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NuvaRing Settlement Offer Approved

June 11th, 2014

As far as birth control methods go, few have been as simultaneously popular and controversial as the NuvaRing. The vaginal ring, which slowly releases hormones into a woman’s bloodstream over the course of about three weeks, racked up about $686 million in 2013 alone for its manufacturer Merck. Around this same time, and after about…

Trucks Are More Dangerous Than You Think

June 4th, 2014

Motorists generally don’t like driving on the same highway with trucks, and it appears that this fear of heavy trucks is well founded. The New York Times recently reported on once-in-a-decade calculations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), specifically how much vehicle crashes cost Americans every year. The total is a staggering $871…

Surgical Robot Mistakes: More Prevalent Than Ever, Still Underreported

May 28th, 2014

Tragically, it seems the real cost of advances in medical technology is the health of innocent victims as seen in the number of reports of adverse surgical events using Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot.

The Real Villains of Tort Reform Debates: Insurance Companies

May 21st, 2014

This month, pro-civil justice blog ThePopTort.com ran a story on an article published by the nonpartisan policy group the Center for Public Integrity called “Keeping an Eye on Insurance Companies that Refuse to Pay Claims.” Author Wendell Potter, a former VP at insurance giant Cigna, reports that companies like Aetna (which had a net income…

Debunking Even More Myths about Medical Mistakes

May 14th, 2014

In a post published last week, this blog detailed a fledgling platform called Leapfrog, which assigns over 2,000 American hospitals letter grades based upon safety records and patient reviews. The goal of this system is to increase hospital transparency by publicizing and hopefully preventing recurring and preventable medical errors that kill half a million people…

Technology Increases Hospital Transparency, Exposes Medical Errors

May 6th, 2014

All too often, news about medical safety is relegated to academic journals and other industry publications. So when a mainstream news organization publishes an article stating the sobering fact that medical errors kill about half a million patients every year in the United States (that’s more than 1000 a day), it is hard to ignore….

In an Attempt to Avoid Lawsuits, General Mills Pushes for Forced Arbitration

April 30th, 2014

The right to a trial by jury in civil matters is firmly entrenched in the United States Constitution. The civil justice system is the only tried and tested check on corporate malfeasance, and it is only in the courtroom where individual citizens can bring massive corporations to justice. Often, two adverse parties can agree to…

California Voters Push to Remove Cap on Non-Economic Damages

April 23rd, 2014

A few weeks ago, this blog published an article about the overturning of a non-economic damages cap by the Florida Supreme Court, one that prevented families of people who died through no fault of their own from collecting any more than half a million dollars in pain and suffering compensation. That post mentioned that several…

GM Recall, Now Linked with Safety Cover-Up, Grows

April 16th, 2014

In the month or so that has elapsed since we reported on General Motors’ massive recall, the automakers’ problems have not improved. Our article’s headline claims that 1.6 million vehicles have been affected, but apparently that estimate was on the low end and on April 4, the New York Times claimed that the number had…

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…

 
 
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