September 18, 2009 |
The White House rolled out a modest program Thursday examining ways to discourage frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits, but what was meant as a bipartisan overture was quickly denounced by Republicans and business and consumer groups as an empty gesture. The Obama administration said that it would offer $25 million in grants to identify practices that would reduce medical errors, scale back malpractice insurance premiums and spare doctors from nuisance litigation. Traditionally, Democrats have opposed changes in malpractice law, protecting the interests of trial lawyers who are a major source of fundraising support.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2009 |
They came with toothaches, limps, blurred vision and sniffling children. Inglewood's Fabulous Forum, where Magic and Kareem once operated, became a MASH unit Tuesday for 1,500 uninsured people who began queuing up at 2 a.m., desperate for medical attention. What an inspiration it was to see teams of volunteer doctors and nurses helping patients as part of a charity called Remote Area Medical. And what an indictment, as well, that a group known for its work in Appalachia was needed in the land of palm-shaded mansions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2007 |
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to pay $3.3 million to settle two lawsuits against county hospitals -- one brought by a 19-year-old woman who was blinded by an overlooked brain tumor and another by a man who suffered serious neurological damage after his face was impaled at a construction site. The board gave the county health department a month to submit plans to prevent similar errors in the future. Supervisors approved $1.8 million for Nicole Davis, who visited Hubert H.
May 15, 2006 |
People who file lawsuits against doctors accusing them of medical mistakes rarely do so frivolously, and those who file trivial claims generally receive no payout, researchers have found. "Portraits of a malpractice system that is stricken with frivolous litigation are overblown," said David Studdert, who led a team of researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in examining 1,452 randomly selected U.S. lawsuits.
January 6, 2005 |
President Bush demanded congressional action this year to rein in "junk" lawsuits against doctors and hospitals, saying Wednesday that the time had come to impose federal restraints on a system traditionally left to the states. Taking his tort reform campaign to an Illinois county known as a hotbed of civil litigation, Bush said the prospect of big jury awards in medical malpractice cases was causing insurance rates to soar and doctors to abandon their practices.
August 1, 2004 |
With emergency room doctors and nurses swirling around her in November, Michelle Geyer stroked and kissed her 7-year-old daughter's pale face, urging her to live. "I was telling her, 'We're going to go to Disneyland. We're going to get through this, honey. You can do it, baby. Come on,' " Geyer recalled. Jessie Marie Geyer didn't make it. According to autopsy results, Jessie died of septic syndrome caused by a bacterial infection that is commonly treated with antibiotics.