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How Arbitration Affects Health Care

Medical Malpractice

Have you ever seen text similar to "Claims are decided by a neutral arbitrator” while filling in paperwork at a medical facility?  If so, that provision will significantly change the way you can sue for damages if something goes wrong.

Mandatory arbitration clauses carry many risks for patients and for their loved ones when patients are injured or die due to medical malpractice and nursing home neglect. Mandatory arbitration may be ripe with bias, expense, ambiguity, and forced secrecy, with little or no recourse for patients and their families when the arbitrator’s decision is wrong.

Read this article where a New York Times investigation sheds light on an opaque judicial process increasingly used in medical and nursing-home settings > 

If you had an issue and are not sure if there was a mandatory arbitration clause, give us a call at 800-253-5452 and our Northeast Ohio attorneys would be glad to assist. 


The Vaccine and Immunization Controversy

August is National Immunization month.  But be sure you do your research and keep track of any adverse effects from shots.

The VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) has been established to help individuals with this.  It is a government website co-sponsored by the CDC and FDA.  The website provides a place to report effects and submitt follow-up info.  Learn more on their website

If you have has substantial adverse effects, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has also been established.  See the Common Vaccine Injury Table here.

"On October 1, 1988, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 (Public Law 99-660) created the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). The VICP was established to ensure an adequate supply of vaccines, stabilize vaccine costs, and establish and maintain an accessible and efficient forum for individuals found to be injured by certain vaccines. The VICP is a no-fault alternative to the traditional tort system for resolving vaccine injury claims that provides compensation to people found to be injured by certain vaccines. The U. S. Court of Federal Claims decides who will be paid. " from http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/index.htm

If you think you may have a claim, see how to file or call us at 800-253-5452.

BMJ Launches 'Too Much Medicine' Campaign To Tackle The Harms Of Overdiagnosis And Overtreatment

From Medical News Today: BMJ Launches 'Too Much Medicine' Campaign To Tackle The Harms Of Overdiagnosis And Overtreatment

26 Feb 2013 - 16:00 PST

Journal will partner at international conference to find ways to stop harming the healthy

Today, the BMJ launches a 'Too Much Medicine' campaign to help tackle the threat to health and the waste of money caused by unnecessary care.

Unnecessary care occurs when people are diagnosed and treated for conditions that will never cause them harm and there's growing evidence that many people are overdiagnosed and overtreated for a wide range of conditions such as prostate and thyroid cancers, asthma, and chronic kidney disease.

Through the campaign, the journal plans to work with others to increase awareness of the true benefits and harms of treatments and develop ways to wind back medical excess, safely and fairly.

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Zoloft No Better Than Dummy Pill, Says Lawsuit

Did your doctor write you or a loved one a prescription for Zoloft? Read this article on Medical News Today:

Zoloft No Better Than Dummy Pill, Says Lawsuit: "The maker of Zoloft (Sertraline hydrochloride), Pfizer Inc., is being sued in a consumer class action suit, filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, before Magistrate Judge Paul Singh Grewal, which alleges that the patients who took the antidepressant medication experienced no more benefit than they would have done on a placebo (dummy pill). " Read more...

See also: Medication Errors

Pain Medication May Trigger Cardiopulmonary Arrest in Patients With Sleep Apnea

In an article from the AMFS (American Medical Forensic Specialists), they describe sleep apnea and explain care is often lacking from nurses and anesthesiologists to determine if patients have a sleep disorder.  There have been several recent cases where patients with sleep disorders suffered from cardiopulmonary arrest due to pain medication and pain medication overdoses. 

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Having trouble with your metal hip implants?

defective metal hip implantsAt Perantinides and Nolan we can help you receive the justice and quality of life you deserve. With the new evidence and problems surrounding metal hip implants, you may be eligible for compensation.


"Some half a million patients could be at risk from the metal-on-metal hip implants, with Johnson and Johnson being the biggest manufacture; others in the field include Zimmer Holdings Inc and Wright Medical Group. The problem stems from studies that led to the 2010 recall of the J&J products, after research showed metal ions leaching into the bloodstream at a high rate. The failure rate also seems to be a lot higher than advertised."

Read the full article: "Metal On Metal Hip Implants Causing Big Problems Again"

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