As the Death Toll Rises, House Bill 1064 Seeks to Limit Liability for Physicians

By:  Sandra S. Neuman, President Elect Two interesting news items pertaining to medical malpractice crossed my desk this week.  The first was a study by two Johns Hopkins physicians who examined the problem of death by medical error.  According to the study, medical error was the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer.  As astounding as this fact is alone, it was noted that a very real problem exists in accurately calculating death due to medical negligence.  Statistics on death are gathered annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  However, the data is compiled

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Veronica Richards

Veronica Richards

Richards & Richards, LLP 16020 Perry Highway Warrendale, PA 15086 P: (724) 940-4340 F: (724) 940-4374 var@r-rlawfirm.com r-rlawfirm.com Allegheny County   Veronica Richards received her BSN in 1978 and a JD in 1989 from Duquesne University. She received a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration and a Master’s Degree as a Clinical Nurse Practitioner in 1983. She entered the private practice of law after spending over ten years in the health care field as a Clinical Hospital Administrator and as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. She has served as an adjunct faculty member to Duquesne University’s Graduate School of Nursing. Every

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Eric Purchase

Purchase George & Murphey, P.C. 2525 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506 P: (814) 833-7100 F: (814) 835-0401 eric@purchasegeorge.com yourerielawyers.com Erie County Additional Offices: 310 Chestnut Street, Suite 111 Meadville, PA 16335 Attorney Purchase represents people and families suffering from injury or the death of a loved one. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, graduating with honors. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Purchase served as a member and editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.   Before opening his Pennsylvania personal injury practice, Mr. Purchase was a trial lawyer with

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Jerry I. Meyers

Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin, LLC 707 Grant St, Ste 3200, Gulf Tower Pittsburgh, PA 15219 P: (412) 281-4100 F: (412) 281-4111 meyers@meyersmedmal.com www.meyersmedmal.com Allegheny County   Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, Western Chapter President (1990), member of Leaders Forum of The American Association for Justice, Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County Jerry Meyers is the founding and managing partner of the law firm of Meyers Evans & Associates dedicated to helping victims and their families in cases of medical malpractice, brain injuries, cancer misdiagnosis, birth injury and wrongful death. His practice focuses exclusively on medical malpractice cases, an area

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Jon R. Perry

Rosen Louik & Perry, P.C. 437 Grant Street, Suite 200 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 P: (412) 281-4200 F: (412) 281-2997 jperry@caringlawyers.com www.caringlawyers.com Allegheny County   One of Pennsylvania’s most recognized lecturers in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice. Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Maintains an active medical malpractice and personal injury litigation practice and has been recognized for numerous multi-million dollar verdicts. Named in numerous editions of Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World. In 2005 through 2014 he was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer.

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Victor Pribanic

Pribanic & Pribanic 1735 Lincoln Way White Oak, PA 15131 P: (412) 672-5444 F: (412) 672-3715 vpribanic@pribanic.com pribanic.com Allegheny County Additional Offices: 513 Court Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219 Victor Pribanic has been named one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in the Pittsburgh area, and has been recognized as Best Lawyer’s Lawyer of the Year! In addition, he was recently named in Pennsylvania’s Legal Leaders as Pennsylvania’s Product Liability and Personal Injury Leader. In addition, his firm, Pribanic and Pribanic, has been recognized by US News as — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2014 as a National Tier 1 law firm in

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Timothy Conboy

PC-Tim Conboy

Conboy Law LLC 733 Washington Rd, Suite 201 Pittsburgh, PA 15228 P: (412) 343-9060 F: (412) 343-9062 tim@conboylaw.com conboylaw.com Allegheny County   Past Chair of PAJ and ACBA Workers Compensation Section, Past President of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice Attorney Timothy Conboy is the founder of Conboy Law LLC.  Prior to founding Conboy Law he was a partner at Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy for 25 years.   He earned a Bachelor of Science from Allegeny College in 1979 and a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1982.  He is an adjucnt Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh

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Mark J. Homyak

Mark Homyak

The Homyak Law Firm, P.C. 3333 Gulf Tower 707 Grant St Pittsburgh, PA 15219 P: (412) 391-6636 F: (412) 391-6632 mark@homyaklaw.com www.homyaklaw.com Allegheny County     PAJ, ACBA Civ. Lit. & Fed. Ct. Sections, Academy of Trial Lawyers, WPTLA President 2003-2004 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Mark Homyak is the principal of The Homyak Law Firm, P.C. For 33 years, Mark has handled a wide variety of cases involving injuries and deaths caused by vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, inadequate security, alcohol-related assaults and DUI accidents, medical malpractice, dangerous conditions of machines, appliances, vehicles, roadways, real estate and structures, and animal attacks. He

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Charles W. Garbett

Luxenberg, Garbett, Kelly & George, P.C 315 N Mercer Street New Castle, PA 16101 P: (724) 658-8535 F: (724) 658-8013 cgarbett@lgkg.com www.lgkg.com Additional Offices: 317 7th Street Elwood City, PA 16117 Lawrence County   “New Castle is not only a great place to build a business, it’s a great place to raise a family.” Chuck grew up in New Castle, Pennsylvania. After graduating from college, he served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. While serving in Vietnam, Chuck was decorated four times being awarded the Vietnamese Combat Medal, the Vietnamese Service Cross, the Army Commendation Medal and

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