Monthly Archives: March 2009

Yamaha Recalls ATVs After 46 Deaths


Yamaha has finally recalled its Rhino ATVs. These vehicles have been the subject of a number of products liability lawsuits, and have been shown to be very dangerous. It's sad that Yamaha waited until there were 46 deaths from incidents involving the Rhinos, but at least they will be off the market for a while. […]

Study Finds That Consumers Overlook Over-The-Counter Drug Warnings


Bloomberg News reported, "Consumers overlook warnings about potential tampering on over-the-counter medications at least 80 percent of the time, suggesting packages and labels need to be redesigned to attract attention and improve safety, a study found." The study's "participants spent the most time focused on the brand names and product claims of nonprescription drugs" and […]

FDA Announces Large Pistachio Recall Due to Salmonella Fears


NBC Nightly News (3/30, story 9, 0:30, Williams) reported, "A California nut producer is recalling its entire yearly crop of pistachios, over a million pounds of them. And a California processing plant is under investigation for a possible salmonella outbreak. A nationwide recall of mixed nuts and trail mix went into effect last week. Officials […]

March of the Blogs – Law Firm Web Strategy Blog


For the month of March, I am going to highlight blogs that I think are interesting and useful. Some may not be directly related to personal injury or Social Security disability law, but all of us who represent injured and disabled people occasionally need help in other areas. A few have been featured here before, […]

Continuing Work in Congress to Reduce Social Security’s Backlog


With the average waiting time to get a hearing before an administrative law judge taking well over a year, Congress is always considering ways to reduce Social Security’s disability backlog. Claimants are often required or at least encouraged by their long-term disability insurance companies to file for Social Security Disability benefits. But not all such […]

UnitedHealth to Face Senate Tuesday


The AP reports, "Sen. Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, wants answers at a hearing Tuesday from the chief executives of UnitedHealth Group Inc. and its subsidiary Ingenix Inc., a claims database used by insurers nationwide to calculate out-of-network rates." The inquiry follows lawsuits "alleging that UnitedHealth and Ingenix manipulated […]

March of the Blogs – Texas Appellate Law Blog


For the month of March, I am going to highlight blogs that I think are interesting and useful. Some may not be directly related to personal injury or Social Security disability law, but all of us who represent injured and disabled people occasionally need help in other areas. A few have been featured here before, […]

March of the Blogs – NY Injury Law Blog


For the month of March, I am going to highlight blogs that I think are interesting and useful. Some may not be directly related to personal injury or Social Security disability law, but all of us who represent injured and disabled people occasionally need help in other areas. A few have been featured here before, […]

March of the Blogs – Build A Solo Practice


For the month of March, I am going to highlight blogs that I think are interesting and useful. Some may not be directly related to personal injury or Social Security disability law, but all of us who represent injured and disabled people occasionally need help in other areas. A few have been featured here before, […]

Houston Hospital Agrees to $10 Million Settlement of Medicare Fraud Allegations


The AP reports that, according to a statement from the Justice Department Thursday, "One of Houston's most prestigious hospitals has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle allegations it defrauded the federal Medicare program." Under the agreement, the Methodist Hospital in Houston will pay $9.9 million "so it can continue focusing on its clinical […]

Witnesses Tell Senate UnitedHealth May Have Defrauded One In Three Insured Americans


CQ Healthbeat (3/27) reports, "UnitedHealth Group officials are in for an unpleasant experience at a Senate hearing next week – if a set-up session on Thursday was any indication." At a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing today, witnesses "described how health insurers routinely defrauded millions of patients who sought out-of-network care by paying […]

Friday Fun


Not so much fun as fascinating, this is a collection of photographs of every street corner in Manhattan.

March of the Blogs – Environmental Crimes


For the month of March, I am going to highlight blogs that I think are interesting and useful. Some may not be directly related to personal injury or Social Security disability law, but all of us who represent injured and disabled people occasionally need help in other areas. A few have been featured here before, […]

Report Calls for Separate Food Safety Administration


The Los Angeles Times reports that a paper issued Wednesday by Trust for America's Health in conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has "called on the Obama administration to put someone in charge of safeguarding the food supply and to create a Food Safety Administration." The report only adds "to the chorus seeking an […]

March of the Blogs – California Personal Injury Blog


For the month of March, I am going to highlight blogs that I think are interesting and useful. Some may not be directly related to personal injury or Social Security disability law, but all of us who represent injured and disabled people occasionally need help in other areas. A few have been featured here before, […]

Fisher-Price High Chairs Recalled After Child Injured


Fisher-Price has voluntarily recalled 24,000 convertible high chairs after a report of a child falling out and fracturing his skull when a seat back detached. Consumers should stop using the chairs immediately. The Fisher-Price high chair, called the 3-in-1, converts from a high chair to a toddler booster. It was sold at Target stores nationwide […]

Investigation Finds That Surgeon Fell Asleep While Operating


Very high on the list of things I do NOT want to happen during surgery is having my surgeon fall asleep. That's apparently what happened last summer in Massachusetts, according to an article in the Boston Globe. Here are excerpts: When Dr. Loren J. Borud began his first case at about 8 a.m., an operating […]

Family Fights For Right To Sue Military Over Medical Malpractice


The CBS Evening News (3/24, story 5, 3:40, Couric) reported, "About a year ago, we brought you the tragic story of Marine Sergeant Carmelo Rodriguez. Military doctors noticed he had melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, but they left it untreated and Rodriguez died." Under the "Feres Doctrine, a 1950 Supreme Court ruling" his […]

Judge Rules That Congressman Is Immune From Lawyer’s Questions


The AP reports, "A judge has ruled Sen. Saxby Chambliss doesn't have to answer questions from a lawyer suing Imperial Sugar on behalf of victims of the explosion at the company's Georgia refinery last year." The lawyer, Mark Tate, who is representing "families of six employees killed in the blast and five injured workers, subpoenaed […]

March of the Blogs – The Mac Lawyer


For the month of March, I am going to highlight blogs that I think are interesting and useful. Some may not be directly related to personal injury or Social Security disability law, but all of us who represent injured and disabled people occasionally need help in other areas. A few have been featured here before, […]