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Illinois doctor disciplined for medical malpractice

An Illinois doctor has been disciplined for removing the wrong organ from a patient during surgery, but the disciplinary action comes nearly ten years after the incident. According to news reports, in 2005, a Peoria physician accidentally removed a woman’s healthy kidney when he was supposed to extract part of her spleen. The woman suffered from a blood-clotting disorder, and she had had part... 

The Little Known Youth Caregiver Among Us

As baby boomers move up in years, the need for caregivers grows larger.  Included in this population of caregivers is one demographic unknown to most of us.  These are the youth ages 8-18 who help look after a loved one in poor health or disabled and there are about 1.3-1.4 million of them. 60% of these young caregivers remarked that care giving had negative impacts on their performance and attendance... 

Case before Supreme Court

Firm partner, John James, to argue a case before the Missouri Supreme Court in April, 2015 regarding a police officer’s immunity from a law suit under State and Federal law. Plaintiff has alleged that the police officer provided false and misleading information to the prosecutor and the court, which resulted in her arrest and prosecution.  Read More →

New Baseball Study Shows Even When Brain Injured People Appear “Normal”, They’re Not

I recently saw a study that is near and dear to my heart on two subjects — baseball and concussions. One of the biggest frustrations of people with head injuries is that even though they look normal to their friends and family members, something is off.  Now, a new study involving professional baseball players provides a strong example of how people are impaired even though they look (and even... 

2016 VA Budget to Strengthen Veterans Benefits

Changes to VA Benefits in VA Budget for 2016 Last month President Obama announced a proposed $168.8 billion budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2016, representing a 7.5 percent increase in discretionary spending. Among many other veterans benefits, the additional funding will focus on electronic medical records and other technology improvements, mental health treatments, medical and... 

A Living Trust Helps Create Less Stressful Transitions in Death or When Incapacitated

As a Michigan elder law attorney, I continue to see clients come in debating whether to put together a will or a living trust for their heirs. The decision on this is sometimes complicated, though it ultimately comes down to how fast you want your heirs to have access to your finances when you die, become ill, or incapacitated. While different circumstances happen in either scenario, you don’t... 

SPECIAL PROBLEMS AFFECTING THE ELDERLY – PART 2

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA This article continues the discussion of special problems for the elderly.  (Here is a link to Part 1.) Long-Term Care. About 70% of Americans will require some form of long-term care be it home care at $22 to $25 per hour, assisted living at $4,500 to $8,500 per month, or nursing homes at $10,000 to $12,000 per month. Only about 6% to 8% of Americans have long-term... 

Duty of care for bystander in tree cutting accident a question for Connecticut Supreme Court

A wrongful death lawsuit has taken a decade to wend its way through the legal system, ultimately ending up in the Connecticut Supreme Court. On Feb 8, 2005, William McDermott stopped on the sidewalk to watching the progress of tree trimming performed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. McDermott, 77, bypassed several orange traffic cones and stopped to talk to two crew members close to... 

Don’t Let Your Divorce Take A Toll On You!

When marriages start to turn sour with a lack of love and trust, people start to feel trapped and suffocated. In such cases, people yearn to be free – free from the stress, the constant fighting, and the endless arguments. They want a better, more peaceful future for themselves without their spouses. This future is only available to them in the form of a divorce. Yet, more often than not, couples... 

Threats You Should Be Aware Of In Family Law Proceedings

Divorce is one of the hardest decisions for couples to take since it involves ending the relation that they had originally created to last a lifetime. Considering this, it is perhaps not surprising that Orange County divorce proceedings in courts are one of the most emotionally charged events. With emotions running high, divorce proceedings throw up sparks and verbal tirades by the spouses against... 
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