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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2017 – What started out as a day of fishing, ended with serious, crippling propeller injuries to a 17-year-old’s arms. This boating accident happened near Corpus Christi. A family of three went out for a day of fishing, using a 23-foot-long Explorer tunnel vee, also referred to as a Texas flatboat. These personal watercraft, are light and responsive, but seem to have one deadly quirk — suddenly spinning end for end with little to no warning. That possible design flaw was mentioned in a study done in 2013, paid for by the U.S. […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2017 – President Donald Trump announced the selection of David Shulkin as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in January. The decision ended a lengthy search for a qualified individual to lead the sprawling federal agency that comprises a nationwide network of 1,700 medical facilities. Trump said he and his transition team interviewed “at least 100 people” to find the right person to take on the responsibility of improving veterans care. They ultimately decided to look for someone inside the VA. The decision means Shulkin, 57, would be the first serving […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2016 – Hundreds of Vietnam veterans are suffering from a rare bile duct cancer that may be connected to their wartime service. The former service members are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to acknowledge their condition is service-related so that they can be eligible for benefits. The cancer, called cholangiocarcinoma, can be caused by liver flukes present in raw or poorly cooked freshwater fish. Vietnam War veterans may have been infected by liver flukes after eating such fish when their rations ran out. The parasites are commonly found in certain areas […]


