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Fraud in Hospital Adds to Increased Cost in Healthcare Affecting Medical Malpractice Issues

February 21st, 2012

As we have written about before on this blog, rising medical costs are often attributed to increases in doctors’ malpractice insurance premiums due to so-called “frivolous” litigation. This is certainly what many in the media and in politics will have you believe because it squarely places …

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Medical Malpractice in Nursing Home Cases — Politicians Attempt to Limit Damages

February 15th, 2012

Amaris Elliott-Engel wrote an article in The Legal Intelligencer (which will be excerpted here, although premium access is required to view the full text) about the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives’ recent push to enact a piece of tort reform legislation that would cap punitive …

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Tractor-Trailer Drivers Banned from Cell Phone Use to Prevent Truck and Auto Accidents

February 8th, 2012

A new law has recently gone into effect that may help you worry a bit less the next time you find yourself driving next to a tractor-trailer on a highway. In early January of this year, the United States Department of Transportation’s ban on commercial …

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Facebook and Discovery in Personal Injury Cases

February 1st, 2012

As Facebook encroaches more and more into our daily lives, it was only a matter of time before judges would begin taking it into account when making legal decisions. As reported recently by The Legal Intelligencer, a local judge has just weighed-in with his opinion …

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One in Three Hospital Patients Face Medical or Surgical Mistakes — Study Results

January 18th, 2012

Diane Sawyer and her ABC World News team recently produced a segment about medical malpractice and its costs (financial, emotional, and physical). Sawyer presents a startling figure that is enough to scare any American: one in three patients who enter a hospital will face a medical …

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Healthcare Communication Breakdowns Often Cause Medical Malpractice

January 11th, 2012

It is a tragic fact of life that medical malpractice exists; stories of incorrect diagnoses, improper prescriptions, failed operations and the like are never out of the headlines for long. Contrary to what we hear in the media, however, medical malpractice does not always fall …

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Unjust Lawsuits Claiming Legal Reform Thwart Rights of Americans in Personal Injury Cases

January 4th, 2012

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently published a short pamphlet catchily titled Do As I Say, Not As I Sue, an attack on the hypocrisy of the United States Chamber of Commerce, that shadowy pro-corporate lobbying group mentioned a few posts ago in reference to the …

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Underfunding of Judicial System Threatens Basic Nature of American Government

December 15th, 2011

The international weekly newspaper “The Economist” published an article in its September 29, 2011 issue about the judicial branch of the government, calling it “the feeblest branch,” due to the lack of funding and public and media attention it receives relative to legislators and executives. …

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Texas Tort Reform: Loser Pays Legislation Adds Insult to Injury

December 7th, 2011

As an addition to the tort reform legislation passed in Texas in 2003, the state’s government is now in the process of implementing a “loser pays” law, which is one of the most contentious recent developments to fall under the umbrella of tort reform. In …

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