Valleywide Legal Blog

Defensive Medicine Hurts Patients in Many Ways

Defensive medicine is the name given to actions taken by doctors, not for the primary benefit of their patients, but to reduce the chance they will be sued for medical malpractice.  It is unethical and almost always detrimental to the … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, tort reform, trial |

Another Large Malpractice Verdict – Part II

Last week I wrote about what was the largest medical malpractice verdict in Maryland history.  A young girl, now almost 5, was born prematurely with profound brain injuries as the result of a delay in delivery.  Her attorneys argued that … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, Cesarean Section, Doctors, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, trial, Verdicts |

2018 Malpractice Payments

The National Practitioner Data Bank (“NPDB”) was established by Congress in 1986 to be a repository of information about malpractice payments and matters affecting the privileges and licensing of physicians and other health care professionals.  All malpractice payments made on … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, tort reform, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases, Verdicts |

Large Medical Malpractice Verdicts and Settlements.

The first thing to know about large medical malpractice verdicts and settlements is that the data surrounding them is largely unreliable.  The reason for this is at least twofold. With regard to verdicts, the verdict which is reported to the … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice damages caps, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, tort reform, Verdicts |

Malpractice Myths Don’t Match The Facts.

Last week I wrote about a study which examined over 20 years of reports to the National Practitioners Data Bank about payments made on behalf of doctors to resolve medical malpractice claims.  I discussed the study findings about the most … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical research, plaintiff, Secrecy, tort reform |

Fake Jury Verdicts.

Perhaps you have received an e-mail from a friend with a list of outrageous jury verdicts.  The lists come in many flavors and with many names.  Some versions are called the “Stella Awards” in “honor” of the lady who was … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fraud, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Malpractice, plaintiff, tort reform, trial, Verdicts |

Arkansas Supreme Court Tosses Out “Tort Reform” Ballot Measure.

The business and medical communities have been busy over the years pushing laws they claim will end a flood of frivolous lawsuits and unleash a wave of economic growth.  Most of these laws have been aimed primarily at medical malpractice … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Finding a Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, tort reform, Verdicts |

Some Proof of the Existence of Defensive Medicine.

John and I have written about defensive medicine on many occasions in the past.  Here is a link and here is another.  It is our belief that claims by the medical profession about the amount of defensive medicine and its … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Malpractice caps, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, tort reform |

Break Up The Doctor Cartel?

Medical professionals and their insurers frequently suggest that the high cost of medical care in this country is due to frivolous medical malpractice cases.  Former Congressman and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price claimed that limiting medical … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, tort reform |

Alternative Facts Drive House Malpractice Bill

The justifications put forward by the House Republicans to justify their attack on the rights of patients injured by medical malpractice are based, as they must be, on lies and misinformation.  How else to get such a blatant attack past … Read More

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