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Illinois man files medical malpractice lawsuit for pacemaker complications

An Illinois man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after a surgery to recharge his pacemaker allegedly led to an infection. The claim was filed on Sept. 30 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. Charles Chessor sued Dr. James McPike, Memorial Medical Group, Cardiovascular Associates of Southern Illinois and Liberty Village of Maryvale for negligence. McPike performed the pacemaker surgery on the plaintiff... 

New USCIS Rule to Benefit Certain High Skilled Nonimmigrants and Immigrants

On January 15, 2016, USCIS published a new rule affecting H-1B1 and E-3 nonimmigrants, as well as certain EB-1 immigrants. The rule harmonizes the regulations with the implementing statute so that both state that H-1B1 and E-3 nonimmigrant workers are authorized to work for a specific employer incident to their status.  The rule clarifies that there is no further filing needed with USCIS to document... 

Florida Supreme Court to rule on medical malpractice limits

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Florida Supreme Court, urging the court to uphold limits on damages in medical malpractice cases. In 2003, then-Gov. Jeb Bush, along with insurance companies, doctors and hospitals, urged the state legislature to enact limits on damages for pain and suffering, arguing that the state was in a “crisis” of high rates... 

Understanding the stages of Alzheimer’s

Reportedly, over five million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s Association has created a checklist of the usual symptoms to help you identify the warning signs. Among these are changes in memory that interfere with daily life, difficulty planning and resolving problems, becoming disoriented regarding time and place and having issues with words when communicating verbally... 

Pfizer Faces Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Allegedly Not Revealing Lipitor Side Effects

Phillipa Peters’ family filed a wrongful death lawsuit, citing fraud and redhibition against Big Pharma giant Pfizer. Redhibition is a civil action in Louisiana filed against a seller/maker of a defective product. The Peters family states in their lawsuit that Pfizer was negligent in their marketing of Lipitor, referred to as a statin designed to allegedly lower cholesterol levels in users. The drug... 

Tips to Help You Choose The Best Divorce Mediator

Divorce mediation involves multiple parties – besides your soon to be ex and his/her attorney, your attorney and you, there is third party that plays a crucial role in determining the outcome of the mediation process: The divorce mediator. Unlike an attorney who represents your interests, a divorce mediator acts as just that – a mediator, who helps both parties arrive at an agreement. Choose... 

Know Your Options When it Comes to Divorce

Divorces don’t always have to end in messy litigation, courtroom drama and appeals. For many, the path is made easier by options such as mediation; where, with the guidance of a good divorce attorney, you might be able to come to a feasible solution sooner. If you’re steeling yourself for the impact of a divorce, here is what you should know about the options that you have. Divorce Mediation During... 

Staying Active Is An Important Part Of Healthy Aging

By Anthony Fischer, Elder Care Coordinator I am sure you have heard the cliché “If you don’t lose it, you’ll lose it”. That is especially true when it comes to older adults. As an older adult it is vital that you get some sort of daily exercise to maintain good health. The only problem is that most people get tired just hearing the word exercise but before you it out consider this. According... 

Livonia Estate Planning Lawyer: What Happens to Your Mortgage After You Die?

When setting up an estate plan, most people are concerned with what will happen to their belongings: money, jewelry, house, etc. But little thought is ever given to what will happen to their debts when they pass away, notably their mortgage. For years, many people expected to pay off their mortgage long before they died, but the current financial landscape paints a much different picture, especially... 

Appellate court rules that worker’s husband should receive workers’ compensation death benefits

An Illinois appellate court recently ruled that a water meter reader’s husband should receive workers’ compensation death benefits for an accident in which the meter reader drowned in a puddle while suffering a seizure. In March 2011, Jacqueline Harvey started working as a meter reader for the city of Bridgeport, Illinois. She had a seizure disorder, and in May 2011, she suffered a seizure while... 
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