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What You Should Know about Hospital & Physician Negligence Cases

A 76-year-old woman in Montgomery County alleging her doctor ignored the signs of an impending stroke has been awarded $6.3 million in her medical malpractice case.

After three days of trial and two-and-a-half hours of deliberations, the 12-member jury in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Rogers’ courtroom returned a verdict in favor of Myrna Rawdin and her husband, Martin Rawdin.

The jury awarded Myrna Rawdin roughly $1.3 million in past and future medical expenses, $2 million for past non-economic loss, $2 million for future non-economic loss, and $1 million for loss of consortium to her husband….

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Opponents of same-sex marriage have not won many victories in federal trial courts in the wake of the landmark 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor, which overturned …

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HB 3285 regarding transparency of hospital infection reports passes on third reading in the House by 133-0 and is onto the Senate. This bill would require hospitals and other health care facilities to report and make available to the public the number of hospital based infections which occurred during the year and the number of people who died as a result of the infections.

Dr. Lindenauer’s research has largely focused on the quality and safety of hospital care and on the design and evaluation of interventions to improve quality. In his 2007 New England Journal of Medicine Special Article, “Public Reporting and Pay for Performance in Hospital Quality Improvement,” Dr. Lindenauer, found that “Hospitals engaged in both public reporting and pay for performance achieved modestly greater improvements in quality than did hospitals engaged only in public reporting.” They went on to state that more research was needed, particularly related to “whether different incentives would stimulate more improvement and whether the benefits of these programs out-weigh their costs.”…

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Medtronic Bone Graft Surgery

Almost 100 plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against a doctor and Medtronic, alleging the patients underwent medically unnecessary surgery to have a Medtronic bone graft implanted. The plaintiffs allege in the Medtronic lawsuit that the surgeries were not only medically unnecessary, but also experimental, and put them at risk of suffering complications.

Courthouse News Service (3/26/13) reports that Dr. Abubakar Atiq Durrani, along with other plaintiffs, including Medtronic Sofamor Danek, faces lawsuits on behalf of 88 patients who say they were given unnecessary medical procedures using Medtronic medical devices, specifically the Infuse Bone Graft, also known as BMP-2. The lawsuit alleges Durrani is a paid consultant for Medtronic, and further alleges that during the surgeries, the Infuse was implanted for off-label uses without the patients’ consent. Finally, they allege, the doctor falsified records so he would be paid for the surgeries.

My Journey To The Texas Supreme Court And Back

My Journey To The Texas Supreme Court And Back

In a recent editorial in the New York Times, a law professor surveyed over 400 risk management specialists on how they handled litigation risk. The author, a law professor at UCLA found that hospitals are becoming increasingly transparent in how they handle medical error. More than 80% of the hospitals surveyed had a policy in place to apologize to patients when errors occur and to encourge early settlements of lawsuits http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/17/opinion/how-health-care-is-learning-from-lawsuits.html?ref=opinion.

Contrary to popular belief, the author found that malpractice suits are playing an unexpected role in patient safety efforts, as a source of valuable information about medical error. Over 95 percent of the hospitals in her study integrated information from lawsuits into patient safety efforts. Risk managers and patient-safety personnel overwhelmingly reported that lawsuit data had proved useful in efforts to identify and address error…

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