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Making It Possible for Hospitals to Be Honest About Medical Errors

Medical errors in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of patients each year, and even more suffer injury because of mistakes by doctors or nurses. Not every case of harm is avoidable—patients may get an infection even if doctors do everything …

New York Lawmakers Push to Extend Deadline for Med-Mal Suits

Legislation before state lawmakers in New York would significantly change medical malpractice law by allowing patients to sue years after an alleged misdiagnosis or mistreatment. Patients currently must file lawsuits within 2 1/2 years after the alleged malpractice. The bill …

N.J. Court: Doctors Don’t Have to Disclose They Lack Malpractice Insurance

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that doctors don’t have to tell patients whether they have malpractice insurance for surgeries they’re recommending. The Record reports the unanimous ruling made Tuesday stemmed from a lawsuit against Richard Kaul. Officials say …

N.H. to Begin Winding Down Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association

The New Hampshire Insurance Department announced on July 24 that the Merrimack County Superior Court issued an order appointing Insurance Commissioner Roger A. Sevigny as receiver of the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (JUA). The court order comes …

MedMal Direct to Expand Through Liberty Mutual Partnership

Jacksonville, Fla.-based MedMal Direct Insurance Co. formed a strategic alliance with Liberty International Underwriters (LIU), a division of Liberty Mutual Insurance, effective January 1, 2015. As a quota share reinsurer of MedMal Direct, Liberty Mutual will support MedMal Direct’s further …

NORCAL Mutual Begins Offering Med Mal Coverage in Del., Penn.

NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company, a medical professional liability insurance carrier domiciled in San Francisco, said it is now offering its medical professional liability coverage to healthcare professionals in Delaware and Pennsylvania. The company said it is entering these states offering …

ProMutual Completes Acquisition of Medical Malpractice Insurer PPIC

Boston-based Medical Professional Mutual Insurance Co. (ProMutual), a Coverys company, said it has finalized the previously-announced acquisition of Preferred Professional Insurance Co. (PPIC), located in Omaha, Nebraska. PPIC was formerly owned by 18 Catholic healthcare systems, seven of which are …

MGIS, Stevens & Lee Launch Malpractice Program for Bariatric Surgeons

The MGIS Companies and Stevens & Lee have launched Surgi-Protect, a malpractice insurance program designed specifically for bariatric surgeons and their specific practices. With more than 35 percent of Americans suffering from obesity, which was declared a disease by the …

N.Y. Plastic Surgeon’s Insurer to Pay for $2.3M Settlement in Death Case

A plastic surgeon who has appeared on television to talk about the procedures she offers has settled with the family of a New York woman who died following a liposuction procedure. Legal documents filed last week say Dr. Sharon Giese …

Medical Malpractice Insurer, NJ PURE, Forms Strategic Alliance with LIU

NJ PURE, a medical malpractice insurer in New Jersey, has entered into a strategic alliance with Liberty International Underwriters (LIU), a division of Liberty Mutual Insurance. According to Eric S. Poe, chief litigation and marketing officer of NJ PURE, NJ …