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Surgical Robot Mistakes: More Prevalent Than Ever, Still Underreported

May 28th, 2014

This blog began covering Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot in July of 2012, but we have not followed up on the outcomes of lawsuits against the manufacturer since last year. A year ago, we reported on the first case to result in a verdict. The …

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The Real Villains of Tort Reform Debates: Insurance Companies

May 21st, 2014

This month, pro-civil justice blog ThePopTort.com ran a story on an article published by the nonpartisan policy group the Center for Public Integrity called “Keeping an Eye on Insurance Companies that Refuse to Pay Claims.” Author Wendell Potter, a former VP at insurance giant Cigna, …

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Debunking Even More Myths about Medical Mistakes

May 14th, 2014

In a post published last week, this blog detailed a fledgling platform called Leapfrog, which assigns over 2,000 American hospitals letter grades based upon safety records and patient reviews. The goal of this system is to increase hospital transparency by publicizing and hopefully preventing recurring …

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Technology Increases Hospital Transparency, Exposes Medical Errors

May 6th, 2014

All too often, news about medical safety is relegated to academic journals and other industry publications. So when a mainstream news organization publishes an article stating the sobering fact that medical errors kill about half a million patients every year in the United States (that’s …

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In an Attempt to Avoid Lawsuits, General Mills Pushes for Forced Arbitration

April 30th, 2014

The right to a trial by jury in civil matters is firmly entrenched in the United States Constitution. The civil justice system is the only tried and tested check on corporate malfeasance, and it is only in the courtroom where individual citizens can bring massive …

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California Voters Push to Remove Cap on Non-Economic Damages

April 23rd, 2014

A few weeks ago, this blog published an article about the overturning of a non-economic damages cap by the Florida Supreme Court, one that prevented families of people who died through no fault of their own from collecting any more than half a million dollars …

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GM Recall, Now Linked with Safety Cover-Up, Grows

April 16th, 2014

In the month or so that has elapsed since we reported on General Motors’ massive recall, the automakers’ problems have not improved. Our article’s headline claims that 1.6 million vehicles have been affected, but apparently that estimate was on the low end and on April …

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Florida Supreme Court Removes Non-Economic Damages Cap

April 9th, 2014

Last month, Florida’s Supreme Court attacked the state senate for creating what one justice called an “alleged medical malpractice crisis.” The court was referring to the legislative “tort reform” package first formulated in 2013 which placed caps on non-economic damages i.e. compensation for pain and …

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Parallel Claims Alter Medical Products Liability Claims

April 2nd, 2014

The last week in February, Michael Walsh published an article in the New Jersey Law Journal claiming that courts are “relegating failure-to-warn claims, the decades-old staple of medical products liability, to the trash bin of tort jurisprudence” in favor of parallel claims. Walsh points to three …

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Temple Student Takes Philadelphia Police to Court Over Arrest Photographs

March 26th, 2014

Despite that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey wrote a memo in 2011 advising all officers that civilians are permitted to take photographs or video footage of them in public places, some in the department have been slow to adapt. A year after Ramsey informed police …

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Another Oversight Failure – GM Recalls 1.6 Million Cars

March 19th, 2014

General Motors has recently announced a recall of 1.6 million of its vehicles, some of which are linked with thirteen deaths over the past eleven years. And federal safety regulators have announced that since 2003, they have received 260 complaints–two per month–specifically about how these …

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California Nursing Homes Attempt to ‘Clean Up’ Complaints

March 12th, 2014

Kaiser Health News recently revealed that several hundred nursing home cases in Los Angeles County were closed without any investigation as part of the so-called “Complaint Workload Clean Up Project.” Anna Gorman, the author of the exposé, notes that this is not the first time …

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