Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Boston, MA — Andrew C. Meyer, Jr. has been named Best Lawyers® 2011 Boston Medical Malpractice 'Lawyer of the Year' according to a report in Yahoo! News. Meyer is the founding partner at Lubin & Meyer PC, a law firm focused on medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury litigation with attorneys practicing in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Meyer has consistently achieved record-setting verdicts and settlements, including one of the largest personal injury awards in Massachusetts' history — $30 million dollars including interest. He has been selected to the Best Lawyers in America each year since its inception
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Study Reveals Cost of Malpractice Insurance, Verdicts and Settlements and Defensive Medicine Accounts for Only About 2.4% of US Healthcare Spend
In light of Health and Human Services (HHS) data showing that the U.S. spent $7,681 per person in 2008 on health care, the study results suggest that only $185 of that amount goes toward malpractice insurance, "defensive" medical tests, legal costs and the verdicts and settlements paid to patients. Contrary to the negative attention that litigation received during the recent national health care dialogue, this figure seems surprisingly modest given what Americans pay for other hedges against risk, such as car, home and life insurance.
Learn more at Health Affairs.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Founding partner Andrew C. Meyer, Jr. has been named a “Best Lawyer” every year since the publication’s inception in 1995. Robert M. Higgins joined Meyer on the list since 2008, while colleague William J. Thompson has been included on the list for the past two years.
See full news item at: Best Lawyers Boston
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Medical mistakes that affect multiple patients, known as large-scale adverse events (LSAEs) to researchers, are incidents or series of related incidents that harm or could potentially harm multiple patients. These events, which can include incompletely sterilized surgical equipment, poor laboratory quality control and equipment malfunctions, are often identified after care has been provided and can affect thousands of patients.
According to research, disclosure policies for adverse events that affect individual patients are becoming more common among health care organizations but often fail to address how to disclose LSAEs that could have affected many patients.
Researchers weighed ethical considerations of whether to disclose such events. For instance, is disclosure ethical if patients were unlikely to have been physically harmed by the event but could be harmed psychologically by the disclosure? The authors reviewed instances in which health care institutions disclosed an LSAE and analyzed the method of disclosure and existing disclosure policies.
They concluded that, in most cases, these events should be disclosed and offered these recommendations:
- Develop an institutional policy. Organizations should have a clear set of procedures for managing the disclosure process, notifying patients and the public, coordinating follow-up diagnostic testing and treatment and responding to regulatory bodies.
- Plan for disclosures. Disclosures should be made proactively, unless a strong, ethically justifiable argument can be made not to do so. The method of disclosure may depend on the event, but patients should be informed personally and all at the same time.
- Communicate with the public. Organizations should assume that media coverage of a large-scale adverse event is inevitable. To build public trust, media responses should demonstrate the organization's commitment to honesty and transparency.
- Plan for patient follow-up. Organizations should provide follow-up diagnostic testing and treatment to patients affected by the LSAE and address any anxiety caused by the disclosure. Patients who have suffered physical harm due to an event resulting rom a preventable error or system failure should be compensated.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
According to the article, compensatory damages to the patient were $700,000, her husband was awarded $300,000, and an addition $160,000 was for medical costs. For more information, read the article on pressherald.com.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
"...who had a fractured spine, was not seen until the next day and not operated on until two days after his injury. He was left a paraplegic."See full article here: Riverside jury: $16.5M malpractice verdict
Thursday, January 28, 2010
"I did not try this as a malpractice case, I tried this as an obstruction-of-justice case. That was the only way."
Read the full newswire here.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
According to the Boston Globe:
The Lamberts told the Globe after the deaths that McLean psychiatrists had diagnosed Thibault with bipolar disorder in September 2007 and discharged her six days later after prescribing psychotropic drugs and recommending outpatient therapy. But, the couple said, doctors never told family members about the risk Thibault might pose to others or herself.
“Had they been warned of this potential,’’ the Lamberts’ lawyer, Andrew C. Meyer Jr. of Boston, said yesterday, “they never would have allowed the children to be in her care that night.’’