Valleywide Legal Blog

More Doctor Secrecy Hurting You.

Many times I have recommended using the resources available to you to learn about your doctor before you allow him or her to make decisions that may affect you for the rest of your life.  At a minimum, you should … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

Medical Secrecy and Non-Disclosure Agreements.

It seems the news has been full of stories involving Non-Disclosure Agreements, often called NDA’s.  Our President has one with an adult film actress, movie producers have them with actors and actresses, the soccer star Ronaldo has one with an … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

Some Thoughts Before Surgery.

Surgery is scary.  Lots of things can go wrong.  No one can guarantee a good surgical outcome.  Even the best surgeon operating in the best hospital may end up with a bad outcome.  If your surgery is of the emergency … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, Hospitals, Infection, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Surgical Errors |

A Cautionary Tale.

Most patients trust their doctors.  They do more research into the restaurant for tonight’s meal than they do into the qualifications of the surgeon who is going to perform surgery on them.  This level of trust without any investigation can … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Informed Consent, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Surgical Errors |

More Doctors Behaving Badly

As I have often said, most doctors are caring professionals who would not dream of being disrespectful to their patients.  On the other hand, doctors are human and there are regular incidents of doctors behaving badly.  Sometimes their actions are … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Cesarean Section, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

Third World Medicine

“Third world medicine” is how a local doctor described to me the quality of the care he is routinely seeing delivered at urgent care centers in the Phoenix area.  In his practice, he is often asked to review patient charts … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, never events, Secrecy |

It Shouldn’t Be A Whisper.

When a patient in a hospital has been the victim of medical malpractice, many people often know about it.  The one person who is usually not in on the secret is the patient who has been injured.  Sometimes the medical … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Defensive Medicine, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

Never Events Just Keep On Happening.

The term “Never Event” was created in the early 2000’s to denote an event that should never occur in the presence of good medical care.  It is now used to describe events which are clear, which cause serious injury or … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, never events, Nurses, Prescription Errors, retained surgical instruments, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

Medical Ethics? Many Doctors Don’t Care.

Many professions strive to meet lofty ethical goals and the medical profession is no different.  The American Medical Association has long promulgated a set of Principles of Medical Ethics.  The problem is that many doctors, while mouthing the platitudes contained … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, tort reform |

More Secrecy for Misbehaving Doctors

Here we go again.  In a story which has appeared in a number of outlets, it is reported that a surgeon with the respected Cleveland Clinic was allowed to remain on staff and continue to treat patients after two patients … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Secrecy |