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Medical Malpractice

Also see: Louisiana Medical Malpractice; Medical Education

Harvard Medical Malpractice Study: Patients, doctors, and lawyers : medical injury, malpractice litigation, and patient compensation in New York. Patients, doctors, and lawyers : medical injury, malpractice litigation, and patient compensation in New York. October 1990. A report to the NY legislature. Vol 1, part 1 (Chapter 1-6 - 16 megs - PDF); Vol 1, part 2 (Chapter 7-11 - 14 megs - PDF); Vol 2, part 1 (7 megs - PDF); Vol 1, part 2 (14 megs - PDF).

Analyzing A Medical Malpractice Case

Analyzing Damages

Medical Malpractice: Implications of Rising Premiums on Access to Health Care. GAO-03-836, August 8.


Hospital Liability

Hospital and doc have duty to third party to inform patient of positive HIV test - C.W. v. Cooper Health System, 906 A.2d 440, 388 N.J.Super. 42 (N.J.Super.App.Div. 2006)

Can a contractor physician be an employee for liability? - Shah v. Jefferson Parish Hospital District No. 2 Parish of Jefferson, 870 So.2d 597 (La.App. Cir.5 2004)

Standards for hospital liability for non-medical actions - Lopez v. State, 721 So.2d 518 (La.App. Cir.3 1998)

Classic Hospital Liability for Medical Staff Member Liability - Darling v. Charleston Community Memorial Hospital, 33 Ill.2d 326, 211 N.E.2d 253, 14 A.L.R.3d 860 (Ill. Sep 29, 1965)

Liability for Temporary Hospital Privileges - Candler General Hosp., Inc. v. Persaud, 212 Ga.App. 762, 442 S.E.2d 775 (Ga.App. 1994)

Standards for hospital liability for medical care by employees - Bossier v. DeSoto General Hosp., 442 So.2d 485 (La.App. 2 Cir. 1983)

Public Health Cases

Brief - Establishing clinical laboratory negligence-public health malpractice - Anderson v. Alabama Reference Laboratories, 2000 WL 1174214, No. 1982182 (Ala. 08-18-2000)

Community and Free Clinics

Tolling the FTCA Statute of Limitations/Federally Funded Community Health Centers are Covered by the FTCA - Motley v. U.S., 295 F.3d 820 (8th Cir. 2002)

Governmental Immunity for Free Clinic Physicians - Provisions in Public Law 104-195 (HIPAA) - Current (6 July 2004) USC Section

Occupational Medicine Physicians

Brief - What duty does a third party drug testing sample collection firm owe to employees it is testing? - Duncan v. Afton, Inc., 991 P.2d 739 (Wyo. 1999)

Occ Med Physicians Cannot Delegate the Duty to Report Adverse Findings - Reed v. Bojarski, 2001.NJ.0000030 (N.J. 2001)

Locality Rule

LA rejects the locality rule in malpractice cases - Pesantes v. United States, 621 F.2d 175 (5th Cir. 1980)

General Cases

Case remanded because of abuse of judicial discretion in failing to control plaintiff's counsel - Casey Pellicer v. St. Barnabas Hospital, No. A-88-89-90-91-07 (N.J. 2009)

Proving Standard of Care III - Jones v. Hernandez, 880 So.2d 245 (La.App. Cir.2 2004)

Can mother and child sue when the baby was switched at birth? - Larsen v. Banner Health System, 2003 WY 167, 81 P.3d 196 (Wyo. 12/23/2003)

Physician must perform necessary tests or refuse to treat unless it is an emergency - Costa v. Boyd, No. 36,584-CA (La.App. Cir.2 01/31/2003)

Court Sanctions Attorneys for Sham Trial - In re Alcorn, No. SD-01-0075-D (Ariz. 01-09-2002)

Physician sued for allowing drug company representative to participate in patient care - Sanchez-Scott v. Alza Pharmaceuticals, 86 Cal.App.4th 365, 103 Cal.Rptr.2d 410 (Cal.App. Dist.2 2001)

Physician Patient Relationship with a Pregnant Woman Extends to her Fetus - Nold v. Binyon, No. 94,292 (Kan. 09-21-2001)

Brief - Telephone advice to a third party triggers the physician-patient relationship - Albert & Forestean Adams v. Via Christi Regional Medical Center, 19 P.3d 132, (Kan. 2001)

Res ipsa loquitur in medical malpractice cases - Zumwalt v. Koreckij, 24 S.W.3d 166 (Mo. Ct. App. 2000)

Jury may Allocate Liability to Immune Non-Parties - Carroll v. Whitney, No. W1997-00246-SC-R11-CV (Tenn. 10-04-2000)

Exclusion of testimony as a sanction for discovery abuse - Wilkerson v. Prelutsky, 943 S.W.2d 643 (Mo. 1997)

Court analyzes the discovery rule tolling the statute of limitations - Gaither v. City Hosp., Inc., 487 S.E.2d 901 (W. Va. 1997)

Causation standard for wrongful death - Baker v. Guzon, 950 S.W.2d 635 (Mo.App. E.D. 1997)

NJ Allows malpractice claim for not warning child of parent's genetic predisposition to cancer - Safer v. Estate of Pack, 291 N.J.Super. 619, 677 A.2d 1188 (N.J.Super.App.Div. 1996)

FL recognizes duty to warn patient of transmissibility of genetic disease to child - Pate v. Threlkel, 661 So.2d 278 (Fla. 1995), rehearing denied (Oct 10, 1995)

Duty to Third Parties for Negligent HIV Counseling - Reisner v. Regents of University of California, 31 Cal. App. 4th 1195, 37 Cal. Rptr. 2d 518 (Cal.App.Dist.2 1995)

Vicarious liability for physicians supervising residents - Hammonds v. Jewish Hosp., 899 S.W.2d 527 (Mo. Ct. App. 1995)

Ex-parte discussions with plaintiff's treating physician - Brandt v. Medical Defense Associates, 856 S.W.2d 667 (Mo. 1993)

Lost chance - Wollen v. DePaul Health Center, 828 S.W.2d 681 (Mo. 1992)

Zone of danger test for negligent emotional damages - Asaro v. Cardinal Glennon Memorial Hosp., 799 S.W.2d 595 (Mo. 1990)

Court distinguishes battery from medical malpractice - Collins v. Thakkar, 552 N.E.2d 507 (Ind. Ct. App. 1990)

Patient cannot discover peer review proceedings - State ex rel. Faith Hosp. v. Enright,706 S.W.2d 852 (Mo. 1986)

Standards for supervision of nursing practice - Sermchief v. Gonzales, 660 S.W.2d 683 (Mo. 1983)

Inferences from witness who do not testify - Gridley v. Johnson, 476 S.W.2d 475 (Mo. 1972)

Adams v. Poudre Valley Hospital District, 478 P.2d 565 (Colo. 1970) (Statute of Limitations, Staphylococcus Infection, Negligence, Breach of Contract)


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