January 18, 1985 |
A record number of malpractice suits and large legal judgments are triggering a crisis in health care costs and services, an American Medical Assn. official warned Thursday. The AMA, which outlined the problem in a new report, said Americans are filing more than three times as many medical malpractice claims than they did a decade ago, and are winning record judgments.
October 29, 1991 |
New studies by a Harvard University group and the Urban Institute have challenged some longstanding contentions by physicians who assert that they often are unfairly victimized by the wave of medical malpractice suits.
February 8, 1985 |
A closely divided state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law capping lawyers' fees in medical malpractice suits. The 4-3 ruling was the third affirmance of sections of a major legislative overhaul of malpractice law, adopted in 1975 because of a threat that medical care would be curtailed in the face of spiraling malpractice judgments. Writing for the majority, Justice Otto Kaus said caps on lawyer fees are used often and their validity is "well established."
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June 16, 1990 |
Two key witnesses in the Menendez murder case were called to testify behind closed doors Friday at a hearing to determine whether tape-recordings of the defendants' psychotherapy sessions must remain confidential. Beverly Hills psychologist Jerome Oziel was questioned on the second full day of secret hearings.
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.