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Legal Case Update

August 11, 2012

Interesting conclusions in a couple of legal cases.

First, an Ohio federal distric court held that a malpractice insurer was entitled to withhold coverage (.pdf file) for an obstetrician’s medical malpractice because he committed a “criminal act” when delivering a child by going to work after drinking a large amount of vodka.

Second, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in New Jersey, hospital CEO William McDonald, and the Ob/Gyn department chair Dr. Roger Kierce were hit with a jury verdict of $1.3 million when the department chairman harassed and belittled the physicians in his department and and the hospital failed to act upon complaints made by other hospital staff members.
The hospital, Dr. Kierce, and the hospital CEO were all found liable and each required to pay $423,000.
This jury apparently decided that hosptials and hospital CEOs may be legally liable if they sit idly by while staff physicians act inappropriately.

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