Medical Malpractice

  • July 25, 2013

    Sacred Heart Kickback Scheme Caused Deaths, Suit Says

    The executives of Chicago’s Sacred Heart Hospital, along with four doctors, were sued Thursday in Illinois state court for the deaths of two patients that allegedly occurred after doctors performed unnecessary tracheotomies as part of an illegal kickback scheme targeting Medicare and Medicaid.

  • July 23, 2013

    Rainmaker Q&A: Miles & Stockbridge's Michael Brown

    My fear of failure is much stronger than my fear of rejection. So, I don’t miss an opportunity to ask for work and to keep asking for it, says Michael Brown of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • July 8, 2013

    Lexington Says It Needn't Cover $500M UnitedHealth Verdict

    Lexington Insurance Co. sued United Healthcare Services Inc. and several of its subsidiaries in Nevada federal court Wednesday alleging it owes no coverage for a $500 million punitive damages verdict, class action litigation and other claims stemming from a hepatitis C outbreak.

  • July 1, 2013

    Fla. Lawyers Challenge New Medical Malpractice Law

    Attorneys in Florida on Monday filed lawsuits across the state in a coordinated attack on a new medical malpractice law that allows doctors named as defendants to disclose patient information under some circumstances.

  • June 28, 2013

    Texas Justices Toss Retaliation Claim Over Expert Report

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a retaliation claim against a nursing home accused of negligently treating a former patient and causing her to suffer a second stroke, saying the patient's family failed to file a sufficient expert report under state law.

  • June 26, 2013

    Pa. Senate OKs Bill To Let Docs Apologize Without Liability

    The Pennsylvania Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a so-called physician apology bill that would allow doctors, hospital executives and other health care providers to apologize for mistakes without it being admissible in court as evidence of malpractice liability.

  • June 21, 2013

    Texas Justices Affirm Exception To Medical Report Deadline

    Texas' highest court said Friday that the deadline for disclosing expert reports in a medical malpractice case can be extended by dismissing and refiling the lawsuit, rejecting an argument by the Woman's Hospital of Texas that the exception amounts to an improper delay tactic.

  • June 13, 2013

    NJ Court Urges Change To Medical Malpractice Jury Questions

    A New Jersey appellate panel on Thursday called for changes to a jury instruction form used in medical malpractice cases and asked trial courts not to use it, calling the form's questions erroneous even as the panel upheld the jury verdict that prompted the scrutiny.

  • June 7, 2013

    Texas High Court Says Its Remands Don't Strip Courts' Powers

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday said it does not have the exclusive jurisdiction over cases it remands to a trial judge, finding an intermediate appeals court had the power to review a trial court’s revision of what had been a $12 million malpractice award against a doctor.

  • June 5, 2013

    Fla. Tort Reforms Could Face Legal Challenge

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday signed into law two bills that place stricter requirements on medical malpractice plaintiffs and heighten the standard for expert witness testimony, but opponents are already eyeing ways to challenge the measures, which they say put undue burdens on plaintiffs.

  • June 3, 2013

    Houston Pain Clinic Docs To Pay $38M For Billing Scheme

    A Texas federal judge on Monday ordered two Houston-area doctors convicted of defrauding public and private insurers in a decadelong false billing scheme to pay $37.6 million in restitution, after the Fifth Circuit remanded the case on the restitution issue, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

  • May 24, 2013

    Intuitive Not Negligent In Surgery Death, Jury Rules

    Intuitive Surgical Inc. was not negligent in its training of a doctor whose botched surgery using the company's da Vinci robotic surgical system allegedly led to a patient's premature death, a Washington state jury ruled Thursday.

  • May 23, 2013

    Litigation Financier Can't Recoup Rival's Payout: NJ Court

    A New Jersey appeals court ruled Thursday that a litigation financing company fighting a competitor over the proceeds of a hospital lawsuit can't recover the competitor's reimbursement because the competitor funded an attorney in the case, and not the litigation.

  • May 22, 2013

    Ga. High Court Crushes Discovery Bid In Malpractice Case

    The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday that the plaintiff in a medical malpractice action couldn't use the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act to force WellStar Health System Inc. to turn over interview transcripts, saying they were attorney-client work product.

  • May 16, 2013

    Fla. Supreme Court Upholds Birth Injury Compensation Plan

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a state program providing set compensation to families of infants who sustain birth-related neurological injuries is constitutional, rejecting claims by an injured girl's parents that it violates equal protection and access to courts rights.

  • May 15, 2013

    Malpractice Attys Score $10M Fees In Botched Delivery Case

    A Pennsylvania judge has handed a win to attorneys who secured a $78.4 million medical malpractice verdict for a child disabled during delivery, saying they should receive nearly $10 million in fees based on the present value of the child's future medical costs, rather than the cost of an annuity. 

  • May 3, 2013

    250 Heart Patients Settle Suit Over Unneeded Stents

    Nearly 250 heart patients who accused a Maryland cardiologist of outfitting them with unneeded stents have settled their claims with Catholic Health Initiatives Inc., which formerly owned the hospital where they received treatment, the parties said Friday.

  • May 1, 2013

    Fla. House Sends Medical Malpractice Reform Bill To Gov.

    The Florida Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday that alters the state’s medical liability system by placing stricter requirements on plaintiffs pursuing medical malpractice claims and allowing doctors or providers to more actively participate in defending themselves against these lawsuits.

  • May 1, 2013

    Lubell Rosen Expands In Fla. With Health Pro

    Florida medical malpractice defense firm Lubell Rosen LLC has landed a seasoned health care partner experienced in contracts, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions to join its new Coral Gables location, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • April 30, 2013

    Michael Jackson's Doctor Gave Wrong Info To EMTs, Jury Told

    The physician convicted of killing Michael Jackson gave inaccurate information to medical personnel treating the pop singer at the time of his 2009 death, a paramedic testified Tuesday before a jury assigned to determine whether concert promoter AEG Live LLC negligently hired and supervised the doctor.