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  • Update: Raising medical malpractice damage caps does NOT result in higher premiums Thursday, October 16, 2014 � by jg

    Premiums continue to fall in Illinois, Georgia and Missouri after caps there were struck down.

  • Do medical malpractice premiums go up and doctors flee when damages caps are lifted? Wednesday, September 3, 2014 � by jg

    Despite the dire warnings of medical groups, the answers are “no” and “no,” based on recent experiences in Illinois, Georgia and Missouri.

  • Latest California hospital penalties include five patient deaths Tuesday, February 4, 2014 � by jg

    Other events that were penalized include one that led to a patient suffering severe brain damage and one that led to a patient being put on a ventilator because of a medication overdose.

  • Even without malpractice caps, New York has added more doctors per capita than Texas Wednesday, January 15, 2014 � by jg

    There’s no evidence that “tort reform” created an increase in the number of doctors in Texas, especially since the increase there has lagged behind the rest of the country.

  • “Hospitals in California have an economic incentive to encourage families to pull the plug” Monday, January 6, 2014 � by jg

    San Francisco Chronicle: In a commentary, Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, and Bruce Fagel, an M.D. and attorney, write, “hospitals in California have an economic incentive to encourage families to pull the plug” in cases where victims of medical harm could face expensive lifetime care if they survive. California’s MICRA law caps compensation in medical […]

  • ProPublica investigation explains why attorneys don’t take most medical malpractice cases Monday, January 6, 2014 � by jg

    ProPublica: Reporters Marshall Allen and Olga Pierce write attorneys turn down the vast majority of medical malpractice cases “not because the harm didn’t happen but because the potential economic damages are too low….Those who don’t earn big paychecks – including children, the elderly and stay-at-home-moms – are the least likely to find an attorney.”

  • Study: The poor and elderly are “silent victims” of the medical malpractice system Monday, January 6, 2014 � by jg

    Vanderbilt Law Review: Emory University School of Law associate professor Joanna Shepherd has conducted a study in which she found “many victims of medical malpractice do not file claims because they are unable to find attorneys willing to take their cases.” Tort reforms, including caps on damage awards for victims of medical negligence, have made […]