Bram Sable-Smith

Bram Sable-Smith

Can a fetus be an employee? States are testing the boundaries of personhood after ‘Dobbs’

By: - May 21, 2023

CLAYTON, Missouri — Kaitlyn Anderson was six months pregnant when a driver killed her and a Missouri Department of Transportation colleague in 2021 while they were doing roadwork near St. Louis. Her fetus also died. Although Anderson’s family tried to sue the department on her behalf, workers’ compensation laws in Missouri and elsewhere shield employers […]

Temp nurses cost hospitals during pandemic. Lawmaker are now considering limits.

By: - March 27, 2023

To crack down on price gouging, proposed legislation in Missouri calls for allowing felony charges against health care staffing agencies that substantially raise their prices during a declared emergency. A New York bill includes a cap on the amount staffing agencies can charge health care facilities. And a Texas measure would allow civil penalties against […]

When malpractice occurs at Community Health Centers, taxpayers are on the hook

By: and - December 3, 2022

Silvia Garcia’s 14-year-old son was left permanently disabled and in a wheelchair after a community health center doctor in New Mexico failed to diagnose his appendicitis despite his complaint of severe stomach pain. The teenager’s appendix ruptured before he could get to a hospital, and complications led to septic shock. Akimbee Burns had a Pap […]