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The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority

Posted in Legal Updates, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

In 2002, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania created the Patient Safety Authority, the “PSA”, to monitor all medical mistakes at health care facilities, including hospitals, free-standing surgical centers, birthing centers and abortion clinics in the Commonwealth (nursing home incidents are also documented, under a another agency).  Pursuant to the law which created the PSA, all these… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Learner’s Permit Law Designed to Encourage Riders to Obtain their “Real” Motorcycle Driver’s License

Posted in Legal Updates, Motorcycle Accidents

On December 23, 2013 (then) Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 126, which affects Pennsylvania motorcycle riders. The law, known as Act 126 of 2013 (effective February 21, 2014) limits the number of times a motorcycle rider can reapply for a learner’s permit to three times, in a five-year period. The original Bill was sponsored… Continue Reading

Attorney Client Privilege and Pennsylvania Government Agencies

Posted in Legal Updates

In a recent unanimous decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that a government agency cannot assert lawyer-client privilege to protect records when the state attorney general considers those records necessary to fulfill his duties.   The Court went on to say that when the attorney general’s office looks into suspected wrongdoing at a state agency, the… Continue Reading

Company to Pay for Unsafe Infant Tylenol, Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin

Posted in Legal Updates, Mass Tort, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

McNeil, a local Montgomery County  healthcare company which produced the medications infant tylenol, children’s tylenol and children’s motrin in its Fort Washington,PA location will have to pay 25 million dollars.  The company recently plead guilty because in 2009 when a consumer alert was issued,indicating there were black specs in the medicine,  the company failed to … Continue Reading

Newly Legalized Immigrants may be Eligible for Social Security and Medicare or Medicaid Benefits

Posted in Employment, Legal Updates, Social Security

Immigrants who receive provisional legal status under President Obama’s new executive orders may be eligible for Social Security and Medicare or Medicaid benefits.  Under the President’s plan, U.S. residents can apply for provisional legal status if they have  lived in the U.S. for at least 5 years, can pass a criminal background check and have… Continue Reading

Nursing Home Arbitration Agreement Rejected By Judge

Posted in Legal Updates, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

Often nursing homes will require residents or their families to sign arbitration agreements before the resident will be accepted into the facility.   Such agreements vary but, in essence, they provide that, should the resident or their family believe that the resident has been the victim of negligence, abuse or neglect while at the facility, they… Continue Reading

Spousal Benefit

Posted in Legal Updates, Personal Injury, Social Security

If your spouse has already filed for his or her Social Security Retirement Benefit, and you have reached full retirement age (66 for the current crop of baby boomers), you can receive a monthly spousal benefit equal to half of your retired spouse’s full retirement benefit.  You can do this yourself without filing for your… Continue Reading

Commercial Drivers Physicals Only to be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners

Posted in Legal Updates

As of 2014 all new U.S. DOT physicals are required to be performed by health professionals who have qualified pursuant to stringent protocols and who are now listed on the “National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners”.  Mandatory U.S. DOT exams assess a driver’s condition to be able to competently and safely be behind the wheel… Continue Reading

The Benevolent Gesture Act

Posted in Legal Updates, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

In 2013, the Pennsylvania legislature passed “The Benevolent Gesture Medical Professional Liability Act”, which is colloquially referred to as “The Apology Law”.  This statute allows a health care provider to apologize to a patient for a mistake or perceived mistake, or a bad outcome, without fear that the apology will be used against the health… Continue Reading