Legal Issues In Medicine

Few Physicians Involved in a Third of Paid Malpractice Claims

Few Physicians Involved in a Third of Paid Malpractice Claims

A few doctors account for disproportionately large number of paid malpractice claims.

Industry Funds More Research Than NIH

Industry Funds More Research Than NIH

Analysis finds studies paid for by private sector increasing, while US-sponsored trials decline.

California Governor Signs Right-to-Die Bill Into Law

California Governor Signs Right-to-Die Bill Into Law

Physicians can now prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.

Rising Litigation for Soft-Tissue Filler Procedures

Rising Litigation for Soft-Tissue Filler Procedures

Half of legal actions result from non-physician performing the procedure.

Diagnostic Errors Common in the U.S.

Diagnostic Errors Common in the U.S.

Panel urges changes to an increasingly complex health care system.

Ruling Makes It Easier for Insurers to Terminate Doctors

Ruling Makes It Easier for Insurers to Terminate Doctors

Court supported insurance company in termination of doctors after dispute over necessity of services

Delays in Reporting of Serious Drug Harms to FDA

Delays in Reporting of Serious Drug Harms to FDA

Analysis found roughly 10% of cases were filed after 15-day deadline passed.

Noneconomic Damage Cap is Constitutional, Court Rules

Noneconomic Damage Cap is Constitutional, Court Rules

California court finds that state's cap on noneconomic damages is constitutional.

Study Identifies Human Factors in Surgical Errors

Study Identifies Human Factors in Surgical Errors

Individual cognitive factors accounted for half of all contributing human factor nano-codes.

Disclosure Restrictions Frequent in Medical Malpractice Settlements

Disclosure Restrictions Frequent in Medical Malpractice Settlements

Academic health system uses nondisclosure clauses in most malpractice settlement agreements.

What Do You Think of Celebrity Doctors?

What Do You Think of Celebrity Doctors?

Among other things, Dr. Oz is accused of peddling "quack treatments and cures," according to news reports.

Security Breaches of Health Records Rose

Security Breaches of Health Records Rose

Researchers call for enhanced security as more patient information is stored online.

Legal Implications of Using PAs and NPs

Legal Implications of Using PAs and NPs

Understanding legal issues allows effective use of physician extenders, who can be beneficial in health care.

How to Protect Yourself from Patient Abandonment Accusations

How to Protect Yourself from Patient Abandonment Accusations

Article provides suggestions to protect physician from liability, accusations of patient abandonment

Clinical Negligence Leads to Amputation and Lawsuit

Clinical Negligence Leads to Amputation and Lawsuit

Clinicians missed several opportunities to advocate for their patient, leading to the loss of a leg.

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