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Florida Appellate Court Finds Caps on Damages Unconstitutional

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A panel of judges of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal in Lakeland, Florida, found that limits on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases are unconstitutional.  These limits, also referred to as caps, on damages have long been a controversial legal topic in Florida and the rest of the United States.  The Florida Legislature and then-Governor Jeb Bush implemented these caps on damages back in 2003 in response to skyrocketing malpractice insurance costs for doctors.  The caps were also likely implemented as a result of several high-profile cases in the 1990s that altered the national public opinion about non-economic damages...

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Data Breach From Former Hospital Employee Goes Class Action

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Data Breaches that come from insiders of an organization  We hear about data breaches from cyber attackers on the web all the time.  In the last two years, the healthcare industry has been rocked by more attacks than ever before.  One only has to look for Anthem or Premera data breaches to see how many people have been affected. Hospitals have also seen an increase in cyber attacks.  Many have fallen victim to malware or even ransomware where the hospital is locked out of their computers until they pay the hackers.  This happened at 14 different hospitals here in the United States...

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2017 Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar

Recently, attorneys from the Abbott Law Group attended the 2017 Florida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar in Orlando, Florida. The Florida Justice Association (FJA), formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (AFTL), is dedicated to strengthening and upholding Florida’s civil justice system and protecting the rights of Florida’s citizens and consumers. The annual Workhorse Seminar ensures that lawyers receive multiple CLE credits, gain innovative ideas, and boosts the quality of their practice by enhancing their knowledge of current issues, which occur in every day civil litigation cases. The Experience Steven Teppler was a moderator for two of the discussions on topics regarding E-discovery...

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Hospitals Infected with Malware could increase risk of injury to patient

Hospitals hit with malware may result in a delay in treatment or an increase in medical errors. Hospitals have become increasingly the target of cyber attackers as they generally have poor or substandard security.  Several hospitals unfortunately last year gave us a preview of things to come if hospitals don’t implement better security measures to counter hackers. If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury at a hospital, experienced a medical error, or had a delay in treatment which lead to a worsening of your condition, then you may be eligible to seek compensation against the hospital for negligence.   How the hack...

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Smart Meter Vulnerabilities

Major Concerns mount over Smart Meters which use Poor Security Millions of people install smart meters in their homes for their convenience. Although they are very convenient to use, hackers are exploiting their vulnerabilities to invade your privacy, and unfortunately for us, hacking into them is not really a difficult job. When a hacker breaks into your system and injects a malicious code, then he could gain control over the entire power system of your house. He can shut down down the entire power supply, hold it for ransom, or even explode your meter if he wants. He may also be able...

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Deep Learning AI

Deep learning AI is Stealing Our Data Evernote, the popular note-taking app, used to have its own servers. Why was this great? Because those servers stored millions of users’ most private data. Well, with great popularity has come a great need for larger server space. Of course, massive tech giant Google has swooped in and generously offered its own servers for this purpose.   But it comes with a catch – your data is not private anymore. It’s not good when Evernote staff can read your data, especially when that data is ultra-sensitive and must be anonymous. The tech leaders at Google and...

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New York Times Article Highlights Widespread Use & Dangers of Stimulant Medication

The New York Times Magazine recently published an article by Casey Schwartz, an accomplished journalist and author, in which Schwartz documents her near decade-long struggle with the stimulant medication known as Adderall.  Adderall is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a neurobehavioral condition marked by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which is predominantly seen in children.  That condition, along with a similar condition known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), has been increasingly diagnosed over the past two decades.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 3 to 5 percent of school-age American children were...

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Artificial Intelligence Issues Addressed at IP Expo Europe

At the IP Expo Europe event in London last week, Professor Nick Bostrom brought up an interesting, and very popular, topic during his keynote speech—artificial intelligence.  Artificial intelligence (also known simply as AI) are computer systems that are capable of performing tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, problem solving, and translation between languages.  Artificial intelligence is often negatively portrayed in sci-fi movies and books taking place several decades in the future, where robots become self-aware and self-determining before turning on their human programmers and owners.   However, in his speech at the IP Expo, Professor...

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Security Issues with IoT Digital Supply Chain

Many cybersecurity experts are now likening the manufacturing of devices with Internet connectivity, or those things in the Internet of Things (IoT), to a 21st-century gold rush of sorts.  Major manufacturers have realized that there is a lot of money to be made in making and selling IoT devices, and they are all rushing to stake their claim on everything from Internet-connected appliances, like washers and dryers, to connected electronics and even connected toys.  The problem with this new gold rush is that IoT devices are being sold with major cyber security flaws.  Often times, the connected devices are sold...

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Number of deaths related to superbug may be underestimated

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Lax Hospital Standards Make it Nearly Impossible to Put Number on Superbug Deaths In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health announced antibiotic-resistant infections, commonly referred to as superbugs, to be a serious threat to the public health.  The task force representing all three agencies formulated a plan to fight the threat; however, fifteen years later, the superbug problem seems to have gotten worse.  The task force originally recommended creating a national surveillance plan in order to determine the amount of resources needed to effectively fight antibiotic-resistant...

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