"In interviews that our group conducted for a documentary film, patients and families that had been affected by medical error illuminated a number of themes. Three of these themes have been all but absent from the literature. First, though it is well recognized that clinicians feel guilty after medical mistakes, family members often have similar or even stronger feelings of guilt. Second, patients and their families may fear further harm, including retribution from health care workers, if they express their feelings or even ask about mistakes they perceive. And third, clinicians may turn away from patients who have been harmed, isolating them just when they are most in need."Link to the entire article at NEJM: Guilty, Afraid, and Alone — Struggling with Medical Error
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
A few facts:
"Mr. Rendell, a Democrat who has vocally opposed Republican-led efforts to cap damage awards and lawyers' contingency fees in medical liability cases told reporters and health care experts at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia that a number of policy changes made since 2002 have contributed to a decline in medical malpractice litigation in the state.Read entire article here.
Such lawsuits contribute to the cost of business for physicians who pay hefty premiums for medical malpractice insurance. Doctors in Pennsylvania must have at least $1 million in malpractice coverage."
The Houston Chronicle has article on the same topic and provides some dollar amounts.
Gov: Pa. Medical Malpractice Costs Drop
AUBURN, Maine — A jury Thursday awarded nearly $8 million to a brain-damaged 5-year-old boy and his mother in their medical malpractice lawsuit against a Lewiston hospital and one of its midwives. It is believed to be the largest malpractice award ever handed down in Androscoggin County Superior Court. Read full article here...
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
"In what appears to be the largest reported medical malpractice jury verdict of 2007, the jury found two doctors liable for the child’s condition, but a nurse defendant was found not negligent."See also: Boston Herald's Doctors must pay $26.5M in baby malpractice case.
The largest medical malpractice verdict in Massachusetts remains a 2005 case also involving a baby's brain damage after a traumatic delivery — $40 million.
Monday, October 15, 2007
"Medical malpractice screening panels were developed in the 1970s in response to complaints that claims were driving up insurance rates, forcing some doctors to give up their practices. Supporters hoped the panels would help contain costs by screening out weak cases and resolving the rest as early and inexpensively as possible.Related links provided by the article include:2005 NH law
New Hampshire set up screening panels in 2005 based on a 1987 Maine law."
Another view on the same story offered by Maine's Portland Herald: N.H. law backfires, slows malpractice suits. The law, based on one in Maine aimed at lowering malpractice rates, is having growing pains, supporters say. Break: Social Security Disability Claims Lawyer
To access Kaiser Daily Reports on medical malpractice related issues, bookmark: Medical Malpractice Spotlight for headlines such as:
Thursday, October 4, 2007
$16 Million Jury Award for Heart Attack Death Among Largest Medical Malpractice Verdicts in Connecticut
Defendants, the Stamford Medical Group, were accused of "failing to diagnose and treat his cardiac disease." The award is believed to be one of the largest wrongful death verdicts in state history. Read entire article here.