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New study says that lawsuits do not lead to "defensive medicine"

You often hear doctors or hospitals complain that the prospect of being sued by patients causes them to practice "defensive medicine," i.e., to order more tests and drive up costs that would otherwise be avoided if they were not worried about medical malpractice lawsuits. A recent study by the Rand Institute published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine says that is not true. The study looked at thousands of patients who were treated in the Emergency Room in three states (Georgia, South Carolina and Texas) that had recently changed their law to make it much harder to sue a doctor or a hospital, and they compared the number of tests ordered to a similar group of patients in states that made it easier to sue doctors. If physicians truly where practicing "defensive medicine," then you would expect that the number of tests and medical costs to go down after the state passed laws to reduce the threat of a lawsuit. However, this new study showed that the change in the law did not cause doctors to order less tests; instead, the number of tests ordered was generally the same both before and after laws were passed which made it harder to sue doctors.

John Gismondi secures $1.8 million for victim of failed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome

John Gismondi of the Law Offices of Gismondi & Associates has secured more than $1.8 million for a man who claimed his emergency room physician from Forbes Regional Hospital failed to diagnose him with cauda equina syndrome, otherwise known as "horse's tail" syndrome. The trial was overseen by Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County Judge Michael A. Della Vecchia; docket # GD 12-17566, Allegheny County.

Never say never

The federal government has a so-called "never" list of medical mishaps that are just not supposed to happen under any circumstances, hence the name for the list. Included on there are things such as leaving a foreign object in the belly of someone who has undergone surgery or operating on the wrong arm or leg of a patient. Even though these events are never supposed to occur, they do happen with regularity year after year and, therefore, when it comes to medical misadventures you should "never say never."

New laws in Florida hurt medical malpractice victims

The state of Florida recently passed a pair of laws that hurt patients who have medical malpractice claims. Under one of the new laws, when a patient is hurt by a physician that doctor's lawyer can go out and talk to the patient's other doctors without first obtaining the permission of the patient. Many people view this as an invasion of privacy since, under most circumstances, nobody is permitted to talk to a patient's physician without the patient's permission. The new law in Florida changes that and the only limitation is that the conversations cannot take place after the patient has filed a formal lawsuit.

New laws in Florida hurt medical malpractice victims

The state of Florida recently passed a pair of laws that hurt patients who have medical malpractice claims. Under one of the new laws, when a patient is hurt by a physician that doctor's lawyer can go out and talk to the patient's other doctors without first obtaining the permission of the patient. Many people view this as an invasion of privacy since, under most circumstances, nobody is permitted to talk to a patient's physician without the patient's permission. The new law in Florida changes that and the only limitation is that the conversations cannot take place after the patient has filed a formal lawsuit.

Disabled man sues hospital for medical malpractice

When you visit the emergency room in Pennsylvania, you trust that medical professionals will do everything in their power to treat your ailment. In reality, however, physicians make mistakes just like everyone else. Occasionally, these mistakes can lead to costly medical bills, a lifetime of disability, or even death.

Medical malpractice filings drop in Pennsylvania

It was certainly no surprise when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week released their latest statistics showing that the number of lawsuits filed against doctors and hospitals continues to drop. http://www.pacourts.us/news-and-statistics/news?Article=318

Medical malpractice filings drop in Pennsylvania

It was certainly no surprise when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week released their latest statistics showing that the number of lawsuits filed against doctors and hospitals continues to drop. http://www.pacourts.us/news-and-statistics/news?Article=318

Emergency rooms improve "look" but what about medical care?

Over the past few years, several hospitals in the Pittsburgh area have invested millions of dollars to "spruce up" their emergency rooms. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11342/1195428-455.stm While some of this may be motivated by legitimate need, there is no question that marketing and public relations play a role in improving the atmosphere, emergency rooms are high volume, and likely high profit, areas for the hospital, and they no doubt have figured out if you create a nice "feel" in the room, it is more likely that people will use your emergency room than some competitor's.

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