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Media gulled by prostate cancer study hyped by Windy City windbags

A well-known research university and some excitable journalists have sown confusion about prostate cancer and the value of the PSA screening test. The mess can be traced to a study by physicians from Northwestern University...more

Healthcare Lessons Learned From Reality TV

On March 31, 2016, a New York court determined that a lawsuit may proceed against a physician and hospital for breach of physician-patient confidentiality arising from a documentary series about medical trauma, NY Med. The...more

West Virginia Supreme Court- Medical Power of Attorney Does Not Have Power to Make Binding Legal Decisions for Incapacitated...

In May, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued a decision in the Wanda Williams v. CMO Management, LLC case. Robert Thompson suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and resided at a nursing facility preceding his...more

Personal Care Home Had No Duty to Restrict Resident’s Movements

Several days ago, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a non-precedential decision in the case of Hackenburg v. Grane Healthcare Co. In this matter, a resident of a personal care home (Amber Terrace) was struck and killed...more

Medical Litigation Newsletter - Spring 2016

Reducing Monetary Recovery in “Lost Chance Of [Medical] Recovery” Cases - In medical malpractice cases involving solely “iatrogenic” loss (e.g., harm of or relating to medical treatment), plaintiff bears the burden of...more

Big Pharma flooded West Virginia with millions of addictive pain-killing pills

Big Pharma should hang its head in shame over recent revelations of its nasty role in inundating rural West Virginia with tens of millions of prescription painkillers. So many pills were shipped in that every man, woman, and...more

Oklahoma Supreme Court broadens scope of state's informed consent law

In the late 1970s, a patient named Norma Jo Scott underwent a hysterectomy performed by Dr. Vance Bradford that resulted in problems with incontinence. She sued Dr. Bradford for failing to disclose the risks and available...more

Do surgeons’ (mis)perceptions of risk play too big a role for patients’ good?

A globally renowned seismologist, weary of recent scaremongering reports that a major fault in California was “locked, loaded, and ready to roll,” offered a pointed scientific evaluation of risk: “You’re about as likely to be...more

Safety Troubles in Hospital Compounding Pharmacies

We wrote yesterday about contamination at the pharmacy of the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda. Other big hospitals, judging by media reports, also may need to look at their pharmacy operations, especially when they compound...more

NIH takes stronger steps to improve patient safety at Bethesda Clinical Center

Federal officials have decided to sweep out the executive ranks at the flagship hospital of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, this after a blue-chip investigating committee rebuked the institution and declared...more

Congress acts on opioid drug epidemic as judge unseals OxyContin files

Here are some developments worth watching in the nation’s battle against the epidemic of opioid drug misuse that killed 28,000 Americans in 2014 alone...more

Did drug maker fuel abuse by insisting that OxyContin works for 12 hours?

OxyContin in two decades not only has become a highly profitable, exceedingly popular prescription, it also has become one of the nation’s most abused painkillers-for a crucial reason, the Los Angeles Times says. The paper...more

Premises Liability Claim Barred By Professional Negligence Statute of Limitations

In Catherine Flores v. Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, the Supreme Court of California held that a claim for negligence in the maintenance of equipment and care needed to implement the doctor’s order concerning her...more

Medical error ranks as No. 3 killer in U.S., claiming 250,000 lives annually

Medical errors claim the lives of roughly 685 Americans per day- more people than die of respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s. That estimate comes from a team of researchers led by a professor of surgery at...more

As drug prices skyrocket, senators rip an ex-Big Pharma CEO

Prescription drug prices continue to soar, prompting hearings on Capitol Hill, and leading a columnist to suggest nifty ways how Big Pharma could better educate consumers about medications, especially since many seniors may...more

Essure Has Caused 303 Fetal Deaths, Independent Analysis

A gross discrepancy in the number of fetal deaths attributed to the birth control device Essure has prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to analyze the data and decide whether to change the way the product is...more

$11 Million Verdict Against Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System Under Appeal

Ethicon Women’s Health & Urology, maker of the Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System, is appealing an $11 million verdict awarded to a South Dakota women injured by the defective mesh implant....more

Maker of dirty medical device hit with $623 million in penalties for kickbacks

Can the sleaze get any worse with the maker of a dirty medical device that investigators say sickened dozens and played a role in killing 21? Sadly, it can. Federal prosecutors say that the maker of a flexible scope used in...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 29, 2016

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland 17 February 2016 - Inquest into the death of Rick Dudley Dickinson Mr Dickinson presented to hospital...more

Obamacare in the Courtroom: In the Matter of Double Recovery

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a/k/a Obamacare, was drafted to make health care and health insurance more affordable and more available to more Americans as well as to relieve some of the burden on...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 22, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE: In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland 12 February 2016 - Gobus v State of Queensland (Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 15, 2016

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments JUDGMENTS Western Australia 8 February 2016 - Martin V Minister for Health [2016] WADC 15 Mr Martin...more

Health Alert (Australia) - January 25, 2016

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpt from Judgments Commonwealth. Fair Work Commission 15 January 2016 - Lawrence v Calvary Home Care Services Ltd [2016] FWC 175 This...more

The Supreme Court Narrowly Defines an ERISA Plan’s Right to Subrogation in Montanile v. Board of Trustees of Nat. Elevator...

Most ERISA group health plans have subrogation terms – that is, terms allowing the plan to recover benefits paid to injured participants who later recover a tort settlement for their injuries. These subrogation claims are...more

Bad News for ERISA Plan Reimbursements: Chase The Money Before Settlement Funds Dissipate, Supreme Court Rules

This just in…. A big debate was resolved today by the United States Supreme Court: Can an ERISA plan sue to recover medical expenses paid on the participant’s behalf after the settlement funds have dissipated?...more

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