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Indiana Appeals Court Rules that Parents of Stillborn Child Can...Stillborn Child Can Recover NIED DamagesJuly 28, 2010The Indiana Court of Appeals held today that a mother who suffers a stillbirth due to medical malpractice qualifies as an injured patient and satisfies the actual victim requirement under the Medical Malpractice Act, regardless of whether the malpractice resulted in injuries to the mother, fetus, or both. In Steven...Ind. Court Rules Atty Fees Not Recoverable in...Ind. Court Rules Atty Fees Not Recoverable in Adult Death CasesJuly 20, 2010Attorney fees not recoverable under adult wrongful death statute July 20, 2010 The Indiana Court of Appeals today disagreed about an issue of first impression regarding recovery of attorney fees under the adult wrongful death statute.  In Jeffery H. McCabe, As Representative of the Estate of Jean Francis McCabe, Decedent...Subsidizing Bad Behavior: The Injustice of...Subsidizing Bad Behavior: The Injustice of Tort Reform by Ken ConnorApril 20, 2010Subsidizing Bad Behavior: The Injustice of Tort Reform By Ken Connor On April 5, 2010, the community of Montcoal, West Virginia was devastated when an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine took the lives of 29 men.  For the families impacted by this disaster, coping with the unexpected loss...Sweeney Law FirmOhio Has Already Proven That ""Tort Reform"" Does Not Lower Health Care CostsMarch 22, 2010Ohio's tort reform law hasn't lowered health-care costs By Stephen Koff, The Cleveland Plain Dealer March 20, 2010 WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the House of Representatives prepares to vote Sunday on a package that Democrats say will make health care more affordable, critics insist the ""big government takeover of health care""...Sweeney Law Firm28 Congressman Sponsor Bill to Ban Nursing Home Arbitration ClausesMarch 12, 2010Nursing home residents often sign away rights to sue By Jessica Fargen  |   Boston Herald - March 8, 2010 Many seniors entering nursing homes in Massachusetts are unwittingly signing away their rights to sue the facilities in the event of neglect or bad medical care, and officials in Washington are seeking...Sweeney Law FirmIndiana Has A Serious Problem With Nursing Home UnderstaffingMarch 9, 2010Many Indiana nursing homes understaffed Associated Press March 8, 2010 INDIANAPOLIS ”” Many of Indiana’s nursing homes employ fewer critical staff members than are needed to care for often-frail residents ”” and staffing levels are particularly low at the state’s for-profit nursing homes, a newspaper has found. The...Sweeney Law FirmNursing Home Chains Settle Claims for Kickback PaymentsMarch 4, 2010Two Nursing Home Chains Pay $14M to Settle Kickback Probe John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, March 1, 2010 Atlanta-based Mariner Health Care Inc., subsidiary SavaSeniorCare Administrative Services LLC, and their principals will pay the federal government and several states $14 million to settle kickback allegations, the Justice Department has announced...Sweeney Law FirmCongressman Braley Addresses Medical Malpractice MythsNovember 23, 2009By CATHLEEN F. CROWLEY, Staff writer Click byline for more stories by writer. First published: Monday, November 23, 2009   WASHINGTON – A short but fiery speech made on the floor of the House of Representatives has raised the hopes of patient safety advocates across the nation. Rep. Bruce Braley,...Sweeney Law FirmA Brief Look at Life in a Nursing HomeAugust 25, 2009August 24, 2009   By KATIE ZEZIMA - New York Times MAMARONECK, N.Y. ”” For 10 days in June, Kristen Murphy chose to live somewhere she and many others fear: a nursing home. Ms. Murphy, who is in perfect health, had to learn the best way to navigate a wheelchair...Sweeney Law FirmPayments to Medical Malpractice Victims At a Record LowJuly 8, 2009ConsumerAffairs.com - July 7, 2009 Medical malpractice payments were at or near record lows in 2008, but a study released by Public Citizen suggests the decline almost certainly indicates that a lower percentage of injured patients received compensation, not that health safety has improved. Medical malpractice is so common, and...