Medical malpractice injected into Medicaid debate
The Iowa House Appropriations Committee advanced Governor Branstad's Healthy Iowa Plan for expanding health insurance in Iowa. House Republicans amended the bill to include language that limits a patient's legal protections if they are injured or killed by preventable medical errors. Attached is a statement about the proposal from IAJ, and some information about the effects of the proposal... read more.
Claims about medical malpractice lawsuits rejected
Iowa should not blame its doctor shortage on the cost of medical malpractice lawsuits, a national expert says.
Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing for limits on such lawsuits, saying they're a major reason the state has trouble recruiting enough doctors. But Mike Matray, editor of the trade journal Medical Liability Monitor, said the governor's contention "doesn't stack up with the reality of the situtation." read more.
IAJ 2012 Annual Convention a success
The 2012 IAJ Annual Convention was a success. Hundreds of attorneys from every corner of the state attended to get their year's CLE, network and catch up with friends and colleagues, and see IAJ's new president step into leadership. IAJ installed several new executive officers and members of the board of governors during convention (November 8-9) at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott. IAJ's newly installed leaders will serve the 2012-13 term. IAJ also honored its 2012 award winners... read more.
IAJ Justice In Deed donation
The Iowa Association for Justice recently made a donation to the Cedar Valley SportsPlex Endowment Fund to provide scholarships to underprivileged children and provide access to athletics and organized sports in the facility.
The donation is the result of a fundraiser in September, the 2012 Tom Staack Memorial Golf Tournament. The Iowa Association for Justice raised slightly more than $13,750 for the SportsPlex... read more.
Iowa City workers' comp case will be prosecuted
The Iowa attorney general's office has been asked to make an Iowa City trash hauler the poster child in Iowa for what can happen when an employer fails to carry workers' compensation insurance.
A deputy workers' compensation commissioner referred the case to state prosecutors this month, after two Des Moines Register Reader's Watchdog columns focused on the lack of prosecution in such cases in Iowa... read more
Group explores lack of prosecution of workers' comp cases
Nicki Briggs was 27 years old in 2007, working for $15 an hour as a semitrailer truck driver for Ozark Automotive in Grimes.
On April 17 that year, she had just picked up a load of scrap metal when she was struck head-on by a dump truck. The result: an extended stay at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines and continued chronic pain... read more
IAJ delivers donation to Siouxland Community Health Center
Trial attorneys with the Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ) delivered a donation to support a Sioux City health clinic. The group collected donations from trial attorney members across the state at IAJ's 21st Annual Workers' Compensation Seminar, a legal education seminar. At the seminar IAJ members pitched in to assist underserved northwest Iowans, raising over $2,300 for the Siouxland Community Health Center.
The service project is part of IAJ's Justice In Deed initiative, which links trial attorneys with community service organizations to assist struggling Iowa families... read release.
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