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Eric T. Chaffin

Lehigh County Jury Awards $55 Million in Birth Injury Lawsuit

After a two-week trial, a Lehigh County jury recently awarded a historically large verdict to Mark Crowell and Sharon Petrosky Crowell. The couple had filed a lawsuit against St. Luke’s University Hospital and one of its doctors, claiming the defendants […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Pennsylvania Jury Agrees with Mother That Obstetrician Delayed C-Section

About thirty percent of all U.S. births are via C-section, many of them planned, but some are necessary because of complications during birth. When the mother is already in labor, the unborn child may show signs of distress. An attentive […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Preventable Medical Errors Estimated as Third Leading Cause of Death

In 1999, a report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) shocked America by stating that at least 44,000 people a year—and as many as 98,000—were dying from preventable errors in hospitals. Using even the lower figure, preventable errors exceeded deaths […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Cerebral Palsy May Be the Result of Medical Negligence

The United Cerebral Palsy organization estimates that about 764,000 children and adults in the U.S. have one or more symptoms of cerebral palsy. Each year, about 10,000 more children are born with the disorder. A variety of factors can cause […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Most Primary Care Malpractice Suits Filed Because of Misdiagnoses

When Berks County infant Emma Takacs was taken by her family to the emergency room of Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Berks County, in December 2007, she was suffering from a 103-degree fever. Her doctor diagnosed her with […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Medical Malpractice Helps Encourage Patient Safety

According to recent studies, medical malpractice suits have more positive effects than negative, and actually contribute to improved patient safety. Yet, advocates of medical malpractice tort reform have been busy with campaign efforts in key states. As recently as June […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Tort Reform Fails to Reduce Health Care Costs—Or Improve Patient Safety

In April 2013, Florida lawmakers approved medical malpractice reforms, in essence making it harder for patients to sue doctors and hospitals for medical negligence. Originating from the Judiciary Committee of the Florida Senate, the bill was approved by the House […]

Eric T. Chaffin

Will a New Patient Reporting System Reduce Medical Errors?

In September 2012, The New York Times reported that the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) had proposed a new system for reporting medical mistakes and unsafe practices….

Eric T. Chaffin

Pursuing Nursing Home Liability in an Elopement Case

According to the Briggs Corporation, about ten percent of all lawsuits involving nursing homes deal with elopements, or wandering, and 70 percent of these involve the death of the resident. A…

Eric T. Chaffin

Myth: Spikes in Litigation Cause Medical Malpractice Crises

In a recently-published article in Chest, David A. Hyman, M.D., and Charles Silver, J.D. examine what they call five myths of medical malpractice, the first of which is that medical malpractice…