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Consumer Advocates: Increase Medical Malpractice Noneconomic Damage Cap

Thirty-eight years ago, the California Legislature passed a medical malpractice law that capped noneconomic damages at $250,000. With inflation, that's equal to more than one million dollars today. Yet, legislation rarely takes inflation into account, which means today's victims of medical malpractice are also victims of the law.

Study: Hospitals Benefit From Medical Malpractice

A recent study by the Boston Consulting Group, Texas Health Resources and Harvard's schools of medicine and public health confirmed something medical malpractice attorneys see frequently: Hospitals can benefit from surgical errors and other medical errors.

ESPN X Games Medical Officer Facing Medical Malpractice Suit

The chief medical officer for ESPN's X Games, Dr. David Chao, is under scrutiny by the Medical Board of California for his negligence in hip surgeries. According to the Board, the sports medicine doctor was grossly negligent in a 2007 hip surgery and was found negligent in three other surgeries. Furthermore, the doctor improperly maintained medical records, which could have led to additional patient injuries.

Reckless Drug Prescriptions in Los Angeles, Part 3

Last week, we covered a new report from the Los Angeles Times that raises big questions with area doctors' new approach to prescription drugs. According to the Times' research, many doctors have moved away from reserving narcotics for the most extreme cases - these potentially addictive and deadly substances are now among the most popular drug products.

Reckless Drug Prescriptions in Los Angeles, Part 2

Our last post introduced new groundbreaking investigative journalism from the Los Angeles Times. In its study out this week, the Times pointed to two problems in the Los Angeles area that are driving a deadly trend towards prescription drug overdoses.

Reckless Drug Prescriptions in Los Angeles, Part 1

In a new investigative report, the Los Angeles Times says that prescription drug overdoses are a big problem in California. Its research showed that 47 percent of the Los Angeles area's 3,733 narcotics-related deaths between 2006 and 2011 involved prescriptions.

Medical Malpractice: Government Program Looks For Patient Input

Medical mistakes occur with frightening frequency in the United States. A new government pilot program is exploring a different angle to help improve healthcare by harnessing patient perspectives and reports. If this program is successful, it might be a big step towards reducing common medical malpractice scenarios liked missed diagnoses and treatment errors.

Keck Hospital Leaves Surgical Instrument Inside Patient

Los Angeles' Keck Hospital was recently cited by state regulators for a medical malpractice incident in which a foreign object was left in a patient's chest. A report from the California Department of Public Health indicates that a patient came to the hospital for a redo of a stemotomy and aortic valve replacement.

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