Posts tagged "Michigan"

Dec 20, 2012
Michigan Legislature Passes Two Medical Malpractice Tort Reform Bills

On Dec. 13, 2012, the Michigan Legislature passed two bills pertaining to medical professional liability. Senate Bill 115 caps recoverable non-economic damages at $280,000 and reduces the total amount of future damages to present values at a rate of 5 percent per year, compounded annually, for each year in which those damages accrue. Senate Bill […]

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Mar 5, 2012
James Woods, University of Michigan Agree: Apology in Medicine Saves Medical Malpractice Expenses

James Woods recently testified before the Rhode Island General Assembly in favor of apology-in-medicine legislation. That’s right, the acclaimed American film, stage and television actor extraordinaire is a proponent of apology in medicine. Apology in medicine in not a new concept, but in the context of medical adverse events and unanticipated outcomes, an apology has […]

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Jun 10, 2011
U of M's Policy to Disclose Errors Beneficial

Side Note: We here at love what we are seeing happen in Michigan in regards to Michigan med mal –especially within the University of Michigan Health System. Even before the state of Michigan passed their “I’m Sorry” law, allowing physicians to apologize or express sympathy to patients for poor outcomes, and not have it […]

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May 11, 2011
Michigan "I'm Sorry" Law Passed

Side Note: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law an “I’m Sorry” law for Michigan physicians. The law allows physicians to express sympathy related to suffering, pain or death and not have it used again them as evidence in a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, the law would “not apply to a statement of negligence […]

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Feb 4, 2011
Michigan Doctors May Be Able to Say "I'm Sorry"

Side Note: Here at, it kills us that physicians are often compelled not to say that they’re sorry to patients when errors occur –especially when doing so often avoids med mal litigation and it is what the physicians want to do. Finally, Michigan physicians may not have to worry that saying, “I’m sorry,” is […]

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Nov 17, 2010
Sometimes Life Imitates the Movies

Side note: A Detroit medical malpractice lawyer found a creative way to duck his debt; by dying. Detroit police report that Nicholas Anthony Ianni Jr., 55, was found in his apartment dead from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Ianni was an infamous character in the world of medical malpractice insurance since he currently owed […]

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Jul 28, 2009
Saying ‘sorry’ pays off for doctors

side note: Saying ‘Sorry’ Pays Off for Doctors in Time, Feelings and Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums: At the University of Michigan Health System, where lawyers and doctors say admitting mistakes up front and offering compensation before being sued have brought about remarkable savings in money, time and feelings, apologizing for errors is no longer taboo. […]

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