The following is from an interview of Trial Guides author Patrick Malone on his book Winning Medical Malpractice Cases Using the Rules of the Road Technique:
Trial Guides: What made you want to write your book Winning Medical Malpractice Cases with The Rules of the Road Technique?
Patrick Malone: This is one of those areas where the old days are so different from the modern era. In the old days a plaintiff’s lawyer was worried about getting a top expert and then once you have the expert, you’ve got a case. Within the last 10-15 years it’s just been one horror show after another where people with good cases keep losing...
The Medical Malpractice Myth, by Tom Baker, Director of the Insurance Law Center at University of Connecticut, disputes common medical malpractice myths (often central to tort reform legislation campaigns) with facts. The book provides research proving the following:
- Medical malpractice is an epidemic and a leading cause of death in the US
- Medical malpractice suits are rare, and are very rarely frivolous
- Malpractice insurance premiums aren't unreasonably high
- Rising insurance costs are not closely related to litigation
- Doctors are not leaving their practices as a result of negligence claims
The article notes "An examination of recent trends in professional liability litigation shows a subtle but dramatic shift in favor of plaintiffs." It goes on to note "This movement probably began several years ago, with the publication of the book titled Rules of the Road: A Plaintiff Lawyer's Guide to Proving Liability."
Trial Guides would like to recognize trial attorney John K. Powers of Powers & Santola in Albany, NY. John is a longtime Trial Guides customer, with a string of impressive verdicts on behalf of seriously injured people.
John's most recent case is especially important because the settlement terms forced a hospital to institute important safety changes to reduce future medical errors and deaths. In the case, a young, healthy mother bled to death following a C-section. The $5.2 million settlement included additional non-monetary conditions that required the hospital to conduct an annual series of patient safety lectures, named for the mother, for the next twenty years; to purchase a maternal and neonatal simulator to be used in staff training on the labor and delivery unit; and to change procedures on the use of a machine that monitors a patient's vital signs during childbirth.
A holiday message from David Ball to my friends!
"Pat Malone has written a book that everyone, not just attorneys but everyone, needs to read. It is called The Life You Save: Nine Steps to Finding the Best Medical Care and Avoiding the Worst. The title is no exaggeration.
I'm telling you about this book for two reasons: First, I want anyone important to me to have read this book. I'm no great fan of self-help books, but this is a self protection book, and it's essential. If you have children it is more than essential.
The Today Show appearance will mark the release of Mr. Malone's newest book, The Life You Save, aimed at preventing medical malpractice for members of the public. The book lists nine necessary steps that will help you take charge of your own health care, make the best choices, avoid serious harm, and get the care you need and deserve. The Life You Save is not only for you and your loved ones, it is a must read for every person who receives medical care or uses prescription pharmaceuticals.
The largest legal settlement in American history resulted in an estimated $300 billion payout from tobacco companies to state governments, including an additional $50 billion in punitive damages. The lead trial attorney from Washington state was Inner Circle Member Paul Luvera. He was chosen to represent the State of Washington due to a career of multi-million dollar verdicts in several states including a $44 million verdict in Washington, a $29 million verdict in Oregon, and a $20 million verdict in Idaho.
Learn from Luvera's unique wisdom with Trial Guides' Paul Luvera on Trial Strategy. This four-DVD set covers techniques on discovery and trial preparation, jury selection, opening statements, capturing jury interest in direct examination, cross-examination, and closing statements.
Paul Luvera has obtained a $40 million verdict in Washington, $44 million in Oregon, $29 million in Idaho, as well as dozens of multi-million settlements, including one for $75 million. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame.
Trial Guides is honored to announce the release of Paul Luvera on Trial Strategy, a four-DVD set, capturing his acclaimed lecture at the Fairmont Hotel in Seattle.
If you face tort reform, or non-economic caps in your state, you need “The Medical Malpractice Myth.” Author Tom Baker, widely recognized as a leading expert on insurance law, dispels myths regarding:
- the amount of malpractice litigation occurring;
- the amount of malpractice verdicts;
- the frivolous nature of these claims; and
- doctors fleeing states without caps.