Posts Tagged ‘Medical Malpractice’

Should Texas Be The Model For Medical Malpractice Reform?

In the last few months, opponents of health care reform have insisted that one key to lowering health care costs is the adoption of “tort reform” by capping the damages that can be recovered in medical malpractice cases. For some time now, I’ve been urging people to look at the Texas medical malpractice  “experiment”  to…

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Texas Medical Malpractice Reform and More Docs, part 2

Last week we posted about the New York Times article on the alleged influx of doctors as a result of Texas’s medical malpractice reform.  Since then, the New York Personal Injury Blog has chimed in (with interesting stats that we wish we had thought to look for), and Bill Childs Torts Profs’ Blog has posted…

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Medical Malpractice: Avoid Unnecessary Surgeries

One of the byproducts of the national healthcare debate has been an increasing awareness that medical costs are high, at least in part, because of unnecessary surgeries, tests, and other procedures that have been ordered to simply line the pockets of the providers. Recently, our office has received inquiries relating to unnecessary procedures, including unnecessary…

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Patient Tips To Avoid Wrong Site Surgery

Earlier this week, in the post Medical Malpractice, Dead By Mistake, And Wrong-Site Surgery, I promised patient tips for avoiding wrong-site surgeries. I’m carrying out on that promise today. Here are some things that surgical patients can do to avoiid wrong-site surgery: 1. Make sure you know what surgeon is in charge, and communicate with…

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Medical Malpractice, Dead By Mistake, and Wrong Site Surgery

Richard Flagg entered Meadowland Hospital in Secaucus, NJ with a diseased lung. Unfortunately, his surgeons accidentlally removed his healthy lung, leaving behind a tumor in his diseased lung. Mr. Flagg survived for three years, attached to oxygen, until the tumor ruptured and he drowned in his blood. This is one of the stories in the…

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Why Isn't There More Outrage About Medical Malpractice Deaths?

The Hearst family of newspapers and television stations has put together, Dead By Mistake, an unprecedented look at medical malpractice deaths. This was a massive project, and there are several aspects that I want to look at over the next few days, but the focus of today is, “Why Aren’t More People Outraged Over Medical…

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Surgeons: Use Us Because We're Easy To Sue?

Last week, noted blogger, Doctor Rich had a post examining the American College of Surgeons’ advice regarding medical tourism, where a patient travels outside the United States to obtain medical care. No shocker, but American surgeons aren’t fans of the practice, and they did their best to give reasons why patients should be careful with…

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Dallas Morning News: Malpractice Caps Not Reducing Health Costs

Today’s Dallas Morning News ran a story that looked at whether the cost of health care has declined since the adoption of Texas’s medical malpractice caps.  The evidence concludes that the caps aren’t reducing health care costs for consumers. Six years after the caps were passed, the doctors have enjoyed lower insurance rates (though rates…

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Study Finds Texas Medical Malpractice Reforms Are Discriminatory

In 2003, the Texas legislature adopted sweeping medical malpractice reforms, including putting a cap on the amount of non-economic damages that plaintiffs could recover. Up unitl now, we’ve had a lot of anecdotal evidence that the caps were unfair, but earlier this week, four law professors (including three from the University of Texas school of…

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