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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 …

Veterans’ Medical Malpractice Costs Rising As More Soldiers Seek Care

Christopher Ellison went to a veterans medical center in Philadelphia to get eight teeth extracted in 2007. What should have been a routine dentist visit left him permanently incapacitated. The $17.5 million Ellison and his family received in a malpractice …

Medical Malpractice Payouts Not Driving Up Health Costs: Study

Efforts to lower health care costs in the United States have focused at times on demands to reform the medical malpractice system, with some researchers asserting that large, headline-grabbing and “frivolous” payouts are among the heaviest drains on health care …