Robert Kraft – Kraft & Associates

New Social Security Disability Policy Is Bad News

The National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) issued a press release July 28, 2011, explaining the details of a new and troubling policy of the Social Security Administration. In a nutshell, the…more

| Administrative Law

Hospital Risks: Perhaps July’s Reputation Is Justified

Here’s something to make you think twice about getting surgery this summer — hospital death rates apparently increase in July. According to a brief article in the New York Times, a new study published this month in Annals…more

| Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice

Should Veterans Have the Right to Sue for Negligence in Military Hospitals?

Since 1950, U.S. veterans have been unable to make claims for medical malpractice committed in military hospitals. This seemingly unfair rule was decided in a U.S. Supreme Court case referred to by the Plaintiff’s name, Feres.It…more

| Civil Remedies, Elections & Politics, Military Law, Personal Injury,...

I’m Typing This While I’m Driving

Written On June 20, 2011 By Bob Kraft But it’s OK. Texas Governor Rick Perry vetoed a bill passed by the House and Senate that would have banned texting while driving in Texas. I assume writing blog posts is no worse than…more

| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics

Cholesterol Drug Zocor Can Increase Risk of Muscle Damage

Simvastatin (marketed as Zocor; also an ingredient in Vytorin and Simcor) is a cholesterol-lowering drug. Merck obtained approval by the FDA in 1991 and it was their largest selling drug prior to the loss of patent protection in…more

| Administrative Law, Products Liability

Hospital Cost Shifting Adds to Auto Injury Claim Costs

According to a recent study from the Insurance Research Council, low reimbursements from public health insurance programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, have prompted hospitals to shift costs to automobile insurance…more

| Civil Remedies, Health, Insurance, Personal Injury

Social Security Says Goodbye to Paper Checks

You may have heard that the Social Security Administration is switching from paper checks to direct deposits for all people who receive benefits from the agency. New beneficiaries had to switch as of May 1, 2011. Those currently…more

| Administrative Law

Topamax Warning – Increased Risk of Cleft Palate in Newborns

Topamax is a prescription drug originally approved by the FDA in 1996 to treat epilepsy.The generic name is topiramate. Topamax is manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The FDA approved…more

| Administrative Law, Products Liability

Identity Theft

Identity theft is not new, but has become much more common in recent years. It occurs when another person begins wrongfully using your name to obtain credit and incur expenses that will be charged to you. Besides the…more

| Consumer Protection, Criminal Law, Privacy

J&J Recalls More Tylenol Bottles Due to Musty Odor

Johnson & Johnson has been forced to recall another batch of Tylenol due to a musty odor. This same problem has already caused five other recalls of Tylenol by the company. This recall includes almost 35,000 bottles of…more

| Products Liability

Lasko Recalls Box Fans Due To Fire Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the Lasko Products, Inc., has announced a voluntary recall of almost five million box fans. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless…more

| Administrative Law, Products Liability

NHTSA Issues New Safety Guidelines for Children’s Car Seats

Maybe it’s because I have three small grandchildren, but these days I find myself paying much more attention to articles about children’s car seats. In recent news, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has revised…more

| Administrative Law, Transportation

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