Ken Feinberg, the attorney who has served as mass claims administrator for claims from both the September 11th terrorist attacks and now the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, recently defended the U.S. legal system. The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the chief lobbyists for multinational corporations, suggested that the oil spill claims process shows that we should modify our current legal system, where everyone is constitutionally entitled to their day in court unless they agree to an alternative, private dispute resolution process. Mr. Feinberg stated that, 'I happen to believe, in the run-of-the-mill, everyday life in America, the legal system works pretty well.'
Instead of setting mandatory limits on cadmium exposure levels, the CPSC will allow the industry to regulate itself, even after 'self policing' has been demonstrated to give weak protection to consumers.
Commonly referred to as wrong patient wrong site surgery, catastrophic surgical errors are more common that most patients realize. Many of the errors can be traced to miscommunicating patient names, records, x-rays or test results.
A new blood test which can detect mild brain injury poses significant legal implications. The test may have significant applications in the legal setting where brain injury is often suspected but difficult and expensive to prove.
Reporting medical errors protects the public in many ways. Despite laws that require medical providers to report medical errors, they frequently choose not to comply.