Professional Negligence Law Reporter

2017 January/February

Volume 28, No. 1

The Professional Negligence Law Reporter covers the latest legal developments concerning negligence by health care providers, accountants, lawyers, securities brokers, and many other professionals. It features verdicts, settlements, and court decisions. PNLR is published six times annually. Members also receive a monthly e-newsletter containing news stories, additional case reports, and links to recent articles published in the media and scholarly journals.


  • January 31, 2017
  • February 28, 2017


  • Indemnification claim by law firm against accountants precluded where firm possibly at fault in underlying malpractice action

Chiropractic Care

  • Failure to refer patient to medical doctor


  • Negligent wisdom tooth extraction


  • Improper denial of homeowners’ benefits, policy cancellation
  • Failure to procure replacement insurance coverage

Laboratory Negligence

  • Misread Pap smear


  • Failure to settle underlying lawsuit
  • Negligent advice regarding real estate ownership interest
  • Claim accrued when legal malpractice allegedly committed
  • Expert testimony regarding attorney’s specific deviation from professional standard required in malpractice case


  • Tennessee malpractice act inapplicable to claim by hotel guest who contracted norovirus during his stay
  • Late diagnosis, treatment of compartment syndrome
  • Negligent performance of hip replacement
  • Failure to diagnose, treat preeclampsia
  • Late diagnosis of bladder cancer
  • Failure to monitor emergency room patient
  • Failure to timely diagnose, treat postoperative infection
  • Delayed treatment of stroke
  • Negligent performance of transurethral microwave therapy
  • Failure to diagnose pulmonary embolism
  • Antiviral drug overdose
  • Improper orthopedic surgery
  • Late diagnosis of rectal mass
  • Negligent administration of Dilaudid
  • Late diagnosis of sepsis
  • Claim arising out of patient’s fall from hospital wheelchair constituted ordinary negligence
  • Battery, negligent spinal surgery

Nursing Home

  • Negligent treatment of premature infant
  • Failure to prevent falls
  • Third-party beneficiary doctrine does not justify arbitration where son, but not resident, signed admission agreement

Real Estate

  • Appraisal company owed no duty to land purchasers

Social Work

  • Failure to remove child from dangerous home