Limiting a Doctor’s Duty to Protect Third Parties

October 10, 2012 in Medical Legal by RangelMD

A key state court ruling dispels the claim that doctors have more of a duty to others than to their patients when it comes to warning them about the possible consequences of their medical condition.

Doubt is not evidence to the contrary!

October 17, 2011 in Medical Legal by RangelMD

How to win a lawsuit based on a lack of evidence.

A Preponderance of the Evidence (a Cautionary Tale)

October 6, 2011 in Medical Legal by RangelMD

A perfect (hypothetical) example of why doctors hate and fear the malpractice tort system.

Fear and Medication Errors in the ER

February 10, 2011 in Health Policy, Medical Legal by RangelMD

You would think that the ER and hospital staff put forth the effort to get an accurate list of every patient’s home medications. Far too frequently, you’d be wrong.

Time to Re-Visit the English Rule for Litigation

May 26, 2010 in Medical Legal by RangelMD

Even malpractice litigation that is without merit and is aborted in the early litigation process incurs significant legal costs that are ultimately passed on to the health care system at large.

Yes Virgina, There is Defensive Medicine

April 13, 2010 in Medical Legal by RangelMD

Like John Gotti’s lawyer denying the existence of organized crime in America, trial lawyers have been denying for years that defensive medicine exists or if it does then it’s not
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Does Free Speech Apply to Doctors?

April 3, 2010 in Medical Ethics, Medical Legal by RangelMD

Many stand on their soap boxes and proclaim that politics and patient care should not mix. But mix they do and the simple act of patient care does not strip the physician of their first amendment rights.

Medical-Legal Advice on Dealing with Insurance Denials

March 6, 2010 in Medical Legal by RangelMD

When the insurance company denies a requested test or procedure, physicians would be well advised to avoid expressing their opinions about this denial in the chart.

When “Difficult Patients” Attack

February 4, 2010 in Medical Legal by RangelMD

We know these people by different names. All too often they use and abuse our legal systems to spread their misery throughout the world.

The Diabolical Plan of Lawyers and Democrats to Keep Down Health Care Costs

February 1, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Medical Legal by RangelMD

Trial lawyers and Democrats already know what happens to the practice patterns of physicians when their malpractice liability goes up. That’s why Washington has all but ignored national medical malpractice reform lately.