June 9, 2006

Successful hospital negligence lawsuit may bring honesty in the medical industry

by Levin & Perconti

A jury awarded a $4 million verdict to a Washington hospital who sued a Louisiana hospital for fraud and negligent misrepresentation when two doctors from the hospital wrote glowing recommendations for a colleague who had a narcotics abuse problem.

In 2002, one of the doctor’s patients suffered severe brain damage during a routine procedure. A malpractice suit was settled for $8.5 million by the patient’s family. This marks the first time one hospital has successfully sued another for recommending an impaired or incompetent doctor, an all too common practice in the medical industry.

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