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

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

by DLA Piper on

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

Health Alert (Australia) 31 July 2017

by DLA Piper on

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

Have You Properly Obtained Informed Consent?

by Burr & Forman on

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

Tort Reform by Any Other Name

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but tort reform still smells bad to traditional opponents despite an attractive title. That’s why most observers believe that the House-passed “Protecting Access to Care Act,”...more

Making Informed Decisions About Informed Consent

by Snell & Wilmer on

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

Nebraska Med Mal Cap Survives 7th, 5th & 14th Amendment Attacks

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has upheld Nebraska’s statutory medical malpractice limit, rejecting attacks that were based on the Seventh, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution. After a...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

Damages in Illinois Medical Malpractice Cases Not Limited

by Howard Ankin on

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

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

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

Health Alert (Australia) 27 June 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 22 June 2017 - Dorris Maharaj v Northern Health [2017] FWC 2997 - Application for relief from unfair dismissal – dismissal harsh,...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules that Only Physicians – Not Their Staff – Can Obtain Informed Consent

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision will have a major impact on how physicians across the Commonwealth obtain informed consent from their patients. In Shinal v. Toms, 2017 WL 2655387 (Pa. June 20, 2017), the 4-3...more

Informed Consent Ruling May Affect Your Business

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, overturning a Superior Court’s order, ruled that a jury could not consider information provided by the physician’s qualified staff in deciding whether a physician obtained...more

The Doctor Is In – or Better Be to Satisfy PA’s New Informed Consent Requirements

With the increased presence of qualified staff members in a physician’s office and the constant time-pressure on physicians, many patients rely heavily on individuals other than the physician to answer questions about...more

Elder Abuse: Who is doing it?

When the time comes that an aging family member needs full-time care, or more care than he or she is receiving, most eyes turn to a daughter or a son, or depending on the circumstances, a grandchild. Often, employment...more

Elder Abuse: Signs, Symptoms You Can Identify

The mistreatment of the aged is a societal ill that, sadly, is unlikely to be cured soon. The statistics tell the story. By 2025, the global population of seniors (defined as those age 60 and older) will reach 1.2 billion....more

Be Careful With That Power of Attorney!: Arbitration Clauses and Nursing Home Lawsuits

by LeClairRyan on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its opinion in Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark. This case addressed the issue of whether an agent acting pursuant to a power of attorney could bind...more

Fla. justices reject keystones of partisans’ plan to undercut patients’ rights

As congressional Republicans pursue their counter factual campaign this week to strip patients of their rights to pursue legal redress for harms they suffer while seeking medical services, the Florida Supreme Court has sent a...more

Insurance Confusion — Breast Cancer

We have all seen the catchy T-shirts for the Susan B. Komen walks “Protect the Tatas.” Few adult diseases have received as much fund-raising attention as Breast Cancer, and for good reason....more

Elder Abuse: Awareness Day Aims To End It

Neglect of the elderly, an all-too-often occurrence in nursing homes and other community settings, will take center stage June 15, 2017, during World Elder Abuse Awareness Day....more

Code Red: Healthcare Restructurings on the Rise

Financial distress – sometimes it is isolated to specific borrowers and other times, it is endemic within an industry. In recent years, energy (e.g., oil, gas, and coal), retail and other industries have suffered widespread...more

Finally, a Win for Long-Term Care Facilities: United States Supreme Court Invalidates Kentucky Rule Singling Out Arbitration...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Anyone familiar with long term care litigation knows that the number of disputes regarding the use and enforcement of arbitration agreements in the context of assisted living/nursing home admissions has risen sharply over the...more

“Sometimes Wrong, Never in Doubt” – A New Perspective?

Two recent studies of medical malpractice claims highlight how patient complaints may identify those surgeons at greater risk for complications, a significant decrease in paid medical malpractice claims since 1992, and the...more

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