Our tax dollars to study “tort reform” – What about patient safety? | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Massachusetts obtained a $3 million grant to study “alternatives” to a consumer’s 7th Amendment right to a jury trial when it comes medical malpractice claims.  The grant is part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services program to investigate ways to improve compensation for people injured by medical errors and has a secondarily identified goal of  lowering malpractice insurance premiums. One of the grant’s goals is to “ensure that patients are compensated in a fair and timely manner for medical injuries, while also reducing the incidence of frivolous lawsuits.” We can save significant tax payer funds and save…

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Stop Hurting Patients and There Will Be No Lawsuits | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

In a recent opinion piece in Salon, Dr. Rahul Parikh summarized the tort “reformers” arguments which have been in the news lately. These argument about the so-called ‘lawsuit crisis’ are being put forth by insurance companies and the American Medical Association.  Dr. Parikh carefully refutes each one by using the real facts.   He then challenges physicians to focus on the real priority, patient safety. Instead of attacking lawyers who advocate for patients harmed by preventable errors, the resources should be focused on preventing the patient injuries in the first place.   Here is the bottom line directly from his…

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Is a Mammogram Worth it? | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire For decades women have been advised to undergo mammograms to screen for breast cancer.  Routine exams, especially after age 50,  are highly recommended.  It was recently reported in a New York Times article, however, that British medical experts came to the conclusion that mammographies may do more harm than good.  The so-called experts suggest that for every life saved by the procedure at least one other person is forced to endure unnecessary and invasive procedures to treat slow-growing cancers that would otherwise cause no harm if left untreated. Many experts, including the American Cancer…

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