Month: February 2017

Pretrial Medical Malpractice Screening Panels: A State Law Guide

In an attempt to discourage frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits, most states have made it harder for patients to sue healthcare providers than it would be to sue your neighbor, a convenience store or even a large pharmaceutical manufacturer. Around half of states have passed so-called “damages caps,” which limit the amount of money recoverable under …

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MD Apology Laws Boost Medical Malpractice Lawsuits, Study Finds

Laws that allow doctors to apologize for medical mistakes without the risk of increasing their legal liability do not lower the number of medical malpractice lawsuits, according to researchers at Tennessee’s Vanderbilt University. Will Increased Communication Prevent Medical Negligence Claims? Today, 32 states and the District of Columbia have enacted “apology laws,” which make apologies from …

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Rudeness May Cause a Surprising Amount of Medical Errors

Why do doctors make mistakes? As researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found, over 250,000 deaths in the United States can be attributed to medical errors every year. These mistakes run the gamut from momentary lapses of attention to systemic breakdowns in communication between nurses and surgeons. How Incivility In The Operating Room Hurts Patient Care Over …

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