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

Obama Foregoing Chance To Change Federal Court By Inaction

The President has an opportunity to affect the makeup of the federal judicial branch through his power of appointment, yet he may not be using that power to the fullest.  There are 874 federal judicial slots which are filled upon … Continue reading

Robert Reeves named one of South Carolina’s Top Trial Attorneys

South Carolina attorney Robert Reeves, founding partner of Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLC, has been listed as one of the state’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers (NTL). NTL is a professional, educational and business organization of … Continue reading

MACIAS v. STATE OF CALIFORNIA

VERDICT/SETTLEMENT SUMMARY DATE: March 21, 2011 CASE: MACIAS v. STATE OF CALIFORNIA TOPIC: PERSONAL INJURY, NEGLIGENCE CASE NO.: 09C0053 COURT/COUNTY: Superior Court of the State of California, Kings County JUDGE: Hon. James T. Laporte, Dept. 4 MEDIATOR: Michelle Reinglass, Esq. … Continue reading

Bea Hightower Joins University of South Carolina as an Adjunct Professor

Having spent seven years of undergraduate and law school education at the University of South Carolina, Bea Hightower has decided it’s time to return. Except this time, she is going to be sharing knowledge instead of gaining it. Ms. Hightower … Continue reading