The Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma was the victim of some negative effects from an oil company’s fracking practice within the region. The Cummings Oil Co. and Eagle Road Oil have both been named in a lawsuit filed in the tribal court of the Pawnee Nation for actions that resulted in damage to…

Perimenopause And Misdiagnosis

Menopause is a biological process which marks the end of a woman’s menstrual cycles. A woman is officially diagnosed with menopause after she has gone 12 months without a menstrual period. The average age for menopause in the United States in 51. Many physical symptoms accompany this change, including hot flashes and sleep disruption….

Future Health Damages Linked To Early Water Contamination

We often take for granted the safety of surroundings. Toxic chemicals associated with dangerous health risks are often lurking in our water, home products, and even in our children’s toys. Last year, researches at the Boston University School of Public Health released a study in the Environmental Health journal on the health effects…

Ignoring The FDA: Bone Cement And Human Experimentation

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been around for over 100 years. It is “responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation,” among other things. The FDA…

$30 Million Award To Family Of Man Who Died In Hospital Awaiting Surgery

The family of Johnny Sledge, who was 24-years-old at the time of his death, was awarded approximately $30 million after a jury found the hospital was negligent. The family brought the claim in the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court against DCH Healthcare Authority, a regional health provider in western Alabama. Sledge arrived in the emergency…

Husband Does Not Call 911 To Prevent Wife’s Death: Maryland’s Duty To Rescue Laws

Amy and Michael Metz were walking home from a party in the early morning hours amid blizzard-like conditions; both were intoxicated. The details are vague but Amy became unresponsive along the way and her husband continued home without summoning help or contacting emergency responders. Her body was found in the snow near their home that morning. This…

New Medicare & Medicaid Reimbursement Guidelines May Increase Rates Of Malpractice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised and will be implementing some new guidelines relating to patient evaluation and management. The majority of the changes will take effect in 2021, a delay that has largely been attributed to negative reactions from physicians. These modifications to documentation, coding, and payments are being…

Georgia Slip-and Fall Case At A Chick-fil-A Restaurant

Plaintiff Latasha Hartman brought a civil action for damages against David Clark after slipping at a Chick-fil-A restaurant that he owned and incurring an injury. Clark moved for a summary judgment and the court did accept the motion. A summary judgment is applicable when there is an absence of material fact in…

Philadelphia Refinery Fire Raises Fears Over Toxic Chemicals

Last Friday, a massive fire and series of explosions at a refinery in Philadelphia, PA terrified residents, who reported hearing the explosions from miles away. The company responsible for operating the refinery, Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) attempted to downplay the damage from the explosions, stating that they were “thankful” that only a…

Pennsylvania Federal Court Judge Dismisses Negligence Claims Against Private School

The Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania faces several claims for negligence brought by former students. Judge Christopher Conner found the private boarding school did not have general responsibility for the overall social welfare of students. Conner found the school’s relationship with the minors contractual in nature and the children remain under the legal custody…

Preventable Complications Having Severe Consequences For Women During Childbirth

In the realm of medical malpractice, emphasis is often placed on birth injuries that have consequences for the newborn. However, mothers have always faced dangers associated with giving birth as well. There are roughly four million births in the U.S. annually, most of which have no complications; however, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC),…

You Will Want To ‘L’Eggo Your Eggo’ After Listeria Recall

Consumers in 25 states will want to “L’Eggo their Eggos” after the Michigan-based Kellogg Co.recalled 10,000 cases of its Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles because of possible listeria contamination. Listeriosis is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and…

Fireworks Laws And Safety For Your Fourth Of July

The Fourth of July is the symbolic birth of our country, and one of our most treasured summer holidays. However, between the unparalleled use of fireworks and the alcohol consumed in the countless backyard barbecues across the country, the Fourth of July can often be the most dangerous holiday in the year….

Patient Injured After Fall From Hospital Bed

Falling out of your bed at home may result in little more than a bump on the head or a bruise on the knee. However, falling from a hospital bed can be much more serious. Hospital beds are higher up over hard ground, and may have the patient connected with life supporting…

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