April 8, 2015 |
Trial lawyers seeking to impose nearly $1 million in sanctions on an insurance defense lawyer they claim sabotaged a medical malpractice trial filed court papers Monday arguing that the defense lawyer had "concocted" new evidence to escape liability. Lawyer Matthew D'Annunzio argued in the filing with Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto that defense lawyer Nancy Raynor's claim of new evidence was riddled with contradictions. "Understood in this context, the Raynor team stories are simply not credible and collapse of their own weight," D'Annunzio wrote.
March 25, 2015 |
The defense team for lawyer Nancy Raynor, hit with nearly $1 million in sanctions because one of her expert witnesses offered banned testimony in a medical malpractice trial, filed papers Monday arguing that the weight of accumulating evidence was ground for a reversal of the penalty. In a filing with Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto, Raynor's defense team noted that three people have come forward to testify under oath on Raynor's behalf. They said she had asked the witness not to mention that a woman at the heart of a medical malpractice trial had a long history of smoking.
January 30, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Medical Society, which represents thousands of the state's doctors, says it will be entering the legal battle over $1 million in sanctions imposed by a Philadelphia judge on a lawyer who represents physicians in medical malpractice cases. Society president-elect Scott Shapiro, an Abington cardiologist, said he expects his organization to file legal papers in support of Berwyn lawyer Nancy Raynor to overturn the sanctions. "Multiple physicians have reached out to me, and they have all indicated in a variety of ways that this will impact physicians' ability to have the full benefit of a complete and thorough defense if they are named in a malpractice case," Shapiro said.
October 8, 2014
ISSUE | MED-MAL CASES Reduce lawyers' cut If commentator Shanin Specter were so empathic toward the victims of medical negligence, perhaps lawyers such as he involved in these cases would reduce their share of a malpractice award from more than one-third to 15-20 percent, thus allowing the true victim to have a more just compensation ("Victims of medical negligence pay for reforms," Oct. 2). It all depends on whose ox is gored. |Bernard S. Sobel, D.O., Berwyn Justice calculation After reading Shanin Specter's article, I am left wondering if the concern is lack of justice for victims or loss of revenue for the malpractice firms ("Victims of medical negligence pay for reforms," Oct. 2)
August 25, 2014 |
After all the hand-wringing and anguish over out-of- state firms flocking to file lawsuits in Philadelphia - the law firms you see advertising on late-night television - is Philadelphia still the notorious plaintiffs' paradise of common lore? It all depends on your idea of civil litigation bliss. A look at medical malpractice awards is revealing. There is no question: Philadelphia remains the most favorable jurisdiction in Pennsylvania for lawyers seeking big payoffs, a maddening fact to the many physicians and hospitals here.
July 26, 2014 |
The family of a pregnant Fairhill woman who died in 2012 after a fall at her parents' home sued the city Thursday, contending her death and her child's severe brain damage resulted from paramedic malpractice and defective equipment. The suit was filed in Common Pleas Court by Eriberto Rodriguez, widower of Joanne Rodriguez; their 21-month-old son, Xavier; and maternal grandmother Daisy Morales. "My wife should be alive today. My son should be healthy, growing, playing, laughing.
June 5, 2013 |
Pennsylvania medical-malpractice case filings fell 10 percent last year to 1,508, from 1,675 in 2011, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts reported Tuesday. In Philadelphia, the state's largest jurisdiction for malpractice suits, the number of cases was 389, the second-lowest number in a decade. In 2002, the state legislature passed a law aimed at limiting the number of malpractice suits and reducing medical errors. The state Supreme Court in 2003 ordered that malpractice suits be filed in the county where the alleged injury happened, and that patients get a "certificate of merit" from a doctor.
June 2, 2012 |
A Philadelphia jury Thursday awarded $6.41 million to the children of a 38-year-old man who died after doctors at Temple University Hospital allegedly misdiagnosed his heart condition. Derrick Harlem had collapsed on May 31, 2009, while playing basketball and was taken to the hospital with severe chest pain, the plaintiffs' lawyers said. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and released after being given Motrin and an antibiotic. Three months later, Harlem collapsed again while playing basketball.
May 6, 2012 |
A Philadelphia court of common pleas jury on Friday awarded $78.5 million to a woman whose 3-year-old son suffers from cerebral palsy because of what the jury found were faulty diagnostic procedures by Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, where the child was delivered. Lawyers for the woman, 34-year-old Victoria Upsey, said she arrived at the hospital in August 2008 with signs of complications that caused her unborn child to be deprived of oxygen. Their experts contended during the trial that a prompt delivery could have averted the problem, but that the physician handling the case initially concluded that the baby already had died after performing an ultrasound.
August 18, 2011 |
ATLANTA - Only 1 in 5 malpractice claims against doctors leads to a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in two decades. But while doctors and their insurers may be winning most of these challenges, that's still a lot of fighting. Each year about 1 in 14 doctors is the target of a claim, and most physicians and virtually every surgeon will face at least one in their careers, the study found. Malpractice cases carry a significant emotional cost for doctors, said study coauthor Amitabh Chandra, an economist and professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government "They hate having their name dragged through the local newspaper and having to go to court," he said.