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  • Unum Provident Goes Against ERISA Rights
    Dec-18-08 Elizabethtown, PA: Jay had an Unum Provident policy with his employer and received short term disability for five months (in July 2006) before he qualified for Unum's long term disability benefits. After six months receiving health insurance benefits from Unum, he was told to apply for social security—the insurance company expected him to return to wo...
  • Woman Found Guilty of Financial Elder Abuse
    Dec-16-08 Lakeport, CA In a move that shows how horrified the public is about financial elder abuse, a jury convicted a woman of one count of felony financial abuse and one count of felony elder abuse and neglect. The victim's story shows how far some people are willing to go to make money off those who cannot care for themselves. The senior was the victim of fina...
  • Ten Percent of Tasers Tested Found to Emit Higher Current
    Dec-8-08 Montreal, PQ With the rising incidence of deaths by Tasers , a Canadian media network has commissioned an analysis of Tasers in an attempt to verify, or disprove their safety and reliability. The tests revealed problems with more than 10 percent of the devices tested, which were pulled from the stocks of US police forces at random and test-fired. Some did...
  • Five Executives Answer to Marine Antitrust Charges
    Dec-3-08 Norfolk, VA Antitrust laws serve as a governor on the activities and actions of business and commerce. The Antitrust Act guarantees protection for law-abiding entrepreneurs against the morally reprehensible and patently illegal activities of price-fixing and the rigging of bids. Thus, a sound antitrust policy when conducting commerce not only makes good...
  • Flesh Eating Disease Kills Cancer Survivor, Family Receives Big Award.
    Dec-2-08 Boston, MA Attorney Robert Higgins, one of Boston's most successful medical malpractice attorneys, recently won a significant award for the family of a woman whose cancer was cured by an experimental form of chemotherapy, only to die to from a devastating bacterial infection--flesh eating disease. After listening to the arguments presented by Higgins, t...
  • Wrongful Death in Iowa Could Multiply
    Nov-27-08 Glenwood, IA In a copyrighted story appearing yesterday in the Des Moines Register, an Iowa mother is accusing a State-run home for the disabled of wrongful death , and indicated that she will be seeking a wrongful death attorney to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. For now, Georgette Alexander is grieving over the loss of her son. What complicates the...
  • AARP Insurance Not the Medical Advantage Most Believe
    Nov-23-08 Washington, DC Imagine going into hospital for treatment armed with your AARP health insurance plan . Your AARP insurance gives you peace of mind that your bills will be paid. Or maybe you have United Health Group insurance. No matter. You're good—at least until you get there, and you are told that your insurance is grossly inadequate and you are asked...
  • "Byetta is my Dirty Little Secret"
    Nov-17-08 Cleveland, OH Although Deborah has not suffered acute pancreatitis from taking Byetta , she is concerned about long-term damage. Deborah was prescribed this drug off-label to lose weight but didn't know about Byetta pancreatitis until recently. And she is concerned about her health record. "I don't want Byetta on my health insurance profile because of...
  • Zimmer Hip Replacement Patients Caught in the Middle
    Nov-17-08 Washington, DC Pity the Zimmer hip replacement patients who 'benefited' from the new Zimmer Durom Cup during hip surgery. Many Durom Acetabular Components have failed, requiring expensive revision surgery—and this past summer Zimmer suspended sales of the so-called Durom Cup. "The issue, it appears, is that implantation of the Durom Cup requires sp...
  • Chantix Suicide and Homicide Risk: Lawsuit
    Nov-16-08 Boston, MA Chantix is a story that just won't go away. While critics pine for a Chantix recall that just isn't happening, and doctors become increasingly alarmed over associations between Chantix and suicide , a number of watchdog agencies continue to raise the alarm over this once-exalted anti-smoking drug that appears to be doing more harm than good f...
  • Nursing Home Abuse: When Elder Care Isn't There
    Nov-15-08 Minneapolis, MN The elder care industry is a growing one, given the advancing age of the baby boomers and the aging of the general population. And elder care will never go out of fashion provided the numbers are there to support it, as they are now and for the foreseeable future. Demand for elder care is high and going higher; witness the number of oper...
  • Healthy Men on Paxil 'Lose the Juice'
    Nov-15-08 San Fransisco, CA A study released during the second weekend in November (and yet to be published) provides new concern for couples hoping to conceive—especially if the prospective father happens to be on Paxil . Paroxetine (Paxil) is a member of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressants, and has been found to increas...
  • Defective Cars Still on the Road, Recall Notices in the Glove Box
    Nov-10-08 Detroit, MI Driving a defective automobile is generally a recipe for disaster—a defective car is more likely to be in an accident, or cause an injury that can be linked to an auto defect. The latter can be due to poor design, or workmanship. However, the bottom line is startling: there are millions of defective vehicles on the road, and nobody is doing...
  • Death by Taser: A Stunning Development
    Nov-2-08 Washington, DC According to the US arm of Amnesty International (AIUSA) the number of people who have been Tasered to death since 2001 has grown to 320. So many deaths by Tasers, and all this amidst a growing medical concern and a growing outcry from the general public that such weapons exceed a law enforcement official's normal capacity to subdue a thre...
  • When a Train Accident Takes a Life…
    Oct-31-08 Washington, DC When it comes to railroad worker safety, most people will assume that the most pronounced issues relate to a train accident, railroad worker deaths or the emotional and physical trauma that come with an injury. In fact the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA) exists for that very reason—to serve as a resource, and a series of protecti...
  • The Whistleblower and the Voting Machine
    Oct-27-08 Washington, DC With one of the most important Presidential elections in US history mere days away, concern is resurfacing over the integrity of voting machines and the potential for tampering, according to two whistleblowers . Indeed, there has been a lot of whistleblowing going on with regard to one of the most closely guarded freedoms inherent with demo...
  • Byetta Lands a Plum as Safety Concern Remains
    Oct-25-08 Alexandria, VA In an, 'it happened on the way to the courthouse' moment, the makers of Byetta—the diabetes drug that has been associated with six deaths from Byetta acute pancreatitis —would have been overjoyed to hear this week's news that GLP-1 analogs have been added to treatment guidelines as a secondary option for patients. In spite of concerns o...
  • Is Unum Provident Still a Hungry Vulture?
    Oct-22-08 Chattanooga, TN It's been awhile since Unum Provident was pilloried in the press, the subject of investigative reports by 60 Minutes and Dateline: NBC for dubious practices with regard to the provision of Unum long term disability and Unum life insurance. Indeed, Unum's corporate web site extols the virtues of 'people serving people.' Just don't ask L...
  • Law and the Environment: It's All Around You
    Oct-19-08 Washington, DC In his book, 'The Making of Environmental Law,' author Richard J. Lazarus recalls fondly his evenings working as a bartender while pursuing his degree and putting the wheels in motion to become, what was a bit of a novelty in 1975, an environmental lawyer. He recalls a conversation with a customer in the bar one autumn evening that year...
  • Are Granite Countertop Radon Emissions Dangerous?
    Oct-9-08 Houston, TX With people becoming increasingly concerned about granite countertop radon emissions, some organizations are taking matters into their own hands, offering to conduct tests to determine radon exposure in homes. Meanwhile, the debate rages on as to whether people who have granite countertops in their homes are exposed to unsafe levels of rado...
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