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Florida Court Holds Prior Knowledge Exclusion Precludes Coverage for Malpractice Suit

In its recent decision in Farbstein v. Westport Ins. Corp., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 125990 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 9, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of Florida had occasion to consider the application of a...more

Protecting Vulnerable Adults While Protecting Their Physicians – A Proposed Statutory Amendment

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The Arizona Supreme Court’s recent decision in Delgado v. Manor Care of Tucson AZ, LLC, subjects health care providers to liability for ordinary negligence under the Adult Protective Services Act. This decision therefore...more

Health Alert (Australia) 14 August 2017

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 10 August 2017 - Inquest into the Death of Stephen Herczeg 57/2016 (1808/2016) - The said Court finds that Stephen Herczeg aged 72...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - August 2017

Medicine's dirty secret: tens of thousands suffer injury and death from preventable error - Each year tens of thousands of Americans are killed by medical mistakes and errors. These avoidable deaths and the many more...more

Court Sanctions Counsel for Not Disclosing Deleted Client Emails

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People v. Miller, No. 16PDJ067, 2017 BL 208514 (Colo. June 1, 2017). In a brief order, the Colorado Supreme Court fined and publicly censured attorney Randall Miller for failing to promptly disclose false evidence. During...more

Health Alert (Australia) 7 August 2017

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 26 July 2017 - Spragg and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [2017] WASAT 103 - The applicant made a complaint to the...more

Health Alert (Australia) 31 July 2017

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In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 24 July 2017 - Medical Board of Australia v Soo [2017] SAHPT 10 - In this proceeding, the respondent, a physiotherapist, was alleged to have...more

It’s a sad day when special interests crow about their sway on laws to cut patient access to civil justice

Members of Congress and lobbyists are taking public and premature bows for debasing the nation’s democracy and potentially harming Americans’ health and well-being....more

Illinois Court Holds That Reinsurers And Insurer Need To File Complaint In Legal Malpractice Lawsuit In Their Own Names Pursuant...

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In this case, an Illinois appellate court held that Section 2-403 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, 735 ILCS 5/2-403, required the reinsurers and insurer of Developers Surety and Indemnity Co. (“DSI”) a surety, to file...more

Have You Properly Obtained Informed Consent?

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In June, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a controversial opinion holding that a physician had to have face-to-face interaction with the patient to effectively obtain informed consent. This has raised heightened...more

Legal Malpractice Claims Against Estate Planning Attorneys in Virginia: Post-Thorsen Legislation

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The legal landscape in Virginia regarding claims for legal malpractice against estate planning attorneys changed significantly this past year when the Virginia General Assembly adopted legislation to address the issues raised...more

Obtaining informed consent now requires full disclosure of certain surgical assistants

by McAfee & Taft on

In a previous article titled “Oklahoma Supreme Court broadens scope of state’s informed consent law,” we reported on the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s expansion of the state’s informed consent law as it relates to the requirements...more

No Rules, Just Be Right? The ABA's New Technology Ethics Opinion

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On the heels of the recent Petya ransomware attack, which infected DLA Piper's IT systems, a superb analysis by Peter Norman of the ABA's Formal Opinion 17-477R on lawyers' ethical responsibilities when using information...more

Making Informed Decisions About Informed Consent

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Patients have come to expect that they will be actively involved in making decisions about their health care. Informed consent aids patient involvement and provides a process whereby a health care provider discusses a...more

Maine Court Holds That Expert Testimony is Required to Prove Causation in Legal Malpractice Action

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Brooks v. Lemieux, 2017 WL 1056194 (Me. 2017) - Brief Summary - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently held that expert testimony based on supporting facts in the record was required to prove causation between an...more

A New Hurdle for Medical Malpractice Claimants: Legislation Establishing Medical Review Panels Takes Effect in Kentucky

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a step toward tort reform, on June 29, 2017, Senate Bill 4 was signed into law and went into effect in Kentucky as KRS 216C.005 et seq., establishing a requirement that all potential medical malpractice lawsuits first be...more

Keeping the Lights On For Your Ancillary Proceeding in Federal Court: When “Dismissed Without Prejudice” Means “Stayed”

Do you ever have days when you are not your most eloquent self, the words come out in a jumble, or they are just not precisely what you intended? So do trial judges. But appeals courts seem to understand....more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of $1.5 Billion Malpractice Claim Filed by Lenders Against Borrower's Law Firm Because it Owed...

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Oakland Police & Fire Ret. Sys. v. Mayer Brown, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 11522, ___ F.3d ___ (7th Cir. 2017) - Brief Summary - Plaintiffs filed a putative class action against the defendant, a law firm that represented a...more

Damages in Illinois Medical Malpractice Cases Not Limited

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There are no limits on medical malpractice damages amounts in Illinois in cases that have occurred since 2010. This means that the victims of medical malpractice might be able to recover damages that fairly compensate them...more

The Supreme Court of Ohio Dismisses as Improvidently Accepted Case on Whether a Physician-Employee Needs to Be Named in Medical...

In an interesting turn of events, the Supreme Court of Ohio dismissed Rush v. Univ. of Cincinnati Physicians, Inc. as improvidently accepted. The issue in the case was whether a physician-employee needs to be joined as a...more

More on King v. Bryant and Health Care Arbitration Agreements

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

As discussed in an earlier article, the North Carolina Supreme Court recently held, in King v. Bryant, that physicians have a fiduciary relationship with their patients due to the special relationship of trust and confidence...more

Federal Court Retains Jurisdiction Over Action Stayed For Arbitration, Pre-Empting State Court

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Following Davis’s filing of a federal lawsuit alleging state malpractice and breach of contract claims, as well as federal Fair Housing Act and Civil Rights Act claims, the Court ordered the action be stayed pending...more

Wisconsin appeals court rejects legal changes that GOP seeks nationally

Even as congressional Republicans advance their counter-factual campaign to strip patients who have been harmed while seeking medical services of their rights to seek legal redress, another state appeals court has rejected...more

What are the root causes of medical negligence?

Operating on the wrong extremity. Leaving a piece of equipment inside a patient after surgery. Failing to diagnose an illness. All are nightmare situations for a patient. But all are among the most-common types of medical...more

Appellate Court Upholds Arbitration Award In Face Of Manifest Disregard Of Law And Public Policy Arguments

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An arbitration panel entered an award in a legal malpractice matter in favor of the claimant and the attorneys and law firm moved to vacate the award. The district court denied the motion to vacate, and the Ninth Circuit...more

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