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Lawsuits and administrative hearings follow opioid deaths

While the media brings national attention to the growing problem of prescription drug addiction, doctors are increasingly in the crosshairs for prescribing opioids and painkillers. Facing administrative hearings and malpractice lawsuits, physicians in New York and across the country who prescribe such medications for their suffering patients risk standing accused of misconduct if those patients abuse or divert the drugs. One doctor in another state is currently facing disciplinary action and legal consequences for allegedly prescribing painkillers inappropriately.

Three tips for rebuilding credit after bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is a viable option for debt relief, but it does not come without consequences on your credit score. While your credit score will take a hit, sometimes bankruptcy is necessary to get rid of debt and get back on track. Your bankruptcy will show up on your credit report for up to 10 years, but that does not necessarily mean your credit will be in the tank for that long.

Insurance company may deny claim based on false application

It's just a little fib, and many in New York feel certain no one will ever know. If the misinformation on an application for auto insurance saves the driver money, what harm can it do? In fact, about 10 percent of those applying for insurance reportedly lie on their applications -- such as saying their cars have lower mileage or are only driven for pleasure -- to get a lower rate believing the insurance company will never find out. However, improved technology is making it more likely that those fibs will come to light.

Insurance company files counter suit against health system

A health care system has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that its insurance companies have failed to provide coverages they are obligated to pay. In response, one insurance company filed a countersuit, alleging that the health care system engaged in fraudulent practices. Federal Insurance Company (also known as Chubb) is one of the largest insurance providers in the country, including many in New York. 

Medical professionals tout new law regarding malpractice claims

It is true that patients expect and deserve the best efforts of medical providers when they are ill or injured. However, those same medical professionals also may need some protection of their own when it comes to allegations of malpractice. New York providers may face allegations of substandard care when a patient suffers from an unexpected complication or poor recovery.

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