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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), …

Chubb Global Markets Appoints Hiscox’s Rowley as Senior Underwriter Financial Lines

Chubb announced the appointment of Benjamin Rowley as senior underwriter Financial Lines, Chubb Global Markets. Rowley is a medical malpractice specialist with a broad knowledge of errors and omissions and will be responsible for growing and managing this specialized area …

Attorneys, Not Adjusters, Handle Claims at Texas Medical Malpractice Insurer, Capson

Austin, Texas-based Capson Physicians Insurance Co. announced it is providing in-house attorneys, rather than adjusters, to help facilitate claims for insureds. According to Capson Physicians Insurance President and Founder Maury Magids, when a medical malpractice claim is made against a …

Insurer Threatens to Sue if Pennsylvania Tries to Take $200M

An organization created by state law to offer medical malpractice insurance is threatening to sue if Pennsylvania state government tries to take $200 million from it. The nonprofit Pennsylvania Professional Liability Joint Underwriting Association said Monday that the state doesn’t …

Arkansas Bill Would Limit Attorneys’ Fees, Punitive Damages

An Arkansas Senate committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would ask voters to limit some attorneys’ fees and punitive damages in court cases. The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee voted on Feb. 14 to advance the …

Making It Possible for Hospitals to Be Honest About Medical Errors

Medical errors in U.S. hospitals kill tens of thousands of patients each year, and even more suffer injury because of mistakes by doctors or nurses. Not every case of harm is avoidable—patients may get an infection even if doctors do …

New York Lawmakers Push to Extend Deadline for Med-Mal Suits

Legislation before state lawmakers in New York would significantly change medical malpractice law by allowing patients to sue years after an alleged misdiagnosis or mistreatment. Patients currently must file lawsuits within 2 1/2 years after the alleged malpractice. The bill …

N.J. Court: Doctors Don’t Have to Disclose They Lack Malpractice Insurance

The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that doctors don’t have to tell patients whether they have malpractice insurance for surgeries they’re recommending. The Record reports the unanimous ruling made Tuesday stemmed from a lawsuit against Richard Kaul. Officials say …

N.H. to Begin Winding Down Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association

The New Hampshire Insurance Department announced on July 24 that the Merrimack County Superior Court issued an order appointing Insurance Commissioner Roger A. Sevigny as receiver of the New Hampshire Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association (JUA). The court order comes …

MedMal Direct to Expand Through Liberty Mutual Partnership

Jacksonville, Fla.-based MedMal Direct Insurance Co. formed a strategic alliance with Liberty International Underwriters (LIU), a division of Liberty Mutual Insurance, effective January 1, 2015. As a quota share reinsurer of MedMal Direct, Liberty Mutual will support MedMal Direct’s further …