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Did the Federal Court Protect the Wrong Doctor?

Last week in a medical malpractice case in Alabama, a federal court denied the plaintiff’s motion to compel production by a hospital of the defendant doctor’s personnel file. The plaintiff believed that the file could show...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 30, 2014

In This Alert: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: Commonwealth - 20 June 2014 - Hunter and New England Local Health District v McKenna; Hunter and New England Local...more

Health Alert (Australia) - June 16, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Except from Judgments: New South Wales - 12 June 2014 - Rosten v Mid North Coast Local Health District [2014] NSWIRComm 29 - This was...more

Pejorative Statements by Former Patient are not Defamatory, but Protected Opinion

It is fair to say that doctors trade on their reputations more so than most other professionals. When one relies on the doctor to ensure his or her health, and occasionally save a life, the import of such a choice often...more

Health Alert (Australia) - May 19, 2014

In This Issue: Judgments, Legislation, and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: Commonwealth - 13 May 2014 - Sklavos v Australasian College of Dermatologists [2014] FCA 476 - This was a Federal...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 28 April 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Except from Judgments: 24 March 2014 - Tasmanian Board of the Medical Board of Australia v Dr David Edis (Ref No 4/2013) [2014] TASHPT 1 - This was an...more

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Wrongful Death Non-Economic Damages Cap for Med Mal Cases

On March 13, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court, in a 5-2 ruling, issued its long-awaited opinion following review of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in Estate of McCall v. United States, 642 F.3d 944 (11th Cir....more

Illinois Supreme Court Defines "Good Samaritan" in Medical Malpractice Case

Nearly every state has some variation on a "Good Samaritan" law. In Illinois, the statute says that any licensed medical professional "who, in good faith, provides emergency care without fee to a person, shall not, as a...more

Argument Report: Illinois Supreme Court Debates the Scope of the Good Samaritan Act

Our reports on the oral arguments of the recent term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with Home Star Bank & Financial Services v. Emergency Care & Health Organization, Ltd. Home Star poses the question of whether...more

Washington Supreme Court Limits Attorney-Client Communications with Employed Health Care Practitioners

Last week's decision by the Washington Supreme Court in Youngs v. PeaceHealth has significant implications for health care providers that employ physicians (or other health care practitioners) and the attorneys who represent...more

Affordable Care Act Has Potential to Limit a Defendant’s Exposure for Future Medical Costs in New York Personal Injury Litigation

Generally overlooked in the national debate surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the effect the new law will have on personal injury litigation. If standard loss-allocation and mitigation rules...more

Appellate Court Notes - Week of December 23

AC34963 - Compassionate Care, Inc. v. Travelers Indemnity Co. - The plaintiff was in the business of maintaining a list of nurses it referred out, as needed, to hospitals and nursing homes. It did background checks on...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 18 November 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Reports: Australia. Private Health Insurance Administration Council - 13 November 2013 - Industry consultation – Second round...more

Kurwa v. Kislinger: California Supreme Court Holds No End-Run Around the "One Final Judgment Rule" By Means of Voluntary...

Under California's "one final judgment rule," a judgment that fails to dispose of all the causes of action pending between the parties is generally not appealable. (Code Civ. Proc., § 904.1, subd. (a); Morehart v. County of...more

Florida Legislature Allows Plaintiffs to Contest Their Reimbursement to Medicaid

Effective July 1, 2013, Florida’s Medicaid Third-Party Liability Act now provides a mechanism for recipients of Medicaid to challenge the amount they must reimburse Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) after...more

Illinois Supreme Court Extends Harris Tort Immunity to Privately Owned Ambulances

Late last week, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Wilkins v. Williams, holding that the state Emergency Medical Services Act makes the private owner and driver of an ambulance immune from tort liability...more

BOOK REVIEW: An Excellent Resource for Litigators Preparing for Depositions

This Book Review by Northeastern Pennsylvania insurance defense attorney of the Scranton, PA law firm of Foley, Comerford & Cummins appeared in the July 2013 edition of the Pennsylvania Lawyer Magazine. The review analyzes...more

A prerequisite to the recovery of fees: How "reasonable and necessary" are your charges?

In State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Huff, 2013 DJDAR 7379 (2013), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District decided a novel fee case in the medical context, referencing standards used to...more

Medical Malpractice Update - Spring 2013

I. 2013 Medical Malpractice Reform Legislation - In less than a month, the way medical malpractice cases are handled in Florida will change significantly....more

Court of Appeal Applies Howell Rule to Future Medical Expenses and Noneconomic Damages

In Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc., the California Supreme Court ruled that where a plaintiff’s medical care provider, pursuant to a prior agreement with the plaintiff’s health care provider, accepted less than...more

California Appellate Court Confirms Cap on Past Medical Expenses Applies to Medicare Payments and Should Be Imposed before Further...

In Luttrell v. Island Pacific Supermarkets, Inc. (April 8, 2013, A134089), California’s First District Court of Appeal held that Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541 specifically applies to limit...more

Howell Rule Applies When Medical Services Were Paid by Medicare, Court of Appeal Concludes

In Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. the California Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff’s recovery of medical damages is limited to the amount paid by the plaintiff’s health insurer and accepted by the health care...more

Counties in California Can Learn a Few Lessons from State on Inmate Health Care - BB&K Health Care Attorney Shares Tips on...

Inmates in the Riverside County jails served a federal class-action lawsuit last month, claiming the county is subjecting them to cruel and unusual punishment by depriving them of basic medical and mental health care. A...more

What's In A Word? N.C. Court of Appeals Invalidates Nursing Home Arbitration Clause Based on Language of the Agreement

Many nursing homes and assisted living communities commonly include arbitration agreements as part of their admission agreement and documents. Typically, these agreements require residents or their legal surrogates to...more

Weekly Law Resume - March 14, 2013: A Personal Injury Claim Involving Negligent Failure to Maintain and Inspect Hospital Equipment...

Catherine Flores v. Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Court of Appeal, Second District (February 27, 2013) Plaintiff Catherine Flores (“Flores”) was a patient at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. On March 5,...more

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