BitTorrent Lawsuit and Copyright Infringement

By Matthew Crist – 18 May 2016 The peer to peer file sharing software “BitTorrent” is a brilliantly designed system that facilitates large data transfers over the internet. Unfortunately, BitTorrent has also become the centerpiece of thousands of lawsuits all over the US regarding copyright infringement – typically of pornography. The owners of the copyrights… Read More

Defamation in Virginia

By: Matthew Crist – 12 February 2016 Defamation in Virginia is a bit more complicated than one may initially appreciate. Defamation is peculiar in Virginia law because it carries a limitations period of 1 year as opposed to other typical torts which have longer limitations periods. Whether the defamation is written (libel) or in person,… Read More

3 Things You Should Do After Suffering Medical Malpractice

By: William Wirt Brock – 6 February 2016 When a patient suffers complications of a medical procedure or is injured in a hospital, nursing home or other medical facility, it is important to take certain steps to make the process of seeking compensation in a medical malpractice claim as quick and painless as possible. Medical… Read More

Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury

By: Matthew Crist – 24 January 2016 When a covered worker is injured, she is entitled to be compensated under Virginia Code § 65.2-100 et seq. Virginia requires that employers who meet certain criteria maintain coverage under the workers’ compensation act. Under that act, when a worker is injured by her employer, she is not… Read More

How Personal Injury Settlements Affect Medicaid Benefits

January 12, 2016 There are times when Medicaid recipients simply can’t catch a break. They get injured at the hands of another, they sue, they get a settlement offer, and then bam. Their settlement money creates a new problem: no more Medicaid for a while and not much relief for their injuries. This happens because… Read More

7 Reasons Doctors Get Sued For Medical Malpractice

By: Matthew Crist – 10 January 2016 When any patient goes into a doctor’s office, she is placing her trust in the doctor to provide the best possible care. When that trust is broken, patients deserve to receive a remedy. The increasing demand on a doctor’s time and the dwindling amount of time that doctors… Read More

What You Should Know About Nursing Home Arbitration Clauses

As our baby boomer generation ages, our nursing homes become more crowded and unable to keep up with demands. As a result, nursing home abuse and neglect is on the rise, and more families are filing lawsuits on behalf of loved ones who suffered from harm or wrongful death. With these cases, another form of… Read More

Nursing Homes Exploiting Billing System with Medicare

10/02/15 A recent article put out by the New York Times discussed a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services saying that nursing homes are exploiting the billing system with Medicare by filing claims for the highest, most expensive levels of therapy, regardless of whether patients actually need them. Thus, nursing homes… Read More

Obtaining Medical Records In A Pending Litigation

10/01/15 For some people, obtaining their own full medical records from health care providers can be harder than one might think, especially when providers smell a pending litigation in the air. Though the law places a legal obligation on providers to refrain from disclosing health records to protect a patient’s privacy, it also protects a… Read More

Pressure Sores and Negligence in Nursing Homes

09/25/15 “If he has a bed-sore, it is generally the fault not of the disease, but of the nursing.” Nightingale, Florence. Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not. New York: D Appleton and Company, 1860. Pressure Sores and Their Effects on the Body Pressure sores, also known as bed sores or… Read More

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