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.

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.

Communicate More, Get Sued Less?

Communicate More, Get Sued Less?

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Studies have suggested that improving communication with patients can reduce future malpractice litigation.

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.

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?

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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.

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.

Fear of Libel Lawsuits Influences Journal Publishing

Fear of Libel Lawsuits Influences Journal Publishing

Fear of corporate defamation lawsuits should not prevent examination of corporate products, researchers argue.

Malpractice Case Ends in $5 Million Award

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Family alleged that healthcare professionals failed to respond to an infant's symptoms of a potentially fatal condition.

Study: Better Handoff in Hospitals Decreases Medical Error Rate

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Researchers developed a three-part handoff system that includes standardized communication and handoff training.

Malpractice Premiums Declining in Tennessee Following Reforms

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The number of malpractice suits filed in the state has dropped by 36% each year since the reforms went into effect.

Slapdash Diagnosis Ends in Blindness

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A harried family practitioner mistook a bacterial infection for a viral infection.

Doctor Fails to Look at Test Results, Misses Crucial Diagnosis

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He had ordered two computed tomography scans for a man in his early 70's, but simply filed away the scan results without looking at them.

California Clears Initiative To Raise Malpractice Cap

California Clears Initiative To Raise Malpractice Cap

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A ballot initiative slated for 2014 is aimed at increasing the cap from $250,000 to $1.1 million.

Study Highlights Complexity of Medical Malpractice Cases

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These case take up more of a judge's time than criminal cases and other types of civil cases.

VA Paid Out Over $800 Million to Settle Claims in Past Decade

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A recent analysis has revealed that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has paid out about $845 million for medical malpractice cases since 2003.

Alabama Couple Awarded $6.7 Million in Malpractice Case

Alabama Couple Awarded $6.7 Million in Malpractice Case

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Small intestine perforation during a hernia operation resulted in an intestinal infection that spread, leading to other complications.

Georgia Lawmakers Consider Alternative to Malpractice Suits

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A group of legislators recently met to discuss a bill that would create an administrative system for dealing with claims.

Patient's Death Blamed Partly on Bad Handwriting

Patient's Death Blamed Partly on Bad Handwriting

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A nurse and pharmacist misread a nephrologist's handwritten prescription for a dialysis patient.

Study Ups Estimate of Preventable Errors in Hospitals

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Results indicate that there are as many as 210,000 to 440,000 deaths per year associated with preventable harm in hospitals.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Part of Florida Malpractice Law

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Florida trial attorneys successfully argued that it violated HIPAA.

Nurses Create 'NoNo Sleeve' to Prevent Medical Errors

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The device would be used in dialysis patients with arteriovenous fistulas.

Incorrect EHR Setting May Put Patients at Risk

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The errors were related to default settings, which are commonly used to populate information for things such as commonly prescribed dosing protocols.

Missouri Eases Liability Fears for Volunteer Health Workers

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The new law waives civil penalties against volunteer health professionals unless there is a "gross deviation from the ordinary standard of care, or willful misconduct."

Stent Lawsuit Settles on the Eve of a Doctor's Testimony

Stent Lawsuit Settles on the Eve of a Doctor's Testimony

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A large medical malpractice lawsuit has settled after six weeks of trial, but prior to the defense putting on its side of the case.

Patient Sues After Suffering Known Risk of Stone Procedure

Patient Sues After Suffering Known Risk of Stone Procedure

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A urologist had explained to the patient that a split ureter is a potential risk of ureteroscopy.

Five States Responsible for Nearly Half of All 2012 Payouts

Five States Responsible for Nearly Half of All 2012 Payouts

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Diederich Healthcare has recently released an analysis of 2012 medical malpractice payouts based on information from the NPDB.

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