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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...

May 13, 2015

Over 500,000 patients per year in the U.S. undergo an endoscopic procedure to diagnose and treat certain diseases in the liver, pancreas, and bile ducts. The scopes used in these procedures--the duodenoscope--are routinely cleaned and sterilized for reuse in accordance...

May 11, 2015


Although the healthcare and insurance industry is fond of saying that anyone can start a lawsuit, this is not true for Minnesota medical malpractice lawsuits. In 1986, the Minnesota legislature enacted Minn. Stat.145.682, which requires medical malpractice claimants t...

March 19, 2015

Each year approximately 1.6 million women in the United States have a breast biopsy. Although there are well-established diagnostic criteria to classify biopsy tissue, pathologists are misinterpreting biopsy tissue at a significantly high rate according to a study publ...

February 14, 2015

Suicidal Patients without Remedies, William Maddix

On May 10, 2010, Kirk Lloyd, age 17, tried to commit suicide by wrapping himself in a blanket and setting it on fire. When his mother entered his bedroom, the fire was put out and Kirk assured his mother that the fire was an accident. The next day he admitted to his mo...

January 29, 2015


Now that the results of medical malpractice "reform" can be objectively measured, it has become increasingly clear that the healthcare and insurance industries were peddling snake oil when it convinced 31 states in our country to place caps on damages for those harmed...

January 25, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health requires Minnesota hospitals to report 29 different adverse events that should never occur in hospitals. These reportable events are not an exclusive list of all acts of medical malpractice in the hospital, but are events that are pat...

January 25, 2015


In 1986, the Minnesota legislature enacted Minn. Stat. 145.682, a law that requires medical malpractice claimants to obtain expert support for a claim prior to commencing suit. This statute represented a departure from the general rule that any person harmed by the ne...

December 28, 2014

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently ruled that cruise ship owners can be held vicariouly liabile for harm caused to passengers by medical malpractice committed by the ship's medical staff. Franza v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., Case N...

December 21, 2014



Medicare will penalize 12 Minnesota hospitals for having an unacceptably high rate of patients with hospital-acquired infections, bed sores and other preventable injuries. The infections at issue are linked to use of urinaty cathethers and central lines, often used i...

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