Posts Tagged 'malpractice'

Small Percentage of Doctors Accounts for Large Percentage of Malpractice Claims

small number of doctors account for large percentage of malpractice claimsThe idea of statistically significant numbers of occurrences being attributed to a small portion of a population isn’t anything new. We know that wealth accumulation, for example, is highly concentrated. A very small number of people hold the majority of wealth of an entire country.

Other populations experience the same anomaly. And, according to a study recently released by Stanford researchers, this same principle can also be ...

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Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Filings on the Decline

2000 through 2002 were busy years for Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers, representing the peak of medical malpractice lawsuit filings. The number of those proceedings has fallen ever since. And, last year, it reached an all-time 14-year low.

In a press release issued by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, statistics have shown that the 1,463 new cases that were filed in the Pennsylvania Civil Court system last year were the lowest number of cases filed since tracking began.

Why the ...

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RI Couple Awarded $25 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

rhode island malpractice lawsuit results in 25 million dollar settlementA jury has awarded $25 million to a Rhode Island couple in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Rhode Island Hospital. Rhode Island Public Radio notes that the verdict is one of the largest ever awarded for negligence in the state.

In 2009, a Rhode Island man was admitted to Rhode Island Hospital after hitting his head. He was later discharged with severe and permanent injuries. ...

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Surgeon Who Removed Wrong Organ Is Disciplined Years Later

illinois surgeon removes wrong organAn Illinois doctor is being disciplined by The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation nearly a decade after removing the wrong organ during surgery. CentralIllinoisProud.com reports that the independent surgeon of the Associated Surgical Group will pay a $2,500 fine for his mistake.

In December 2005, a woman underwent surgery to have a portion of her spleen extracted, but instead, the doctor removed the woman’s left kidney. In his postoperative report, ...

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California Proposition 46 Would Allow Patients to Hold Negligent Doctors Responsible for Injuries

The LA Times recently reported on a California ballot initiative that seeks to raise caps on medical malpractice damages for pain and suffering and to require physicians to undergo drug testing. The initiative, known as Proposition 46, seeks to raise the nearly forty–year-old cap on non-economic damages in medical negligence cases from $250,000 to $1.1 million. Going forward, the cap would be indexed to inflation.

Those supporting the initiative seek to modify a law that has limited ...

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