Medical Malpractice. Legal news and articles for January 28 - 31, 2012

Oregon GOP Pushes Limits on Medical Malpractice LiabilityCosts of litigation prevents access to court for people with smaller civil ...Leader: Reforms have aided medical malpractice climateThe Only Real "Medical Malpractice Reform" Is PreventionSantorum Wants Malpractice Award Caps For Everyone Except HimselfMedication Errors & Michigan Medical Malpractice LawyersHospital-recommended lawyers: A conflict of interest?Quietly, US Moves to Block Lawsuits by Military FamiliesArkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down “Tort Reform” LawHouse bill would revamp medical malpractice litigation processNew Maryland Medical Malpractice CA OpinionHAYES v. ASHLAND HOSPITAL CORPORATIONROGERS v. INTEGRITY HEALTHCARE SERVICES, INC.Some hospitals recommend malpractice lawyers to patientsDistracted Doctoring: How Digital Devices Can Lead to Medical Mistakes

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2012 brings a spate of new laws
Jacksonville Journal-CourierJanuary 1, 2012

PA 97-0449 • New language specifies that a school board is allowed to suspend or expel a student who has made a explicit threat on an Internet website against a school employee, fellow student or any other school personnel. ...more »

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff Builds Legal Team with New Hire
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 3, 2012

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff represents individuals and businesses in personal injury lawsuits, insurance bad faith cases, product liability cases and class action lawsuits. They have demonstrated their ability to devote substantial resources in ...more »

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Oregon GOP Pushes Limits on Medical Malpractice Liability
Insurance JournalJanuary 31, 2012

Proponents say capping awards for pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases would lower the cost of health care because doctors would have lower premiums for liability insurance and would be less inclined to order unnecessary tests to guard ...more »

Costs of litigation prevents access to court for people with smaller civil ...
Eastern Iowa News NowJanuary 31, 2012

The lawyers take these cases on a contingency basis but they can't afford to do that if the recovery won't even pay the litigation costs. Tim Semelroth, partner with Riccolo and Semelroth in Cedar Rapids, said attorneys have been frustrated about it ...more »

Leader: Reforms have aided medical malpractice climate
Huntington Herald DispatchJanuary 31, 2012

HUNTINGTON -- The new leader of the West Virginia Mutual Insurance Co. said the medical malpractice insurance climate in West Virginia has made significant strides since 2004, when the state Legislature passed sweeping civil justice reforms.more »

The Only Real "Medical Malpractice Reform" Is Prevention
InjuryBoard.comJanuary 30, 2012

Medical malpractice appears to be worsening. "In 2010, the federal government estimated that faulty medical care contributed to the death of about 15000 Medicare patients per month. By these measures, faulty hospital care is one of the leading causes ...more »

Santorum Wants Malpractice Award Caps For Everyone Except Himself
Wonkette (satire)January 30, 2012

But credit where credit is due: in 1994, Santorum did, in fact, sponsor the deceptively helpful-sounding Comprehensive Family Health Access and Savings Act, which would have capped awards for medical malpractice at $250000. Interestingly enough, in his ...more »

Medication Errors & Michigan Medical Malpractice Lawyers
JD Supra (press release)January 30, 2012

(800) 606-1717 Top Michigan medical malpractice lawyers winning highest settlements for medication errors. Call Now! No Fee Promise! 00009573 1.3 million Americans are injured every year due to medication errors. These errors are preventable.more »

Hospital-recommended lawyers: A conflict of interest?
FierceHealthcareJanuary 30, 2012

The hospitals chooses from their lists of lawyers who will accept patient cases for reduced fees, a referral system that could benefit injured patients and their families by helping them avoid continuing litigation costs. However, skeptics claim the ...more »

Quietly, US Moves to Block Lawsuits by Military Families
The AtlanticJanuary 30, 2012

It starts with a 1946 law, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), and a 1950 Supreme Court case, Feres v. United States. The "Feres Doctrine" stands for the general proposition that the US cannot be sued for money damages under the FTCA for any injuries ...more »

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down “Tort Reform” Law
JD Supra (press release)January 30, 2012

Lawyers.com Website | Blog | LexisNexis You can read the Lawyers.com News Blog at http://blogs.lawyers.com Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down “Tort Reform” Law January 27, 2012 By Keith Ecker Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court The Arkansas Supreme ...more »

House bill would revamp medical malpractice litigation process
Florida IndependentJanuary 30, 2012

By Marcello Iaia | 01.30.12 | 9:23 am A Florida House judiciary committee passed a bill Friday to grant greater protections for health care providers in medical malpractice cases. House Bill 385 would grant “sovereign immunity” to providers as ...more »

New Maryland Medical Malpractice CA Opinion
Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog (blog)January 30, 2012

McQuitty, ending this cerebral palsy medical malpractice case that began 17 years ago. I first wrote about this case two years ago when the Maryland Court of Appeals heard this tragic case involving a boy who was born with severe cerebral palsy.more »

HAYES v. ASHLAND HOSPITAL CORPORATION
Leagle.comJanuary 30, 2012

... individually and as administrator of the Estate of Kimberly Carter Hayes, (collectively referred to as appellants) bring this appeal from an October 22, 2010, summary judgment of the Boyd Circuit Court dismissing their medical malpractice action.more »

ROGERS v. INTEGRITY HEALTHCARE SERVICES, INC.
Leagle.comJanuary 30, 2012

Jimmy Rogers appeals from the Lincoln Circuit Court's grant of summary judgment in favor of Integrity Healthcare Services, Inc. ("Integrity") 1 as to Rogers's medical malpractice claims against Integrity. After our review, we affirm. On June 29, 2006, ...more »

Some hospitals recommend malpractice lawyers to patients
Baltimore SunJanuary 28, 2012

It may be that the referrals go to lawyers who are deemed "not unreasonable," which, Pham said, can be interpreted by some as being lenient in the highly emotional world of medical malpractice. Such lawsuits generally take three to five years to work ...more »

Distracted Doctoring: How Digital Devices Can Lead to Medical Mistakes
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 28, 2012

When doctors focus on the computer, rather than the patient, the risk of medical malpractice multiplies. January 28, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Delivering effective medical care requires the care and precision that can only come when doctors and staff ...more »

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