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Kentucky Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Med Mal Review Panels

After Ezra Claycomb was born with severe brain damage and cerebral palsy, his mother considered filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. But in 2017, Kentucky’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a law requiring all such lawsuits first be reviewed by a panel of …

Kentucky Medical Malpractice Panel Backlogged by Hundreds of Claims

A Kentucky panel established to review medical malpractice claims before lawsuits can be filed is severely backlogged. The Courier Journal obtained records through the Kentucky Open Records act that show only 11 percent of 531 claims had been assigned in …

For U.S. Doctors, Being Sued Is Common Ailment

Getting sued is not an uncommon event for physicians. More than a third of physicians (34 percent) have had a claim filed against them at some point in their careers. Also, according to research from the American Medical Association (AMA), …

Report: Florida Rarely Punishes Doctors Sued for Malpractice

Florida doctors are rarely punished by state regulators even after they are sued for malpractice according to a newspaper report. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported last month that the Florida Department of Health reviewed nearly 24,000 resolved state and …

Medical Malpractice Settlements Reached Against Michigan Cancer Doctor

Patients who filed medical malpractice claims against Detroit-area oncologist Farid Fata and three Michigan hospitals will receive settlements totaling $8 million. The settlements were approved July 20 in Oakland County Circuit Court. They will be distributed by an arbitrator later …

Insurer’s Hospital Claims Study Corroborates High Death Risk from Medical Errors

Death claims are the most common hospital liability claims, according to an insurance company study released after researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reported that medical errors are the third leading cause of deaths in the United States. …

N.Y. Assembly OKs Bill Allowing Later Claims for Medical Malpractice

New York’s state Assembly has passed legislation that would let victims of medical malpractice file claims later than allowed now. Current law requires filing claims within two-and-a-half years after the act, omission or improper treatment. The legislation would start that …

Medical Malpractice Claims in Wisconsin Fall to Record Low

Medical malpractice claims hit a record low last year in Wisconsin, according to the Director of State Courts. The number of medical malpractice lawsuits fell to 84 last year from 140 in 2013. There were 294 suits filed in 1999. …

Doctors, Hospital Deny Medical Malpractice in Alabama Man’s Circumcision

Two doctors deny claims by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during what was supposed to be a routine circumcision, one of their lawyers said. Defense lawyer Will Axon said allegations in a lawsuit filed this week …

Ohio Medical Malpractice Claims Decline Again in 2012

Medical malpractice claims in Ohio hit a new low in 2012, according to a new report. The annual Ohio Medical Professional Liability Closed Claim Report from the Ohio Department of Insurance showed 2,733 claims in 2012, the last year for …