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FAIR SHARE ACT - FAIR TO WHO?

On June 28, 2011, Pennsylvania Governor Corbett signed into law the Fair Share Act ("Senate Bill 1131"), which represents a significant shift in tort liability law in Pennsylvania. Under the Fair Share Act, when liability is attributed to more than one defendant, each defendant found to be less than 60% liable is responsible for only its proportionate share of the liability (with certain exceptions noted below). Five defendants found 20% liable would each be responsible for 20% of the verdict regardless of the ability to pay.

FAIR SHARE ACT - FAIR TO WHO?

On June 28, 2011, Pennsylvania Governor Corbett signed into law the Fair Share Act ("Senate Bill 1131"), which represents a significant shift in tort liability law in Pennsylvania. Under the Fair Share Act, when liability is attributed to more than one defendant, each defendant found to be less than 60% liable is responsible for only its proportionate share of the liability (with certain exceptions noted below). Five defendants found 20% liable would each be responsible for 20% of the verdict regardless of the ability to pay.

Death by Medical Error: Top 10 Cause of Death in the US

No matter which estimate you believe to be accurate, Death by Medical Error ranks as a Top 10 cause of death in the US. Due to the extreme reluctance of hospitals and doctors to report the errors that lead to patient death, it is hard to define an accurate number of medical error related deaths each year. According to a Hearst Newspaper investigative report by Cathleen Crowley and Eric Nalder, " Within Health Care Hides Massive, Avoidable Death Toll", estimates vary from a low of 44,000 to 98,000 to as many as 200,000 per year depending on the study criteria and statistical assumptions made in each study. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) lists the Top 10 leading causes of death in the US:

Death by Medical Error: Top 10 Cause of Death in the US

No matter which estimate you believe to be accurate, Death by Medical Error ranks as a Top 10 cause of death in the US. Due to the extreme reluctance of hospitals and doctors to report the errors that lead to patient death, it is hard to define an accurate number of medical error related deaths each year. According to a Hearst Newspaper investigative report by Cathleen Crowley and Eric Nalder, " Within Health Care Hides Massive, Avoidable Death Toll", estimates vary from a low of 44,000 to 98,000 to as many as 200,000 per year depending on the study criteria and statistical assumptions made in each study. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) lists the Top 10 leading causes of death in the US:

World Health Organizations Surgical Safety Checklist

An international research team has shown that death and complication rates from surgery can be dramatically improved by using simple checklists to make sure that safety measures are taken before, during, and after each operation. The research project involved nearly 8,000 patients at eight hospitals around the world and was done as part of the World Health Organization's program called Safe Surgery Saves Lives. The results were published in January 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

World Health Organizations Surgical Safety Checklist

An international research team has shown that death and complication rates from surgery can be dramatically improved by using simple checklists to make sure that safety measures are taken before, during, and after each operation. The research project involved nearly 8,000 patients at eight hospitals around the world and was done as part of the World Health Organization's program called Safe Surgery Saves Lives. The results were published in January 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

MRSA INFECTIONS

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, most often simply referred to as MRSA, causes an infection that is resistant to several common antibiotics. An estimated 90,000 people in the United States fall ill each year from MRSA. However, it is not clear how many die from the infection; one estimate puts it at more than 18,000, which would be slightly higher than U.S. deaths from AIDS. The infection has been associated with health care facilities, where it infects people with weakened immune systems. However, many recent cases involve an aggressive strain, community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA. Community-associated MRSA is generally the result of skin-to-skin contact between individuals. The infection can be life threatening if untreated. It is spread through close contact with an infected person, or by touching surfaces or personal items used by infected people. As a result, this disease is common among athletes and people in hospitals and jails. MRSA infections produce abscesses, boils and other pus-filled lesions on the skin.

MRSA INFECTIONS

Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, most often simply referred to as MRSA, causes an infection that is resistant to several common antibiotics. An estimated 90,000 people in the United States fall ill each year from MRSA. However, it is not clear how many die from the infection; one estimate puts it at more than 18,000, which would be slightly higher than U.S. deaths from AIDS. The infection has been associated with health care facilities, where it infects people with weakened immune systems. However, many recent cases involve an aggressive strain, community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA. Community-associated MRSA is generally the result of skin-to-skin contact between individuals. The infection can be life threatening if untreated. It is spread through close contact with an infected person, or by touching surfaces or personal items used by infected people. As a result, this disease is common among athletes and people in hospitals and jails. MRSA infections produce abscesses, boils and other pus-filled lesions on the skin.

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