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How to Report Elder Abuse

According to the Administration for Community Living, there are an estimated 2.1 million cases of elder abuse that are reported each year. That equates to roughly 1 in 10 of our seniors that suffer some type of elder abuse or neglect. A study by the National Research Council estimates that as many as 13 out […]

What to Expect During Mediation

Pursuing a lawsuit is a lengthy process. There are lots of steps before a case is resolved. One way that a lawsuit can be resolved is through mediation. Mediation is a guided settlement negotiation performed by a neutral 3rd party as an attempt to settle a lawsuit. Mediations typically occur after a lawsuit has been […]

DADS becomes part of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is an organization that provides both home and community based services for seniors in Texas, people with disabilities, and their families or caregivers. DADS provides a variety of services including medical care, long-term care, and home modifications. Recently, DADS began to transition to the Texas Health […]

United States Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls Lightning Slides

On December 7th, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of Lightning Slides that were manufactured by Horizon Industries and distributed by Playworld Systems, Inc. The Lightning Slide is a stainless steel playground slide often used at schools and public parks. The recalled slides may contain a weld that cracks and separates, […]

The Dangers of Sepsis

In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared sepsis a medical emergency. Sepsis is a reaction to your body fighting a life-threatening infection. It moves through the body quickly and can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated quickly. Unfortunately, less than half of Americans have heard of the illness. Sepsis can […]

What To Expect During A Deposition

Pursuing a lawsuit is a lengthy process. There are lots of steps and certain things that have to happen before a case can be resolved. One of the critical steps of a lawsuit is discovery. During discovery, both sides exchange information and gather evidence to support their claims or defenses. Depositions are a common part […]

Don’t Hit Cyclists- They’re People Too

For cyclists, sharing the road with drivers can be very dangerous. One driver’s quick glance to check a text message can turn deadly for a cyclist riding next to them. Many drivers are not aware of the laws that protect cyclists and dictate that they have just as much right to use the road. Instead, […]

Texas Nursing Homes Number Three Prescriber of Antipsychotics in the Nation

A recent report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that one in five nursing home residents take antipsychotic drugs each month. That’s roughly 19,000 individuals in Texas. The only other states that had a higher rate of prescription rates in the last three months of 2015 were Louisiana and Mississippi. Antipsychotics have […]

CMS Issues Final Ruling On Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just issued their final ruling on nursing homes using arbitration agreements. CMS ruled that all nursing homes that accept federal funds through Medicare or Medicaid payments are banned from using forced arbitration agreements against their residents. Nursing home contracts for residents can be extensive with lots of […]

Medical Malpractice 101: What You Need To Know

A recent study released by Johns Hopkins Medicine estimated that there could be more than 250,000 Americans that die each year from a medical error. If that number is compared with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) official list from 2014, medical errors would rank as the third leading cause of death. Oftentimes, […]