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Texas Neurosurgeon Gets Life Sentence for Maiming Patients

Jurors on Feb. 20 sentenced a former Dallas neurosurgeon to life in prison for maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries. The decision came almost a week after the Dallas County jury convicted 44-year-old …

Patient Complaints Can Identify Surgeons Who Are Higher Claims Risks

Recording and analyzing patient and family reports about rude and disrespectful behavior can identify surgeons with higher rates of surgical site infections and other avoidable adverse outcomes, according to a study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) investigators in …

House Kicks Off Year by Passing Sports Team Doctors’ Liability Bill

As Alabama and Clemson prepared for the national college football championship game kick-off the other day, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on liability rules for sports medicine physicians and athletic trainers. The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act …

Special Report: A Tale of Superbugs’ Deadly Costs

With good reason, Dan Greulich’s doctors called him “the miracle man.” In the span of a decade, the insurance company executive engaged not once, but twice, in a race with death as he awaited replacements for failing organs. And twice, …

Judge Awards $1.9M to Medical Clinic Whistleblower in Pacific Northwest

The former chief financial officer of a chain of medical clinics in Washington and Idaho has been awarded $1.9 million after claiming he was fired for refusing to file fabricated financial reports. Gregg Becker was the CFO of Rockwood Clinic, …

South Dakota Court : Hospitals Don’t Have to Turn Over Doctor Performance Documents

South Dakota’s Supreme Court says hospitals don’t have to turn over documents related to doctor performance even when there’s evidence they committed fraud against patients. The high court in a Wednesday opinion reversed a lower court ruling that plaintiffs suing …

Sports Team Doctors Want Medical Malpractice Protection When Traveling Out of State

Congress has advanced legislation to clarify that sports doctors’ medical malpractice insurance should follow them when they travel out of state with their teams. The House of Representatives this week approved the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (US HR 921), …

Jury Awards Missouri Woman $507K in Needle-in-Back Case

A Missouri woman who has lived with a hypodermic needle lodged in her back for nearly seven years has been awarded a $507,000 judgment in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a St. Louis County jury …

Idaho Family Sues Over Baby’s Death in Hospital Medication Mix-up

An Idaho family is suing a nurse and the health care company he works for after their 7-month-old baby died when given the wrong medication at a Twin Falls hospital. Chance and Tiffany Elliott filed the wrongful death lawsuit in …

BHSI & Tego to Provide Medical Indemnity Cover for Doctors in Australia

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co. (BHSI) and Tego Insurance announced they have entered into an exclusive underwriting agreement to provide medical indemnity insurance to medical practitioners in Australia. “We are delighted to work with Tego to bring BHSI’s medical indemnity …