class actions, disabled rights, copyright, attorneys general, online speech, law schools, obesity, New York, mortgages, legal blogs, safety, CPSC, pharmaceuticals, patent trolls, ADA filing mills, international human rights, humor, hate speech, illegal drugs, immigration law, cellphones, international law, real estate, bar associations, Environmental Protection Agency, First Amendment, insurance fraud, slip and fall, smoking bans, emergency medicine, regulation and its reform, dramshop statutes, hotels, web accessibility, United Nations, Alien Tort Claims Act, lobbyists, pools, school discipline, Voting Rights Act, legal services programs


« Alabama jury to Exxon Mobil: pay the state $11.9 billion | Oz reforms: no tears for laid-off lawyers »

May 16, 2004

Med-mal roundup

Massachusetts: "The Romney administration and the Harvard School of Public Health, seeking to address soaring health care costs driven by medical malpractice lawsuits, are working on a sweeping proposal to move malpractice claims out of state courts and into a new administrative framework much like the state's workers' compensation system." (Ralph Ranalli, "Malpractice plan would limit trials", Boston Globe, Nov. 13). "Defense and plaintiffs' lawyers agree that, in recent memory, no medical malpractice verdict in excess of policy limits has resulted in the seizure of a Connecticut doctor's house, savings or other personal assets", reports Thomas B. Scheffey of the Connecticut Law Tribune. But now following a series of high awards "more aggressive collection strategies may come into play" as trial lawyers at Bridgeport's kingpin tort firm of Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder are "exploring other options" with regard to collecting a $10 million judgment against a Stamford physician insured for only $1 million ("Med-Mal Awards Put Doctors on Alert", Nov. 18). And a judge in McDowell County, W.V., has dismissed Dr. Julie McCammon's lawsuit against the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and its former president for causing her malpractice insurance rates to rise, ruling that the defendants owed her no duty of care. (Nora Edinger, "Doctor's suit dismissed", Clarksburg Exponent Telegram, undated, appx. Nov. 26).

[cross-posted from Overlawyered, where it ran Dec. 2, 2003]

Posted by Walter Olson at 01:12 PM | TrackBack (0)

Medicine and Law



Published by the Manhattan Institute

The Manhattan Insitute's Center for Legal Policy.