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Washington Family Files Lawsuit Following Death After Surgery

The family of a woman who lived at a Washington facility filed a lawsuit alleging neglect that caused her death following bunion surgery. The lawsuit says 33-year-old JoHanna Pratt died from a pulmonary embolism after the surgery in 2017, The …

Malpractice Claims Against Hospitals Hold Steady But Severity Increases

The frequency of hospital professional liability claims is holding steady, but the cost of those claims is expected to increase by 3% next year, according to an actuarial analysis by Aon and the American Society of Health Care Risk Management. …

Constitutionality of ‘Wrongful Birth’ Law Gets Kansas Supreme Court Hearing

The Kansas Supreme Court seemed worried on Sept. 16 about the proper roles of the Legislature and courts as it wrestled with whether a state statute that prohibits lawsuits based on “wrongful birth” claims is constitutional. Justices heard oral arguments …

California’s Medical Malpractice Cap Vote Moved to 2022 Ballot

Californians will have to wait until the pandemic ends to vote on an initiative to change the state’s medical malpractice cap. Proponents of a measure to change California’s medical malpractice cap announced today they have reportedly collected 900,000 signatures, enough …

Judge: Ohio Hospital, Insurer Need Not Fund Doc’s Murder Case Defense

A Michigan-based health system and its insurer don’t have to cover the costs of an Ohio doctor’s defense against murder charges in the deaths of 25 hospital patients, a federal judge ruled. William Husel is accused of ordering excessive painkillers …

Aspergillus Mold Found Again at Washington Hospital

Seattle Children’s hospital is again coping with a mold in its operating rooms that has persisted at the hospital for nearly 20 years and has been linked to seven deaths. There are no known new illnesses connected to the latest …

Parents of Oregon Baby Who Died From Meningitis Sue For $6.3M

The parents of an infant who died from meningitis after he was released from Silverton Medical Center in Oregon are suing the hospital for $6.3 million. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in the death of 7-month-old Blaize Wheeldon and …

Arizona Insurer of Physicians Declares $12M Dividend to Help in COVID-19 Pandemic

Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona has declared a special dividend designed to provide economic relief to its members. The company will distribute a $12 million dividend to all members with policies in-force as of April 30. The dividend will be …

Pennsylvania Court Voids $10M Payout in Fatal Spinal Surgery Case

A $10 million award allotted in the death of a Pennsylvania woman following a spinal surgery was voided after the court determined the amount is not in line with others granted in similar medical malpractice cases. The state ordered a …

Life-or-Death Decisions by Hospitals, Doctors Come With Threat of Lawsuits

Doctors and hospitals overwhelmed in the pandemic will have to make their excruciating life-or-death decisions meticulously or they risk being second-guessed by a jury when the onslaught is over. Lawyers who defend health care providers are already giving advice on …