Doctors, hospitals and insurers could face millions of dollars in damages if the Supreme Court rules in their favor.
The case, filed last year, is seeking class action status, and the court will decide if the defendants have a legal claim.
It’s a powerful case that could make a dent in the insurance industry’s reputation.
Here are five questions you should ask before you sue a doctor.1.
What is the difference between a class action and a class?
A class action lawsuit is a group of people who want to be able to share in the damages, said John J. Trowbridge, a partner at Trowbridges law firm in Houston, Texas.
A class action is a case in which everyone who participates gets to share the costs of a lawsuit.
This means everyone is covered, Trowcroft said.
The class action also means that everyone can share in any damages the doctor claims.
A case like this could lead to a lot of money, said Michael T. Murphy, a professor at the University of Houston Law School and an expert on medical malarriage.2.
What happens if a doctor wins?
The doctors claim is likely to succeed, Trowsbridge said.
That could make them the first to pay the bill for what they saw as unnecessary injuries and deaths.
But a judge could reverse a decision by the medical board and order damages to be paid, or it could take years for the insurance companies to settle, Murphy said.3.
Is there a timeline?
The issue is a complex one, said Steven A. Maresca, an expert in health care law at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The medical board will make the decision, not the plaintiffs.
So the timing is a matter of degree.
If the board doesn’t have a deadline by which to pay, the parties may have to settle and make a settlement or take legal action, Marescata said.4.
Who is in a class and who isn’t?
Doctors can be doctors and hospitals can be hospitals, and all three have their own sets of rules, Murphy explained.
It may not be clear whether a particular doctor is in the class of the doctors, or a hospital, or both.
A doctor’s profession may make it harder to prove negligence or negligence in a case, Mlesca said.5.
Is the hospital responsible for the damages?
A hospital is the one who pays the bill if there is an injury or death, and is liable for any damage that the hospital caused, Mysca said, noting that the law doesn’t say how much is a hospital’s responsibility.
A hospital could be found liable for costs such as hospitalization or for damages caused by its employees.
In the case of a hospital-caused injury or a death, the insurance company could be liable for the death or injury, Mays said.
A hospital’s decision to settle can be influenced by a number of factors, including whether a hospital has an adequate risk management program, Melsca said., and by what measures the hospital is going to improve its risk management.
If the hospital settles, the insurers might be able pay the settlement amount to the hospital.
If they don’t, they may be able collect the damages from the hospital, Miesca said,.
However, the medical industry has an obligation to pay damages, Momsa said.