Valleywide Legal Blog

$13M Medical Malpractice Verdict in New York.

There is a lesson to be learned from every medical malpractice verdict.  A recent verdict in New York City is no exception. A 43 year old wife and mother of three underwent what should have been a minor procedure to … Read More

Posted in blood infections, Doctors, Infection, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, plaintiff, Sepsis, Surgical Errors, Verdicts |

Sepsis: The Waiting Killer

From time to time people ask me what is the most common form of medical malpractice I see.  I usually answer that there is no most common form and that there are many ways in which mistakes can be made.  … Read More

Posted in blood infections, Doctors, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Sepsis, Surgical Errors |

Infections: The Toughest Medical Malpractice Cases

Although everyone wishes it were otherwise, infections and hospitals are inextricably linked.  Hospitals treat the sickest people and many of them have infections.  Some of those infections have developed resistance to antibiotics.  Despite programs to promote good hygiene and prevent … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff |

As If You Didn’t Have Enough To Worry About.

Hospitals can be scary places.  We are usually there because we are sick or because we are visiting someone who is sick.  The notable exceptions are the labor and delivery area and the newborn nursery.  Visits there have the greatest … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, Hospitals, Infection, Nurses, science news, Sepsis |

Dirty Scopes and Deadly Bacteria Revisited

On a couple of occasions, I have written about the problems some hospitals have had properly sterilizing the endoscopes they use in certain procedures involving the gastrointestinal tract.  You can read those posts here, here and here.  The problem was … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

When Good Medical Instruments Go Bad

Recently I commented upon a story about a Seattle area hospital which knew it was infecting patients with endoscopes due to inadequate sterilization techniques but was keeping this critical information from its patients.  To make matters worse, the infections involved antibiotic-resistant bacteria … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical ethics, Secrecy |

Good Medical Care – It Depends on a Lot

I read this brief on-line article today. http://healthyliving.msn.com/health-wellness/many-hospitals-ineffectively-treat-bloodstream-infections-study-suggests The title suggested it would be about the ineffective treatment of bloodstream born infections by hospitals.  Bloodstream born infections can cause serious medical complications and death.  They require early recognition and treatment. … Read More

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