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Ohio case could increase physician liability risk

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 14, 2009

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A case pending before the Supreme Court of Ohio has the potential to expand the liability risk for physicians in the state.

The high court will decide whether patients can sue for additional damages in medical liability claims if they had more than a 50% chance of recovery before the alleged negligence.

Physicians are concerned that the case will encourage more litigation and give plaintiffs an avenue for recovering damages, even if the underlying negligence claim is unsuccessful, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed in October by the Ohio State Medical Assn., the Litigation Center of the American Medical Association and State Medical Societies, and other physician and hospital organizations.

At this article's deadline, oral arguments in Geesaman v. St. Rita's Medical Center had not been scheduled.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/12/14/prbf1214.htm.

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