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News Story
2/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Lawyers and consumer groups are getting signatures for a ballot measure to increase 1975's pain and suffering limit of $250,000. Doctors and insurers have already raised $33 million to fight it. SACRAMENTO — A protracted political battle over California's medical malpractice law may be coming to a new front: the voting booth. For...
Blog Post
2/7/2014
Posted by Judy Dugan
March 2014 update: Victory! The insurers have settled with Aunt Kay, thanks to the campaign mounted by her nephew Dan Shea. If only every person stuck in insurance company hell had Dan's smarts, tenacity and resources! Or better yet, if only insurance companies weren't allowed to put claimants through the torment that Kay suffered. Dan...
Blog Post
1/16/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
“We were lucky to have a happy ending,” actor Dennis Quaid told a crowd at Consumer Watchdog’s Rage for Justice Awards in 2009. He was talking about the near-fatal overdose that his twins experienced at birth. They were given one thousand times the amount of blood thinner they were supposed to and nearly bled to death. “...
News Story
1/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed commentary was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, January 6, 2014. -------------- A child checks into the hospital and something goes terribly wrong. Within the first few days, the family is given a grim prognosis and pressured to turn off life support. This happens more often than you think in California...
News Story
1/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Should damages for pain and suffering in a medical malpractice case be capped at $250,000? To write a letter, go to sacbee.com/sendletter. Or comment on our Facebook page at facebook.com/sacramentobee. Jahi McMath could be any parent’s daughter. The 13-year-old eighth-grader went into Children’s Hospital in...
News Story
12/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The American College of Physicians yesterday published a position paper in a medical journal that supports mandatory reporting of all prescription-drug dispensing -- a requirement that was stricken at the last minute from a California bill passed last legislative session. Yesterday's article in the Annals of Internal Medicine said...
News Release
12/10/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA  -- In a position paper published today to address the “serious public health problem” of prescription drug abuse, the nation’s largest physician medical society argues that doctors should be required to check state prescription drug databases before prescribing controlled substances to patients. Petitions...
News Story
12/7/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Propositions on malpractice lawsuits and tobacco taxes, among other issues, could lead to multimillion-dollar campaigns. SACRAMENTO — While much of the country is gearing up for the holidays, political forces in Sacramento are girding for battle. Already, special interests are lined up with plans that could shape next year's general...
News Story
11/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. California’s high-stakes battle over medical malpractice damages could move to the ballot box next year. The initiative campaign seeking to increase the cap on “pain and suffering” awards will pit trial lawyers against doctors. California’s $250,000 cap on “...
News Story
10/31/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO - Buoyed by a favorable ballot title and summary prepared by Attorney General Kamala Harris, backers of an initiative that would increase California's 38-year-old cap on medical malpractice awards are ready to gather signatures that could lead to a colossal political battle between doctors and attorneys next fall. The proposed...