Archive for the ‘Personal Injury’ Category

Florida Supreme Court Removes Non-Economic Damages Cap

April 9th, 2014

Last month, Florida’s Supreme Court attacked the state senate for creating what one justice called an “alleged medical malpractice crisis.” The court was referring to the legislative “tort reform” package first formulated in 2013 which placed caps on non-economic damages i.e. compensation for pain and suffering in catastrophic cases and wrongful death claims. Florida’s cap…

Temple Student Takes Philadelphia Police to Court Over Arrest Photographs

March 26th, 2014

Despite that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey wrote a memo in 2011 advising all officers that civilians are permitted to take photographs or video footage of them in public places, some in the department have been slow to adapt. A year after Ramsey informed police of this, a photojournalism student at Temple University, Ian Van…

Unqualified NJ Doctor Stripped of License After Performing Spinal Surgeries

February 26th, 2014

We have commented in previous blogs about the inadequacy of the self-regulation of physicians by the medical community. Apparently, only in the most egregious cases will medical boards step in to breach to revoke a physician’s medical license. Earlier this month, an anesthesiologist in Pompton Lakes, NJ was stripped of his medical license. Though Dr….

Tort Reformers Collect Huge Sums While Claiming to Oppose Lawsuits

February 19th, 2014

This blog has covered the United States Chamber of Commerce before, calling it in 2011 a “misleadingly named collection of businesses considered the largest pro-corporation lobbying group in the U.S.”

PA Supreme Court Allows Emotional Distress To Be Defined As Bodily Injury

February 12th, 2014

This past January, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took up a question that had been addressed by lower courts in the state over the past few years: Does witnessing a family member’s death fall under an insurance policy’s coverage of “bodily injury to a person and sickness, disease, or death which results from it”? Seventeen-year old…

New OSHA Pamphlet Suggests Hospitals More Dangerous Than You Think

February 5th, 2014

A new pamphlet published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) called “How Safe Is Your Hospital for Workers?” includes some startling facts about the dangers that hospitals present not only to patients, but to their employees as well. For example, in terms of time lost due to illness and injury, hospital jobs (with…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Stops Immunizing Big Pharma for Harmful Products

January 29th, 2014

The seemingly never-ending products liability case in Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Lance v. Wyeth has finally drawn to a close after more than three years of arguments and appeals. This case involves Catherine Ruth Lance, whose family argues that Wyeth (a pharmaceutical company) was negligent in allowing an “unreasonably dangerous prescription drug on the market and…

Generic Drug Industry Still Largely Unchecked

January 22nd, 2014

In the past few months, this blog has addressed issues concerning the safety of generic drugs. In July we published an article about the Supreme Court protecting manufacturers of generics in cases in which victims were harmed due to inadequate warning labels. Fortunately, the FDA stepped in to try to impose stricter standards on such…

Bipartisan Budget Act Threatens Personal Injury Awards

January 15th, 2014

On December 26, 2013, President Obama and the House Budget Committee leadership reached a deal that set a new federal budget. The deal, according to Reuters, “reduces the risk of another government shutdown.” A less publicized section of the Bipartisan Budget Act, one that few news outlets have reported about, addresses personal injury claimants who…

Compounding Pharmacies Come Closer to Regulation

January 8th, 2014

About one year ago, a fungal meningitis outbreak in New England affected nearly eight hundred individuals in twenty states, claiming over sixty lives in the process. The source of these infections was the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Massachusetts, which was an active distributor of the painkiller methylprednisone acetate, commonly used to treat chronic…

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