Andrea has been writing full-time since 2008. Before she became a full-time freelance writer, she was employed as a paralegal for 14 years. Her legal employment duties included writing law-related documents such as Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law, Memorandums of Law, miscellaneous letters, responses and completing investigative reports. She currently ghostwrites articles on a wide variety of topics.

St. Jude Medical, Inc. Heart Device Recall

St. Jude Medical, Inc. is a global company that designs and manufactures health management solutions, including heart devices. On October 11, 2016, the company issued a field advisory to physicians, patients and caregivers warning that the company’s Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, ICD, and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillator, CRT-D, device batteries may prematurely fail, and a recall

Trump Chooses Ten More Possible Supreme Court Nominees

In a September 23, 2016, press release, Donald Trump released the names of ten more possible Supreme Court nominees. He released a list of 11 possible nominees in May 2016. According to Business Insider, Trump released the May list in an effort to resolve any conservatives worries that he may nominate a liberal. The ten

Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Bath Products Settlement

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued a preliminary nationwide settlement approval on August 31, 2016, in the class action lawsuit against certain Johnson & Johnson Bedtime Bath Products. Any objections to the settlement must be filed with the court by December 19, 2016. A final approval hearing will be held

HRSA Refuses to Close the “Corporate Shield” Loophole for Malpractice Reporting

On September 21, 2016, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA, denied a 2014 request submitted by Public Citizen’s Health Resource Group. The group had asked HRSA to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking that would amend the National Practitioner Data Bank, NPDB, to close the “corporate shield” loophole.  Public Citizen is a nonprofit

Do Expert Doctor Witnesses in Malpractice Lawsuits Help?

Not according to Dr. Lars Aanning! In an article that he wrote was printed in The Yankton County Observer, and that was reprinted in the ProPublica Patient Safety Facebook group, he admitted that he had lied under oath on a witness stand to protect a colleague accused of medical malpractice.  Aanning is now 77 years

Visiting Nurse Service of New York Whistleblower Lawsuit Filed

The former vice president of operations improvement and integration, Edward Lacey, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Visiting Nurse Service of New York, VNSNY. Lacey left the employment of the agency in January 2016. That agency has played a key role in Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, administrations overhaul of the state’s Medicaid program. The

New York Pay to Play Scheme – Nine Arrested

The New York U.S. Attorney’s office filed charges against nine individuals last week in a New York pay to play scheme. Those arrested included Joseph “Joe” Percoco, aka Herb, a senior official in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration. The complaint alleges that Percoco, from 2012 until 2016, extorted and conspired to commit extortion under color of

Are Online Seller Arbitration Agreements Legal?

Most online retailers, including Amazon and eBay, force both buyers to agree to arbitration in lieu of filing a lawsuit against them. Arbitration is an alternate dispute resolution process where a third party arbitrator will review the allegations and make a decision on resolving the issue. The arbitrator’s decision, much like a judge in a

Long Island Veterans Hospital is an Example of VA Failure

The failure of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA, to regulate its health division has stayed in the news, yet nothing seems to be done about it. The latest example, Long Island Veterans Hospital, of that failure was reported by the New York Times on September 19, 2016. The Northport VA Medical Center, located

Powerful Antibiotic Use is on the Rise in U.S. Hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control, CDC, conducted a study that found powerful antibiotic use is on the rise in U.S. hospitals. The antibiotics in question are potent drugs designed to treat bacterial infections. They have historically been used after other treatment options have failed. The study was instituted as a result of the increasing incidents