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October 22, 2004 | Nick Anderson and Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writers
President Bush decried "junk lawsuits" and "the litigation culture" Thursday in an impassioned plea for limits on medical malpractice liability -- a cause he has promoted heavily in the closing days of his reelection campaign, even though voters rarely cite it as a major concern. Bush's pitch, usually coupled with a lament about maternity wards forced to shut down and obstetricians forced out of practice because of high insurance bills, serves at least three political goals.
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NATIONAL
May 9, 2006 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
The Senate blocked legislation Monday that would have limited jury awards in medical malpractice cases, shunting aside one of President Bush's most sought-after domestic policy objectives. In procedural votes on two separate bills, proponents of the caps on damages failed to cut off debate.
NATIONAL
September 18, 2009 | Peter Nicholas
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.
NEWS
June 2, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jennifer Hamel lives in a world of sensations--the soothing sound of her mother's voice, the smell of freshly popped corn, the warmth of the sun on her skin as she sits in the backyard of her Laguna Niguel home. At least her parents and doctors hope that she senses those things. Nobody knows for sure because Hamel, 34, has been trapped for five years in a body that doesn't work.
NATIONAL
September 10, 2009 | James Oliphant and Tom Hamburger
President Obama on Wednesday night called for a new look at how medical malpractice lawsuits were handled as a possible way of containing spiraling healthcare costs. During his address to Congress, Obama said that fears of lawsuits had driven doctors to practice "defensive medicine," which some think has led to expensive and unnecessary medical tests and procedures. "I don't believe malpractice reform is a silver bullet, but I have talked to enough doctors to know that defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs," Obama said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The family of track star Florence Griffith Joyner is blaming a St. Louis hospital for her death, charging in a lawsuit that doctors failed to detect a brain abnormality two years earlier. Joyner was rushed to Washington University's Barnes-Jewish Hospital in April 1996 after suffering a seizure on a flight to St. Louis, where she was to attend a relay race. The lawsuit, filed in a Missouri court under pseudonyms, says that hospital workers improperly interpreted an MRI and other tests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Jack Leonard and Ani Ucar
A former patient at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center accused the hospital of negligence in a lawsuit filed Monday in which she said she was sexually assaulted last year by a certified nursing assistant after she underwent surgery. The woman alleged in the suit that the hospital failed to adequately respond to complaints of sexual assaults involving the same employee dating back more than a decade. In addition, the patient said Cedars-Sinai never interviewed her or made any effort to investigate after she reported the assault to the hospital June 13. Her lawsuit said she made several attempts to speak to someone at Cedars-Sinai before being told that the employee had been fired and that she could report the matter to police if she wanted further action taken.
SPORTS
June 27, 1988 | MARYANN HUDSON, Times Staff Writer
The mother of a highly ranked U.S. gymnast said her daughter is in a coma not because of a spinal injury suffered at a meet in Japan, but because of irresponsibility on the part of a Tokyo hospital, which she said caused an accidental asphyxiation. Otilia Gomez said her daughter, Julissa, the country's 13th-ranked gymnast, went into a coma 15 days after first entering Tokyo University Hospital to be treated for a broken neck.
NEWS
August 26, 1998 | JULIE MARQUIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Medical Board of California revoked the license of a Lynwood obstetrician on Tuesday, calling him grossly negligent in his care of seven liposuction patients--including one who bled to death after he abandoned her bedside. Dr. Patrick Chavis' license should be pulled "to protect the public," according to a 28-page decision accusing the physician of violations ranging from botching procedures to allowing his nurse to practice medicine.
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