James Humann


On January 9, 2018, U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young issued a Scheduling Order in Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2570. This is the second bellwether case scheduled for trial against Cook Medical for injuries caused by its inferior vena cava filter products.

Chris Nace

Why Medical Malpractice Suits Don’t Always Lead to Doctor Discipline

While it might come as a surprise to many, doctors who face medical malpractice lawsuits—and even those who are found negligent—don’t always receive disciplinary action from state health regulators. Often, repeat offenders can still be practicing both during and after […]

James Humann

MASS TORT UPDATE: Court Issues Pretrial Order in Bard Blood Clot Filter Litigation

According to the Order issued in Multidistrict Litigation 2641 (MDL 2641) the first BARD IVC Filter bellwether case – Sherr-Una Booker v. C. R. Bard Incorporated and Bard Peripheral Vascular Incorporated (2:16-cv-00474) – is set to begin trial on March 14, 2018.

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 […]

Mark Bello

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 […]

Mark Bello

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 […]

Chris Nace

Increasing Patient Safety with Biometric Identification

Patients deal with a host of risks whenever they enter a hospital for treatment. Hospitals have a duty by law to ensure that their facilities and practices provide a safe environment for patients. And while most safety errors are made […]

Randy Appleton

Safest and Worst Hospitals List Released for North Carolina

In North Carolina, 34 of 78 hospitals earned an A grade for hospital safety, but there were a few that earned Cs and Ds, according to a new survey released by The Leapfrog Group last month.  The grades for hospital […]

Randy Appleton

SC Jury Awards Victim’s Family $10 Million in Malpractice Lawsuit

When a medical malpractice claim is filed, it is not uncommon for the physician’s insurance company to offer a settlement to the victim – or the victim’s family if the malpractice killed the victim – in order to avoid litigating […]

Eric Washburn

Should Cell Phones Be Banned from Operating Rooms?

We are all familiar with how dangerous cell phone use can be while we are driving, but another place where they can be just as dangerous – and one where you probably have not thought about it – is the […]