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Indiana Couple Awarded $744K for Son’s Unnecessary Shoulder Surgery

A northern Indiana jury has awarded $744,000 to a couple who claimed a now-deceased doctor performed unnecessary surgery on their teenage son. Dean and Tracy Dixon’s medical malpractice suit alleged that Dr. Willard G. Yergler performed unneeded shoulder surgery in …

Iowa House OKs $250K Limit in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

The Iowa House has approved legislation that would cap financial awards in medical malpractice lawsuits except in severe cases. The House approved the bill 65-32 to limit pain and suffering payouts at $250,000 in most cases of medical malpractice and …

Michigan Medical Center with Dirty Surgical Tool Issues Makes Changes

Officials say the Detroit Medical Center has spent $1.2 million since September to correct problems with dirty surgical instruments and has put multiple systems in place to ensure patient safety. The Detroit News reports that the update follows recent revelations …

Los Angeles Prosecutors Refile Charges in $150M Workers’ Comp Fraud Case

Los Angeles County prosecutors have refiled criminal charges against a dozen people accused of taking part in an alleged $150 million workers’ compensation insurance fraud, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. On March 16, Los Angeles County Superior …

Medical Professional Underwriters Weigh Impact of Republican Healthcare Changes

As they grapple with persistently soft market conditions, medical professional liability (MPL) underwriters must weigh the potential impact on their business of proposed changes in the U.S. healthcare financing system. As they gathered in Chicago for their annual meeting, MPL …

Jury Awards Missouri Woman $28.9M in Suit Against Health Provider

A southwestern Missouri jury has ordered a health provider to pay roughly $29 million to a woman who argued that doctors’ failure to timely diagnose her rare disorder made her reliant on a feeding tube. The Springfield News-Leader reports that …

Texas Bill Would End ‘Wrongful Birth’ Suits Against Doctors

Texans would no longer be allowed to sue doctors for a “wrongful birth” under a bill approved unanimously by the Senate State Affairs Committee. According to the announcement released by the Senate, wrongful birth suits are based on an accusations …

Marsh Launches New Excess Medical Professional Liability Policy Form

Marsh has unveiled a new excess medical professional liability (MPL) policy form that combines industry favorable MPL terms and conditions into a single excess policy to be used by commercial insurers. Developed by Marsh’s US Casualty and HealthCare Practices in …

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 …

The Doctors Co. Names Fleming COO

The Doctors Co. has appointed Bill Fleming chief operating officer. Fleming will report to Chairman CEO Richard E. Anderson. Fleming replaces Rob Francis, who is leaving the company. Fleming is a 24-year veteran of The Doctors Co. and had been …