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May 28, 2000 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A check for $460,000 had arrived in the mail the day before, but it failed to cheer Mark Johnson. His award for medical malpractice, after legal costs, was slow in coming and far too little, he complained. Dressed in Bermuda shorts and a short-sleeved shirt, the tall, tanned Johnson watched his two children play outside their former home in Orange. He looked robust and healthy, except for his left leg.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1998 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Felipe Ortega Sotelo alleges that the treatment he received at a county hospital left him partially paralyzed, partially blind and unable to speak. Sandra Lee Williams says that after a surgical procedure at a county hospital she could not walk well enough to return to work, while Robert Christman alleges that his care left him with spinal problems, no motor strength from his chest down and total incontinence.
NEWS
March 1, 1985 | MYRNA OLIVER, Times Staff Writer
The California Supreme Court upheld Thursday the last remaining sections challenged as unconstitutional in the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1976, approving 4 to 3 a $250,000 limit on damages for pain and suffering and allowing deduction of a victim's insurance payments from damages awarded in court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1995 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge on Friday agreed to allow former patients involved in the UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal to allege in their lawsuits that they were victims of theft, which might allow them to collect more money if they win. The lawsuits against the university and three former fertility specialists allege that eggs and embryos were stolen and that some were implanted in women without the donors' permission.
NEWS
August 24, 1995 | BARRY SIEGEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the moment China Leonard met Dr. Joseph Verbrugge Jr., she didn't like him. They were in a pre-op room at Denver's St. Joseph Hospital, where China's son Richard, 8, was being prepared for minor ear surgery. It was 7:15 a.m. on July 8, 1993. Verbrugge, the scheduled anesthesiologist, had rushed in late, acting bristly and abrupt. "Well, are you nervous?" Verbrugge demanded of Richard. Richard didn't look up from the television. He'd been uncommonly subdued all morning.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2004 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
California's landmark medical malpractice law has reduced jury awards by 30%, but the savings have come largely at the expense of severely injured or impaired patients, according to a study released Monday. The 1975 law caps at $250,000 the amount a patient can recover for noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, distress and disfigurement. There are no caps on economic damages, such as lost wages and medical expenses. The Rand Corp.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2003 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
President Bush called on Congress on Thursday to impose stringent restrictions on medical malpractice lawsuits as a step toward curtailing escalating health-care costs, a key goal in his domestic agenda. "Excessive jury awards will continue to drive up insurance costs, will put good doctors out of business or run them out of your community," Bush told health-care professionals and administrators at the University of Scranton.
NATIONAL
July 10, 2003 | Vicki Kemper, Times Staff Writer
Senate Democrats succeeded Wednesday in blocking a bill that would have limited jury awards to medical malpractice victims, but in the process they handed Republicans an issue ripe for next year's election campaigns. Republicans had taken their malpractice reform bill directly to the Senate floor, even though they knew it would fail to get the 60 votes necessary to cut off debate and force a vote on the bill itself.
NEWS
October 3, 1991 | DARA McLEOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Willie Harris, once a strong, able-bodied serviceman with plans to play professional basketball, testified Wednesday that Air Force doctors wrecked his knees--along with his career plans--by administering repeated injections of cortisone.
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