Medical Malpractice

334 ABA Journal Medical Malpractice articles.

Ill. Supreme Court Strikes Down Caps on Med-Mal Awards

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has struck down caps on medical malpractice awards in an opinion today that showed little regard for the practice in other states.

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Pelosi Health Bill Has ‘Buried Tort Bomb’ Discouraging Damages Caps

Buried in a health bill sponsored by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a provision that discourages caps on damages and attorney fees.

The bill says states with such caps can’t…

Judge Sanctions Lawyer $11.5K for Coaching Witness at Deposition

A 24-year practitioner has been sanctioned $11,484 by a Connecticut judge for coaching a witness during a deposition.

Defense lawyer Madonna Sacco has been sanctioned four times previously for “strikingly…

Unlucky in Med Mal & Law Firm Suits, Woman Wins Case re ‘Frivolous’ $6K in Costs

Allegedly misdiagnosed with breast cancer, Victoria Kremen had a double mastectomy. Then she sued her doctors for malpractice–and lost, because the statute of limitations had run.

Then she sued her…

3rd Circuit OKs $567M Legal Bill for Work By 72 Firms on Fen-Phen Case

A $567 million fee awarded by a federal district judge for 350,000 hours of legal work logged by 72 law firms in Fen-Phen diet drug litigation has been approved by…

$9M Verdict for ED Treatment Gone Bad

A Georgia man who claimed the treatment he receive for erectile dysfunction left him permanently scarred has been awarded more than $9 million in damages.

John Henry Howard received the…

Family Files Claim Over Child’s Death from ‘Inappropriate’ Dental Patch

The family of an autistic teen who died in his sleep of ketamine and Fentanyl intoxication after his mother applied a topical painkiller patch prescribed after dental work has filed…

Medical Students Say Too Much Online About Patients and Themselves

Attention health care and tort lawyers: Evidence in your next medical malpractice case may be just an Internet surfing session away.

Even though patient confidentiality rules apply, medical students are…

White House Announces Grants to Study Med-Mal Alternatives

The White House has announced $25 million in grants to test alternatives to medical malpractice lawsuits.

The accelerated grants of up to $3 million to states and health care systems…

Obama Offers Sketchy Details of Possible Med-Mal Tort Reform Experiments

In a speech yesterday on health care reform to a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama offered few details of possible changes to medical malpractice laws that could accompany…

Medical Spas Face Increasing Litigation for Treatments Gone Wrong

Cosmetic procedures that cause scarring and other problems are prompting more lawsuits against medical spas.

Many of the suits are for laser hair removal that causes burning, scarring and pain,…

Hard-Hit By Katrina, La. Hospital Workers Revised Health Rules

When the power failed at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit four years ago, overworked physicians and staff isolated for days in the sweltering building without…

Va. Tech Gunman Never Treated Despite Court Order, Mental Health Records Show

Mental health records released today for the gunman who massacred 32 people at Virginia Tech in April 2007 before killing himself show that he was never treated by the school’s…

Med-Mal Closing Sickens Juror, Spurring Defendant’s Help and New Trial

Updated: An emotional closing argument by the lawyer for a medical malpractice plaintiff ended up showcasing the defendant physician’s skills, leading the Montana Supreme Court to order a new trial.

Addicted Surgical Technician May Have Infected at Least 23 Patients With Hepatitis

Addicted to a powerful painkiller, Kristen Diane Parker admittedly stole fentanyl from empty operating rooms at the Denver, Colo., hospital in which she worked.

But by substituting syringes of saline…

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