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Tennessee Court Says Personal Injury Damages Cap is Unconstitutional

Posted on March 27th, 2015

A Circuit Court in Tennessee has issued a written statement that this court has found that the cap on non-economic damages in personal injury cases in the state is unconstitutional. The written Memorandum and Order was filed on March 9, 2015, in a case “involving claims for personal injury damages arising out of a traffic [...]

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Nursing Home Negligence Suit Filed in Oregon

Posted on March 26th, 2015

Nursing homes and nursing home negligence have been in the news recently, with CMS stating it would revise its nursing home ratings system to make it harder to obtain the highest ratings, high-rated nursing homes decreasing dramatically in Maryland, and nursing home neglect suit resulting in 17 guilty pleas in New York. Now, a nursing [...]

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Maryland Medical Malpractice: Bill Would Institute Pre-Suit Notice

Posted on March 25th, 2015

Maryland does not currently require plaintiffs in a medical malpractice suit to provide the defendants with a pre-suit notice prior to filing the suit in court. However, a new bill filed in the Maryland Senate during the current legislative session could change that. The bill would require that persons wishing to file a medical malpractice [...]

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Maryland Birth Injury Victims File Malpractice Case in Federal Court

Posted on March 24th, 2015

In a rare instance of a medical malpractice case being filed in federal court, a mother and father who allege their baby was fatally injured by medical negligence during birth recently filed a case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Why Federal Court? The case was filed in federal court because [...]

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C. Difficile Infections Affect Half a Million Americans Every Year

Posted on March 6th, 2015

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly half a million people in the United States suffered from C. difficile infections in a single year. What is C Difficile? Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterial infection that leads to inflammation of the colon and potentially deadly [...]

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High-Rated Nursing Homes in Maryland Decline

Posted on March 4th, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently revised the system it uses to rate nursing homes across the country. This results of the ratings are available on the CMS website, which nearly 1.5 million people access every year to get information that will help them make a decision on which nursing home meets [...]

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Plaintiffs Successful in Misdiagnosed Breast Cancer Malpractice Suit

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

An appellate court in California recently upheld the verdict of a trial court in favor of the medical malpractice plaintiffs in a suit brought on by a misdiagnosis of breast cancer. The claim alleged that the defendant physicians were negligent in their misdiagnoses of the woman’s breast cancer, and that had the diagnosis been made [...]

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Budget Would Eliminate Consumer Medical Website in New York

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

The new proposed budget for the state of New York would get rid of a free website available to consumers that provides information on every licensed doctor of medicine and doctor of osteopathy in the state, including information about their medical malpractice histories. The state was first created by the New York Patient Health Infromation [...]

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FDA Issues Warning About Endoscopes

Posted on February 27th, 2015

The FDA issued a statement last week attributing the outbreak of a drug-resistant bacteria at a UCLA hospital to a contaminated endoscope. The statement warned of the inherent dangers of this specific type of endoscope (known as a duodenoscope) that contributed to the spread of the disease, and issued guidance to healthcare providers as to [...]

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CMS Will Implement New Nursing Home Rating System

Posted on February 26th, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, also known as CMS, has announced a number of revisions to its current system of rating nursing homes throughout the country. Nearly 1.5 million people visit the CMS website every year to access information on prospective nursing homes and use this information to inform their decision on which [...]

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