DOJ Targets Skilled Nursing Facilities for FCA Violations

Every year, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announces its priorities, in part to inform the public about its activities, but also to put potential wrongdoers on notice that they will be under extra scrutiny. The announcement also is intended to make otherwise recalcitrant people comply with the law, which both protects the public and reduces the likelihood of … Read the rest

Coronavirus Spread Highlights Importance of Good Hygiene

With cases of coronavirus now appearing in the United States, there are increasing worries about the impact that the disease will have, particularly on children, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions. While authorities are urging people not to panic, many Americans are concerned about the danger the coronavirus poses. The coronavirus highlights the importance of having medical institutions … Read the rest

Medical Malpractice Settlement Revealed in the Death of Astronaut Neil Armstrong

On July 16, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong and the rest of the crew of Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy with the goal of being the first humans to land on the moon.  On July 20th the goal was reached, in what would be deemed “one small step for man, one giant leap for man-kind.”   Upon returning to earth, … Read the rest

Do You Agree That $3,000,000.00 is Not An Excessive Jury Award for Pain and Suffering for Serious Impairment But Not Loss of Vision Following LASIK Eye Surgery?

Devadas v. Niksarli, Index #: 107637/07, is an action for medical malpractice and lack of informed consent with respect to LASIK eye surgery. It was alleged that the defendant departed from the accepted standard of care for refractive surgeons inasmuch as the eye surgery was contraindicated in that at the time of the surgery the plaintiff suffered from forme fruste … Read the rest

Governor Paterson Announces New State Website on Federal Health Care Reform and Implementation

New York Governor David A. Paterson announced on July 8, 2010, the launch of a new State website on Federal health care reform. Several reforms take effect this summer, including a temporary high risk pool for people with medical conditions that are expensive to treat, an early retiree reinsurance program that will help offset the cost of providing health insurance … Read the rest

Governor Paterson Announces $150 Million Available for Long-Term Care Alternatives to Nursing Homes

The dreaded day when a family realizes that their loved one can no longer be cared for in their home, even with assistance, and must be confined to a nursing home will hopefully become less common and traumatic. Earlier this month Governor David A. Paterson announced that New York State will fund up to $150 million in projects to help … Read the rest

NYC Building Code Does Not Make Landowner Absolutely Liable for Damage to Adjacent Structure Caused By Excavation

Earlier this year the New York City Department of Buildings had a No-Penalty Retaining Wall Inspection Program, in which homeowners could call 311 to request an inspection of their retaining wall without the penalty of violations.

Retaining walls are important because they are designed to hold back soil that would move to a more natural slope or incline if the … Read the rest

Use of Morphine Found to Prevent Development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common, important and well-documented mental health outcome among seriously injured civilian and military survivors of trauma such as those injured in car accidents, construction site accidents, or by electrocution. One risk factor for the later development of PTSD is physical injury from a traumatic event especially injury that is associated with severe pain.

A … Read the rest

Will Woody Johnsons New York Jets Fare Better in Today’s Playoff Game Than His Pharmaceutical Company Did on Friday?

This afternoon the Jets face the San Diego Chargers for the chance to play the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game. The Jets and their fans go into the game brimming with confidence and excitement. Butin a complaint filed Friday by the U.S. Attorney in Boston, prosecutors alleged that health care giant Johnson & Johnson paid tens of millions … Read the rest

Youth Concussions Continue to Receive Attention from National and Local Legislatures

The sports pages the last several months have been filled with reports of Congressional hearings and testimony concerning concussions and the National Football League particularly the long-term health effects of head injuries on players. Years ago when people thought about football players injuries, the attention was focused more on injuries such as knee injuries and other effects on bone structure, … Read the rest