This month we saw several articles in the news on medical malpractice related issues:

  • The Boston Globe reported on a Massachusetts jury that found $16.7m in damages when a radiologist missed evidence of lung cancer in a 47 year old woman.
  • The Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported on the decline in medical malpractice lawsuits in Wisconsin being due to tort reform laws preventing families from bringing otherwise meritorious medical malpractice lawsuits.
  • Veterans Affairs: Politico detailed a United States Senate report on the abuses at the Veterans Affairs hospitals. The report found that negligent doctors and nurses and delays in medical treatment at may have caused the deaths of more than 1,000 veterans. This month was a big news month for the VA because the Military Times also ran a story on the VAs deficiencies in caring for female veterans. According to the Military Times, 1/4th of VA hospitals do not have a gynecologist available to female vets. 140 community based clinics do not have a designated women’s health provider, despite the goal that every clinic would have one.
  • The Texas Tribune found Texas hospitals facing penalties as a result their rate of complications and infections. Across the state, the report found 58 Texas hospitals that are likely to receive lower Medicare payments for a year beginning in October because their rates of preventable infections or conditions are higher than at peer hospitals. Almost half of them are located in five counties: Dallas, Harris, Tarrant, Collin and Travis. This article also contains an interactive map of the hospitals.
  • The Charleston Daily Mail reported on the Supreme Court of South Carolina reducing a $90m verdict to $37 million.
  • Detroit News reports that a Michigan jury found $7.9 million in damages for a 24 year old woman in this wrongful death lawsuit. According to the story, the woman died as a result of a routine gall balder procedure gone wrong when medical providers failed to intubate after giving an incorrect dose of anesthesia during the surgery.
  • The Cleveland local news reported on $14.5 million medical malpractice verdict in Ohio when a child suffered a brain hemorrhage after delivery was delayed. According to the story, there were signs of fetal distress during labor and delivery but providers did not act soon enough, which caused the injury to the baby.