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No-Fault vs. health insurance: What’s the better choice for crash victims?

by Michigan Auto Law on

Health insurance is full of landmines for unsuspecting car crash victims, who are subject to ‘auto exclusions,’ coverage limitations, managed care, HMOs and medical pre-approval requirements and ERISA liens....more

Awful Missouri Venue/Joinder Ruling Offers Way Out – Take It!

by Reed Smith on

Even after having read it through twice, we find the result in Barron v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., ___ S.W.3d ___, 2016 WL 6596091 (Mo. App. Nov. 8, 2016), hard to fathom, and even harder to stomach. For several years after...more

The Potentially Dangerous Intersection of Healthcare and Social Media

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

Lately, there have been numerous reports in the media raising patient privacy concerns due to healthcare providers’ use of social media in the workplace. A few examples include...more

Dirty Instruments Pose Threat to Outpatients, Too

Earlier this year, both patients and providers were shocked when a rash of hospital patients got seriously ill or died after medical devices used to examine their gastrointestinal tracts infected them because they were not...more

Cybersecurity for Medical Devices: A Risk Mitigation Checklist for In-House Counsel

by Reed Smith on

Just this summer, a cybersecurity firm issued a report widely cited in the media detailing cases where unnamed hospitals were allegedly hit by data breaches after medical devices (identified only generically as a blood gas...more

Feds Go After Websites Selling Suspect Medicine and Devices

Partnering with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, the FDA last month put the screws to more than 1,000 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous drugs and medical devices directly to consumers....more

No Prescription For Consumer Protection

by Reed Smith on

Allowing plaintiffs to pursue claims under consumer protection statutes in prescription medical product liability litigation is trying to pound a square peg into a ham sandwich. It doesn’t fit, and the combination isn’t very...more

Nevada Expands PI Definition under Data Breach Law

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Becomes the fifth state to amend its data breach statute since January 2015 The definition of “personal information” (“PI”) just got a little bit bigger in the Silver State. On May 13, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed...more

Lessons Learned from the Anthem Cyber-Attack and Corresponding “HIPAA Actions”

by Benesch on

Anthem Inc. (“Anthem”), the nation's second-largest health insurer, disclosed on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, that it was the victim of a major cyber-attack. According to Anthem, the attack exposed personal information of...more

Generic Drug Manufacturers to Face Failure-to-Warn Claims in California

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal involving failure-to-warn claims against generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. Teva Pharms. USA Inc. v. Super. Ct., No. 13-956, 2015 WL 231967 (U.S. Jan. 20,...more

Imagination-in-Pleading Award

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

When Oklahoma Blue Cross-Blue Shield terminated Dr. Gude’s provider agreement, he decided to fight back. He sued the Blues in federal court, alleging they had violated—and this is the imaginative part—Oklahoma’s Consumer...more

Nursing Home Reporting of Reasonable Suspicion of a Crime in a Long Term Care Facility

by Baker Donelson on

Nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospices that provide services in long term care facilities and independent living facilities that provide services for the developmentally disabled ("facilities") are required...more

Infuse Bone Graft Lawsuit Website Launched By Hissey Kientz, LLP Law Firm

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP announces the launch of its new website, Medtronic Bone Graft Lawyers (http://medtronicbonegraftlawyers.com/). A Yale University Study has linked the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft to severe...more

BioMet M2a Magnum Hip Replacements Linked to Painful Side Effects

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

BioMet M2a Magnum hip replacement devices have been linked to complications including metal poisoning, hip implant loosening, fretting and corrosion, dislocation and fractures at the site of the implant....more

Stryker hip replacements may cause serious complications

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

Stryker Corporation issued a voluntary recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II modular hip replacement systems in July 2012 after stating that the metal-on-metal hip devices posed an increased risk for severe...more

GranuFlo Recall Website Launched By Hissey Kientz, LLP Law Firm

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is announcing the launch of its new website, GranuFlo Recall Help (http://www.granuflorecallhelp.com/). The site will serve as a source for news and legal information for patients and their...more

Zoloft Use During First Trimester of Pregnancy Can Increase Risk of Birth Defects

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

Use of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy can increase a child’s risk of being born with serious heart defects or other birth defects. ...more

Patients continue to file lawsuits over faulty DePuy hip implants

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, face thousands of lawsuits from patients who were injured as a result of problems with DePuy’s ASR hip replacements. ...more

FAQ: The Link Between Actos and Bladder Cancer

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

The FDA has warned that patients taking Actos are more likely to be diagnosed with bladder cancer than users of other diabetes medications. ...more

Vaginal mesh erosion may occur after transvaginal mesh surgery

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that transvaginal mesh surgery complications such as vaginal scarring and mesh erosion can lead to a significant decrease in patient quality of life due to discomfort and...more

GranuFlo and NaturaLyte Recall FAQ

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

GranuFlo and NaturaLyte have been linked to serious side effects such as heart attack, stroke, and death when used during hemodialysis treatment....more

Birth Control Pills Containing Drospirenone May Increase Risk of Blood Clots

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

Multiple studies have warned that women who use birth control pills containing drospirenone face an increased risk of blood clots....more

Zoloft Can Increase Risk of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn

by Hissey Kientz LLP on

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that the use of Zoloft or other SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy can increase a newborn’s risk of a circulatory condition known as persistent pulmonary hypertension of...more

Ten Most Important Aspects in Admission Contract of Senior Care Facility

by Qin Qu on

With increasing supply in the Chinese marketplace of senior care facilities, expertise in the operating management is highly urged. The admission contract is one of the essential parts of this management. Having seen poorly...more

Opioid Painkiller Overdose Cause Thousands of Deaths Each Year

by Heygood, Orr & Pearson on

Patients who are prescribed opioid painkillers by their doctor - including drugs such as the fentanyl pain patch, hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, methadone, and morphine - may be at risk of an overdose or other serious...more

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