An Indiana Supreme Court decision last month changed the Product Liability rule for asbestos products, clearing the way for more mesothelioma suits in the state. The April ruling overturned part of the state’s Product Liability law. The part of the law at issue placed gave individuals 10 years after the product reached consumers to file suit for…

How secure is your health care information? That’s a question a lot of people have been asking as more and more patient data is being stored electronically, and as more and more health insurers and others who manage patient records have seen their information systems attacked. Massive amounts of confidential data – patient records as…

We see distracted drivers in Indianapolis every day. In fact, it’s hard to find drivers who are paying complete attention to the road. While many people associate distracted driving with texting, speaking on a cell phone and other non-driving activities that involve gadgets, this is a narrow and incomplete definition. More broadly, distracted driving occurs when…

With passage of a new law in March, Indiana joined the list of states that have created rules and regulations to manage the growth of telemedicine. Telemedicine, or telehealth, uses technology to allow patients and healthcare providers to interact remotely, and it’s often seen as a way to deliver greater access to care to more…

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that it will impose financial penalties on 758 hospitals for having poor performance on measures of preventing patient harm. This is the second year that the CMS has done this as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Just over half of…

A 59-year old St. Louis man received a head injury early on Saturday, January 9th during a bar fight at an Indianapolis establishment. He died from his injuries the following Monday. Although the specific details of this case have not been released, one source noted that there are similarities to a death that occurred in…

In January, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) once again recommended that the blood alcohol content (BAC) measure used to determine drunk driving be reduced. The BAC standard in all states is now .08%. NTSB urges that this be lowered to .05%. The call came as part of the release of NTSB’s annual “Most Wanted…

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