medical professional liability News

Eppers Named Chair of LAMMICO Agent Advisory Committee

Rob W. Eppers, co-owner and chief operating officer of Risk Services of Louisiana, has been elected chair of the Agent Advisory Committee at the policyholder-owned medical professional liability insurer, LAMMICO. Eppers moved to Shreveport in 2010 to join Risk Services …

Baby Mix-Up at Minneapolis Hospital Leads to Lawsuit

A Minnesota woman filed a lawsuit against a health care provider after her newborn was mistakenly given to another mother at a hospital and breastfed. Tammy Van Dyke, of Apple Valley, recently filed the lawsuit in Hennepin County seeking more …

NORCAL Mutual to Acquire Kansas-Based PPM Services

PPM Services, the holding company for Preferred Physicians Medical Risk Retention Group Inc. (PPM), has agreed to be acquired by NORCAL Mutual Insurance Co. (NORCAL). Based in Overland Park, Kan., PPM provides medical professional liability insurance for anesthesia practices. The …

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 …

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 …

Limits on Non-Economic Medical Damages to Be on Arkansas Ballot

Arkansas voters this fall will be allowed to consider a constitutional amendment that would limit non-economic damages in lawsuits against healthcare providers and set a limit on contingency fees lawyers could receive in medical injury cases. It joins four other …

Sued Over Injuries from Infected Corneas, South Dakota Eye Bank Denies Fault

A South Dakota-based eye and tissue bank says it isn’t responsible for injuries caused by infected corneas that were shipped to the Palestinian territories. Two Palestinians are suing the South Dakota Lions Eye and Tissue Bank, alleging the corneas provided …

Ratings of Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange Upgraded

A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating to A- (Excellent) from B++ (Good) and the issuer credit rating to “a-” from “bbb+” of Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange (MPIE) in Grand Rapids, Mich. The outlook for each rating has been revised to stable …

Brokers Dealing with Soft Market, ‘Market Fatigue’ in Medical Professional Liability

Are insurance brokers experiencing “market fatigue” in the medical professional liability line of insurance right now? Could be, according to Daniel Nash, senior vice president of Field Operations and Business Development for Ironshore. Even though pricing in the market is …

Medical Professional Liability Insurers’ Profits Decline But Outlook Stable: A.M. Best

The specialty medical professional liability (MPL) insurance industry remained profitable in 2015, however its net income fell nearly 36.6 percent to almost $1.1 billion in 2015. In a special report, A.M. Best said the MPL segment’s results were hampered by …