medical professional liability News

Ohio Supreme Court: Apology Expressing Fault Can’t Be Used in Lawsuits

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an apology by a medical provider that includes an admission of liability can’t be used in a later lawsuit against the provider. At issue in the court’s Tuesday decision was the state’s “apology …

Ratings of Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Downgraded by A.M. Best

A.M. Best has downgraded the Financial Strength Rating (FSR) to A- (Excellent) from A (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating (Long-Term ICR) to “a-” from “a” of Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Co. (KaMMCO) in Topeka, Kan. The outlook of …

Wisconsin Court: $750K Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages Unconstitutional

Wisconsin’s cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional because it puts severely injured patients at a disadvantage, a state appeals court has ruled. The 1st District Court of Appeals’ decision clears the way for unlimited compensation for …

Randall & Quilter to Sell Lloyd’s Agency to Medical Liability Insurer Coverys

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd. announced it has reached agreement to sell the entire share capital of its Lloyd’s managing agency, R&Q Managing Agency Ltd. (RQMA), to Coverys, a provider of medical professional liability insurance based in Boston, Mass. …

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 …