The Congressional Budget Office Reconsiders Savings in Medical Malpractice Compensation based on Two Studies from 2009

According to the article titled “Malpractice: Savings Reconsidered” published on October 13th, 2009 by the Fact Check Organization’s web page, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has revised its opinion regarding the possible limits on medical malpractice liability due to new evidence. The CBO concluded that a limit on the medical malpractice liability would reduce the health care costs nationally by an 0.5%, approximately 11 billion annually, based on the conclusions of two studies that were published during September 2009.

According to the study by economists from the University of Southern California and RAND Corp., published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the increase on the compensations by medical malpractice has added almost 5% to the total of medical expenses in the last decade. The second study, prepared by the Texas University Law School, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University’s School of Law, concluded that limiting the liability for medical malpractice, and would reduce health plans premiums by a 1% to 2%.

The CBO also argues that taxes would decrease. Still, this article concludes that it is still unknown if lives would be saved by limiting the liabilities of medical malpractice. The University of Southern California and RAND Corp.’s study concluded that implementing limits in medical malpractice liability would not be worth the cost in lives. But, another article published in the Journal of Health Economics believes that tort reforms do not have a significant effect over the patients.

The article ends by stating that, even when there is evidence that limiting medical malpractice liability decreases costs, the important questions are still left unanswered. Analyzing this conclusion, we ask ourselves: Is reducing this liability worth it? What would happen to medical malpractice victims? Is reducing costs more important than repairing the damages done to a patient? These are some of the questions the CBO has not answered.

Even when this article was published 5 years ago, it is important that we know the CBO’s thinking process, for it is this office that decides the federal government’s budget, and any decision regarding medical malpractice by this office will affect medical malpractice victims.

You can access the article through this link: http://www.factcheck.org/2009/10/malpractice-savings-reconsidered/

For a Second Year, Attorney Pedro Soler Participates with Sebastian Rosado in the “Córrelo, camínalo o ruédalo”

For a second year in a row, Attorney Pedro Soler had the honor of being asked to be Sebastián Rosado’s companion in the event titled “Córrelo, camínalo o ruédalo”, a fund-raising activity for the Vidalegre Camp of the Centro María de los Ángeles. In a courageous and touching race under the rain and difficult conditions, Sebastián exceeded his goal and walked almost 2 miles, finishing the total distance of 3 miles in a time of 2:29.

Sebastián is an example of tenacity and determination before adversity and that there is no limit to what we can achieve. Hopefully we will be invited to participate again next year.

Please visit the website to watch a brief video of the activity at www.endlessrace.com.

SolerLaw’s Investigation Discovers Presence of Acinetobacter Baumanni in the UPR Hospital of Carolina since 2011

SolerLaw’s investigation of the acinetobacter baumanni outbreak in the UPR Hospital of Carolina, has reflected that, contrary to the public information provided by the Hospital and the Health Care Department, there is direct evidence that, since December 2011, cases of patients infected by the bacteria have existed in the Hospital. The information disclosed by the Department of Health up to this moment has indicated that presence of the bacteria was discovered in the Hospital since May 2012.

The Hospital had a legal obligation of reporting the detection of any multiresistant bacteria to the Department of Health, as to reinforce the measures to avoid infection. Obviously, the presence of said bacteria was not informed by the Hospital as the law requires it to do. This caused and/or contributed to the propagation of the bacteria throughout the different floors of the Hospital. We will keep you informed.

SolerLaw Finds More than one Multi-Resistant Bacteria in Patients of the UPR Hospital of Carolina

From the studies of the medical records by SolerLaw of the deceased patients from the UPR Hospital of Carolina, the presence of a second bacterium multiresistant to antibiotics has been found, that to this day has not been disclosed by the authorities. The bacterium known as klebsiella pneumoniae is a bacteria that, like acinetobacter baumannii, is resistant to multiple antibiotics and its presence is common in hospitals. Both bacteria attack people who are sick and that are supported by mechanical ventilators, producing respiratory symptoms causing their deaths.

SOLERLAW Provides Courses of Legal Education in Chicago

Attorney Pedro Soler from SolerLaw will be offering shortly a course of legal education to attorneys in Chicago. The first courses offered will be the “Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act” and “The Effective use of Depositions”.

These courses will provide credits applicable to the required biannual legal education of attorneys in the state of Illinois. It is SolerLaw’s intention to continue strengthening the ties and relationships with the Hispanics attorneys from the Windy City. The dates will be published as soon as they are selected.

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