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Failure to perform C-section results in $33.8m malpractice award

The failure of a government physician to properly attend to a mother in labor has resulted in a federal judge awarding the baby and its family a total of $33.8 million. The medical malpractice was committed by a physician at a community health center that was funded by the United States government and that provided health care to persons who were uninsured and could not afford to pay for the care.

Hospital sued for ignoring health care directive

Elderly persons are encouraged to complete health care directives to be used in case they become incapacitated and cannot speak for themselves or make decisions about their medical care. Most states, including Maryland, have enacted laws making such forms legally binding on health care providers.

Vet's estate wins $793,000 verdict against VA for malpractice

The United States Veterans Administration provides life-time free medical care to veterans and their families, but just as with other health care providers, the VA's doctors and their staff make mistakes in treatment and diagnosis. A recent medical malpractice verdict in favor of a deceased veteran's estate may have favorable implications for veterans and their families who reside in Maryland.

Doctor's insurance fraud leads to malpractice claims

Insurance fraud is a crime; medical malpractice is not. The two kinds of doctor error have come together in a case that could have ramifications for insurers and patients in Maryland and elsewhere. An orthopedic surgeon who pleaded guilty to insurance fraud was recently released from prison, and he now faces more than 200 medical malpractice law suits associated with the fraudulent insurance claims.

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