Medical Malpractice

Tort Reform Treats Children, Mothers, and the Elderly as Second-Class Citizens

Brian Nettles, Esq. Too often, medical malpractice cases are mischaracterized. So much so, in fact, that medical malpractice has become a dirty word. Thankfully, a great new blogpost by Joanne Doroshow honestly maps out the in’s and out’s of medical malpractice liability. By doing so, she paints a more accurate portrait of what it means to “win” a medical malpractice suit. When an injured patient “wins” a medical malpractice case, its not really a “win” but compensatory gain for harm that has been inflicted on them. The money that the plaintiff receives typically goes to the treatment of the …


New Study Shows Tort Reform Leads to More Patient Harm

Christopher Nace, Esq. One of the main goals of the civil justice system and tort law is to deter negligent behavior, but a new study by Northwestern University School of Law and School of Economics has found that the true effect of tort “reform” is quite the opposite. The study analyzed Texas, a state where there has been “large reform shock” to the system that also has complete patient-level data on in-hospital outcomes for analysis. In 2003, the state passed strict limits on medical malpractice liability, from caps on damages to bars on who you can sue. Obviously, this …


Study Reveals Tort Reform Reality: Costs No Better, Patient Rights’ Worse Off

Brian Galligan, Esq. A new study shows that malpractice reform has little to no effect on medical costs, the main mission of “tort reform” legislation. The study, which scoured of 3 million Medicare claims and compared emergency care tactics related to costs, found that medical costs in tort reform states, Texas, South Carolina, and Georgia, were no different from states with less malpractice litigation restriction. In fact, only Georgia saw a slight decrease in medical costs for Medicare patients. What tort reform has changed is the burden on American families whose loved one has died or been injured by a doctor. …


Hospital Exec Masterminds $500 Million Scheme of Bribery & Fake Hardware for Spinal Surgery

Tad Thomas, Esq. A former hospital executed is accused of a orchestrating a lucrative scheme to bring spine-surgery patients to his hospital and implant cheap screws and hardware in them for an expensive price. This month, 28 former patients filed lawsuit in Los Angeles against Michael Drobot, former owner of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach, CA, and others, including Community Hospital, Spinal Solutions LLC of Murrieta, Calif., Orthopedic Alliance of Murrieta, Calif., Jack H. Akmakjian, MD, Gurvinder S. Uppal, MD, Khalid Ahmed, MD, and Crowder Machine & Tool Shop of Temecula, Calif. Currently there is a total of 32 …


RAND Study Shows Tort Reform Does Little

Chris Welsh, Esq. Defensive medicine in emergency care departments is not as prevalent as tort reform promoters would like you to believe. A new study shows that tort reform has little effect at all in emergency departments for Medicare patients (those 65 and older). For the past decade, many have been falsely led to believe that crippling medical costs are because of a proliferation of malpractice lawsuits. Most simply, the idea is that doctors are so fearful of malpractice lawsuits, that they order extra MRI’s and expensive tests, and extra days in hospital care, driving up the health care …


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