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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…

Parallel Claims Alter Medical Products Liability Claims

April 2nd, 2014

The last week in February, Michael Walsh published an article in the New Jersey Law Journal claiming that courts are “relegating failure-to-warn claims, the decades-old staple of medical products liability, to the trash bin of tort jurisprudence” in favor of parallel claims. Walsh points to three Supreme Court cases that established a basis for the…

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…

Another Oversight Failure — GM Recalls 1.6 Million Cars

March 19th, 2014

General Motors has recently announced a recall of 1.6 million of its vehicles, some of which are linked with thirteen deaths over the past eleven years. And federal safety regulators have announced that since 2003, they have received 260 complaints—two per month—specifically about how these vehicles have suddenly shut off while being driven. While obviously…

California Nursing Homes Attempt to ‘Clean Up’ Complaints

March 12th, 2014

Kaiser Health News recently revealed that several hundred nursing home cases in Los Angeles County were closed without any investigation as part of the so-called “Complaint Workload Clean Up Project.”

Tort Reform Does Not Create More Doctors

March 5th, 2014

In early February of this year, the Des Moines Register editorial staff ran an article attempting to confirm what this blog has been arguing since its inception: efforts toward so-called tort reform have accomplished very little when it comes to increasing the number of doctors practicing in a given state. The Register’s article begins by…

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