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Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums Continue to Decline

Posted on October 27th, 2014

Medical malpractice insurance premiums are continuing to decline, according to new data from the 2014 Medical Liability Monitor Annual Rate Survey. Premiums have on the whole been declining steadily for nearly a decade, and any increases in premiums are slight. According to the Medical Liability Monitor “While many attribute the declining rates to increased competition [...]

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More than 200,000 Die Annually From Hospital Medical Negligence

Posted on October 27th, 2014

More than 200,000 people die every year from medical negligence in hospitals in the United States, according to a study in the Journal of Patient Safety. The study estimates that “between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.” [...]

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Study Finds that Tort Reform Does Little to Cut Healthcare Costs

Posted on October 27th, 2014

A new study conducted and recently released by the RAND Corporation found that medical malpractice tort reform does little, if anything, to cut healthcare costs. This runs counter to a popular line of thinking which holds that healthcare costs are the result of defensive medicine practiced in large part due to lax medical malpractice laws. [...]

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Florida Medical Malpractice Law Upheld in Federal Court

Posted on October 27th, 2014

A part of Florida’s medical malpractice law was upheld in federal circuit court last week, a decision which overturns that made in a federal district court last year. The part of the law in question concerns a statute specific to Florida that allows ex parte communications in medical malpractice cases. “The law requires patients to [...]

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Ebola Victim was not Initially Diagnosed Correctly by Texas Hospital

Posted on October 27th, 2014

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of the Ebola virus on U.S. soil, was not diagnosed correctly on his initial visit to the hospital, despite the fact that he informed the hospital of his recent visit to Liberia, where it is well-known that the disease is prevalent. Duncan went to the emergency room [...]

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New Jersey Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hospitals in Malpractice Case

Posted on October 27th, 2014

The Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled in favor of the state’s hospitals last week in a medical malpractice case that concerned whether or not plaintiffs have the right to access hospitals’ internal reviews of malpractice. The case was filed by Esther and Gedalia Applegrad, who claimed that their daughter’s brain injury and seizure disorder [...]

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Maryland Appellate Court Reverses Decision: Standards for Expert Testimony

Posted on October 10th, 2014

In a decision made publicly available last year, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals announced the reversal of a decision in the case of Fusco V. Shannon, allowing the plaintiff to have a retrial after a jury found in favor of the defendant. The Appellate court ruled that the lower court applied the wrong standards [...]

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How Drug Testing Doctors Could Prevent Medical Malpractice

Posted on October 9th, 2014

Your doctor is the person that you go to when there are no options left to you and you know that you cannot take care of yourself. You trust your doctor to help you to improve your health. When that trust is broken, it naturally causes some worry. Even worse is when your doctor knowingly [...]

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Three Key Components of a Medical Malpractice Claim

Posted on October 9th, 2014

In order for a medical malpractice claim to have the potential to be successful, it must have three key components. These are: a failure to meet the standard of care, an injury that resulted from this failure, and significant damages to the patient’s physical and mental well-being. Three Key Components of a Medical Malpractice Claim [...]

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$20.6M Verdict Upheld in Maryland Birth Injury Malpractice Case

Posted on October 9th, 2014

In a recent birth injury medical malpractice case, a $20.6 million verdict was upheld by the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. The jury’s verdict was originally $21 million, with $20 million in economic and $1 million in non-economic damages, but the non-economic damages were reduced to $605,000 per the cap on medical malpractice non-economic [...]

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