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Delgado v. Manor Care of Tucson

Arizona Supreme Court Revises Test for APSA Claim - The Supreme Court has revised the test for determining if an actionable violation of the Adult Protective Services Act has occurred. A.R.S. § 46-451. The court...more

Elder Abuse: Who is doing it?

When the time comes that an aging family member needs full-time care, or more care than he or she is receiving, most eyes turn to a daughter or a son, or depending on the circumstances, a grandchild. Often, employment...more

Elder Abuse: Signs, Symptoms You Can Identify

The mistreatment of the aged is a societal ill that, sadly, is unlikely to be cured soon. The statistics tell the story. By 2025, the global population of seniors (defined as those age 60 and older) will reach 1.2 billion....more

H.R. 1215: Lawmakers looking out for citizens will vote NO

When you read what I just read, you will have to ask yourself: why is my legislator in favor of House Resolution 1215 (HR 1215)?...more

Arizona Civil Verdicts, 2016

by Snell & Wilmer on

For the past 13 years, I’ve written the cover story of the state bar magazine, Arizona Attorney, about Arizona verdicts. The latest one is out. Here are 2016’s top Arizona verdicts, significant defense verdicts, punitive...more

HR 1215 — Taking Rights Away from Americans

The House of Representatives is trying once again to get HR 1215 out and into the Senate to make it the law of the land. This is a really bad law that takes away rights of Americans....more

Be Careful With That Power of Attorney!: Arbitration Clauses and Nursing Home Lawsuits

by LeClairRyan on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its opinion in Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark. This case addressed the issue of whether an agent acting pursuant to a power of attorney could bind...more

Fla. justices reject keystones of partisans’ plan to undercut patients’ rights

As congressional Republicans pursue their counter factual campaign this week to strip patients of their rights to pursue legal redress for harms they suffer while seeking medical services, the Florida Supreme Court has sent a...more

Fifth Circuit Holds That SPD Was An Enforceable Plan Document Through Which The Administrator Could Properly Seek Reimbursement

by DeWitt Law, LLC on

In another victory for plan administrators seeking reimbursement under the terms of ERISA plans, in Rhea v. Alan Ritchey, Inc. Welfare Benefit Plan, No. 16-41032, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9482 (5th Cir. May 30, 2017), the Fifth...more

Insurance Confusion — Breast Cancer

We have all seen the catchy T-shirts for the Susan B. Komen walks “Protect the Tatas.” Few adult diseases have received as much fund-raising attention as Breast Cancer, and for good reason....more

Can Robot-Assisted Surgery Be a Pain?

Recently, my colleague Amy Foust made some really good points about a subject that is rarely discussed. Over the years, a number of patients have claimed that they were injured by surgical robots defective by design or...more

Health Alert (Australia) 5 June 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 26 May 2017 - Mrs Nicole Webb v The Trustee for SWC Unit Trust T/A Salisbury Day Surgery [2017] FWC 2573 - Application for relief from...more

Elder Abuse: Awareness Day Aims To End It

Neglect of the elderly, an all-too-often occurrence in nursing homes and other community settings, will take center stage June 15, 2017, during World Elder Abuse Awareness Day....more

Code Red: Healthcare Restructurings on the Rise

Financial distress – sometimes it is isolated to specific borrowers and other times, it is endemic within an industry. In recent years, energy (e.g., oil, gas, and coal), retail and other industries have suffered widespread...more

Finally, a Win for Long-Term Care Facilities: United States Supreme Court Invalidates Kentucky Rule Singling Out Arbitration...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Anyone familiar with long term care litigation knows that the number of disputes regarding the use and enforcement of arbitration agreements in the context of assisted living/nursing home admissions has risen sharply over the...more

“Sometimes Wrong, Never in Doubt” – A New Perspective?

Two recent studies of medical malpractice claims highlight how patient complaints may identify those surgeons at greater risk for complications, a significant decrease in paid medical malpractice claims since 1992, and the...more

Health Alert (Australia) 22 May 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 16 May 2017 - Realview Holdings Pty Ltd And City Of Busselton [2017] WASAT 71 - Town planning - Development application - Land use...more

Health Alert (Australia) 15 May 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 5 May 2017 - Inquest into the death of Heather Fotiades [2017] NTLC 012 Medical practitioners prescribing high dose opioids for...more

Why the Tail Policy Didn’t Cover the Doctor’s Tail

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Dr. Steven Svabek may have set a record for the number of reasons why his tail policy didn’t cover the medical malpractice claims against him. According to a memorandum decision issued last week by the Indiana Court of...more

Anything Goes: Indiana Supreme Court Holds Malpractice Claimants Not Limited to Theories Presented to Medical Review Panel

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act requires that before claimants may bring a malpractice action against qualified healthcare providers in court, their claims must be reviewed by a medical review panel (“panel”). The panel...more

EMTALA Laboring Along 30 Years Later

by BakerHostetler on

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), despite being enacted more than 30 years ago, has produced a case examining the applicability of malpractice damages limitations that bears watching. In...more

Trial Court Committed Error in Excluding Evidence of Future Affordable Care Act Benefits in Medical Malpractice Case

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Cuevas v. Contra Costa County - First Appellate District, Division One (April 27, 2017) - In an ordinary personal injury lawsuit, a defendant may not introduce evidence of amounts the plaintiff received from insurance...more

Florida Supreme Court Rulings Affecting Health Care Providers

by Wilson Elser on

It is well established that Florida physicians are required to report any adverse incident that occurs in their office to the Department of Health. Discovery of these reports is a patient’s constitutional right under Article...more

Health Alert (Australia) April 24, 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 11 April 2017 - Medical Board Of Australia and Nuttall [2017] WASAT 58 - National Law - Professional misconduct - Advice - Lacking...more

Economists’ Rx for MDs’ legal wellbeing? Practice better medicine

In the battles between lawyers and doctors over malpractice lawsuits filed by patients harmed while seeking medical services, it may be worth heeding economists’ prescription for caregivers: Physicians, heal thy selves....more

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