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  • Why Did United Medical Center Obstetrics Ward Shut Down?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 31-Aug-2017

    By: Megan Gibson The full answer to this question remains a mystery. What we know is that as of August 7, 2017 the DC Department of Health (DOH) restricted the United Medical Center's (UMC) license to treat obstetric patients. UMC is the only full-service hospital in SE DC, and this closure is a huge blow the community. The answer to our question seems to be that there were some large-scale, ...
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  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals Finds Medical Malpractice Caps Unconstitutional

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Aug-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog post, we discussed a Florida Supreme Court ruling that struck down damages caps in medical malpractice cases. Those caps, which limited the amount of non-economic damages victims and families are able to recover following injuries caused by negligent medical professionals, were ruled unconstitutional because they unfairly infringed upon the rights of victims. ...
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  • Washington Post Exposé of Howard University Hospital Shows a Hospital in Crisis

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Apr-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel A recent exposé on cases against Howard University Hospital by the Washington Post reveals a hospital in crisis-mode on almost every front. The Post reviewed over 675 wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuits filed against local hospitals since 2006, and among all of the hospitals Howard had the highest rate of death lawsuits per bed. Since 2007, Howard University ...
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  • Bad Hospital Design Causes Bad Health Outcomes

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Mar-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel There is a significant amount of research that indicates we are building our hospitals wrong. ‘Wrong’ in the sense that the way most hospitals are currently designed do not improve patients’ health outcomes, but rather contributes to increased sickness and death. A recent article in the New York Times by Dr. Dhruv Kullar examines some of these studies, ...
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  • Top Republicans say Medical Malpractice Reform is Needed, Experts and Facts say Otherwise

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 11-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel It’s a common misperception that medical malpractice lawsuits are frivolous and have an overall negative impact on our healthcare system, including by driving up insurance premiums and forcing healthcare providers to order unnecessary tests. Facts, data, and expert analysis demonstrate otherwise. Unfortunately, this misperception has seeped into the political agenda of ...
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  • Nursing Home Abuse a Common Phenomenon as Population Ages

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Sep-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double over the next 30 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And as Americans age, the number of people living in elder care facilities and nursing homes continues to swell. Sadly, many nursing home facilities are more concerned with profit margins than providing quality care to the elderly. Although no definitive ...
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  • Federal Regulators to Resume Releasing Medical Negligence Data to Public

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 17-Sep-2014

    By: Allan M. Siegel According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States – responsible more than 44,000 preventable deaths each year. While there is widespread support for providing information about these preventable medical errors to the general public, USA TODAY reported last month that the Centers ...
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  • Are Hospitals Profiting From Making Mistakes?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Jul-2013

    The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently released a study which showed a surprising trend in our nation's hospitals. The study revealed that hospitals have a much higher profit margin when patients suffer from complications after surgery. Profit margins rise even higher when the patient who experienced complications after surgery is covered by private insurance. ...
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  • In personal injury law, a medical malpractice cap is a mandatory limit in medical malpractice cases on how much money a jury can allow a plaintiff (or in cases of wrongful death, his or her family). For example, if a doctor negligently removes a part of your digestive tract during surgery (it's happened before), so that you'll have to incur over a million dollars in medical treatment for the rest ...
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  • On March 4, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would reclassify Topamax and its generic version, Topiramate, from a Pregnancy Category C to a Pregnancy Category D following receipt of new data from the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry, which indicates an increased risk of birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate among babies born to ...
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  • What constitutes malpractice?

    Posted By Page1Admin || 16-Feb-2011

    Partners Ira Sherman, Joseph Cammarata and Allan Siegel have been litigating medical malpractice and occasionally legal malpractice cases for decades. Malpractice is nothing more than a subset of the law of negligence. Malpractice means that an individual is practicing below the standard of care. A "maladjusted person" is a person who does not behave in conformance with the expectations of ...
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