August 20, 2016 |
Prospect Medical Holdings Inc., which bought Delaware County's Crozer-Keystone Health System Inc., has formed a new entity to provide medical professional and general liability insurance at Crozer and joined Cassatt Insured Group, of Malvern. Crozer was a founding member of Cassatt in 1991. The malpractice insurer's other members are Abington – Jefferson Health, Aria – Jefferson Health, Grand View Health, and Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital. Cassatt said last month that it won 84 percent of its trials from 2008 through 2015.
December 26, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department approved the transfer of Healthcare Providers Insurance Exchange's estimated $30 million of medical liability insurance policies to a North Carolina rival. HealthCare Providers Insurance Exchange, known as HPIX and based in Philadelphia, was founded in 2002 in the midst of Pennsylvania's malpractice insurance crisis. It is owned by doctors, who bought policies from the company. The deal with Medical Mutual Insurance Co. of North Carolina, which is based in Raleigh, will allow those physcian owners of HPIX to receive an aggregate payout of $2.6 million next year, Nicholas S. Gaudiosi, HPIX's president, said Thursday.
November 23, 2015 |
Excessive blood loss after childbirth is a leading cause of death for mothers if the bleeding is not caught in time. It's also a big cause of medical malpractice lawsuits. That's why a team of doctors, nurses, and others at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania worked through a simulation of postpartum hemorrhage on Tuesday with an actor posing as a live "patient. " "It mimicked the chaos" of real life, said Lauren Hughes, a nurse who participated in the training.
November 20, 2015 |
A Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury has awarded $10.1 million to a mother and her son, whose physicians at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia failed to timely diagnose his bacterial meningitis following several trips to the emergency room. Shamir Tillery, now 6, suffers from hearing loss, language disorder, developmental and learning delays, and a loss of balance. He was 11 months old when he came down with meningitis. "You just have to ask yourself how this kid can go, this baby can go, to CHOP three days in a row with this problem and it takes them that long to say, 'You know, he really is having a problem,' " the family's lawyer, Andrew Stern, said Wednesday.
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.