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April 7, 2016

On April 6, 2016, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its decision in Binkley v. Allina Health System, holding that hospitals are immune from suit when they negligently but in good faith deny admission to a suicidal patient seeking voluntary admission to the hospital. 



March 29, 2016

Once again Congress is considering legislation to cap non-economic damages and reduce attorneys fees in medical malpractice cases. The proposed bill would cap non-economic damages at $250,000 and empower judges to reduce attorneys fees. The bill, entitled “Help Efficie...

February 7, 2016

According to a study published in the January 28, 2016 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, one percent of the doctors are responsible for 32% of the medical malpractice claims paid out in the United States. Researchers based this finding on a review of 66,4...

January 25, 2016

Patients with valid medical malpractice claims are routinely denied access to the justice system because the harm they suffered is not sufficient to justify the substantial cost and risk of pursuing a lawsuit. Pursuit of a malpractice case can easily cost $50,000 to $1...

January 25, 2016


In a recent survey of 4000 doctors published in Medscape's Medical Malpractice Report 2015, those doctors who had been sued for medical malpractice were asked to identify the reason they were sued. The top seven reasons were:


Failure to diagnose: 31%


Patient suffered...

January 22, 2016

Three cardiologists who practice togeter are facing nearly 300 medical malpractice claims from patients who allege that the doctors performed unnecessary procedures to stuff their pockets with millions of dollars. The allegations include performing "routine" angiograms...

December 18, 2015

On December 9, 2015, Medscape published its results from a survey that asked 4000 physicians various questions about medical malpractice lawsuits. Although the news surrounding the survey has focused on the number of doctors who have been sued and the primary reasons f...

December 17, 2015


Over the past decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has paid out $871 million to settle medical malpractice cases against its healthcare facilities and providers. Payouts have trended upward in recent years, with payments of $230 million since 2014 with payouts i...

August 24, 2015

Every day millions of Americans place their safety in the hands of doctors, but we know little or nothing about the doctor’s track record of safety. If we try to get that information, we are stonewalled. Why is that, particularly when up to 100,000 patients in U.S. die...

May 13, 2015

On April 28, 2015, the Minnesota Supreme Court granted a petition to review Binkley v. Allina Health System to decide whether hospitals are immune from suit when they choose not to hospitalize suicidal patients. 


As readers may recall, this case involved the death of K...

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