Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

Doctor’s Visit: Malpractice and What Rights You Should Know

Medical malpractice, by definition, is when a healthcare provider causes injury to a patient through either a negligent act, or through omission. Because medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States, it’s important to know your rights before a medical mistake occurs. When medical mistakes that are a result of […]

Four Signs Your Doctor is Guilty of Medical Malpractice

Due to variations in human anatomy, immunologic responses and healing variances, it’s quite possible for problems to arise with your medical condition even if your doctor did everything perfectly. However, some negative outcomes are caused by ignorance or carelessness. How can you know if your doctor has committed malpractice in your specific case? Here are […]

Victims of Malpractice: How to Handle a Personal Injury Suit

When you are injured through malpractice, a car accident or an accident at work, you need to make sure that you are taking your injury seriously. Most people who are injured tend to take the injury in stride. They move on with their lives and lose the money that they should have made working. They […]

Questions Raised About Doctors Owning Distributorships

Southern California Public Radio, in a segment titled “Selling The Spine,” reports that over the last decade, California “and the rest of the U.S. have seen rapid growth in what are called Physician Owned Distributorships, or PODs, in the spinal device business.” A POD is a medical device business “in which a physician is an […]

Physicians May Perform C-Sections to Avoid Lawsuits Even When Vaginal Birth Is Possible

The Deseret (UT) News writes a recent NIH report indicates malpractice lawsuit concerns have compelled some physicians to perform more repeat cesarean sections when vaginal delivery may also have been an option. “Obstetricians face more lawsuits and have higher insurance premiums than nearly any other medical specialty, except for neurosurgeons, according to” the report, and may not […]

Injury Induced By Robotic Surgery Increases With Advertising

Bloomberg News reports surgeries performed by robots are increasing, “fueled by aggressive marketing by doctors, hospitals and Intuitive Surgical Inc.,” the $1.5 million robot’s manufacturer. Advertising for the procedure was found on physician and hospital websites and other forums, claiming “fewer complications without proof,” and ignoring “contradictory studies finding no advantage in some cases.” According to […]

Victim Of Medical Malpractice? What You Should Do Next

While it’s not generally like most healthcare providers to provide anything less than the optimal standard to their patients, things can still take a turn for the worst at any time. If you or someone you love is a victim of medical malpractice, it’s important to take a very specific number of first steps to […]

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 […]