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Combining Ritalin and Cognitive Behavioral Rehabilitation Shows Promise Following TBI

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

A treatment protocol combining Ritalin, a stimulant commonly used for ADHD, and a form of Cognitive Behavioral Rehabilitation known as “Memory and Attention Adaptation Training” (MAAT) shows great promise for improving...more

In a Word - Incredible

by Reed Smith on

Summary judgment isn’t normally available for credibility issues. During the “summary judgment trilogy” of 1986, the Supreme Court stated, “[c]redibility determinations, the weighing of the evidence, and the drawing of...more

Avandia Case Flunks Warning Causation

by Reed Smith on

We’re now into the New Year but aren’t completely done with the old one. The name of the first month of the year, January, is conventionally attributed to Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, gates, transitions, and doorways....more

Exercise as Key Component of Treatment for “Chemobrain”

Although the primary focus of this blog is on “traumatic” brain injury, the literature increasingly demonstrates that the physiological causes of cognitive impairment overlap between a range of conditions having...more

Defence + Indemnity: December 2017 - I. Insurance Issues C.

by Field Law on

I. INSURANCE ISSUES - E. A hospital insurer was held to owe a duty to defend a hospital employee sued for the privacy tort of inclusion upon seclusion, as such was an “invasion or violation of privacy” or an “invasion or...more

EDNY Rejects Successor Liability in Hip Implant Case

by Reed Smith on

Happy birthday, Christopher Plummer. The great Canadian actor turns 88 today, and seems as vibrant as ever. What a marvelous career Plummer has had. He is a preeminent Shakespearean actor. We saw him play Iago to James...more

Tennessee Supreme Court Rejects Efforts to Alter Existing Law on the Collateral Source Rule in Personal Injury Cases

Last month the Tennessee Supreme Court, in Dedmon v. Steelman, affirmed the long-standing collateral source rule in personal injury cases. As long as an injured plaintiff can establish that the medical expenses they incurred...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Preemption of HRT Complaint

by Reed Smith on

Today, December 1, 2017, is the birthday of Gilbert O’Sullivan, who scored a hit back in 1972 with “Alone Again, Naturally,” the saddest song we can think of this side of Albinoni’s Adagio. That is fitting, given our...more

Second Circuit Affirms Exclusion of Plaintiffs’ Experts – and Summary Judgment for Defendant – in Mirena MDL

by Reed Smith on

As we write this, our fair city remains in a blissful haze following our Eagles’ 33-10 rout of the 49’ers to go 7-1 in the NFC East, so it might be appropriate to call today’s opinion a “touchdown.” On the other hand, the...more

Three Strikes And . . . You Get Another Chance?

by Reed Smith on

“Legal conclusions, though, are not entitled to the assumption of truth.” If that were the only point we could take away from Wright v. Howmedica Osteonics Corp., No. 5:17-cv-459, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 168785 (M.D. Fla. Oct....more

Enforcing Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Post-Kindred

Just five months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on a nursing home arbitration dispute in Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark. It held that the Kentucky supreme court’s rationale for not enforcing the arbitration...more

Nursing Home Care — Who protects the most vulnerable?

Who protects the elderly citizen? A recent article in Law360 suggested that nursing home claims may rise in the wake of Hurricane Irma and the Hollywood Hills Nursing Home tragedy. The article seemed to downplay the...more

Duties Owed to All by a Healthcare Provider Sound in Premises Liability, Not Medical Malpractice

In Johnson v. Open Door Community Health Centers, No. A143992, the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Four, recently held that MICRA did not apply where a patient who was attempting to exit a clinic after the...more

A Year Into the Elder Justice Task Force: Is Your Community a Target?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On March 30, 2016, the Department of Justice issued a press release announcing its launch of ten Elder Justice Task Forces in the Northern District of California, Northern District of Georgia, District of Kansas, Western...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - September 2017

Deflating the hype and exposing the risks of stem-cell treatments - Stem cells and regenerative medicine—a promising and complex field that has been a preoccupation of no less than popes, presidents, and top health policy...more

ERISA: When Bad Surgery Results Create New Disabiling Conditions: Still Excluded by the Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion?

Pre-existing condition exclusions can be difficult to apply, especially when addressing whether a new disabling condition relates back to a pre-existing condition....more

Pinpointing cancer’s cause: a costly, complex, maddening challenge

What exactly causes cancer? That may be, recent news reports indicate: - a question that’s heading into the billion-dollar range for a Big Pharma firm; - a painful conundrum for a Major League Baseball...more

OIG Reports That CMS Has Inadequate System for Identifying SNF Abuse

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued an “Early Alert” regarding the preliminary results of an ongoing study of potential abuse or neglect in Medicare-certified skilled...more

Protecting Vulnerable Adults While Protecting Their Physicians – A Proposed Statutory Amendment

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Arizona Supreme Court’s recent decision in Delgado v. Manor Care of Tucson AZ, LLC, subjects health care providers to liability for ordinary negligence under the Adult Protective Services Act. This decision therefore...more

Health Alert (Australia) 14 August 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 10 August 2017 - Inquest into the Death of Stephen Herczeg 57/2016 (1808/2016) - The said Court finds that Stephen Herczeg aged 72...more

Even More At Stake Than Meets The Eye With Potential HIPAA Violations

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court in New Mexico recently declined to dismiss tort claims asserted by a registered nurse against her employer, a government-run hospital, where she sought and obtained treatment for a brutal sexual assault. In...more

Compensatory Damages Allowed to Stand in Depakote Trial, Despite Adequate Warnings and Lack of Warnings Causation

by Reed Smith on

We are beginning to feel like the Drug and Device Law theatre critic. Or perhaps we should say “theatre cheerleader,” as we rarely wax critical (at least about the stuff we include in our blog posts). Last week, we saw the...more

Bristol-Myers Squibb: The Aftermath

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified the scope of specific personal jurisdiction in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, San Francisco Cty., 137 S. Ct. 1773 (2017) (“BMS”). Mass tort defendants...more

The Luck of The Draw: A Strong Preemption Ruling from an Anticoagulant MDL

by Reed Smith on

We have offered our view that cases seeking to impose liability based on well-known risks found with an entire class of prescription medications tend to be weak. We think design defect claims usually are clearly preempted in...more

Health Alert (Australia) 31 July 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 24 July 2017 - Medical Board of Australia v Soo [2017] SAHPT 10 - In this proceeding, the respondent, a physiotherapist, was alleged to have...more

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