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Harrisburg, PA (Law Firm Newswire) September 29, 2016 – Changes to Medicare encourages discussions between patients and doctors about advance care planning by creating a separate billing code for end-of-life counseling. In the past, Medicare only compensated a physician to have this conversation during the “Welcome to Medicare” visit, but often the topic did not seem relevant to the patient at that time. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the goal of the Obama administration is to develop a health care system that yields improved care, more effective spending, and healthier individuals and families. As part of […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2016 – The Commission on Care has presented the White House with a report outlining a strategy for transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. The panel conducted a two-year review of its current condition and future outlook. The 300-page report includes 18 recommendations on how the department can improve the quality of health care as well as veterans’ access to it. One key proposal involves creating a permanent nationwide system of public and private health networks that allow veterans to seek medical care from VA hospitals as well as […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2016 – Heather Heath had an E. coli infection that doctors delivering her baby could smell when her water broke. Her son died two hours after birth. Heath’s son was delivered prematurely at 22-weeks-old. As it turned out, Heath had a bacterial infection of the uterus, resulting in her son contracting charioamnionitis, usually caused by E. coli. Heath and her husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking punitive damages and damages for the wrenching emotional distress of watching their son, Charles die. The suit was filed against the apartment complex they lived in, […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2016 – Mark Davenport went to his local emergency room complaining of abdominal pain and constipation. He had ultimately lost 80 pounds and died of multiple organ failure and septic shock. Davenport was only 54 years old when he died. His death was preventable and it shocked the local community that at least five physicians had failed to diagnose an internal hernia. Davenport’s family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging the misdiagnosis resulted in catastrophic and fatal injuries. Mark’s wife and daughter filed the suit against numerous defendants, including but not limited to […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2016 – Austin and other large Texas cities could use this kind of partnership to assist those injured in boating accidents. Boating is a favorite pastime in Texas, with many lakes, rivers and other bodies of water beckoning to boat enthusiasts. Not everyone follows safe boating practices and some personal watercraft owners boat while under the influence. Boating under the influence is a recipe for an accident resulting in serious injuries or death. EMTs/first responders have to know precisely what to do when they arrive at the scene of a boating accident, and […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2016 – Sometimes the only thing that can protect people against blood clots is awareness. In recognition of Blood Clot Awareness Month, the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) is telling one individual’s story on its website each day. Each person had a frightening experience with a blood clot, and a common theme among many of their stories is that they were not at very high risk, but had symptoms they could not ignore. Greg Grambor is president of Vascular PRN, a distributor of pneumatic compression devices for the prevention of deep vein thrombosis […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2015 – A Florida Hospital Association survey has found that 95 percent of its member hospitals are waiting for around $134 million in outstanding payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The 30,000 outstanding claims are for medical services the state’s hospitals provided to veterans who faced long wait times at VA health care facilities or lived too far away from them. According to the association, around 6,000 of the unpaid claims have been delayed for over two years. In October 2015, VA Secretary Robert McDonald received a letter from 12 Florida Congress […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 3, 2016 – The Florida Supreme Court denied certiorari relief to the University of Miami regarding the medical malpractice liability of two doctors in a Florida brain injury lawsuit. The case involves a brain injury suffered during childbirth at Jackson North Maternity Center. The injured boy is now 17 years old. The University of Miami was named as a defendant because it employed two doctors through its medical school. “The complexities of this case show the importance of being represented by an attorney with extensive experience in medical malpractice and brain injury lawsuits,” said […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2016 – Gut Fermentation Syndrome, an extremely rare syndrome that causes the gut to ferment ingested food, has afflicted only a handful of people in recent decades. It’s an unusual disease and those living with it have difficulty trying to explain to law enforcement they have not been drinking and driving even when their Breathalyzer results seem to indicate otherwise. In Texas in 2013, a 61-year-old man seemed to be drunk all the time despite not drinking. No one believed him until his wife, a nurse, started administering Breathalyzer tests. Even if he […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2016 – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced new criteria on Dec. 1 to increase patient eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program. The change is expected to open the program to about 160,000 more veterans seeking health care at private hospitals and clinics closer to home. VA officials said staff have been granted more flexibility to evaluate eligibility. The changes are effective immediately. “The VA is taking a positive step toward consolidating care among different programs, increasing eligibility and improving its health care services after reports of long wait times at overwhelmed VA […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 10, 2015 – In the course of a few short months, Ronald Scott went from being relatively active to having headaches so severe he contemplated suicide. Scott was an Air Force veteran and suffered from severe chronic headaches. However, nothing helped diminish them despite being given narcotics. He was initially told he may have a bad vertebra in his back, and later the diagnosis changed to allergies, then to a possible stroke. But no one could really explain what caused these severe headaches. Scott’s daughter received a call that her father had collapsed on […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2015 – Medical misdiagnosis may lead to serious injuries or death. In this case, a family was awarded $195,000 in a lawsuit for the wrongful death of their mother. The initial diagnosis, based on the E.R. attending and the attending physician’s assistant’s (P.A.) interpretation of the patient’s electrocardiogram (EKG) results, was a condition called bundle branch block. As it turned out, the EKG results were not correctly interpreted, and the patient was actually suffering from a much more serious condition that could result in a complete blockage of the heart, leading to sudden […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 28, 2015 – Overdosing on legitimate prescriptions or pill mill doctor prescriptions such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and oxymorphone now account for the single largest cause of accidental death in the U.S. Once only prescribed for the terminally ill, opiods have become an everyday tool for pain management. “Statistics from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveal that more Americans die from prescription drug overdoses for painkillers than from other street drugs, such as heroine or cocaine,” said noted Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek. In fact, the CDC statistics also show that […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2015 – The number of veterans on health care waiting lists of one month or more is now 50 percent higher than it was a year ago when the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was battling a scandal over falsified records and long wait times, according to VA officials. The agency is also facing a budget shortfall of $2.7 billion. According to the VA, health care costs have risen due to increased demand by veterans for new hepatitis C treatments and prosthetic limbs, as well as programs for sending patients to doctors outside […]


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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2015 – Women who have served in the military commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of women who have not, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Among these, female veterans ages 18 to 29 are 12 times more likely to commit suicide than their civilian counterparts. Studies show over 2,500 women who served in the military have committed suicide in the past 11 years. Jim Fausone, a veterans attorney in Michigan, said, “Such high veteran suicide rates are unacceptable. Most research has focused on men and […]


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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2015 – State Supreme Court struck down similar law on caps three years ago. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law on May 9 legislation that will place caps on the amount of some damage awards in medical malpractice cases. The new law does not mark the first time the Show Me State has attempted to limit damages in medical malpractice cases, though, as the Missouri Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional the state’s previous law on such damages three years ago. The Democratic governor signed into law the measure, Senate Bill 239, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Studies are again criticizing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), saying its fast-track process for medical devices approves many that do not meet regulatory standards. The National Center for Health Research reports that a worrying majority of medical devices approved under the FDA’s fast-track process lack publicly available safety documentation. Without this documentation, doctors and hospitals cannot accurately assess the risk a device poses to patients. “The FDA gets a lot of pressure from medical device companies that want to beat the competition to market,” commented Richard LaGarde, a defective products […]


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