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February 2017 Archives

Admissibility of expert testimony in med mal cases an important issue

In medical malpractice cases, building a strong defense requires not only having the law on one’s side, but also presenting enough evidence to back up one’s legal argument. While medical malpractice plaintiffs have the burden of presenting relevant and reliable evidence to support each element of a medical malpractice claim, defendants’ focus is to present sufficient evidence to show that the plaintiff doesn’t meet the legal requirements for establishing the defendant’s liability.

Federal committee aims to uniform guidelines for newborn testing

A federal committee has been studying inconsistencies in newborn screenings across the country. As advisers to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, this committee aims to give public health labs better guidelines for testing newborns for genetic disorders.

Workplace injuries cost U.S. employers $59 billion per year

As any employer can probably tell you, workplace accidents can affect worker productivity and the bottom line. According to Liberty Mutual, work-related injuries and illnesses cost U.S. employers a total of $59.87 billion in 2014, which is the latest statistically-valid data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the National Academy of Social Insurance. 

Stronger malpractice laws are not linked to reduced complications

Those who support aggressive medical malpractice laws that make it easier for patients to sue claim it will result in improved care. A recent study, however, suggest that the risk of litigation may not improve patient outcomes.