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Medical Malpractice

Five Myths of Medical Malpractice – Part 3

May 12, 2017

Myth 3: Physicians Are One Malpractice Verdict Away From Bankruptcy Many physicians seem to believe that malpractice verdicts threaten to wipe out their savings. When assessing this fear, it is appropriate to start by observing that most malpractice cases are settled or dismissed; only about 2% of claims are tried, Read More

Veteran Awarded $2.5 Million in Phoenix VA Malpractice Case

March 25, 2017

On March 6, 2017, Steven Cooper, an 18-year U.S. Army Veteran, was awarded $2.5 million in a malpractice lawsuit filed against the Phoenix VA. Cooper is one of many veterans forced to wait over a year to secure an appointment at the Phoenix VA Health Center. The Army veteran claimed Read More

Five myths of medical malpractice –Part 2

March 14, 2017

Myth 2: Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Deliver “Jackpot Justice” The assertion that the malpractice liability system serves up jackpot justice takes various forms, but the basic charge is that the system doles out compensation freely and that uninjured or less injured patients take home millions.  However, recent stuides consistently prove that Read More

Medical malpractice: The alarming number of doctors busted for bribery

November 29, 2016

From a recent article in NJ.com:  “In two courtrooms less than an hour’s drive apart, two doctors were sent to prison recently for putting greed ahead of the welfare of patients. One, Paresh Patel, an internal medicine doctor from Jamesburg, will spend a year in prison for allowing a lab Read More

Babies Should Sleep In Same Room As Parents During First Year

October 25, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for infants to be kept in their parents’ bedroom at night for six months to a year in order to lessen the risk of sleep-related death.  The new recommendations say babies should sleep in the same room as their parents on a separate Read More

Why do obese patients get worse care? Many doctors don’t see past the fat.

October 14, 2016

According to a recent article in the New York Times, research has shown that doctors spend less time with obese patients and fail to refer them for diagnostic tests.   Patients report doctors blow them off and simply tell them to go to Weight Watchers, mistakenly assuming symptoms, such as Read More

$4.25M settlement for failure to treat pre-eclampsia resulting in the death of twins before birth

August 26, 2016

A judge refused to seal the records of a $4.25 million medical malpractice settlement.  Judge Terrence Nealon rejected a defense request to keep the settlement secret, finding that the public’s right to know outweighed concerns defense attorneys raised that release of the information would discourage hospitals and physicians from settling Read More

ZIKA VIRUS A THREAT TO PREGNANT MILITARY MEMBERS

August 4, 2016

ZIKA VIRUS A THREAT TO PREGNANT MILITARY MEMBERS CNN confirms that 41 military members stationed overseas have contracted the Zika virus-double the number of cases reported just last month. Those diagnosed with Zika include a pregnant soldier and seven military dependents. In pregnant women, the effects can be devastating, and Read More

Lowering the Cesarean Rate Results in Rise in Birth Trauma

July 26, 2016

Brain injury to babies from prolonged labor For over 60 years, physicians have relied on something called the Friedman Curve to determine when labor was taking too long and cesarean delivery was needed.  In 2014, in an attempt to lower cesarean section rates, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Read More

NEW STUDIES SHOW: “CAPS” ON DAMAGES RUIN HEALTH CARE

April 2, 2016

It is now indisputable that “caps” on compensation in medical malpractice cases (so-called “tort reform”) harm not just injured patients and their families. They are also wrecking health care for everyone else. The Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School reported three new studies by esteemed academics Read More

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