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The New York Court of Appeals added over $400,000 to the medical malpractice lawsuit award that was initially reduced to $650,000. The New York Court of Appeals added over $400,000 to the medical malpractice lawsuit award that was initially reduced to $650,000. 

The jury deemed it right that the plaintiff should be awarded $2.5 million for the pain and suffering she experienced because of the malpractice. However, the judge in charge of the trial agreed with the defendant and slashed the award to $650,000.  However, in June 2020 the Supreme Court of New York Appellate Division overturned that decision. 

Read more: NY Court of Appeals Increases Malpractice Lawsuit Award to $1 Million

Californians will have to wait until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic before they can vote for the increase in the medical malpractice cap of the state. Proponents for this initiative have announced that they have collected over 900,000 signatures that are enough for the change of the Medical Malpractice cap of California to be permitted to qualify for the November 2022 ballot.

Read more: Medical Malpractice Cap Voting in California Moved to 2022

The statute of limitations is the part of the law that sets the maximum time in which a person or an entity can initiate legal proceedings from the date of the alleged offense. These times differ between states and between the different areas of law. This period usually depends on the nature of the offense, thus in the context of medical malpractice, the statute of limitations refers to how long you have from sustaining your injury (due to malpractice) to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Read more: What is the Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice?

A New Jersey oral surgeon agreed to a five-year license suspension and approximately $300,000 in penalties after failing to adhere to correct infection control protocols that resulted in the wrongful death of one patient and injury to 14 others.

While medical malpractice lawsuits against dentists are rarer than that of doctors, they certainly do happen and can be just as debilitating when they do.

Read more: New Jersey Dentist Suspended After Causing Patient’s Wrongful Death

Every year, Medscape conducts its Malpractice Premium Report in the United States of America. The results from 2019 are officially in, and more than 4,300 physicians responded to the survey to give insights regarding how much they pay to protect themselves in the event of a medical malpractice lawsuit and how they feel about those premiums.

According to the report, nearly all physicians (94%) have medical malpractice coverage, and specialists pay significantly more ($21K) than primary care physicians ($12K) in annual malpractice premiums. In terms of specialists, OB/GYN and Women’s Health specialists pay the highest premiums ($46K), and psychiatric specialists pay the lowest premiums ($5K).

Read more: OB/GYNs Pay the Highest Medical Malpractice Premiums


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