Monthly Archives: May 2006

Merck Admits Huge Data Error In Vioxx Testing


According to an article in the New York Times, Merck, the manufacturer of Vioxx has admitted a huge error in their primary testing. As it turns out, Merck’s testing does NOT prove that heart damage occurs only after using Vioxx for 18 months or more. Here are selected excerpts from the article: In  an admission […]

Link of the Day – Disabled American Veterans


The Disabled American Veterans is a worthwhile organization that tries to improve the lives of veterans and their families.  According to their Web site, they do this by: Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) […]

Link of the Day – Disability Etiquette Handbook


The City of San Antonio has prepared a Disability Etiquette Handbook that offers suggestions to employees who deal with disabled citizens. There is some very helpful information here, and if you represent personal injury clients and Social Security disability claimants you definitely need to read this handbook.

Link of the Day – Kartoo.com


Kartoo is a really interesting search engine with a graphical interface. As Kartoo describes itself: As soon as you launch a search, Kartoo analyzes your request, queries the most relevant engines, selects the best sites and places them on a map. In this map, the found sites are represented by more or less important size […]

Link of the Day – SSI Monthly Benefit Amounts


Link of the Day – SSI Monthly Benefit Amounts

Link of the Day – Area Code Map


This great Web site has a U.S. map with an overlay of all area codes. It’s an easy way to see what area codes might be used in certain sections of the country.

Link of the Day – Friday Fun


When you represent personal injury clients and Social Security disability claimants, who has time for TV, right? But just in case you do have a little down time, you can see what’s on by visiting the TV Guide Web site.

Link of the Day – Nursing Home Checklist


This printable nursing home checklist from Medicare will enable your personal injury clients and Social Security disability claimants to evaluate nursing homes before choosing one for themselves or for a family member.

Additional Fen-Phen Settlement Approved


A Reuters article today quotes drug manufacturer Wyeth as saying a federal judge has approved an amendment to a national settlement of lawsuits over its recalled "fen-phen" diet drugs that will speed compensation for the least serious health claims. Exerpts from the article: The May 2004 amendment of the settlement between Wyeth and lawyers for […]

Link of the Day – 60 Sites In 60 Minutes – Techshow 2006


The highlight of Techshow each year is the 60 Sites in 60 Minutes presentation. The sites from that presentation are now online at the Techshow Web site. There are some very helpful sites listed, some very funny ones, and some that are just plain strange. If you haven’t been to Techshow before, go to the […]

Texas Ranks #50 In U.S. For Corporate Accountability


An editorial in the Houston Chronicle makes it clear that when Texas Governor Rick Perry bragged recently that Texas was dead last in the United States for holding corporations and insurance companies accountable for their negligence, this is not exactly a GOOD thing for consumers.

Link of the Day – Ten Minute Mentor


The Ten Minute Mentor series is a program of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. This collection of short educational videos is very helpful, especially to new lawyers or to those exploring a new practice area.

Retrieving Old Client Files From The Social Security Administration


North Carolina attorney Charles Hall, at his wonderful Social Security News blog, has posted a link to the Social Security Administration’s latest rules on retrieving stored folders, which has always been a problem for lawyers representing Social Security disability claimants.

Link of the Day – HealthHippo.com


HealthHippo is a strange Web site filled with very useful information about many aspects of healthcare. The site is sponsored by FindLaw, and is definitely worth a look.

Link of the Day – National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a U.S. government agency with the following mission statement: Save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. NHTSA’s Web site has lots of information and articles about air bags, seat belts and other safety-related matters.

Link of the Day – AllLaw.com


AllLaw is a consumer-oriented legal portal with helpful articles and quite a few links to other Internet legal resources.

Link of the Day – Friday Fun


The Social Security Administration has released their latest list of most popular baby names in the United States. This list is for 2005, and to save you the suspense, the most popular girl’s name was Emily, and Jacob was the most popular boy’s name.

Link of the Day – Wiktionary.com


A companion to yesterday’s Link of the Day is Wiktionary – a user-editable dictionary and thesaurus.

Link of the Day – Wikipedia.com


The logo of Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia open to anyone to add to or edit, is a globe. That’s appropriate, because Wikipedia seems to be taking over the world of Internet research. It’s the first stop for many Web surfers looking for a quick explanation of a topic.

Link of the Day – The Texas Constitution


The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Texas Constitution is all online for the world to see.