Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

Surgical Students Less Prepared After Work Hour Restrictions Were Put in Place


This is a little disturbing — do we have to choose between sleep-deprived surgeons or under-prepared surgeons? Reuters reports a new analysis found that surgeons in training have had fewer opportunities to participate in operations since restrictions on working hours were put in place by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in July 2011. The study, […]

Chicago Hospital Accused of Performing Unneeded Tracheotomies for Medicare Payments


There have been many, many incidents of Medicare fraud by medical providers, but this one (if true) is just awful: The Bloomberg News reports about a Federal probe into allegations of unnecessary tracheotomies at Chicago’s Sacred Heart Hospital. Bloomberg reports, “Based in part on surreptitious tape recordings, an FBI affidavit lays out allegations that a Sacred Heart […]

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Decline in Wisconsin


In a more than 3,800-word piece, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on the difficulty of pursuing medical malpractice lawsuits in Wisconsin, the result of state regulations and legal decisions which have caused the number of lawsuits to decline. According to the article, court records show that medical malpractice suits in the state have dropped “more than 50% […]

The Shocking Truth About Medication Errors


Our law firm has seen a lot of situations in which consumers suffered damages, from minor to life-threatening, from improperly dispensed prescription medication. Some of the details of this problem were discussed in a recent article in Forbes. Here are excerpts: Let’s say a physician writes a prescription for Colchicine and accidentally orders “10.0 mg,” […]

Off-Label Use of Medical Devices Increasing


The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on the off-label uses of medical devices, which it says is commonplace in some specialties and allows doctors to solve problems that have no existing solution but that also “comes with risks for patients.” It points out that physicians “have complete discretion to use medical devices in any way they think helps […]

Lawsuit Against California Hospital Filed After Photos Taken During Surgery


The Los Angeles Times reports that photos taken by a nurse’s aide of an unconscious patient after her anesthesiologist decorated her face with stickers, have led to a civil lawsuit and state investigation of Torrance Memorial Medical Center. The anesthesiologist, Dr. Patrick Yang, kept his hospital privileges but was disciplined, as were other employees involved. The nurse’s […]

Unnecessary Surgeries Noted as Prevalent Issue


USA Today reports on what it says are “tens of thousands” of unnecessary surgeries that are performed each year. USA Today made the assessment after viewing “government records and medical databases finds.” In fact, “unnecessary surgeries might account for 10% to 20% of all operations in some specialties, including a wide range of cardiac procedures.” In […]

Slip And Fall? Botched Surgery? Five Things A Personal Injury Attorney Can Do When Accidents Happen


If you have had some type of accident or been accidentally injured in a vehicular collision, during a bad surgery, from a dog bite, a slip and fall accident or any type of other accident that caused harm to you, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you. While they are able to […]

Medical Malpractice: Six Signs to Look Out For


Medical malpractice is not just deliberately poor behavior. It is any negligent action that harms the patient. You must understand its signs so that you, and those you love, will not become victims. Here are six major signs to beware of: 1           Delayed Diagnosis Procrastination can cost you your life. Many serious diseases must be […]

Family That Claims L.A. Hospital Froze Woman Alive Can Sue


Want some nightmares tonight? Read this from the Los Angeles Times: The family of a woman who may have been prematurely declared dead, awoke in the hospital’s freezer and struggled before ultimately freezing to death can go forward with a lawsuit against the hospital, an appellate court has ruled. Maria de Jesus Arroyo, 80, was pronounced […]

How to Know if You’ve Been a Victim of Medical Malpractice


This article is from Emma Sturgis, a freelance writer living in Boston. She writes on a variety of topics, including politics and law. When not at her computer, she enjoys film noir and rock climbing. Cases of malpractice aren’t always cut and dried. Sometimes you receive care that borders on negligent, and this can leave you […]

Florida Supreme Court Tosses Caps on Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Awards


Texas victims of medical malpractice desperately need this to happen in our state. I’m not holding my breath though. Our Supreme Court cares much more for doctors and hospitals than for innocent patients. The AP reports that yesterday in a 5-2 decision, the Florida Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional “caps placed on how much money people can […]

Civil Justice System is a Safeguard Against Lax Physician Oversight


In a letter to the editor of USA Today, American Association for Justice President Burton LeBlanc writes, “The civil justice system provides a key incentive for corporations to act responsibly and prioritize safety from the start. Among many things, our environment is cleaner and our medicine cabinets are safer thanks to individuals and their attorneys who […]

Lawsuits Blame Lack of Training for Injuries from Intuitive Surgical Robots


In a nearly 2,400-word article titled “Intuitive Robosurgery Training Seen Lacking in Lawsuits,” Bloomberg News reports, “Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG), the maker of surgical robots used in 367,000 US operations last year, is facing accusations in lawsuits that it put patients at risk by marketing the machinery to doctors without providing adequate training.” Currently, “no universally accepted […]

Review: Most Malpractice Claims Caused by Medication Errors, Missed Diagnoses


HealthDay reports, “Most malpractice claims against primary care doctors are the result of drug errors and missed diagnoses, particularly of cancer, heart attack and meningitis,” according to a review published online in the journal BMJ Open. After analyzing 34 studies, researchers found that “the most common consequence of missed diagnoses in malpractice claims was death, which […]

Four Common Accident and Personal Injury Claims


In keeping with my fascination with personal injury laws in other countries, this guest post is from Injuries aren’t really a topic you think much about, until you’re affected by one. Sometimes you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and you end up in an accident that wasn’t your fault. Unfortunately this […]

Interns Report More Hospital Errors Due to Shorter Doctor Shifts


ABC World News reported, “There are as many 98,000 deaths each year from mistakes made in America’s hospitals. Some of the blame – exhausted doctors. But the new studies are raising questions about the fix. Interns today report making more mistakes than they did when the shifts were longer and they had less sleep. One […]

Do Physicians Practice Defensive Medicine Just to Increase Their Incomes?


In a special piece for Bloomberg News, attorney Steve Cohen writes, “Tort reformers blame the prospect of malpractice suits for the proliferation of ‘defensive medicine’ and thus higher” overall healthcare costs. Physicians, it is argued, “prescribe costly tests that patients don’t need in order to protect themselves against suits.” But, Cohen contends, extensive studies, including research […]

Three Common Types of Medical Negligence


Here is a view from Great Britain of medical malpractice. The thought of having to go for an operation or medical procedure is a daunting one, however, the vast majority of medical professionals are extremely talented and therefore can be trusted to get things right. Unfortunately though, we also hear of cases where things haven’t […]

Study: No Link Between Tort Reform and Reduced Defensive Medicine


The Insurance Journal reports that a study in the August Health Affairs “found no consistent relationships” between “physicians’ level of malpractice concern with objective state-level indicators of malpractice liability risk.” Instead, “physicians’ perception of their risk…predicts their practice of defensive medicine,” suggesting “that traditional malpractice reforms, such as caps on damages, don’t change how physicians practice.” Unlike […]