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Arizona Hospitals Cannot Use Federal Law To Hide Incident Reports From Patients

Posted by James D. Campbell | Apr 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Arizona hospitals frequently try to keep an injured patient from getting reports that document the hospital's mistakes that caused their injury. Longstanding Arizona law, however, requires hospitals to give patients these incident reports. Recently hospitals use a new federal law to try to block patients from getting these reports. This argument is wrong, however, because the new federal law was never intended to prevent a hospital from giving patients incident reports.

Civil Procedure: Discovery Abuse Sanctions

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Apr 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

SCOTA RULES SANCTIONS FOR DISCOVERY ABUSE MUST BE LIMITED TO FEES INCURRED BECAUSE OF THE ABUSE By Ted Schmidt Today the United States Supreme Court announced an important ruling in Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, No. 15-1406 (April 18, 2017) (J. Kagan) https://www.supremecourt.gov/op...

Autism Explained--Part II

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Mar 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 2016, the CDC released its newest numbers of autism among the nation's children. Based on those numbers, an estimated 1-1.2 million children have been diagnosed with autism, or 1 in 68 kids.  Since the spectrum is so large many of the kids who are considered high functioning can blend in more ...

Autism Explained--Part I

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Mar 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Imagine living in a world where not many people understood you. Where everything seemed brighter, louder, smells stronger.  Where people stereotyped you, didn't think you were capable of doing much, or, expected you to be the next “Rain Man”.  Unfortunately, this is the life for the millions of p...

LSAT No More?

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Mar 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Remember the LSAT? To some attorneys, the Law School Admissions Test may be a faint memory; nothing more than their first step toward a legal career. For future attorneys, however, studying for months on end and cramming practice logic games in preparation for the LSAT may become nonexistent. La...

ARS §13-3620 Duty to Report Abuse of a Minor Explained

Posted by Ted A. Schmidt | Mar 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Arizona law requires that ALL adults responsible for the care or treatment of a minor IMMEDIATELY report any “reasonable belief or suspicion” that a child (anyone under 18 years of age) is the victim of sexual abuse, neglect or emotional abuse. This includes contact with a minor of a sexual natur...

The Funeral Rule Explained

Posted by Matt Schmidt | Mar 02, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our firm regularly works with families who are grieving the loss of a loved one. During this period of sadness, one consistent thing that comes up is trying to find any semblance of clarity, from the  mountain of paperwork required to go through and the complex questions being asked to deeper, em...

ARE MANUFACTURERS OF OPIOID MEDICATIONS ATTEMPTING TO BLOCK COMMON SENSE LIMITS ON PAIN MEDICATIONS?

Posted by James D. Campbell | Feb 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Opioid overuse is a national tragedy, with increasing deaths and destruction caused by these potentially dangerous medications. The CDC's 2016 guidelines attempted to curb their use. In response, many medical organizations paid by opioid drug manufacturers were critical of this effort, and their payment sources were not disclosed. This raises serous ethical questions about opioid manufacturer's efforts to address this national problem.

Sexual Abuse on a TUSD School Bus

Posted by Dev Sethi | Feb 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

This is a tragic and stomach churning case.  We represent a 6 year old boy who was sexually abused by a 12 year old boy on board their Tucson Unified School District bus.  The boys were the only two passengers aboard an afternoon elementary school bus. In violation of TUSD policy, they were allow...

KSS in the News -- Brian Lynch and the Scott Roofing Fatality

Posted by Dev Sethi | Feb 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

I represent the family of a Santa Fe bicyclist who came to Tucson with a group of fellow riders to enjoy several days of friendship and bike rides in our beautiful community.  Unfortunately, a roofer named Brian Lynch crashed his work truck into their group at the intersection of La Canada and Ha...

CFSD 2017 Teacher of the Year on the Power of Kindness

Posted by Dev Sethi | Feb 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Manzanita Elementary School has a pretty big role in the lives of the folks at our firm.  It educated one of our lawyers - Matt Schmidt - along with five firm kids.  Two youngsters are on deck, and will they start kindergarten there in the blink of an eye. We proudly support Manzanita, and we we...

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