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Mark Bello

Lavern’s Law Rights a Wrong in New York’s Medical Malpractice System

Five years after the Daily News told Lavern Wilkerson’s tragic story, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill extending the amount of time in which a patient can file a medical malpractice lawsuit for a missed cancer diagnosis. […]

Mark Bello

High/Low Agreements: An Effective Settlement Vehicle

While a jury has awarded a $43.32 million verdict against a Texas medical center and one of its doctors, the seriously injured plaintiff will only receive $9 Million. Why? Keep reading. The jury found that the hospital was grossly negligent […]

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Malpractice Damages Law Ruled Unconstitutional in North Dakota

A state district judge has ruled that North Dakota’s law limiting damages in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional. Last April, a 35-year-old woman was awarded $3.5 million, $2 million in economic losses and $1.5 million for non-economic damages. The jury […]

Mark Bello

Lawsuit Alleges Doctor Practiced Spanish on Cell Phone during Surgery

Cell phone use is not generally restricted in the operating room. They can actually be beneficial in terms of improved communication, providing assistance during care, and reducing medical errors by, for example, providing instant access to patient data or prescription […]

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Surgeon Is Allegedly MIA during Hundreds of Surgeries yet Rakes in $7.3 Million

One of the country’s top-paid prostate surgeons has been under scrutiny for performing concurrent surgeries. Now he faces two lawsuits. In one lawsuit, the patient contends that his surgery was performed by an unsupervised resident while the surgeon operated on […]

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Supreme Court Will Hear Case Challenging Kentucky’s Medical Review Panel Act

Two unrelated medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed against a Kentucky healthcare system. The first lawsuit claims the company, its orthopedics and sports medicine office, and one of its doctors acted negligently in performing an orthopedic surgery. The lawsuit alleges […]

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Certificate of Merit Law Struck Down in Oklahoma

On October 24, the Oklahoma Supreme Court determined a state law in medical malpractice cases to be unconstitutional. The law required that a medical malpractice lawsuit must include an affidavit of merit from an expert, who has concluded that the […]

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House Passes the Protecting Access To Care Act, but It’s Not Too Late To Be Heard

Yesterday, I penned “Act Today to Stop H.R. 1215 from Destroying Your Rights.” Hours later, the House passed H.R. 1215 by a vote of 218 to 210. The bill now heads to the Senate for review. Putting citizens at such […]

Mark Bello

Act Today to Stop H.R. 1215 from Destroying Your Rights

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017” or H.R. 1215. I, as well as others here, have written about H.R.1215 in the past, but for those readers that may […]

Mark Bello

Texas Continues to Attract Doctors that are “Bad to the Bone”

A Texas doctor was recently sentenced to life in prison for over 30 botched spinal surgeries that left patients seriously injured, paralyzed, or dead. Although the 44-year-old doctor is the first surgeon known to be imprisoned for a botched surgery, […]