Valleywide Legal Blog

Dirty Scopes, Deadly Bacteria, Deadly Secrets

The story of the endoscopes that sickened and killed patients just keeps getting worse and worse.  When I first wrote about it, I focused on the actions of the Seattle hospital that discovered it was transmitting deadly infections to patients … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, disclosure of medical mistakes, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, medical errors, medical ethics, medical malpractice lawsuits, Medical Negligence, Sepsis |

To Practice Defensive Medicine or Not?

Many physicians privately admit to practicing what they call “defensive medicine.”  They order tests or perform procedures they do not believe the patient really needs but justify doing so on the grounds that it may keep them from being sued … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims |