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New Research Offers Potential Hope for Lupus Sufferers

For patients who suffer from lupus, their immune cells attack the body’s own tissue and organs as if they are enemy invaders. There are many kinds of lupus, but the most common and severe kind is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys and nervous…

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When It’s More Than A Concussion

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when an external force injures the brain. Causes include slips/trips/falls, vehicle collisions, military incidents, construction incidents, sports and violence. Brain trauma occurs as a consequence of a sudden acceleration or deceleration within the cranium or by a complex combination of both movement and sudden impact. The general term…

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When Fibromyalgia Changes Your World

For many people, dealing with chronic pain is a way of life and it often leads to secondary issues like depression and anxiety. Diagnoses like fibromyalgia are difficult to understand and even harder to treat. Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure. Other symptoms include…

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Lyme Disease Can Lead to Long-term Disability

You have a great time hiking in the woods or even working in your own backyard, but it isn’t until later that you realize you have a tick on you. You pluck the tick off and go about your business, not realizing that what has been left behind could make you very sick. Lyme disease…

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Disturbing Report Finds Misuse of Drugs in Nursing Homes

A recent Human Rights Watch report entitled “They Want Docile: How Nursing Homes in the United States Overmedicate People with Dementia” paints a disturbing picture of how patients with dementia are treated in nursing homes. The 157-page report estimates that each week more than 179,000 people living in U.S. nursing facilities are given antipsychotic medications,…

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Harvey Makes Television Appearance

Todd Harvey was a guest on the morning show “Talk of Alabama” on Birmingham’s ABC 33/40 on November 15, 2017. During his segment, the subject of elder financial fraud and abuse was discussed. There are three types of elder abuse: crimes of occasion, where abuse occurs when a wrongdoer seizes an opportunity; crimes of desperation,…

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Harvey Speaks at Nursing Home CLE

Todd Harvey lectured at a webinar sponsored and hosted by the Alabama Continuing Legal Education (CLE) at the University of Alabama School of Law on October 11, 2017. The three-hour program covered topics related to litigating cases involving neglect and abuse of residents in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities. The…

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The Standard Reversed for Ignoring Medical Evidence and Improper Denial

Marcin v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., No. 16-7125, 2017 WL 2818648 (June 30, 2017). Affirming the judgement of the district court, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company acted unreasonably when it failed to properly consider the downward progression of one of its…

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Fourth Circuit Prevents Arbitrary and Baseless Denial of Benefits

Solomon v. Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Retirement Plan, No. 16-1730, 2017 WL 2695191 (4th Cir. June 23, 2017). Recently, the 4th Circuit determined that the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Retirement Plan and the NFL Player Supplemental Disability Plan abused its discretion when it denied ex-NFL player Jesse Solomon a certain category of long-term disability benefits,…

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