Professional Negligence Law Reporter | The American Association For Justice

Professional Negligence Law Reporter

2018 January/February

Volume 37, No. 1

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.


  • January 30, 2018
  • February 27, 2018


  • Sexual abuse of student


  • Professional services policy did not cover claims alleging workplace sexual harassment
  • Claims against life insurance broker accrued when policy application was allegedly mishandled
  • Breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing


  • Statute of limitations for malpractice cases begins when underlying legal proceeding ends
  • Malpractice suit alleging mishandled sentencing may proceed after client obtains relief from underlying sentence
  • Former criminal client may sue for breach of contract absent exoneration


  • Failure to ensure bowel was not twisted before creating anastomosis
  • Failure to administer thiamine following gastric bypass surgery
  • No recovery for mother’s emotional distress absent independent injury
  • Negligent prescription of methadone
  • Delayed diagnosis of pediatric leukemia
  • Wrongful life, birth
  • Negligent treatment of postpartum hemorrhage
  • Negligent hand surgery
  • Failure to treat ventral hernia
  • Failure to diagnose meningitis
  • Inadequate monitoring of patient on opioid pain medications
  • Failure to order postoperative blood thinner
  • Negligent spinal surgery
  • Inadequate performance of laminectomy
  • Unnecessary colonoscopy
  • Doctor’s allegedly negligent removal of step stool did not constitute medical malpractice claim
  • Late diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome
  • Lack of informed consent

Mental Health

  • Hospital that declined to recommend involuntary commitment not liable to third parties patient later shot

Nursing Home

  • Suit alleging nursing aide struck resident is subject to state’s malpractice act
  • Failure to timely transfer resident to hospital