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Did Medical Negligence Play a Role in Death of Joan Rivers?

Posted on September 11th, 2014

After the death of famous comedienne Joan Rivers last week as a result of complications from an outpatient procedure, New York state authorities are launching an investigation into the clinic where the procedure was performed. The operation was an elective procedure on Rivers’ vocal chords and was performed at the outpatient clinic Yorkville Endoscopy. According [...]

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Big Verdict for Plaintiff in Dental Malpractice Suit

Posted on September 11th, 2014

Medical malpractice can happen in any healthcare field, including dentistry. Dental treatment that does not meet the standard of care may be considered medically negligent, and if it results in injury it may be considered medical malpractice. In a recent dental malpractice case, the plaintiff received a large verdict after a jury determined that the [...]

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Malpractice Suit Filed Over Failure to Diagnose

Posted on September 11th, 2014

As we discussed in a previous blog, a health care provider’s failure to diagnose can be considered medically negligent and may be the basis for a medical malpractice suit if this failure to diagnose results in serious injury or death. In a recent example from a suit in Texas, a failure to diagnose lead to [...]

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Boy Exposed to Hepatitis C After Medical Negligence in Health Clinic

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Patients expect that routine medical tests will be conducted by experienced and qualified medical professionals. However, as a recent case in Maryland showed, this isn’t always the case. And while interns and personnel in training are often present and participating in clinical environments, a lack of professional oversight can result in careless mistakes or, as [...]

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All Medical Malpractice Claims Must Be Filed with NPDB Says HHS

Posted on September 5th, 2014

In a memo issued earlier this year by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the department made it clear that all medical malpractice claims must be reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), which is run by HHS. This database keeps track of all medical malpractice payments and physician sanctions in the [...]

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Claims Decrease as Malpractice Insurance Dividends Increase in Maine

Posted on September 5th, 2014

Medical malpractice claims have fallen sharply over the past decade in Maine, coinciding with an increase in the dividends of the largest medical malpractice insurer in the state. And while the company attributes the decrease in claims to improvements in care and communication with patients, state law may be making it more difficult for residents [...]

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Obstacles to Medical Malpractice Justice in Florida

Posted on August 27th, 2014

When the medical malpractice cap on wrongful death cases was lifted earlier this year in Florida, many considered it a step in the right direction in a state which is known as a difficult in which to bring a malpractice lawsuit. The state’s Supreme Court declared the wrongful death cap unconstitutional, and is currently considering [...]

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Defendant’s Claim of Confidentiality Rejected in Kentucky Malpractice Case

Posted on August 27th, 2014

A Kentucky hospital’s claim that the information in its records that was relevant to a medical malpractice case was confidential and therefore off limits to the plaintiff and the court, was rejected by the Supreme Court of Kentucky on August 21st. The decision of the court ordered that the hospital provide the incident report to [...]

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No Easy Access to Malpractice Litigation in Wisconsin

Posted on August 26th, 2014

As a result of a series of laws and loopholes, Wisconsin has gained a reputation for the lack of access to malpractice litigation it offers to its citizens. Citizens who have been victims of medical negligence and wish to seek legal recourse must undergo a long process before they reach the courtroom, and consequently many [...]

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The Top Areas for Medical Malpractice Claims and Payments

Posted on August 22nd, 2014

For those seeking professional health care, it’s important to know what areas of care are subject to the most malpractice claims. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine analyzed data on claims according to specialty, claims resulting in payment according to specialty, and the median amount of payment according to specialty. The [...]

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