October 24, 2012

Today we celebrate our 600th consecutive daily blog post. Our milestone makes us proud because we have covered many relevant and timely topics that have provided our readers with information that they could use at the time they needed the information the most. The responses to our blog have been tremendous and very positive, which have been very satisfying to us. We look forward to achieving our next blogging milestone, all-the-while providing useful information that is important to our readers. We thank you for coming along with us during this interesting and fulfilling ride.

We have learned much about the medical profession and medical professionals in researching our daily blogs, some positive and even heroic and some negative and even deadly to patients. We have discussed medical progress and innovation that are important to both the medical profession and the public, for which everyone is grateful. We have blogged about new drugs and new medical techniques that have improved and saved lives, for which we applaud the innovators who have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the healthy as well as the ill.

However, we have also exposed the underbelly of the medical industry by reporting on medical malpractice judgments; medical malpractice settlements; criminal activities that some medical professionals have engaged in, such as fraudulently billing for medical services they did not perform, writing unnecessary prescriptions for addictive medications that were then abused by their patients with devastating effects, intentional altering or writing medical records that were knowingly false, and falling victim themselves to drug and alcohol abuse that affected their ability to provide competent medical care to their patients; and, situations where the personal greed of the medical providers trumped their solemn oath to “first do no harm.”

We have attempted to raise the alarm for people in a growing number of U.S. states where state legislatures and appellate courts have found ways to pass legislation and uphold as constitutional arbitrary and unjustified restrictions on the right of innocent medical malpractice victims to be “made whole” for their losses and harms caused by medical negligence, by limiting the amount that they can receive in compensation for their noneconomic damages, such as pain, suffering, metal anguish, and disfigurement, that resulted from their medical providers’ failure to comply with the standard of care that the medical providers’ own colleagues had established to be the minimum level of care required under the circumstances.

We have reported on the appellate court decisions in several states in the U.S. that have determined that the “right to a jury trial” guaranteed in their state constitutions is not violated in medical malpractice cases where the jury’s determination of the amount of damages is reduced to an arbitrary maximum amount set by a state statute, which the jury is not permitted to know about, thereby giving no effect to the jury’s considered decision on damages above the statutory cap. (Appellate court decisions in other states have determined the opposite — that caps on noneconomic damages violate medical malpractice victims’ right to have a jury decide their claims and therefore the limitations were unconstitutional.)

We have discussed the rationale in some state appellate court decisions that upheld the constitutionality of state limits on noneconomic damages awards in medical malpractice cases that justified the injustice because negligent medical providers who cause harm to their patients would not otherwise be able to obtain affordable medical malpractice insurance coverage at reasonable rates if their innocent victims were allowed to be compensated for all of the injuries, losses, and harms caused solely by their medical negligence or incompetence.

We have shed some light on state boards of medicine that are assigned the task of disciplining medical providers in their respective states that have shirked their responsibilities to protect the public by allowing acknowledged professionally deficient and/or dishonest medical providers to continue to victimize patients in their states by putting the financial interests of incompetent medical providers above the health and worth of their patients.

We hope to continue our efforts in future blogs to discuss and highlight the rights and interests of those innocent victims of medical malpractice throughout the United States whose voices may be weak on an individual basis but whose true-life stories of suffering life-altering debilitating injuries and being sentenced to a life of constant and severe pain, all as a result of the medical malpractice committed by a trusted medical provider, exemplify the havoc imposed on the lives of medical malpractice victims and their families. We hope to continue to shed light on the seemingly impenetrable darkness of the efforts of the vast, powerful, and wealthy health care industry that puts the profits of the providers of bad medical care above the public’s interest in the United States.

If you or a loved one have been injured or suffered other harms as a result of possible medical malpractice in the United States, you should promptly contact a local medical malpractice attorney who may be willing to investigate your medical malpractice claim for you and represent you in a medical malpractice case, if appropriate.

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