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Medical Malpractice Premiums DecreasingMedical Malpractice Premiums Decreasing - More Evidence that the Medical Malpractice Crisis is a MythOctober 16, 2010October 11, 2010 Malpractice insurance premiums for internists, general surgeons, and obstetrician/gynecologists in 2010 decreased on average for the third year in a row, but barely, according to the publication Medical Liability Monitor (MLM). The rate of decline in 2010 is 0.5% compared with 2.5% in 2009...Indiana Supreme Court Issues 30 Day Rule on...Indiana Supreme Court Issues 30 Day Rule on Direct Mail Solicitation of Accident VictimsOctober 15, 2010Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Responds to Supreme Court Rule Indianapolis- The Indiana Trial Lawyers Association has learned that the Indiana Supreme Court will be promulgating a new rule imposing a 30 day moratorium on direct mail legal solicitation. In May of 2007, ITLA’s Board of Directors voted in favor...Important Ind. Supreme Ct. Decision on...Important Ind. Supreme Ct. Decision on Products Liability Verdict vs. FordOctober 14, 2010Justices order new trial to determine fault in Ford rollover suit October 14, 2010 The Indiana Supreme Court has reversed the allocation of fault... Report Confirms that Civil Justice System is...Report Confirms that Civil Justice System is Critical to Protect Senior CitizensOctober 6, 2010Washington, D.C. A new report released today by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) illustrates how the civil justice system is the most effective force in uncovering abuses by corporate nursing homes and insurance companies that target elderly Americans. There are 1.5 million elderly Americans currently residing in...Medical Malpractice Costs Are Not to Blame for...Medical Malpractice Costs Are Not to Blame for Skyrocketing Health Care CostsSeptember 15, 2010Medical Malpractice is sometimes cited as one of the major reasons for sky rocketing healthcare costs, but a recent study shows that the malpractice expenses are just a fraction of the total healthcare costs even when factoring in defensive medicine: tests, procedures, etc. Most defensive medicine expenses are ordered by...$43.5 Million Dollar Verdict Against GA Nursing Home Operator$43.5 Million Dollar Verdict Against GA Nursing Home OperatorSeptember 6, 2010Nursing home operator ordered to pay $43.5 million in wrongful death lawsuit By Péralte C. Paul, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution September 3, 2010 A Georgia jury Friday ordered a Sandy Springs lawyer and nursing home operator to pay $43.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit. The payment is to...Indiana Finally Moving Toward ""Plain English"" Jury InstructionsIndiana Finally Moving Toward ""Plain English"" Jury InstructionsSeptember 3, 2010INDIANA JUDGES ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PLAIN ENGLISH CIVIL JURY INSTRUCTIONS AVAILABLE ON LEXISNEXIS The Indiana Model Civil Jury Instructions, written in plain English, are now available through LexisNexis. The new instructions were prepared by the Civil Instructions Committee of the Indiana Judges Association (IJA). The IJA is...Indiana Attorney General's Office - Abysmal Record of Investigating NH ComplaintsIndiana Attorney General's Office - Abysmal Record of Investigating NH ComplaintsAugust 25, 2010August 24, 2010 Indiana Nursing Homes Dodge Scrutiny Attorney general has filed 6 complaints out of 300 cases in past 5 years By Heather Gillers and Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star When state health inspectors and police investigated a rape reported at a Marion nursing home in June 2008, what they...Medical Errors Cost Nearly 20 Billion AnnuallyMedical Errors Cost Nearly 20 Billion AnnuallyAugust 18, 2010Society of Actuaries Study Finds Medical Errors Annually Cost at Least $19.5 Billion Nationwide Report shows how 1.5 million medical errors compromise quality of American healthcare and cause unnecessary waste in the system Aug. 9, 2010 Findings from a new study released today estimate that measurable medical errors cost the...Illinois Governor Signs Reform BillIllinois Governor Signs Nursing Home Reform BillAugust 6, 2010Governor Pat Quinn last week signed historic legislation that transforms Illinois’ system of care for frail older adults and persons with disabilities. The Governor signed two new laws, Senate Bill 326 and Senate Bill 2863, that improve the lives of current and future nursing home residents and are based...