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Perry's Numbers on Doctors are Misleading

According to the Associated Press, an analysis of Perry's radical initiative in Texas which destroyed patients' rights reveals a more complicated bottom line than his campaign rhetoric he's feeding the country. State medical data shows that the number of physicians practicing in the entire State of Texas has increased, but the numbers are considerably less than the total Perry cites. Additionally, the information Perry provides is misleading since the majority of the doctors are in larger cities where health care was already abundant. Perry clearly doesn't want the country to know about large rural swaths of Texas still without doctors. The only ones who benefitted from the elimination of medical negligence law are the insurance companies.

Infections Still a Huge Issue

We consistently receive phone calls complaining about hospital acquired infections that wreak havoc with the lives of patients who become infected. Hospitals tell the public they fight the causes of these infections on a regular basis, but they resist releasing their infection rates so a patient can adequately compare hospitals. So our clients are left with an inadequate understanding of the breadth of an individual hospital's infection problems.

Supreme Court Rules against Patients Again

The Texas Supreme Court ruled recently that, in certain circumstances, a defendant who has been sued can blame a health care provider, but the patient cannot. The opinion was issued in Molinet v. Kimbrell, et al., ___ S.W.3d ___ (Tex. 2011).

Supreme Court Reverses Itself

Recently, the Supreme Court reversed its own ruling from just one year before and dismissed a claim brought by a patient in a hospital. In the case of Marks v. St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, ___ S.W.3d ___ (Tex. 2010(8/27/10), the Court overturned its holding in the matter from almost exactly one year earlier.

Health Care Practitioners

In a recent review of common mistakes made by health care practitioners, one state (Washington) found there was likely a significantly underreporting issue involving cases of pharmaceutical and medical errors. It is likely Washington State is not the only state in the nation that has an underreporting problem. In fact, nationwide the Institute of Medicine estimates medication errors injure 1.5 million people nationwide every year. In hospitals alone, the Institute found in 2006 there were 400,000 preventable drug-related injuries. This is clearly an epidemic!
In a time when it is deemed by some to be a political advantage to advocate for medical malpractice caps and statutory limitations, there is no evidence, study or proof of any sort to indicate there is a trend of decreasing medical errors that would justify some truly inequitable "reform" remedies such as caps on damages suffered by those who are the victims of malpractice. Those who live in states that have imposed caps on medical malpractice damages, and who are also victims of medical malpractice, can attest to the gross miscarriage of justice suffered under the arbitrary limitations. Legislators across our nation should ask for concrete facts before supporting "medical malpractice reform."
  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Personal Injury Large Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Personal Injury Plant Fire and Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Personal Injury Work Site Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million Auto Accident 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $30 Million Personal Injury Burn Victims

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

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