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Study Exposes The Myth of Tort Reform

The growing cost of healthcare is one of the most pressing issues in California and the entire country. Many politicians and doctors blame the increase in medical costs on medical malpractice lawsuits and unnecessary "defense medicine" practices used to ward off malpractice claims.

A recent student by the Center for Progressive Reform notes that the link between defense medicine and malpractice lawsuits is exaggerated. Medical costs are not driven primarily by malpractice lawsuits, but rather overpriced pharmaceuticals, an aging population, a rise in chronic diseases, and a proliferation of expensive, state-of-the-art medical technology which does not necessarily improve patient outcomes.

California Woman Wins $22 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict

A Palo Alto-based hospital group was recently hit with a $22 million medical malpractice verdict after a woman suffered a stroke during an unnecessary surgery recommended by her doctor. Medical malpractice is a common issue in hospitals throughout California and sometimes results in devastating injuries to a patient.

Unfortunately, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 limits damages for human suffering to $250,000. In this case, the jury awarded the Menlo Park woman $16 million for past and future economic losses and the rest of the award was for human suffering. This means that the woman will only receive four percent of what the jury felt was appropriate for her pain and suffering.

Amanda Bynes' Car Accidents Highlight Negligent Driving Problem

Actress Amanda Bynes has become a tabloid mainstay during the past few weeks due to her poor driving behavior. The "Hairspray" star first drew public scrutiny after sidewiping a West Hollywood cop car while under the influence in April. She was subsequently ticketed for texting while driving and then sideswiped another vehicle in Hollywood on Friday.

The actress's driving woes highlight poor driving habits which are common throughout California. The majority of car accidents are attributable to poor driving behaviors such as distracted driving and intoxicated driving.

Hit-and-run ends in tragedy for California family

Any California vehicle crash is a potentially tragic event. A fatal car accident is even more agonizing. What's even more heartrending is when the death is caused by a hit-and-run driver. Sadly this was the case for one woman -- a wife and mother -- after her husband was killed in a recent car accident that also left her 7-year-old daughter in a coma.

On Friday, April 20, just prior to 6 p.m., the father and his daughter were crossing the road in a crosswalk when an SUV struck the pair and fled the scene. Unfortunately, the father died at the scene, and the daughter was rushed to a local hospital. She is currently listed in critical condition.

Target sippy cup recalled due to eye injuries

As your infant grows into a toddler, it is important to make adjustments. After all, no one wants to hinder the development of his or her child. One of the biggest transitions is the graduation from the baby bottle to the sippy cup. This is one of the many childhood milestones enjoyed by all parents. However, in recent news, one sippy cup has proved to be harmful to little ones.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently announced a voluntary recall of the Target Home Bunny Sippy Cup. When the cup is in use, sources say that the ear on the bunny sippy cup can poke and injure a child in the eye. Consumers that are currently in possession of the cups should immediately stop using the defective products and return them to a California Target store for a complete refund.

Report: Medical Devices Often Inadequately Tested

A recent investigation by Consumer Reports Magazine has concluded what far too many Californians know firsthand: many medical devices are released to the market without adequate safety testing. These defective medical devices often fail and result in massive class action lawsuits, but medical device manufacturers know that they can make millions of dollars before the first lawsuits come in.

The result of the current regulatory regime of the Food and Drug Administration is that companies can put profits above patient safety by paying a $4,000 administrative fee to push wholly untested dangerous medical devices to doctors and patients.

California ambulance, garbage truck crash leaves 3 hospitalized

When we think of car or truck accidents, we rarely think of emergency vehicles. They are on the roads to help save people, right? However, they are not immune to the car accidents that can plague our streets and may sometimes result in more serious injuries if traveling at high rates of speed.

On April 23, a fire department ambulance collided with a garbage truck in Los Angeles. The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but as is typically the nature of two-vehicle collisions, one of the drivers may be found at fault. The driver of the garbage truck, as well as two people who were in the ambulance, were taken to the hospital after the accident.

Man suffers a long-standing erection after a 4-hour motorcycle ride

We have all heard about some of the dangers or risks associated with riding a motorcycle. However, in recent news, a California man has sued BMW North America and a motorcycle-seat maker after a four-hour ride on his 1993 BMW motorcycle resulted in a long-lasting erection. In medical terms, the man has "a severe case of priapism." This condition has continued for approximately 20 months--and counting.

The lawsuit has been initiated against BMW and recognized seatmaker Corbin-Pacific. The case was filed in California Superior Court in San Francisco. In this product liability case, the man alleges that he has suffered from the erection problem since the fall of 2010.

Judge Rules That Taser Caused Wrongful Death

A federal judge recently upheld a jury's finding that a taser caused a North Carolina teen's wrongful death. Tasers are a popular law enforcement tool because tasers are non-deadly weapons that can immediately immobilize a person without the use of violent force. Unfortunately, it appears that in certain instances that tasers can bring about a person's death.

"This is a dangerous device," said the attorney who pursued the wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased teen's family. "Tasers, when they're shot into the chest, can cause cardiac sudden death and Taser failed to warn its users about that."

Evidence Shows Defective Hip Implant Phaseout

Medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson faces a variety of product liability lawsuits based on its DePuy ASR Hip Implants. The all-metal hip implants were inadequately tested before they were released for sale and experienced high failure rates.

Recently published documents indicate that the company decided to phase out its all-metal hip implants after receiving a nonapproval letter from the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA's letter pointed out that some patients had alarming levels of metal ions in their blood and that the safety data the company submitted was either incomplete, poorly assembled, or inconsistent with other less favorable studies.

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