Hone Law Blog

06 Dec

Another Victory for a Defense Base Client

Another victory for a Hone Law Firm client and Defense Base Act claimant.  Our client was injured providing protection to ambassadors in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He suffered severe, debilitating back injuries.  The insurance carrier, after temporarily paying our client the benefits he was due, discontinue his temporary total disability payments and all claim-related medical care.  Due in large part to the aggressive advocacy of attorney John Hone, counsel for the insurance company relented on the eve of the Informal Conference.  Our client is now receiving the benefits to which he is entitled. If you or anyone you know is in need of passionate, relentless representation contact Hone Law Firm today.  Regardless of case type, we will go to bat for you and get you the recovery you deserve.

06 Dec

Victory in Defense Base Act Claim

Attorney John Hone scores another victory for a Defense Base Act client. Our client, injured while serving as a government contractor in Afghanistan, was denied authorization for a necessary surgery. Attorney Hone relentless fought for our client at an Informal Conference. On November 19 the insurance carrier relented and accepted the recommendations of the Department of Labor claims examiner. Our client is now going to be compensated for this much needed surgical procedure. If you or anyone you know is in need of passionate, relentless representation contact Hone Law Firm today. Regardless of case type, we will go to bat for you and get you the recovery you deserve.

09 Feb

Elder abuse and the fall from a wheelchair in a nursing home

The elder abuse, nursing home case, involving a resident who falls is a common occurrence. When the fall results in an injury, and the injury is serious it may result in litigation by the resident against the nursing home. A common injury is a hip fracture. Oftentimes, hip fractures caused by falls to elderly residents in nursing homes result in complications, including death. The purpose of this short blog is to address the fall from the wheelchair scenario. The typical( )fall occurs either from bed or from the wheelchair. The prevention of falls should be treated as a serious concern. But there is a large distance between the academic knowledge of the problem of falls by the elderly resident in the Nursing Home, and the actual practice on the floor by the aides, the Certified Nurse Assistants, and the nurses. This is compounded by the proof problems in the litigation: Although an elderly resident may be sitting in her wheelchair calling out for minutes to… Read More

02 Jan

Defense Base Act Settlement

The Hone Law Firm recently secured compensation in the amount of $245,000 for a client suffering from psychological injuries. These injuries included post-traumatic stress disorder. The Hone Law Firm has a clear track record of securing compensation for clients suffering from debilitating injuries. Whether you are suffering from psychological or musculoskeletal injuries, contact The Hone Law Firm today to ensure you are justly compensated.

29 Nov

The importance of “History” in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Cases

This short post is written after a Settlement Conference in a medical malpractice case I am currently trial counsel in in Michigan. The claim is as follows:  Young diabetic woman begins vomiting at work and is taken by car to the Emergency Room.  There, she presents wheezing and short of breath.  She has a history of asthma as well as diabetes.  She is seen, examined, treated with breathing treatments and steroids for her asthma and discharged home. She leaves before seeing the attending emergency room physician, who testifies later he would have instructed her to monitor her blood sugars closely because of the steroids. She goes home against medical advice.  At home she goes into tt coma because of Diabetic Ketoacidosis.  Her kidneys shut down and she has 2 weeks of intensive care at the hospital. The problem with the case is that the Emergency Room record has no evidence or record, not on iota, of nausea of vomiting.  For a jury to believe that the patient had nausea and vomiting they… Read More

27 Nov

Nursing Home Negligence: Know Your Rights

The Facts: There are over 16,000 nursing homes operating in the United States today. These facilities combined provide over 1.7 million beds for their elderly residents. Instances of nursing home abuse and neglect are rampant amongst this population. In many cases the cause of the neglect is simply a product of under-staffing. According to a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2004 8 percent of U.S. nursing home residents had an emergency department visit in a 90 day span. This ostensibly insignificant number accounts for roughly 123,000 people. Of these 123,000, 40% (49,200) had a potentially preventable visit. The leading cause, according to the study, of these preventable visits are the injuries resulting from falls.1 According to another study performed by the CDC 8.9% of respondents to that study reported a fall within the 30 days prior to the interview. A staggering 33.9% of all residents surveyed had at least one reported fall in the 180 days prior to the interview. It… Read More

02 Nov

Defense Base Act Claims: What is it, and who qualifies?

The Defense Base Act is a worker’s compensation scheme that applies to persons working on American military bases that are either located outside of the United States, or, were acquired by the United States from foreign countries. For example, it would be applicable to U.S. military bases in Iraq ( Operation Iraqi Freedom), Translators working for the U.S. army, contractors working on U.S. military bases, drivers, etc.. would be covered.  Civilian contractors working on military bases in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom), the middle east, South Korea, Germany, etc… are covered. The damages, however, are simply for wage loss and medical costs, just like Workers Compensation.  Claimants for injuries suffered as a translator, driver, construction worker, heating-cooling technician, etc… would not be able to claim for pain, suffering, mental distress and emotional anguish under the Act. Because of the high pay, and layers of payment, in war zones, the wage loss benefit to be recovered can be substantial when compared to other types of personal injury claims.  Another benefit to the injured… Read More

26 Oct

More Staggering Statistics: Confronting the Epidemic of Elder Abuse

The abuse and neglect of our eldest generation in nursing homes is a pervasive problem, and no part of the country is immune to it. In fact, even some homes receiving the highest possible ratings have been found to be the setting for some of the more heinous stories of abuse.  For example, in early April the son of a 78 year old resident at Prentiss Center for Skilled Nursing Care on Cleveland’s West Side placed a camera in his mother’s room to substantiate his suspicion that his mother was being abused.[1]Prentiss routinely receives five-star rating by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. So why is this such a problem? Why are our mothers and fathers being abused in facilities meant to be a place of rest; a bastion of safety for those who can no longer depend solely on themselves? Why it happens: The unfortunate reality is that the vast majority of workers at most nursing facilities are under-paid and over-worked. Many work long hours and are paid just over minimum wage. Exacerbating the situation… Read More

26 Oct

What is the difference between Replacement Services and Attendant Care?

Because Michigan is a No-Fault state, certain benefits are due the auto accident victim regardless of who was at fault.  Included, are replacement services and attendant care.  Chances are unless you are an attorney that actively represents people in these type of cases, you don’t have the slightest idea what the difference is.  This would most likely include the physician you are treating with.  If you are reading this post you, a child, a family member, or a loved one has most likely been in a car wreck and suffered an injury involving some type of motor vehicle.  You are hopefully treating with a competent caring physician.  Your primary care physician,  a general practitioner, or an internist, or a family practice doctor, your gynecologist, or perhaps a chiropractor, may or may not understand your legal rights, or may or may not be interested or motivated enough to assist you to get the benefits that you deserve and need.  This would include signing a prescription for the care… Read More

17 Oct

Michigan Auto Accident Law Blog: Can a family member be paid to care for me?

The following is a post to the Michigan Auto Accident Lawyers blog.   The question is:  “Can a family member get paid to care for me?  Or does it have to be a nurse?” The answer is YES.  Michigan has. of course, a no fault system in motor vehicle accident cases involving cars, trucks, etc….It has been in place for years, and even non-lawyers are aware of that.  But not everyone understands the subtleties of the no fault act. First and foremost, Michigan has the best auto law in the country.  If you own a car in this state, and you are  legal ( have insurance for a registered automobile), and you are injured in an auto accident you are taken care of for LIFE.  Now, of course, the insurance company will try to get away with paying you as little and for as short a period as possible, but this lawyer will not let them get away with it. A great feature of the “Medical… Read More

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