The ruling may spark other states to only allow fact-based measures of tort reform
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently completed a study that supports what medical malpractice attorneys have been saying for decades: malpractice lawsuits are not the cause of soaring healthcare costs.
In 2009, a nursing home resident was rushed to the hospital, barely clinging to life. Acting on limited information, the hospital staff attempted to treat the 46-year-old for a heart attack, but he died soon after. Postmortem toxicology tests revealed that the man did not die from an ordinary heart attack, but a morphine overdose.
In 2003, a girl's parents gave her ibuprofen to help battle a fever. The medication, manufactured by Motrin, caused a life-threatening side effect known as toxic epidermal necrosis (TEN). The reaction caused the 7-year-old to suffer brain damage and irreparable damage to her respiratory system. Unfortunately, that wasn't all that happened: TEN caused her to lose more than 90 percent of her skin and go blind.
In the medical profession, accuracy is vitally important. A recent jury verdict demonstrates how high the stakes can be - a wrongful death lawsuit ended in a $140 million verdict after a medical transcription error resulted in a patient's unnecessary death.
A New York teen recently won a long legal battle against the hospital responsible for her cerebral palsy condition. The 17-year-old not only convinced the jury that she was the victim of hospital negligence as an infant, but she painted a clear picture of how cerebral palsy has impacted her life. You see the victim, Stephanie, has a twin sister who was born healthy, without disability.
After roughly eight years, an Indiana woman's medical malpractice claim has finally been resolved via a favorable jury verdict. The $1.5 million jury award is bittersweet; however, because the woman's suffering will continue throughout her lifetime.
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