Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Hospital Gift Nobody Wants: Infection

The last thing you expect to get in a hospital is an additional medical complication in the form of infection.  Hospital acquired infections, also known as Nosocomial infections, strike about two million Americans annually, constituting about ten percent of hospital visits. According to estimates from the American Medical Association, 80,000 Americans die each year from… Read More »

Out of Control: Use of Restraints in Nursing Homes

Nursing home abuse takes many forms, and can include physical, emotional and financial manifestations.  One area where abuse may be hard to detect is in the use of both physical and chemical restraints on nursing home residents. The Boston Globe recently found that in one nursing home it examined in Beverly, Massachusetts, nineteen percent of… Read More »

Car Window Dog Bites

Approximately 800,000 people seek medical treatment for dog bites each year in the United States.  Only rarely, however, are the circumstances close to what Deborah Reyes experienced.  Ms. Reyes was on her way into a convenience store in New York when a dog, in a car parked illegally next to the sidewalk, stuck its head… Read More »

Medicare Requirements in Personal Injury Claims

Starting on January 1, 2011, personal injury claims from claimants eligible for Medicare must be reported to Medicare.  Medicare is entitled to a 100% recovery of the benefits it paid for the treatment of injuries and it will seek reimbursement of such payments from any settlement or payout on the claim.  Failure to comply with… Read More »

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