Professional Liability in the News

Weekly the ABPLA provides a summary of articles of interest to attorneys who practice professional liability and the consumers of legal services. The majority of the stories provided each week are be from various mainstream media written in a language that is easy for non-attorneys to understand. 

Week Ending October 7, 2018



Ten Principles for More Conservative, Care-Full Diagnosis

Annals of Internal Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine estimates that all patients will experience 1 serious diagnostic error during their lifetime, and diagnostic errors are ...


70% of physicians unwilling to recommend their profession, survey finds

Becker's Hospital Review

... their family members and may decide to retire sooner, according to a report from The Doctors Co., a physician-owned medical malpractice insurer.


Minnesota mom wins $8.9 million verdict in "excessive force'' delivery

Minneapolis Star Tribune

The verdict amount was not the largest for a malpractice case in Minnesota. Last July, a jury awarded more than $20 million to the family of a Maple ...


Request for new medical malpractice trial against pediatrician denied; Ruth: 'The parties received a ...

Madison County Record

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth denied a patient's request for a new trial following a defense verdict in a medical malpractice suit against ...


A Surgeon So Bad It Was Criminal

HealthLeaders Media

When Duntsch's patients tried to sue him for malpractice, many found it almost impossible to find attorneys. Since Texas enacted tort reform in 2003, ...


Jury awards $44.5M in family's medical negligence lawsuit

News & Observer

A jury has awarded a paralyzed boy and his family $44.5 million in their medical negligence lawsuit against an Ohio laboratory. The Franklin County ...


My Human Doctor

New York Times

We do talk about errorsMedical departments across the country host “Morbidity and Mortality” conferences, where we scrutinize bad outcomes and ...

Airway, Breathing or Consequences: 
Medical-Legal Consequences of Airway Mismanagement

When dealing with airway-related medical malpractice suits, one of the first questions that must be asked is simply, was the situation avoidable or ...


Parents win appeal against Hackensack University Medical Center in wrongful death suit

Legal News Line

24 to dismiss a medical malpractice lawsuit against Hackensack University Medical Center following a 4-year-old's death. The court determined that ...

Dr Death: the gruesome series that became an unlikely hit – podcasts of the week

The Guardian

... a two-year-long spree of medical malpractice committed by US spinal surgeon Christopher Duntsch, to which Universal Cable Productions – makers ...


King County to pay former jail inmate $1 million for spinal-cord injury that went untreated for 10 days

Seattle Times

Bryan Telford alleged medical malpractice by county-jail staff while he was being held before trial at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle ...






State Bar Seeks Public Comment on Amending California's Legal Malpractice Insurance Rules

PR Newswire (press release)

Amending rules to require attorneys to disclose to clients that they do not carry legal malpractice insurance;; Mandating legal malpractice insurance for ...


Track With Ease Releases White Paper on Malpractice Risk in Real Estate Law Firms

EIN News (press release)

... and attorneys who specialize in real estate transactions, so much so that it has actually become the #1 practice area for legal malpractice claims.


Insurer Says Firm's Bad Advice Cost It Millions


Law360 (October 5, 2018, 5:11 PM EDT) -- Clarendon National Insurance Co. has filed a lawsuit in Colorado federal court against Goodman McGuffey ...