A Call for Drastic Changes in Educating New Lawyers

New York Times; February 10, 2013 DALLAS — Faced with profound and seemingly irreversible shifts, the legal profession is contemplating radical changes to its educational system, including cutting the curriculum, requiring far more on-the-ground training and licensing technicians who are … Continue reading

Pediatricians Welcome President’s Proposed Gun Reforms and Increased Mental Health Care

Posted on January 20, 2013 by Virginia Buchanan • 0 Comments President Obama’s recent executive orders regarding gun reforms are supported by the American Academy of Pediatricians. Because mental health issues have come to the forefront from the recent rash … Continue reading

New Data Shows Increase in Violent Crimes in 2012

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Aaron Watson • 0 Comments Despite the continued standoff in Congress regarding gun control, the fact remains that violent crimes in America are on the rise. The FBI recently released their early crime statistics … Continue reading

Washington Supreme Court Issues Far-Reaching Unanimous Opinion Protecting Consumers’ Right to Sue in Court

Lawyersandsettlements.com — Spokane, WA: – On February 7, 2013, the Washington Supreme Court issued an important decision holding that companies cannot strip away consumers’ ability to sue them through the use of grossly one-sided arbitration clauses. In the matter of … Continue reading

American Cancer Society Issues Controversial Guideline To Try To Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths

Despite the long-standing debate and controversy on the topic, the American Cancer Society just issued a new guideline which supports use of annual low-dose CT scans to screen for lung cancer in older smokers.  The guideline utilizes specific criteria for … Continue reading

Growing Controversy Over Safety of New Oral Anticoagulant Pradaxa

Pradaxa is a novel oral anticoagulant designed to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation. From the day it was approved for sale in the United States an unprecedented number of serious adverse events and deaths attributed … Continue reading

Florida Court Refuses To Dismiss Claim For Pregnant Woman’s Death

An appellate court in Florida refused  today to dismiss a claim for the wrongful death of a young pregnant woman while she was in the care of a mental health facility known as Park Place.  The Defendant, Osceola Mental Health, … Continue reading

Wind Tax Credit Avoids Fall Over Fiscal Cliff

The U.S. government has managed to postpone financial calamity for a few months with the passage of a so-called “fiscal cliff” deal.  But hidden within the bill was tax credit that was considered dead on arrival – The wind energy … Continue reading

Medical Malpractice: “Never Events” Occur At Least 4000 Times Per Year

“Never Event” is a universally recognized term in the medical profession referring to something that should never happen during surgery, such as a retained-foreign-body (an instrument or sponge left in the body) or a wrong-site, wrong patient, or wrong procedure … Continue reading

Surgical Malpractice Associated With Surgeon’s Inexperience

Although it comes as no surprise that an inexperienced surgeon may be more likely to commit medical negligence in the performance of a surgical procedure, the surprising thing is that it happens at all, given the stringent training, licensing and … Continue reading