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Is the Irreversible Truly Unforeseeable?: The Law of Suicide

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of suicide deaths in 2010 was 38,364, making it the tenth leading cause of death in America. For younger demographics, the numbers are even more...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

Medicare Change Means Those with Small Personal Injury Claims Can Settle Cases Quickly

Beginning on October 1, 2014, Medicare will no longer attempt to obtain reimbursement from personal injury plaintiffs with claims worth less than $1,000, and those beneficiaries will no longer have to give Medicare notice of...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 7 April 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Judgments: New Zealand 24 March 2014 - Wooton v Accident Compensation Corporation [2014] NZACC 77 [1]: This appeal concerns a treatment...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 31 March 2014

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales - 4 March 2014 - Re JS [2014] NSWSC 302 - This was an application for declaratory relief made by the...more

ERISA (7th Cir.): Beneficiary and Attorney Who Ignore Subrogation Lien for Medical Bills Paid by ERISA Plan “Better Call Saul”

You have seen this one before: The ERISA plan pays hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and secures an equitable lien. Then, the ERISA plan beneficiary settles a tort claim, but refuses to reimburse the ERISA...more

Florida Supreme Court Holds Statutory Cap on Non-Economic Wrongful Death Damages in Medical Malpractice Actions Violates the...

In Estate of Michelle Evette McCall, et. al. v. United States of America, SC11-1148 (Fla. 2014), the Florida Supreme Court decided the following certified question: Does The Statutory Cap On Wrongful Death Noneconomic...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

A Brief Overview of the Case Law Regarding "Failure to Train" Claims - And Its Implications for Medical Device Manufacturers

In recent years, causes of action for “failure to train,” or allegations predicated on a duty to train, have been on the rise in cases against medical device manufacturers. Historically, however, such claims and allegations...more

Limitations in Medical Payments (LIMP) (HB 379/SB 1128)

Limitations in Medical Payments (LIMP) bills have been filed in both chambers of Florida Legislature (HB 379 by Rep. Hood and SB 1128 by Sen. Richter). The reconciled bill, if passed, would allow a jury rather than medical...more

Nursing Home Reporting of Reasonable Suspicion of a Crime in a Long Term Care Facility

Nursing facilities, skilled nursing facilities, hospices that provide services in long term care facilities and independent living facilities that provide services for the developmentally disabled ("facilities") are required...more

Missouri Supreme Court Holds Federal Act Does Not Preempt Missouri Law Barring Subrogation Of Personal Injury Claims

In essence overruling a previous opinion from the courts of appeal, the Missouri Supreme Court has held that the Federal Employee Health Benefits Act (“FEHBA”) does not preempt Missouri law prohibiting the subrogation of...more

Appeals Court Affirms Jury Verdict against Orthopedic Surgeons Society

An orthopedic surgeon who fought back and won a court case after the society of orthopedic surgeons slammed him for testifying that another surgeon had committed malpractice has now won an appeal of the legal case....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

Health Alert (Australia) - 17 February 2014

In This Issue: Judgments, Legislation, and Reports. Except from Reports: Australia. National Health & Medical Research Council (NHRMC) - 12 February 2014 - NHMRC - funded research among...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 10 February 2014

In This Issue: Judgments, Commentary, Legislation, and Reports. Excerpt from Commentary: Australian Professional Indemnity Blog - 3 February 2014 - Western Australia (WA) disciplinary tribunal...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

Virginia Supreme Court Clarifies the Law on Defamation

On October 31, 2013, the Virginia Supreme Court published its opinion in Cashion v. Smith, et al. This opinion provides invaluable guidance on the elements of and defenses to defamation claims....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

Transvaginal Mesh Studies Report Serious Complications

In early 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered 33 transvaginal mesh manufacturers to conduct three years of trials on the safety and effectiveness of their implants. The required mesh patch studies came as a...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 4 November 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Reports: Australia. Department of Health & Ageing - ..1 November 2013 - GPs can now order subsidised magnetic resonance...more

NJ Auto Insurance Policyholders Can Expect Rate Hikes

Touted as having the highest auto insurance rates in the nation, New Jersey policyholders will not be pleased when they receive another premium increase. Surprisingly, the upcoming hike does not include relatively minor...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 7 October 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Legislation: Commonwealth - 26 September 2013 Private Health Insurance (Benefit Requirements) Amendment Rules 2013 (No. 5)...more

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