January 11, 2007

Lawsuits All Around

Sweet Benefits: Hospital employee cashes in after visit to ER at work Read [New York Daily News]

Novel Idea: One surgeon's deadly  prescriptions  for lawsuit happy lawyers Read [Webwire]

'Suit: Singer silenced by sloppy dentists Read [St. Clair Record]

January 08, 2007

Say It Loud!

City Attorney: Liability risk too high, forget the defibrillators Read [The Record]

Common Good: "Fear of erratic jury decisions in medical malpractice cases has spawned a culture of fear, causing inefficiencies that infect every level of medicine." Read [Wall Street Journal]

Texas Republican Skewers GOP Lawman: "Liability insurance carriers successfully fought to limit the right to a jury trial for patients who suffer grievous bodily harm at the hands of negligent doctors and hospitals." Read  [Star-Telegram]

December 27, 2006

Drugs-for-Sex and Naked Docs

News_23 Opinion: An affidavit of [lawsuit] merit usually costs from $500 to $5,000 and prevents the poor from launching med mal 'suits. Read [Muskogee Phoenix]

We mentioned the Okla. Supreme Court striking this down, here.

Doc in drugs-for-sex scandal, now faces rape charges Read [WMDT-TV]

Get the dirt on docs in Arizona, here.

? Shouldn't every state have such transparency for patients?

December 22, 2006

Action Grandmas and Lawsuit Experts Denied

GrandmaWe said, "don't resuscitate grandma." So now we're gonna sue. Read [Kaiser Network]
Who's at fault, here?

Pill pushing doc's patient overdoses, murder charges filed Read [Las Vegas Now]

'Soothing' ointment chafes grandma, payday ensues Read [Roanoke Times]

Chemo overload in San Mateo Read [San Mateo Daily Journal]

Oklahoma Supreme Court says experts don't need to sign off on med mal suits Read [Tulsa World]


December 18, 2006

Docs Flee, Lawyers Slacking, and a Lost Kidney

Eli Lily hid side-effects info, kept pushing schizo drug Read [Wilmington Star News]

News_22 Adios cowboys! A third of Wyoming docs plan to flee Read [Casper Star Tribune]

VA and health care behemoth Kaiser pushing docs to web for diagnosis info, options Read [Kansas City Star]

Bad Apples: North Dakota rebuking record number of state's lawyers Read [Bismark Tribune]

Patient gets screwed out of friend's kidney, dies, and CAN'T sue Read [New York Sun]

December 11, 2006

Lawsuits and More Lawsuits

New precedent? Man sues doc of man who ran over him with a car Read [AMA]

Hmmm ... "Lawyers will testify against each other more readily than doctors. ...  Lawyers understand that it's just business. ... They can go to court against someone and then shake their hand. Doctors don't have that experience, and they're scared of the legal system." Read [Law.com]

Should a doc who has been sued 100 times have to tell his new patients about his sordid past? Read [Birmingham News] We told you about his bogus doc application here

December 06, 2006

Doc Sues Chicago Sun-Times

News_21 Doc wants $125 million from newspaper, tv station for calling him crap MD Read [Chicago Tribune]

Our work is done? West Virginia Democrat says med-mal crisis is history Read [Register-Herald]

Facing 'suits in W. Va, doc gets fined in 'Bama for filing phony med license application Read [Huntsville Times]

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November 28, 2006

Back in Black

Greetings to all. We took a much needed break in the sun. But we didn't forget you.

To get back in the  swing, a post-Thanksgiving batch o' tales of the absurd, the fantastic, and the downright obscene. Enjoy, as always.

Ohio Payday? Only 1% of Med-Mal Lawsuits Net $1 million or more; 80% Get The Big Doughnut Read [Beacon Journal]

A $20 million verdict to a blind boy in Pennsylvania didn't catch our attention. But we caught one interesting detail where a nurse bravely took the stand and said the hospital didn't follow its own safety net rules. One online reader caught showed her some love: "As a fellow nurse, I applaud the nurse for testifying that procedures were routinely not followed. She will probably be ostracized for the rest of her days for speaking." Viva los whistleblowers!

Grandma Pops Sleeping Pills Instead of Pain Killers; Crashes Corvette; Sues Pharmacy Read [Anchorage Daily News]

November 15, 2006

Washington Special and Blowhards

Will Tort Reform Fade as New Priorities Emerge for Congress? Oh, and buh-bye hearings on gay marriage .  Read [Law.com]

Thank the Lord! Insurance commish says med-mal crisis is over. Biz is lucrative again. Read [WTRF-TV]

Seems the GOP, the party of limited govt., was telling states how to deal with med-mal lawsuits. There's a shift happening in US politics, ya' hear? Read [Stateline.org]

Dr. Jaimy Bensimon has been defending himself in one malpractice case FOR NINE YEARS! Read [Orlando Sun-Sentinel]

November 13, 2006

News of the Nation

News_20 Petition: Lower the insurance rates already! Read [Florida Today]

$20 mil Payout in Philly Suburb; Thought Only City Juries Paid Out Big Read [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Miffed Mom Pickets Outside Doc's Office Over Poor Treatment Read [The Roanoke Times]

Rx: Judge Orders Sides To Work Something Out Read [The West Virginia Record]

Corporations Trim Fat and Liability, Tell Plebes To Get Operations in India Read [Austin Chronicle]

Med-Mal Caps? Check. Insurer Profits Up? Check.  Read [Birmingham Business  Journal]

ER Wait Kills Mom; Hospital Quickens the Pace Read [Gwinett Daily Post]

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  • "We have discovered that virtually all patients are willing to sign a contract in which they agree not to sue their doctors on frivolous grounds."

    Jeffrey Segal, M.D, a board-certified neurosurgeon and the founder and president of Medical Justice Services, Inc., said.

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Crisis by numbers:

  • $4.6 million

    New York state grants available to expand the use of electronic medical records. Such initiatives have been hailed nationally as a way to cut medication errors, save money and improve patient safety. LINK

  • $700,000

    Amount raised by Fairness and Accountability in Insurance Reform to oppose malpractice limits in Arizona. LINK

  • $450,000

    Amount the Arizona Medical Association says Arizonans for Access to Health Care has raised to decide whether to push for montetary limits on lawsuits. LINK

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