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What Should I Know About Health Law?

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Health Law | 0 comments

Health laws and regulations regarding how and when one can access health services, health insurance, and powers of an attorney always vary from one state to another. There are four aspects of health regulations in New Jersey that one needs to know to avoid medical pervasions that are against the state law. Durable Power of Attorney Durable powers of an attorney are the powers accorded to a family member to make a living will decision on behalf of a sick or unconscious patient. When such a will is in compliant with New Jersey health laws, medical professionals will not be held liable for a criminal or civil offense. Euthanasia regulations Euthanasia is an act of mercy killing carried out to patients undergoing unmanageable pain and suffering. During the process, a doctor may be required to administer a patient with a lethal dose. Euthanasia is prohibited by the New Jersey Health laws although they give room to a passive form of Euthanasia where a physician may withdraw some life-sustaining procedures if a patient gives consent. Medical Records Laws The state laws also require that a patient’s medical records be treated as confidential. However, in some cases, a patient’s medical records may be disclosed upon a court order. For instance, in New Jersey, medical records that may contain suspicious information, such as cases of child abuse, may be disclosed. Living Will Laws Living will regulations are the legal agreements concerning a patient’s end of life care. The agreement takes effect when patients are deemed unable to make sane living will preferences. In such cases, a person with durable power of attorney will decide on behalf of the patient. Health laws differ from state to state. Furthermore, a state’s health regulations might change over time. For this reason, it is suggested that you contact an experienced attorney who will help you to make sound decisions. In case you reside in New Jersey, contact health attorneys from Thomas and Krail LLC any time you need assistance on any health law issues. For more information on health laws in US, refer to the following sources:

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Suicide Prevention In NJ Colleges Program

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016 in Health Law, Medical | 0 comments

Going to college is an important time in anyone’s life, but it can be incredibly challenging. Students are under a great deal of pressure to perform in school and often experience personal issues that make it difficult to cope. For this reason, suicides among college students are on the rise. Recently, there have been additions made to New Jersey Health Law to help reduce the number of suicides in college. In 2015, The New Jersey Strategy For Suicide Prevention was enacted to help prevent and intervene in college suicides. This is aimed to help both students and their families who are left devastated when suicide affects their family. Many families are unaware their loved one is struggling to cope and have no idea suicide is imminent. This New Jersey Health Law was enacted based on statistics on suicide. From 2010 to 2012, 233 youth suicides occurred in New Jersey. Of these suicides, 72 percent were youths aged 19 to 24. This spurred action by the state to help youths in crisis. Some programs available are the Traumatic Loss Coalition, 2nd Floor Youth Helpline, Mobile Response Crisis Screening and the New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hot Line. Programs like this are key to giving youths options that may help them avoid suicide. Citizens of New Jersey should support these efforts and help any way they can. Suicide is a serious problem and can occur despite our best efforts as families and communities. If you or someone you know has been affected by suicide, there is help available. Contact the Thomas & Krail LLC if you need a health law attorney in New Jersey. There are experienced attorneys who can assist you and help you obtain the best possible outcome for your...

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New Jersey Closer to Flavored Vaping Ban

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Health Law | 0 comments

The use of electronic cigarettes, commonly referred to as “vaping,” has become increasingly more popular in New Jersey and other states. Vaping involves an electric device that converts a flavored liquid into vapor. Some of these liquids contain nicotine, but others just deliver flavor. Many proponents of vaping believe it is a healthier alternative to tobacco cigarettes and some use vaping as a method to quit smoking. The vape industry has exploded over the last few years and now vape stores can be found on any street, selling a variety of flavored liquid and vaping devices. However, because vaping has only recently been developed over the last several years, the long term health effects are unknown and the states are starting to become concerned. New Jersey has taken notice of the recent vaping trend and has concerns about the effects of electronic cigarettes, especially with how it may impact younger individuals. A New Jersey health law has been proposed which would bar anyone from selling vaping products in flavors other than clove, menthol and tobacco. Proponents of the law argue that the law is intended to protect adolescents who may develop harmful habits from vaping. This proposed New Jersey health law banning flavored vape liquid is controversial for many reasons. First, the long term effects of vaping are unknown, so many believe legislative action is premature. Second, because some use vaping as a method to quit smoking, some believe it discourages vaping for that purpose. And finally, the New Jersey health law could have a negative impact on businesses that rely on vaping, possibly even forcing some businesses to close. The bill must now be passed by the state Senate and Assembly, and signed by Christie to become law. What do you think about New Jersey’s proposed flavored vaping...

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