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Rick Shapiro

Federal Efforts to Cap Medical Malpractice Awards Stall

A rare win appears within reach for the “forgotten people” who stand to lose so much if Republicans in Congress succeed in completely repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). H.R. 1215, introduced as companion legislation to the American […]

Rick Shapiro

Trotting Out ‘Tort Reform’ Still the Wrong Response to Health Care Costs, Medical Errors

Some cheered when details of the Trump administration’s five-point plan for lowering health care costs was revealed during the president’s address to Congress on Feb. 28, 2017. Item four drew special, largely negative attention for being both a decades-old idea […]

Kevin Duffan

New Report: Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

​A new report has determined that “medical errors” which occur in hospitals, as well as other health care facilities, have become the third leading cause of death in this country. More than a quarter of a million people die every […]

Rick Shapiro

Top 10 Civil Justice Stories of 2015, Part One

Attorney-inventor-author Richard N. (Rick) Shapiro frequently blogs at Virginia Beach Legal Examiner and he wrote the 2015 international award winning fiction thriller Taming The Telomeres. In addition to being a published, award-winning author, he a prolific American inventor/product designer. Special […]

Kevin Duffan

Google Glass Makes Appearance In The Emergency Room

Though it isn’t yet publicly for sale, Google Glass has managed to nab headlines during its heavily publicized testing phase. Legislatures across the country have passed or are considering passing measures to outlaw drivers from donning the high-tech glasses in […]

Jim Lewis

Caps on Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Damages Declared Unconstitutional in Florida

Medical malpractice caps are arbitrary and unfair. These caps restrict how much an innocent victim can receive in a case where a physician’s preventable mistake results in the death of a patient. Fortunately, the Florida Supreme Court recognized how unfair […]

Jim Lewis

What is a Certificate of Merit and Why Do You Need One in Your Medical Malpractice Case?

If you’re thinking of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, you may need an affidavit of merit. Half of the states in the US now have laws requiring plaintiffs file an affidavit with their lawsuit, including Virginia. An affidavit of merit is a […]

Patrick Austin

Audit Reveals VA Hospitals Spend Hundreds Of Millions Paying Medical Malpractice Claims

A recent audit conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs showed that the government agency spent more than $800 million over the past decade paying claims to injured veterans and their families who suffered due to preventable medical mistakes. The […]

Rick Shapiro

Georgia’s Patient Injury Act Will Not Reduce Health-Care Costs, May Instead Harm Patients

An article by Sam Nicholson, titled “Bill Trims Rights not Costs.” explains how a current proposal currently before the Georgia (GA) General Assembly will devastate families already injured by doctors through medical malpractice.  The proposal will take away their right to trial […]

Rick Shapiro

The Top Ten Civil Justice Stories of 2013 (Part 1)

In our second annual series, we count down the top 10 civil justice stories of 2013, like Dave Letterman, from 10 all the way up to the biggest story of the year at # 1, in our second installment in […]