Monthly Archives: December 2014

Fourth Circuit Explains Non-Adversarial Duties of ERISA Plan Claims Administrators

Sometimes, getting disability benefits from an employer’s plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) can feel like a battle. But in a recent case, the Fourth Circuit United States Court of Appeals reminded us that it should not … Continue reading

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Who Qualifies As An Expert for Certified Nurse Midwife Malpractice Litigation?

According to a March 2014 report by the American College of Nurse-Midwives presenting the most recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics, certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) attended 313,846 births in 2012. This represents 7.9% of … Continue reading

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IQ Test Central to Intellectual Impairment Claims for Social Security Disability Insurance

The Eighth Circuit recently considered the importance of current documentation of IQ. A man applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and supplemental security income (SSI) benefits claiming disability due to a number of severe impairments, including a mental disorder, … Continue reading

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First Appellate Decision on Merits Affirms Verdict for Plaintiffs’ Transvaginal Mesh Case

Recently, a California appellate court issued the first substantive appellate decision in a case involving transvaginal mesh. The California Court of Appeal for the Fifth District affirmed the Superior Court of Kern County’s entry of a $3.6M judgment on a … Continue reading

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