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  • COVID-19Personal Injury

    What Types of Personal Injury Claims Might Result from COVID-19 Exposure?

    By Michael Barasch

    COVID-19 exposure has led to a litany of serious health issues and tens of thousands of deaths. Though everyone’s health is top priority, afflicted individuals and family members of those who have been lost might wonder what type of claims can be brought in relation to coronavirus infections. Though each case is unique and it […]

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    What Are “Pain and Suffering” Damages in a Personal Injury Case?

    By Michael Barasch

    Personal injury damages are divided into “special” damages, or economic damages, and “general” damages, such as “pain and suffering.” Special damages, because they are purely economic, are reasonably easy to calculate. The victim of an accident required medical care, for which there are receipts; the victim missed work, for which there is a basis to […]

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    New Ruling Could Pave the Way for Malpractice Claims Against Cruise Lines

    By Dominique A. Penson

    A New York City policeman and Korean War veteran named Pasquale Vaglio was on a cruise in 2001 with his family when he fell and hit his head after getting off the ship to go on a sightseeing trip. A nurse examined the 82-year-old man, determining that he should get some rest in his cabin. […]

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  • Medical Malpractice

    Pediatric Prescription of Codeine Presents a Danger

    By Michael Barasch

    Despite the danger, American physicians continue to prescribe codeine to pediatric patients. Codeine is a well-known drug without a clinically-supported use for children. Prescribed for aches and coughs, codeine can cause potentially fatal injury in some young patients. When ingested, the human body metabolizes codeine into a morphine-like substance. Because of the variable rate at […]

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  • Medical Malpractice

    Healthcare-Associated Infections Continue to Kill

    By Michael Barasch

    A new study discussed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals the sobering reality of healthcare-association infections (HAIs) in the United States. HAIs are infections developed by persons receiving medical help in a healthcare setting. HAIs are typically caused through unsanitary surgical procedures, poor nursing practices, overuse of antibiotics and microbes that […]

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  • Medical Malpractice

    Health Alert: The Danger of Fibroid Surgery

    By Michael Barasch

    In the United States, hysterectomy is the second most common surgery undergone by women. For some women, a now-common method of hysterectomy could be a death sentence.  Amy Reed is a 40-year old Boston surgeon with a young family and thriving medical practice. She also has Stage four cancer and an 85 percent chance of […]

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  • Medical Malpractice

    Preventable Adverse Events: Can We Escape Medical Mistakes?

    By Michael Barasch

    Mistakes happen. When they happen in medical settings, people can die or suffer serious injury. A recent study suggests the number of medical errors in the United States is skyrocketing.  In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) broke new ground by publishing a startling report that estimated 98,000 people die per year as a result […]

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  • Medical Malpractice

    Help or Hurt? Blood Pressure Medication Increases Fall Risk

    By Michael Barasch

    Medication for hypertension helps decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. A recent study indicates the medication can also increase your risk of a serious fall. What can you do?  The measure of the intensity of blood pushing against blood vessels as it courses through your body is called blood pressure. Anyone who has […]

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    Medical Malpractice Case Helps Injured Patients Understand Hospital Liability

    By Michael Barasch

    Stacey Galette, 34 years old, went into a Long Island hospital for what she believed to be a routine surgery. Little did the Brooklyn mom known that this routine procedure would turn into a nightmare resulting in the loss of both her legs.  Galette visited Winthrop University Hospital in 2009 for a laparoscopic removal of […]

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    Weight Loss Can Be Risky Business

    By Michael Barasch

    The shrinking profiles of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan have brought a renewed focus on weight-loss surgery as a solution for those dealing with the physiological and aesthetic issues of obesity. But as a recent article in the New York Post notes, the surgery itself is not without […]

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