Professional Negligence Law Reporter | The American Association For Justice

Professional Negligence Law Reporter

2018 May/June

Volume 37, No. 3

The Professional Negligence Law Reporter features verdicts, settlements, and court decisions in the field of products liability. It is published six times annually. Members also receive a monthly e-newsletter containing news stories, additional case reports, reports of government regulatory actions and product recalls, and links to recent articles published in the media and scholarly journals.


  • May 22, 2018

Assisted Living

  • Release of health care center also releases servants from potential liability


  • Opinion letter from general dentist insufficient in malpractice case against oral surgeon
  • Negligent use of Septocaine during wisdom tooth extraction
  • Failure to identify and treat infection following tooth extraction

Emergency Medical Services

  • Failure to act in good faith in allowing student to intubate patient


  • Bad faith


  • Failure to reassess patient after administering Dilaudid
  • Misuse of Hoyer lift
  • Resident not liable for patient’s surgical injury
  • Mishandled breech delivery
  • Inadequate response to postsurgical complaints
  • Negligent forceps delivery
  • Failure to diagnose appendicitis
  • Failure to diagnose wrist fracture
  • Failure to prescribe anticoagulants
  • Insurance policy did not extend hospital’s liability to include responsibility for apparent agents
  • Failure to refer patient to cardiologist before surgery
  • Nurse provides crutches to unsteady patient
  • Negligent performance of face-lift
  • Improperly applied foot wound dressing
  • Negligent vascular surgery
  • Failure to timely treat jaundice
  • Improper tissue sample taken from deceased fetus
  • Negligent extubation

Mental Health

  • Failure to transfer patient to appropriate treatment center

Nursing Home

  • Health care directive did not authorize resident’s relative to sign arbitration agreement
  • Failure to provide trained health care staff
  • Failure to prevent, treat pressure sores
  • Arbitration agreement valid notwithstanding invalid procedural provision
  • Failure to provide working air mattress


  • Improper treatment of foot ulcer
  • Negligent osteotomy

Social Work

  • Warrantless removal of children from home