Hospital Records and Liability

 As the healthcare industry becomes an increasing part of the American economy, the industry is looking for ways to control costs. One area of increasing liability for such providers is the privacy of medical records. To control costs, many medical providers are offshoring their maintenance of such records. With increasing digitization many of these records…

Informed Consent in Personal Injury

 What is informed consent? In the personal injury context, informed consent is when physicians inform patients of the risks of procedures before engaging in any medical treatment. The point is to let the injured party make an informed decision before agreeing to any medical procedure. In theory this makes sense, but unfortunately the application gets…

Medical Records for Deceased Plaintiffs

 Those dealing with the death of a loved one often have much to consider. An additional layer of complexity is added when the deceased loved one was injured as a result of a car accident, for instance. Family members are the ones who have to seek the advice of an attorney and proceed with a…

Robot-Assisted Surgery

 Surgeons have been testing and using robotic devices to assist them in surgery. Increasingly, these robotic devices are performing the actual work while a surgeon is dictating and monitoring the movements. The benefit is that the surgery is possibly less invasive and the patient will have a shorter recovery time. Hospitals can accommodate more patients…

Medical Malpractice Screening Panels

 With the popularity of tort reform many states have tried to control costs by instituting screening panels. Many of these panels are directed toward medical malpractice lawsuits, known for exorbitant costs and jury awards. About twenty states have instituted such panels to monitor such lawsuits at the outset, to encourage settlement of the claims and…