Patient Rights

The Importance Of Our Rights To A Jury Trial

The Constitution is the bedrock of our American society.  Not a day goes by without many of us benefiting from one or more of the sacred amendments to our constitution, such as the freedoms of speech or religion, or the right to bear arms.  At Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin, we are privileged to work every day to advance an important right granted to each of us under the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Section 6 of the Constitution of Pennsyvlania – the right to a jury trial. 

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New Guidelines Reinforce Established Rights to Access Medical Records

In January 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services issued new guidelines regarding the rights of individuals to access their protected health information under HIPAA. Though the guidelines are new, the rights they describe are not. In 2009 the rights to security, privacy, and access to medical information under HIPAA were modified for the digital age when Congress passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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You Cannot Consent To Injury

Co-Authored by Attorney Brendan Lupetin Any person who has had surgery probably remembers signing a consent form or consent to surgery form before surgery.  The consent form is also signed by the surgeon and contains a statement that the patient

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Recent Op Ed on Reporting of Medical Errors Hits the Mark

Should patients bear some responsibility for reporting medical mistakes? On October 18, 2012, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published a strong op-ed by Karen Wolk Feinstein of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative.  The well written piece is about an article describing the

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