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Health Alert (Australia) - February 23, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Reports: Australia. Department of Health - Media releases - 18 February 2015 - Action on Hepatitis A - Assistant Minister for Health...more

New Jersey Appellate Division Holds that Affidavit of Merit Must be Issued by a Professional within the Same Profession as...

Hill International, Inc. v. Atlantic City Board of Education, 2014 N.J. Super. LEXIS 177 (App. Div. Dec. 30, 2014) - The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division held that, in order to support of claim of...more

Will an Illinois doctor tell you when they make a mistake?

A study found in the Journal of Patient Safety estimates that 400,000 people die each year in hospitals due to preventable medical mistakes....more

Is vaginal mesh safe to use?

Vaginal mesh is commonly used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a condition where an organ drops from its normal place in the lower belly and pushes against the walls of the vagina. Another common use for the...more

Misdiagnosis happens annually to millions of Americans

When patients turn to medical professionals for answers to their medical problems, they often expect these highly trained individuals to use their experience and expertise to find the correct diagnosis....more

Does Med Mal Statute of Limitations Apply to Indemnification Claims?

Last week the South Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion addressing the issue whether an indemnification claim is subject to that state’s medical malpractice statute of limitations, when the claim is for recovery of a...more

What are the statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Illinois?

In Chicago and around the world, doctors and other healthcare professionals have made it their lives’ work to help and heal their patients. However, sometimes they make mistakes and individuals are left with devastating...more

10th Circuit Holds No E&O Coverage for Sexual Assault Claim

In its recent decision in Hanover Am. Ins. Co. v. Balfour, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 874 (10th Cir. Jan. 21, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, applying Oklahoma law, had occasion to consider whether...more

Professional Liability Alert: Non-MICRA Statutes of Limitations Can Toll MICRA Limitations Periods

In Coastal Surgical Institute v. Blevins (B254787, filed 1/12/15) the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, held that the tolling provisions of Insurance Code section 11583 apply to the one-year limitations...more

Possible hospital malpractice exposure in Missouri for non-employed physicians

Based on a recent Missouri Court of Appeals case, hospitals need to be aware that they could be liable for the acts or omissions of any physician on their medical staff, if such physician is considered an “employee” of the...more

3rd largest cause of death is medical errors, study says

Most patients enter Illinois hospitals with the expectation that they will receive high quality treatment from skilled, competent health care professionals. Unfortunately, recent research by a patient advocacy group indicates...more

Court of Appeals of Michigan: Trial Court’s Incorrect Instruction on the Definition of Bad Faith Did Not Require Reversal

Tibble v. Am. Physicians Capital, Inc., No. 306944, 2014 WL 5462573 (Mich. Ct. App. Oct. 28, 2014). The Michigan Court of Appeals holds that although the trial court erred when it defined “bad faith” for the jury, the...more

Florida High Court Clarifies Harmless Error Standard in Civil Appeals

On November 13, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court answered the following certified question of great public importance in the negative: “In a civil appeal, shall error be held harmless where it is more likely than not that the...more

MICRA’s Cap on Noneconomic Damages Does Not Apply to Joint Tortfeasor’s Pre-Trial Settlement to Offset Damages Award at Trial

In Rashidi v. Moser (No. S214430, filed 12/15/2014), the California Supreme Court held that in medical professional negligence cases, the noneconomic damages cap applies only to the amount of damages awarded to a plaintiff in...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Consider Discovery Privileges Applicable in Medical Malpractice

In the closing days of its November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide an issue of potential importance to the medical malpractice bar: what kinds of documents are privileged from disclosure in a negligent...more

Retained Surgical Sponges: A serious medical error

Occasionally, doctors make mistakes while treating their patients. Some of the errors that occur are so egregious that the medical profession has come to know them as “never events” because they should never, under any...more

Intern Sues Company in First-of-its-Kind Discrimination Suit under Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana Law

A graduate student has filed suit with the help of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union against a textile manufacturer that allegedly rescinded an offer for a paid internship because the student is a...more

Appellate Court Notes

AC35659 - Ceferatti v. Aranow - In this med mal case the Appellate Court held that leaving a sponge in the patient did not toll the SOL under the continuing course of conduct theory so as to avoid SJ in favor of the...more

Impact of Health Care Reform on Provider Liability

In this presentation: - The Changing Healthcare Landscape - Key Features of an ACO/CIN - ACO Standards and Quality Metrics - Examples of Quality Standards - Impact on Board and Corporate...more

Appellate Court Notes

SC19118 - E & M Custom Homes, LLC v. Negron - New home warranty claim was successfully asserted as a counterclaim to a mechanic lien foreclosure. You will have to read the Appellate Court decision to find out what...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC18975 - Connecticut Ins. Guaranty Assn. v. Drown - SC18975 Concurrence - Connecticut Ins. Guaranty Assn. v. Drown - SC18975 Dissent - Connecticut Ins. Guaranty Assn. v. Drown This started as a medical...more

NY Court of Appeals holds that a client’s failure to appeal bars a legal malpractice action only where the client was likely to...

Addressing a question of first impression in Grace v. Law, et al., the Court of Appeals adopted the plaintiff-client’s contention that a “likely to succeed” standard should be applied, rejecting the defendant-attorneys’...more

Fewer Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Means Victims Go Uncompensated

Notable Declines in Medical Negligence Litigation - Medical malpractice laws exist so that victims of negligence can seek financial compensation for their injuries. When a healthcare professional behaves negligently,...more

Recent Nevada Opinion: Retroactivity Rules and Ex-Parte Communication With Treating Physicians Prohibited

On July 10, 2014, the Supreme Court of Nevada published Leavitt v. Siems, 130 Nev. Adv. Op. 54 (2014), which addressed issues related to expert testimony. This case provides two important takeaways: (1) the basic legal...more

Blurring the Lines between False Claims Act Litigation and Putative Federal Malpractice Law: The DOJ Quietly Invokes “Worthless...

On October 10, 2014, the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a civil settlement agreement (the “Settlement”) with Extendicare Heath Services, Inc. and its subsidiary Progress Step Corporation (collectively,...more

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