Medical Malpractice and Legal Issues Perspective

 
 
  • Cameras in the Operating Room: A New Problem for Docs?; More Some people want cameras in all operating rooms; a damage cap that doesn't hold up; mel-mal ruling is seen as victory.
  • Fallout After Fata: Loss of Trust in Physicians The fallout from a case like that of Dr Farid Fata is that patients lose trust and confidence in their physicians, say readers. But are enough steps in place to stop it from happening again?
  • How One State Tamed the Med-Mal Crisis; More National trend reflected in state's claims experience; challenge to state law rejected; family of seizure patient sues hospital; broadcaster's bum right foot -- malpractice or self-inflicted?
  • 50 Shades of Malpractice Malpractice cases range from crazy to shocking to sad to frustrating. Here are some of the most notorious cases from each of our 50 states.
  • Is Legislation to End Malpractice Lawsuits Realistic? Legislation in Georgia and Florida would end to malpractice lawsuits (and the need for malpractice insurance). The only problem, says the author, is that the math doesn't add up.
  • Petty, Dangerous, Disruptive Doctors: Watch Out! Physician antisocial behavior takes many forms, each one destructive in its own way. Here's how to deal with these doctors in your practice--and avoid hiring one in the first place.
  • Trash-Talking Anesthesiologist Hit With Judgment; More An anesthesiologist who said nasty things about her patient was overheard; an ex-representative sues congress' doctor; and other legal issues.
  • Is This Shocking Behavior by Physicians Really Malpractice? If no medical error or physical harm is involved but the doctor behaved really badly, should he or she be sued? See what your colleagues think.
  • Is a Certificate of Merit the Answer to Lawsuits?; More A meeting of the minds (sort of) on liability reform; one state's eye-popping drop in med-mal filings; a plaintiff claims a podiatrist committed malpractice and wasn't a qualified provider; and more.
  • Why Giving the Right Advice Can Get You Sued This doctor appropriately advised his patient not to have her ovaries removed, but when she then developed ovarian cancer, a jury found him guilty of not being emphatic enough about the risk.
  • Doctors' Legal Risks With Medical Marijuana More than 20 states allow the use of medical marijuana, but there are things you need to know to avoid getting into trouble.
  • These Docs Behaved Badly, but Should They Have Been Sued? Lawsuits are typically brought when doctors make mistakes or errors occur and there is physical harm. But if that's not the case, can poor behavior be a just cause for a lawsuit?
  • Suing the Government Over Bad Healthcare; Finding Fault; More Suing the government over bad care just got easier; finding fault with emergency medicine; when a cow in the road qualifies as medical malpractice.
  • Crazy Cases Against Doctors -- and Inexplicable Settlements Many people claim that outrageous lawsuits and complaints to state medical boards get weeded out, but here are two cases that really take the cake -- and resulted in financially crippling settlements.
  • Is Legislation to End Malpractice Litigation Realistic? Legislation to replace malpractice litigation with a no-fault, lawyerless system of redress has been proposed in Georgia and Florida. Does it have a chance of passing? See what your colleagues think.
  • Temporary Truce Between Docs and Lawyers? A truce between doctors and lawyers; when in doubt, scan; protecting sports medicine doctors; delay in care leads to lawsuit.
  • Doctors Applaud SGR Bill's Malpractice Protection The recent SGR bill passed by Congress contains a provision that protects physicians from lawsuits based solely on a certain type of data.
  • How Following the Standard of Care Can Get You Sued Following clinical guidelines issued by specialty societies, insurers, and even state legislatures may not protect you in a malpractice suit. See what your colleagues have to say about that.
  • Malpractice Risks When Diagnosing Patients; More New report highlights the source of diagnostic errors; Will nursing homes enjoy this wider protection?; Celebrity med-mal suit withdrawn, at least for now
  • Special Report: Best Business of Medicine Features Medscape readers appreciated an assortment of important articles that covered business, career, finances, and malpractice.
 
 
 
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