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Alabama Man Arrested for Forgery, Identity Theft

Friday, September 21, 2012

An Alabama resident, who allegedly forged documents in an attempt to get a driver's license, has been arrested for identity theft and forgery of documents. The 30-year-old man was arrested in the state of Tennessee earlier this month.

The man, a resident of Collinsville, Alabama, was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Identity Crimes Unit. According to the officers, the man had arrived at the local Drivers License office, carrying with him a number of documents including his birth certificate and Social Security card, as well as a license application that had a name which was not his own.

The officers quickly found that the name that appeared in the application form had already been issued a driver’s license. The Alabama man also had with him a birth certificate with the same name that appeared on the application from.

He was booked into the local county jail, and will be brought to court on October 22.

Charges of identity theft often result because of simple mistakes that a person makes. However, Alabama criminal defense lawyers warn that the consequences of an identity theft conviction are very serious, because these are federal crimes.

Under federal law, there are serious repercussions for a person who is convicted of identity theft. Under the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act, penalties for identity theft have increased. The Act defined a new type of crime called aggravated identity theft. Under this Act, someone who knowingly transfers some kind of means of identification to another person while committing a felony from a list that includes everything from fraud and embezzlement, to immigration-related offenses, can be charged with a crime. Being convicted for aggravated identity theft can add at least 2 years to a sentence.

Medical Device Recalls Touch Eight-Quarter High

Monday, September 17, 2012

Medical device recalls in the country touched their highest levels in eight quarters. In the last quarter of 2012, there were 123.5 million medical device units included in recalls. To understand how serious that spike is consider this - the last time the number of recalled units crossed 100 million was back in the 3rd quarter of 2010.

The increase in the number of recalled units did not necessarily mean that there were more number of recalls. In fact, there was a decline of 13% in the number of recalls in the 2nd quarter of 2012. Those recalls dropped to 242.

However, when California product liability lawyers compare the number of recalls to the number during the same period of time last year, there appears to be an increase of 4%.

Few of the recalls that were initiated in the last quarter of 2012 were serious recalls. Just about 7% of recalls were classified as class I recalls. These are some of the most serious recalls, and are initiated only in those cases where the products pose a serious injury or fatality hazard. Less than 1% of the recalled units in the second quarter of 2012 were classified as Class I Recalls.

The pharmaceutical drug industry initiated approximately 69 pharmaceutical drug recalls during the last quarter of 2012. That was not a very different picture from the first quarter. Overall, the pharmaceutical industry seems to have fared better, with the number of recalled units dropping in the 2nd quarter.

The number of pharmaceutical drugs that were recalled last year numbered 12 million, accounting for 80% of all pharmaceutical drug units included in recalls.

The data by ExpertRecall was based on an analysis by FDA press releases and enforcement reports, and also found that there was an increase over the previous quarter in the number of consumer product safety incidents that were reported. These incidents increased by 35% over the previous quarter.

Study Identifies Post-Operative Complications That Lead to Readmissions

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A hospital’s readmission rate is one of the primary factors that Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyers examine while determining patient safety standards at the facility. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, the biggest factor in hospital readmissions are postoperative complications.

The researchers analyzed hospital patient records of more than 1,442 general surgery patients. These patients had undergone surgery between 2009 and 2011. Approximately 11.3% of these patients were admitted back in the hospital within 30 days after they were discharged from the hospital.

For these patients, the researchers analyzed the factors that were associated with the readmission, like the kind of surgery that the patients underwent, the kind of postoperative complications that they suffered, patient demographics and other factors. The researchers found that specific surgical procedures, and the number of postoperative complications were major factors in the 30-day hospital readmission risk factor.

Of all the surgical procedures, gastrointestinal surgical procedures had a much higher chance of contributing to a hospital readmission within 30 days. These were higher 30-day readmission risks with colectomies, pancreatectomies and liver resections.

The researchers found that the higher the number of complications the person suffered, the higher the risk of readmission. Further, a patient who developed a complication in the hospital, had a much lower risk of returning back to the hospital after his discharge, compared to a patient who developed the complication after being discharged and going back home.

Even a single complication can increase hospital readmission risks. A patient who is suffering from a single complication has a higher risk of readmission, compared to a patient with no complications at all.

The highest-rates of readmission's involved those patients who suffered from at least 2 postoperative complications. Patients with one or more postoperative complications were found to have a readmission rate that was at least 4 times higher, compared to patients with no complications.

Proposed Lending Law for Dodd-Frank Act

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Last month the Federal Reserve Board published a press release detailing a proposed rule from six federal financial regulatory agencies related to the Truth in Lending Act enacted by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. The proposed rule would change how appraisals on high risk mortgages would be performed according to the Federal Reserve Board press release. The major items include the requirement of creditors to use a licensed or certified appraiser, who prepares a report that details the interior of the property after an inspection.

This proposed change adds to the overall affect of the Dodd-Frank Act. Compared to the height of the real estate frenzy, the number of lenders has likely decreased, leaving the more established lending companies to prosper in the current uptick in sales activity due to the low rates and increasing property values. In high growth areas such as the coastal areas of California, the recent increase in activity has led made things very busy for home purchase loans and refinances in San Diego. Having twenty five years of history and a stable infrastructure allows lenders to keep up with the law changes and provides consumers with peace of mind.

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