Dec 14, 2009

Best Lawyers® Ranks Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Vermont

Who are the best medical malpractice lawyers in Vermont? Best Lawyers®, the annual peer-based listing of the best attorneys in each state, has selected 13 attorneys from the state of Vermont to include in its 2010 annual listing. See the listing here.

Burlington, VT attorneys selected for inclusion in the annual listing for Medical Malpractice Law include:  John Maley and Christopher Maley. Each is also listed in the Best Lawyers listing for Personal Injury Litigation.

Aug 10, 2009

Vermont Judge Pushes Mediation for Outstanding Cases

The Burlington Free Press reports that...
Judge Helen Toor said Wednesday that she will push to have longstanding cases involving alleged priest sexual abuse and malpractice by a Burlington eye doctor resolved during her stint as presiding judge at Chittenden Superior Court.
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May 17, 2009

Vermont Family Is Awarded $1 Million for Death

According to a report in the Concord Monitor,
"The family of a Vermont woman who died following complications from her treatment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was awarded nearly $1 million by a federal jury this week in medical malpractice and wrongful death awards."
The case was related to complications from an improper IV.

May 10, 2009

In Vermont, Personal Injury Does Not Include Pet Injury

The Vermont Supreme Court affirmed on May 8, a lower court decision not to introduce non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, into pet litigation.

In its ruling, the court explained that emotional damages are rarely permitted for injuries to others and generally not available for the loss of many close relatives. Therefore, even though pets have special characteristics as personal property and that people have unique emotional attachments to their pets, the court would not expand the law to provide recovery options for pets that are not available in many human-human relationships. To rule otherwise, the court stated, would be "a dramatic alteration to the law."

The Vermont Supreme Court joins a long line of state courts reaffirming the longstanding legal principle that emotional harm damages are not allowed in litigation over pets. In the past few years, state supreme and appellate courts in nearly thirty states have reaffirmed that emotional loss in pet injury and death cases is not compensable under any legal theory. In addition, a 2007 Gallup Poll found an overwhelming majority (63%) of Americans, including pet owners, said that pet owners should only be entitled to actual economic damages, and not pain and suffering-type awards.

See more details from Animal Health Institute.

May 9, 2009

Carbon Monoxide Lawsuit Is Settled

According to this article in the Burlington Free Press, Vt. victims settle carbon monoxide lawsuits. They include a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died of carbon monoxide poisoning, and a personal injury lawsuit filed by the girlfriend of the man. The death occurred at the Redstone Apartments near UVM in early 2005.

For more information, see the full article.

Mar 6, 2009

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Personal Injury Settlement - University of Vermont

This via The Burlington Free Press:
"University attorneys agreed to pay $325,000 to Maria Dezotell of Jericho, whose husband, Lyman, 44, was killed as he drove from the Northeast Kingdom to work at IBM in Essex Junction with two colleagues."
According to the report, the plaintiffs claimed that a:
"UVM research team acted negligently by allowing a man involved in testing buprenorphine, a drug to treat heroin addiction, to drive home after taking a dose."
See details and full article at: University of Vermont Lawsuit.

Mar 3, 2009

Eye Doctor Cleared of Malpractice

BURLINGTON, VT — The Burlington Free Press carries this story of a Chittenden Superior Court jury clearing a Burlington eye doctor of medical malpractice and fraud after a three-week trial regarding a lawsuit by a patient who claimed "unnecessary cataract surgery." For the full article, click on: Jury Clears Ophthalmologist.

Feb 5, 2009

Food Safety: Product Liability - Vermont Couple Sues over Salmonella Outbreak

The Associated Press is reporting that the South Burlington, Vermont couple suing Peanut Corporation of America over the nationwide salmonella outbreak will also sue Kellogg Co., their attorney said yesterday.

In a related story in the Chicago Tribune, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont says food producers responsible for "widespread, deadly outbreaks of disease should face jail time, not just fines... Leahy said some food makers won't take federal and state health rules seriously without tougher penalties. According to Leahy: 'Fines won't do it.' "

Jan 12, 2009

What's average medical malpractice claim paid in Vermont?

The average amount for a medical malpractice claim paid in Vermont is $352,750. This according to statistics compiled by The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, whose state health data lists this 2007 number for Vermont. It also list $3,527,500 as the total paid in 2007, so we can interpolate from that that there were 10 paid claims in 2007.

The web site offers comparative statistics on medical malpractice claims paid in all 50 states. Leading the pack in total dollars paid is New York state with $674,683,750 (an average of $441,547 per claim paid). For more information, see the Kaiser web site, click on: med mal claims paid data.