Medical Malpractice News

29Jun, 2018

Marijuana and Malpractice?

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One of the biggest and most controversial changes in the world of pharmaceuticals today involves medical marijuana. Since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, 30 states* and the District of Columbia currently have a law on the books allowing for the medical use of marijuana, with 8 states permitting some form of recreational use. That’s just over 20 years to add more than half of the United States to that list!
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22Jun, 2018

Accidentally Bare

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Imagine this: a home health agency hires you to do some PRN work for them. Until now you’ve been between employment, having left your last job because of management issues. You explain to the hiring manager of the agency that you’re uninsured, but he assures you that it is okay—you will be automatically insured under the company’s policy while working for them. Because the company seems legitimate—the sign above their offices says “Caring for you, since 1972,” you take your new boss’s word for it. Besides, you need the work, […]
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16May, 2018

Vicarious Liability Insurance – Malpractice isn’t Just a Personal Matter

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Consider the following case: a concerned woman in her 30s visits you because of a lump in her breast. You order an ultrasound, which the radiologist interprets. He determines the lump is a benign cyst. Still, doing your due diligence, you refer your concerned patient to a surgeon, who reviews the ultrasound report and reexamines your patient, and determines that there is no need for a biopsy. A year later, after your patient and her family has moved to a new city, she approaches her new doctor, concerned about yet […]
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8May, 2018

The Importance of Being Proactive when Purchasing Tail Insurance

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If you’re looking at a big shift in your professional life—if you’re moving, or mulling retirement, or simply switching practices—and are currently covered under a claims-made policy, it’s important to start looking into tail coverage right away. Tail insurance fills in the coverage gap caused by the cancellation of a claims-made policy. When a big change necessitates a change in malpractice coverage, you’re looking at the cancellation of your current policy. What you are purchasing with tail coverage is an extended reporting period—that is, an extended period of time that […]
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8Dec, 2017

Medical Malpractice Insurance Claims

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More than half of the physicians in the United States have been named in a medical malpractice lawsuit, and yet when it happens most physicians will say they are surprised by the suit.  Why are they surprised when everyone generally knows that malpractice suits happen all the time?  The answer is that doctors and other healthcare providers are doing their best to provide quality care for their patients, and most believe they have good communication and relationships with those patients.  The problem is that it isn’t easy to please everyone, […]
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