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November 22, 2011

Arizona trial lawyers up in arms after Arizona lawmaker proposes a loser pays law to prevent frivolous lawsuits.

Ohio trial lawyers up in arms over bill that would provide some immunity to physicians that provide mandated care. In other words, if patients go to the emergency department and doctors are required by law to treat them, then the patients can’t sue the doctors for minor mistakes. The errors would have to be “willful misconduct” under the proposed law.

Florida Supreme Court upholds a $10.3 million verdict against emergency physician who didn’t give a patient thrombolytics for a heart attack, holding that now-enacted caps don’t apply to injuries that occurred before the law took effect.

Texas family awarded $2.2 million when patient dies from internal bleeding after cardiac bypass surgery.

Penny wise and pound foolish. The more money that providers try to recapture by computerizing medical records to include all the information the payors require, the more likely that the electronic medical records will lead to malpractice lawsuits.

Patient dies from internal bleeding after gallbladder surgery, anesthesiologist found liable for $280,000 for failing to provide proper anesthesia care.

Ooops. Law firm donates scrap paper to child’s elementary school. Too bad that the scrap paper included former clients’ medical records and contained the clients’ names, birthdates, detailed medical conditions and job information.

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