Liability

  • Take Action: Scope, Liability Bills on the Move

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    Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are telling lawmakers they need the authority to diagnose and prescribe independent of physician supervision has been referred to the Senate Business and Commerce Committee for a hearing to be scheduled soon Take action now. Contact your state lawmakers via the TMA Grassroots Action Center today to let them know if they want to improve access to safe, quality health care in Texas, they must expand opportunities for physician-led, team-based care.

    Read all of the the Texas Legislative Hotlines here

    Legislative Hotline,
    for March 12, 2021
     

  • TMA Seeks Better Liability Shields for All Physicians During COVID-19

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    Under Texas law, physicians treating COVID-19 patients in a volunteer capacity have potential defenses against lawsuits that might arise from that care.

    Pandemic Poses Legal Pitfalls  
  • Could You Be Liable for Volunteer COVID-19 Care?

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    Many Texas physicians have stepped up to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes retired physicians and others who have volunteered their services in areas where they are needed most. If you’d like to volunteer but are concerned about your potential liability, check out TMA's recent white paper.

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  • TMA Asks Governor for Liability Protections During COVID-19

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    As physicians and other health care workers risk their health, stretch themselves thin, and deal with uncertain availability of resources to fight COVID-19, the Texas Medical Association is asking Gov. Greg Abbott to restrict litigation stemming from the pandemic.

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    Asks of Governor Abbott
     
  • TMLT Offering Premium, Coverage Relief to Physicians During COVID-19 Emergency

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    Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT), the largest medical liability insurance provider in Texas, has announced several changes to help members care for COVID-19 patients and to offer relief from financial hardships related to the pandemic. 

    Learn About TMLT COVID-19 Liability Coverage  
  • Houston Case Challenges Noneconomic Damage Cap

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    Without the cap, what is tort reform, exactly? Texas physicians hope they won’t have to answer that question. But a couple that won a 2019 negligence lawsuit is taking aim at the centerpiece of the state’s 2003 medical liability reforms: the $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages.

    Tort Reform on Trial  
  • The Top 5 Things That Get Physicians Sued

    There are some obvious reasons physicians could face a medical liability lawsuit — surgical errors, misdiagnosis, and medication errors are some of the most common.

    But other issues related to communication, documentation, and staff conduct, also increase your legal risk.

    The video below — published by the Texas Medical Liability Trust and hosted by its Vice President of Risk Management Lesley Viner— covers the top five common issues that could leave you open to a medical liability lawsuit.

     

    TMLT, the only medical professional liability insurance provider created and exclusively endorsed by the Texas Medical Association, is a self-insured, not-for-profit trust that provides reliable coverage against medical liability claims and more. Call (800) 580-8558, (512)-425-5800 or visit www.tmlt.org for more information.

  • Texas Supreme Court Lets Liability Protections Stand

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    Thanks to the Texas Supreme Court's decision in Perkins v. Skapek, physicians employed by a government institution still can perform clinical duties at a non-government facility without giving up immunity from lawsuits.

    Protecting Tort Reform  
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