The Trump Administration’s budget proposal for 2018 includes another attempt to pass tort reform for medical malpractice lawsuits. We strongly oppose this effort to weaken compensation for injury victims and urge you to inform your elected representatives that you do not support it.
Congress is considering a bill to reform medical malpractice lawsuits called the Protecting Access to Care Act. Despite its well-intentioned name, the legislation would gut patient’s rights here in Pennsylvania and around the country.
We have previously written about the drop in PA medical malpractice lawsuits since the legislature required plaintiffs to obtain a certificate of merit from an expert to file a complaint. It turns out that we are also seeing new lows in the number of jury verdicts reached in Pennsylvania courts to resolve medical malpractice disputes.
Tort reform has diminished the availability of medical malpractice lawsuits in many states, leaving the option a viable one for fewer patients with an injury they suspect was caused by poor medical treatment. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands suffer an injury during their medical care every year in the United States. As a result, we expect there will be increasing debate over whether an alternative to the present system is warranted.
Over the past few years, our personal injury lawyers have been representing more clients in cases of defective or improperly used medical devices. Although part of this may be due to an expansion of our interests in this area, health technology is a growing part of the practice of medicine and this no doubt has something to do with the fact that we are seeing more defective products in potential medical malpractice cases.
A study of surgical procedures at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital found that there are medication errors or adverse drug events in almost half of all surgeries.
12 Million Americans suffer a wrong or late diagnosis by our medical system each year. At this rate, most Americans will have at least one error in their lives, according to a new report by an institute of the National Academy of Sciences.
Medical malpractice litigation frequently requires doctors acting as experts to opine about what happened in the operating room based on the notes of the surgical staff and subsequent treatment by physicians. However, laws under consideration by the legislature of Wisconsin and possibly New York would allow patients to have their surgeries recorded. When things go wrong, this could make it easier for medical malpractice attorneys to prove that the medical team was negligent in their patient care.