- Legal waivers under fire, have limited use. // Healthcare Risk Management;May2007, Vol. 29 Issue 5, p54
A hospital in Pennsylvania is defending its use of medical waivers designed to limit lawsuits stemming from malpractice claims. Plaintiffs' attorneys say the waivers are unfair to patients, who may not realize they are signing away their rights. � A hospital administrator says the waiver is...
- Spotlight is on awareness while under anesthesia. // Healthcare Risk Management;Jun2007, Vol. 29 Issue 6, p70
A movie to be released this year about patient awareness, along with some well-publicized lawsuits, are bringing more attention to patient awareness. � Muscle relaxants have no amnestic affect and can mask signs of awareness. � Speeding patient extubation by five minutes per case may save...
- Feds asks Mississippi court to clarify med-mal limits. // Healthcare Risk Management;Dec2007, Vol. 29 Issue 12, p143
The article reports that a panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson to clarify how lower courts should apply the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims.
- Failure to transfer patient from hospital with inoperable CT scanner leads to death, $1.65 million verdict. Gatto, Jon T.; Delaney, Blake J. // Healthcare Risk Management;Jul2008, Vol. 30 Issue 7, Special section p1
The article presents the legal case of a 45-year-old shipping line worker, who died on the process of failure to transfer him from hospital with inoperable computed tomography (CT) scanner.
- Brain-damaged child: $30 million malpractice verdict. // Healthcare Risk Management;Aug2008, Vol. 30 Issue 8, special section p4
The article reports on the $30 million malpractice verdict against a hospital and an obstetrician due to the delaying of the cesarean operation, which resulted to the birth of a child with brain damage in Broward County, Florida.
- Tort reform yields sharp drop in med-mal for TN; could be temporary. // Healthcare Risk Management;Apr2010, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p37
The article focuses on the 60% decrease in medical malpractice cases in Tennessee due to the state's tort reform bill in 2008.
- Avoiding the Fight That No One Wins. Glenn, Chris // Review of Ophthalmology;Feb2003, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p21
Focuses on the incidence contributing to a higher incidence of malpractice suits in the U.S. Views of physician Joseph S. Alpert on 10-minute patient-physician encounter; Advice on malpractice avoidance; Negative aspects of obtaining informed consent.
- In Medicine, be wary of 'misspeakers' who 'shoot from the hip' with answers. Smetzer, Judy // AHA News;03/26/2001, Vol. 37 Issue 12, p5
Focuses on `misspeaking' or deception by health care providers. Wrong instructions given by a 911 dispatcher who was unfamiliar with the treatment of bat bites; Intentional deception by physicians; Why some residents try to make up an answer.
- Tort-reform package praised. J.A. // AHA News;7/17/95, Vol. 31 Issue 29, p2
Commends Governor William Weld's tort-reform package which would limit pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice cases in Massachusetts. Encouragement of out-of-court settlements; Capping of damages; Prevention of strain in doctor-patient relationship; Reduction of cost from litigations.
- Hospitals lost a higher rate of malpractice cases in 1995: Report. Green, Jeffrey // AHA News;1/15/96, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p5
Reports on the increase of medical cases lost by hospitals in 1995. Award median against hospitals; Verdict-probability range.