Two recent rulings from Maryland’s highest court have clarified the legal sufficiency of the data underlying expert causation testimony in lead paint cases.
Joseph Greenwald & Laake, PA Blog - Medical Malpractice
Early this summer, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill (H.R. 1215 the deceptively titled “Protecting Access to Care Act”) that would limit the “non-economic” money damages available to patients in medical malpractice cases nationwide to $250,000. This bill is a “solution” to something that is not a problem and would be harmful to tens of thousands of people who suffer serious injuries every year from mistakes by doctors, hospitals, pharmacists and other health-care providers.
When a patient is injured or dies as a result of inappropriate medical treatment, it is known as medical negligence. In medical negligence cases, it’s important to provide your attorney with a list of specific items to better help them investigate the claim.
Cases that involve victims of brain damage can be very challenging, emotional and complicated. I believe to be successful in court, attorneys must be aware of any potential challenges he/she may face. A specific example of this is using infection as a cause of brain damage.
Was there a fever before the brain damage was realized? Have you analyzed the mother’s screen? Was chorioamnionitis confirmed before the birth of the victim? These are just some of the questions to answer prior to building a case of brain damage caused by infection.
Here is a checklist:
An Important Discussion About Vacuum Deliveries All Effected Families Should Read
“It has been repeatedly shown that under modern conditions, caesarian section, although not devoid of risk, offers better results to both mother and child than does a difficult instrumental delivery.”
I am Andrew E. Greenwald, partner at Joseph Greenwald & Laake, and am a former chair of the American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group. I have given over 100 lectures to trial lawyers and other groups and have recovered $1 million or more in over 50 cases for victims of medical negligence. I am dedicated to serving victims of medical negligence, and much of my practice is devoted to just that.
People who suffer injuries or death from improper medical treatment can, in many instances, file a lawsuit against a physician, hospital or other provider for medical negligence. Here are some of the basics about medical negligence.
On March 21, 2016, the American Bar Association formally announced its opposition to a proposed bill in Congress that would limit the amount of noneconomic damages that can be awarded by judges and juries in medical liability cases in state courts across the nation. In a letter to the chairman and ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, the ABA said that the bill, which would cap those damages at $250,000, violates principles of federalism and would deprive many deserving people of the chance to receive compensation for their injuries.
A study published in the British Journal of Medicine published on May 3, 2016 found that the third leading cause of death in the United States is medical error resulting in 251,000 deaths annually. Medical error is just behind Heart disease (611,000 deaths annually) and cancer (585,000 deaths annually). After medical error, the next largest cause of death in the United States is chronic respiratory disease (149,000 deaths annually).
When we go to the doctor or the hospital, we expect our healthcare providers to perform their responsibilities without any errors. But the truth is that physicians are only human and are capable of making mistakes or committing oversights – just like the rest of us.