Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Kentucky Supreme Court hears oral arguments in case challenging med mal panel review procedure

As reported in the TortsProf blog: Last year, Kentucky enacted a law requiring medical malpractice claimants to go through a panel procedure (review by health care professionals) prior to obtaining a jury trial.  The process consumes nine months and the outcome is admissible, but not binding, at the subsequent trial.  Last week, the Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments over the constitutionality of the law.  Plaintiffs claim the law obstructs the right to a jury trial, in violation of the state constitution.  The Courier Journal has the story.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Comment on documentary "Bleeding Edge" and the medical device industry

Netflix recently released a documentary called "The Bleeding Edge" which details many problems with medical devices today, with emphasis on the suffering of thousands of people due to Bayer’s Essure contraceptive, DePuy’s ASR hip implant, Johnson & Johnson’s transvaginal mesh, and the Da Vinci surgical robot.  Most medical devices aren’t tested with clinical trials. The medical devices which are tested can pass with a minimal showing, and Congress has adopted laws that shut the courthouse doors on injured victims. 

You can read a good comment on the documentary and the issues it raises by Max Kennerly at Litigation and Trial.