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Kentucky Senate Passes Bill Creating Medical Malpractice Panels

A panel of medical experts would review proposed medical malpractice claims against health care providers before they could be pursued in court under a bill the Kentucky Senate passed this week. The party-line vote in the Republican-led Senate followed a …

Washington Victim Of Botched Laser Surgery To Get $30M

A jury has recently awarded an additional $18 million to a woman whose botched surgery at a Wenatchee, Wash. hospital left her unable to speak. The Wenatchee World reported that Becky S. Anderson was having polyps removed from her vocal …

In Pennsylvania, New Legislation Allows Doctors to Apologize

A decade after a back-and-forth legislative battle that saw both doctors and lawyers visiting the state capitol by the hundreds – perhaps thousands – to argue for or against tort reforms that led to state law modifications in 2003, the …

Do Big Malpractice Awards Really Increase Medical Costs?

A jury in one of New York’s most conservative counties recently returned a $130 million verdict in a medical-malpractice case, the second-largest in the state’s history. Lawyers for the losing hospital decried a “jury out of control” and called for …

How Health Law Could Affect Medical Professional Liability

The U.S. medical professional liability (MPL) market has been profitable in recent years but challenges await MPL insurers because an influx of newly insured patients, coupled with health care delivery system changes, could expand the risks MPL insurers face. The …

Parents Sue South Carolina Over Child’s Sex Surgery

A couple filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of South Carolina for what they say was an unnecessary sexual assignment surgery performed on a toddler they later adopted. Lawyers for Pam and Mark Crawford said they were suing the …

Concerns Over Patient Safety a Top Concern for Hospital Leaders, Risk Managers: Study

The lack of teamwork combined with a negative culture and poor communication in hospitals today presents a barrier when it comes to patient safety in the future, according to a new survey. The survey results revealed a tension between what …

Oregon Governor Signs Medical-Error Mediation Bill

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill creating a new mediation process for patients injured by medical mistakes. Kitzhaber signed the measure Monday flanked by legislators and the leaders of the Oregon Medical Association and the Oregon Trial Lawyers …

IronHealth, Medical Mutual Launch Hybrid Medical PL Policy for Hospitals in N.C.

IronHealth, the specialty healthcare unit of Ironshore Inc., has introduced IronMed NC, a hybrid medical professional liability product that will be available through a partnership with Medical Mutual Insurance Company (MMIC) of North Carolina.  The new product has been designed …

MMIC-Backed Constellation to Partner with Medical Liability Insurers

Constellation, a mutual holding company, has been formed by medical liability company, MMIC, to enable physician-owned medical liability companies to band together for common benefit. Constellation is based in Minneapolis, Minn., As part of Constellation’s network of companies, physician-governed insurers will …