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Season’s Greetings from all of us at McCumber, Daniels, Buntz, Hartig, & Puig, P.A.

Dec 18, 2012

Season’s greetings and best wishes for a new year filled with warmth, peace, and cherished memories! Thank you for visiting our blog throughout the years.  Please enjoy this special holiday…


McCumber Daniels’ Tampa Office Relocates to Hoover Boulevard

Dec 5, 2012

McCumber Daniels announced today the relocation of its Tampa office to 204 South Hoover Boulevard, Suite 130, Tampa, Florida 33609. The new office will accommodate the company’s current staff and…


And the Survey Says…More Tort Reform Please

Nov 15, 2012

Authors: Marc Penchansky and Stephanie Hedrick The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) polled 1600 voters from last week’s election about their opinions on tort reform.   Nearly 9 out…


Improvements to the ZPIC Audit Process for Florida’s Long-Term Care Providers

Sep 19, 2012

Authors: Starlett M. Miller and Stephanie F. Hedrick During these times of thinning margins, where many businesses’ daily operations may be jeopardized by a month’s delay in the receipt of…


Barrick and Forth Again

Sep 6, 2012

Update by: Marc L. Penchansky In December 2011, we wrote about the opinion in Barrick v. Holy Spirit Hospital, where the Superior Court of Pennsylvania reversed a decision of its…


Making a Record for Appeal

Aug 29, 2012

Author: Amy L. Miles A crucial component of obtaining a judgment in the trial court is the ability to keep favorable judgments when the opposing party seeks an appeal or…


Legal Update: Pennsylvania Dentists are now Required to carry Professional Liability Insurance

Aug 21, 2012

As of today, August 21, 2012, all Pennsylvania dentists are now required to carry medical malpractice insurance.  On June 22, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed in Senate Bill 388 mandating…


A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words

Aug 17, 2012

Author: Fred J. Hughes A recent study published by the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that including a patient’s photo on an order verification screen within the…


Disclosure, Apology and Offer

Aug 14, 2012

Authors: Starlett M. Miller and Stephanie F. Hedrick “I’m sorry” – One of the most powerful phrases a person can say.  However, when it comes to medical errors, doctors have…


Pennsylvania Punitive Damages Reform Update

May 18, 2012

Author: Marc L. Penchansky As we reported in January, the Pennsylvania House approved legislation that would cap punitive damages to 200% of what a jury awards a claimant for compensatory…


Medical Malpractice Claims, Settlements and Verdicts, It’s All in the Numbers

May 17, 2012

Author: Joel I. Fishbein Medical malpractice lawyers, claims professionals and risk managers recently received comprehensive information from two sources about the medical claims environment in Pennsylvania during the 2011 year.…


Social Media: Key Evidence in a Technology Driven Society

May 4, 2012

Author: Kimberly A. Potter “Social media” fifteen years ago was an unknown expression that has now infiltrated most people’s daily lives. The rise of social media outlets brings with it…


May 2, 2012

Reassuring News on Debate Over New Pennsylvania Fracking Law And Whether Doctors Can Really Talk To Their Patients About Fracking Chemicals

Apr 19, 2012

Author: Karen L. Tucci On April 18, 2012, the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) released a statement on Act 13’s unconventional gas well disclosure requirements. Released by the president of PAMED,…


Controversy Continues Over What Physicians Can Tell Their Patients About Fracking Chemicals

Apr 18, 2012

Author: Karen L. Tucci Controversy is heating up around the new Pennsylvania Fracking Law which many believe forbids doctors and other healthcare professionals from talking to their patients about chemical…


Infection Rates Down in Pennsylvania Hospitals

Apr 12, 2012

Author: Michael Gould Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) pose a significant public health challenge. They occur in a variety of ways at the hospital, often from surgical site infections. Though, they also…


Protect Your Assets: What are Cyber Threats

Feb 28, 2012

Authors: Stephanie Hedrick and Michael P. Gould This scenario has more than likely happened to all of us: You are quietly working on your computer, when all of a sudden…


Payment but not Remittance is Required to Secure MCARE Fund Coverage

Feb 20, 2012

Author: Marc L. Penchansky In order to defray escalating malpractice premiums, Pennsylvania established the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Fund. 40 P.S. 1303.712. The MCARE Fund provides…


Loosening the screws on tort reform? NIED theory expanded in medical malpractice cases by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Jan 11, 2012

Author: Mary Beth Davis A plurality opinion from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court came down on December 22, 2011, which expanded the NIED claim (negligent infliction of emotional distress) by adding…


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Dec 21, 2011

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Trying to Muzzle Your Critics Online

Dec 20, 2011

Author: Mark B. Hartig Some doctors and other professionals are slipping in so-called “gag orders” in their contracts for services to prevent their patients from criticizing them in online posts.…