Posts Tagged 'medical malpractice'

Study Shows Medical Malpractice Reform Has Little Effect on Healthcare Savings

A recent study challenges the misconception that medical malpractice lawsuits contribute significantly to the cost of malpractice insurance and cause doctors to order unnecessary tests and procedures, thereby increasing the cost of medical care in the United States. Insurance company representatives argue that that doctors order unnecessary and expensive treatments and tests in order to protect themselves from lawsuits. This practice has been called “defensive medicine.” An article in The Washington Post reports the results of ...

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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Seeing a Change in the Counties Around Philadelphia

Medical malpractice lawyers are noting a recent trend in medical malpractice cases in the counties surrounding Philadelphia county. Historically, these counties have been very difficult for malpractice plaintiffs–so difficult, that even when doctors agree that significant malpractice occurred, it has been difficult to win at trial. Cases that arise in Philadelphia County, in contrast, have long had a better chance of success when malpractice has occurred.

Over the last several months, however, injured individuals have been successful in wining medical malpractice ...

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Jury awards $32.8 million for delayed birth in Chester County

A Chester County jury has found in favor of a young girl diagnosed with cerebral palsy and awarded her 32.8 million dollars in a recent verdict of a birth injury lawsuit. This case stemmed from a birth injury lawsuit filed on behalf of a young girl who suffered brain damage at birth. The jury award is one of the largest on record in Chester County and will help the young girl’s family pay for future medical costs. The ...

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Philadelphia Jury Awards Large Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case

A Philadelphia jury has awarded the family of a child born prematurely a $42.9 million dollar award in a recent medical malpractice case. The verdict in Harris v. Chestnut Hill Hospital was announced on December 20, 2013. This medical malpractice case stems from injuries sustained by the Plaintiff following a premature birth at 25 weeks gestation. The suit alleged that the Defendants failed at act in a timely fashion in taking steps  to protect the unborn ...

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Medical Malpractice Lawsuits after Unnecessary Spinal Fusion Procedure

A recent article in the Washington Post examined a growing concern in the medical community, the drastic increase in certain types of surgical procedures and whether the are medically necessary. The article examined the  large increase of spinal fusion surgery in the Unites States over the past two decades with 465,000 spinal fusion procedures performed in 2011 up form 56,000 in 1994. It is estimated that nearly half of these procedures were not medically necessary.

There are many reasons ...

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Michigan Doctor of Oncology Charged in $35 Million Medicare Fraud Case

A government press release reports the arrest of the owner of the Michigan Hematology Centers with charges of widespread Medicare fraud. In the past two years, these centers billed Medicare for a total of $35 million. The doctor allegedly prescribed unnecessary treatments and chemotherapy to patients who either did not need it or could not benefit from it.

Putting patients at risk of chemotherapy side effects, the doctor has reportedly falsely diagnosed cancer and began treatment for those that ...

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