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Florida Supreme Court Ends Attorney Fee Caps on Workers’ Compensation

The business and insurance industries were dealt a blow recently by the Florida Supreme Court, which voted 5-2 in favor of a workers’ compensation plaintiff who alleged the state’s attorney fee caps were unconstitutional.  This is a victory for injured workers in Florida, many of whom found it hard to find an attorney to represent them in their workers’ compensation cases due to... 

Digital medication orders in hospitals reduce drug errors, but can cause fatal mistakes

A recent report has indicated that the use of digital medication orders by hospitals has led to a significant reduction in hazardous drug mistakes, but their computer systems are unable to recognize 13 percent of possibly deadly mistakes. The most common errors made in hospitals are those involving medications, and hospital mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. “Computerized... 

Truck Accident Injury Lawsuit Verdict Reversed

Injury litigation involving numerous defendants can get complicated with respect to fault. Generally, each defendant in an injury lawsuit will be expected to pay damages in accordance with their percentage of fault. Serious truck accident, car accident and personal injury lawsuits with numerous defendants require the assistance of an experienced injury attorney. Consider the recent case of Jim Bishop... 

Former VA employee spends stolen hospital funds on gambling and sex

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been struggling with corruption and mismanagement, whether it is long patient wait times at VA facilities or the suspension of an official in the recent employee relocation scam. On April 6 a former VA supervisor was given a 15-month prison sentence for stealing funds from a VA hospital. Glenn Alan Bates, 58, was the head of the Veterans Canteen Service... 

How and why seniors should stay socially engaged

Experts believe that in addition to engaging in regular exercise and eating well, social networking can contribute to the health of seniors. As you become advanced in age, changes that occur in the brain can make it challenging for you to absorb new information or recall things. In people who are afflicted with dementia, the impairment within the brain can become so serious that it prevents them from... 

Walter Panas Warr;ors: Fighting Stigma Against Mental Illness

Walter Panas Warr;ors: Fighting Stigma Against Mental Illness Our guest blogger this week is Melissa Smith, MS Ed, Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer, High School Counselor, Advisor of the Warr;ors, Founder of ADHD A New Vision Camp and most importantly proud mother of an 11 year old amazing son who happens to have an ADHD diagnosis. Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can scar you... 

Walter Panas Warr;ors: Fighting Stigma Against Mental Illness

Our guest blogger this week is Melissa Smith, MS Ed, Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer, High School Counselor, Advisor of the Warr;ors, Founder of ADHD A New Vision Camp and most importantly proud mother of an 11 year old amazing son who happens to have an ADHD diagnosis. Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can scar you for life.  A newly formed club high school club at Walter Panas... 

New F-1 Optional Practical Training STEM Rules Go Into Effect on May 10, 2106

Starting May 10, 2016, certain F-1 students who have completed their degrees can obtain extended post graduate work experience in their field using Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) beyond the 1 year period available to all graduates of bachelor degree programs.  Graduates in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) can obtain a 24 month extension of OPT under new rules... 

TAX AND ESTATE RECOVERY ISSUES IN CONNECTION WITH INCOME ONLY TRUSTS

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA An Income Only Trust can be designed as a grantor trust. The trust assets are unavailable for Medicaid, but there are some potentially significant tax benefits to the grantor. The Internal Revenue Code contains certain requirements for a grantor trust.[1]  Income Tax. Income is taxed at the grantor’s individual tax rate, which is usually less than the trust’s... 

Navo v. Bingham Memorial Hospital – Apparent Agency

In any Miami medical malpractice lawsuit, plaintiffs need to be mindful of who employs the health care professionals at-fault. That’s because the legal theory of vicarious liability – that one can be held responsible for the wrongful actions of another – will only apply in an employment situation in which there was an employer-employee relationship, as opposed to one in which the... 
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