Topics: Medical Malpractice - 87 results


HMO Hit with $524M Verdict for Giving Hep C in Colonoscopies

A health insurance company rolled the dice with a Las Vegas jury and lost more than half a billion dollars. The HMO was sued by patients who were infected in a hepatitis C outbreak at colonoscopy clinics operated by a doctor who reused syringes and cut corners. The two patients, Helen Meyer and Bonnie Brunson, contracted the incurable virus that attacks the liver after undergoing endoscopic procedures at a clinic run by Dr. Depak Desai. The outbreak infected dozens of …

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Limiting Personal Injury Awards [Poll]

It’s called “tort reform.” The state of Mississippi limits the amount juries can award people for pain and suffering in personal injuries to $1 million. A federal appeals court recently upheld this cap. Lisa Learmonth was injured in a car crash with a Sears Roebuck van. A trial judge lowered the jury’s damages, limiting her non-economic losses (those beyond hospital bills and lost earning capacity) to $1 million, based on Mississippi’s cap on damages. On appeal to the 5th Circuit, …

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Posted 2 years ago in Medical Malpractice by Josh Crank  
LeAnn Rimes Sues Dentist for Malpractice

After nine root canals, a tooth extraction, bone grafting and a variety of other dental unpleasantries, it’s understandable that country singer LeAnn Rimes is complaining of pain and suffering. But she also says it’s all due to the shoddy work of Los Angeles dentist Dr. Duane C. McKay, whom she’s suing for damages that include lost income due to her inability to perform. According to the suit, McKay told Rimes that restoring her smile with eight upper front veneers would …

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Juror’s Facebook Posts May Overturn Wrongful Death Verdict

Thanks to an overly-social jury foreman who chatted up his friends about the trial on his public Facebook page, a verdict in a wrongful death case may be overturned. During the 2009 Missouri medical malpractice trial, the foreman talks on Facebook about serving on the jury, showing up for duty, reveals that he was the foreman, brags about the speedy deliberations, and repeatedly laments the court’s lack of an open bar. “Yes, I was the jury forearm [sic]… Complete deliberations …

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Posted 2 years ago in Medical Malpractice by Josh Crank  
Catholic Health Group Calls Own Legal Strategy ‘Morally Wrong’

Attorneys for Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) will stop relying on a Colorado law that says human fetuses aren’t people, according to a statement released by the health care group. CHI drew criticism last month after it defended a wrongful death lawsuit involving twin boys who died in utero by citing the Colorado Wrongful Death Act, which says that injured parties are entitled to damages “when the death of a person is caused by a wrongful act.” Under the statute, the …

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