The story of medical malpractice lawsuits is full of contradictions.
It started with a few doctors who felt they were being held accountable for the death of their patients.
Then, as now, lawsuits were being filed for medical malpractices by a handful of medical schools, many of them not being properly funded by the state.
The first to go was the University of Mississippi, which filed a lawsuit in 1992 to force out a physician who had treated a student for leukemia.
That lawsuit was eventually settled out of court, with the university paying a $30 million settlement.
The university also got $25 million for the loss of its reputation as a medical school, which, as you’ll see, was not the fault of the school itself.
Then there was the case of the doctor who killed a woman with hepatitis C in 1998.
She was treated for the disease by a doctor at the University Health System in Indianapolis, which paid him $50,000 in a wrongful death settlement.
After that, the state of Michigan tried to stop a lawsuit filed by the medical school against the University Hospital in Michigan, which had treated an employee for hepatitis C, but lost in a federal court.
The state had also sued the University Medical Center in Ann Arbor, which has been sued more than 60 times.
Finally, in 2008, the United States Supreme Court struck down Michigan’s medical maljudgment law.
The law, which the court said was designed to make medical care more accessible, had been a major obstacle to a physician getting his or her day in court.
“The legal system is broken,” said Jeffrey Wittenberg, who teaches constitutional law at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
“People are not going to take a doctor’s word for it.”
What happens now?
The case of Dr. Charles P. Smith, the father of a man who died of cirrhosis of the liver at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, has taken on a life of its own.
In January, after the Johns’ lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, Dr. Smith’s son-in-law filed a wrongful-death suit against the hospital and Dr. Schlesinger.
The family had asked for $4.7 million in compensatory damages, and $2.5 million in punitive damages.
That’s $1.4 million per day, or $9,000 per hour.
But the judge ruled that the damages were insufficient because it was hard to prove that the hospital was negligent.
Smith’s son said the ruling was an “outrageous miscarriage of justice.”
“I believe that the state has made the right decision in this case,” his son, John P. Scholes, told The Associated Press in an interview.
“I think it was the right call.”
But in March, after a federal judge denied the lawsuit and said that Dr. Scott Smith, who died in 2014, was a victim of medical negligence, the Scholes family appealed.
In August, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a motion to dismiss, saying that the Schlesings did not have standing to bring the suit.
And in November, the Justice Department appealed, arguing that the case should be dismissed.
But Judge Michael Orenstein, who heard the appeal, said in his ruling that the court would take no further action.
So far, the cases against the Johns and Schlesingers have cost the state $8.6 million, and the Scholls family has lost more than $100,000.
The cost of those cases was not disclosed by the Schols family.
The medical maljustice cases are not the only ones that have created headaches for hospitals, which have been the target of the lawsuits for years.
In 2007, the federal government sued the medical schools at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the University Hospitals of Chicago and the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
The government had sued for $30 billion in damages for injuries suffered by patients.
The lawsuits had gone on for years, but in October, the hospital agreed to settle, for $3.9 billion, for the first time in history.
“This is the worst legal problem I’ve seen,” said Dr. Bruce J. Hamermesh, president of the American Medical Association.
“We’re just in a state of chaos.”