Valleywide Legal Blog

Nursing Homes Can Kill You – Even If You Never Set Foot In One

As the population of the United States ages, more and more of us will find ourselves or our loved ones in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.  There is more and more data to suggest that these facilities are … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, General Health, health, healthy living, Hospitals, Infection, medical research, Nurses, science news, Sepsis |

Misdiagnosis: The Most Common Form of Malpractice

A recent article in the peer-reviewed medical journal Diagnosis concluded, “[D]iagnostic errors remain the most common, most catastrophic, and most costly of serious medical errors . . . .” The researchers were from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and … Read More

Posted in blood infections, Cancer, Doctors, General Health, Infection, Lawsuits, Lung Cancer, medical charts, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, Sepsis, Stroke |

Sepsis and Diet.

Sepsis is one of the leading killers in the United States.  1.7 million Americans get sepsis each year.  Fully one-third of all patients who die in hospital have sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s response to overwhelming infection.  For most of … Read More

Posted in blood infections, General Health, health, healthy living, Infection, medical research, Obesity, obesity epidemic, Sepsis |

Hospitals Can Be Dangerous To Your Health.

The Depression Era bank robber Willie Sutton was famously quoted as saying that he robbed banks because, “That’s where the money is.”  Today, hospitals can be dangerous to your health because, “That’s where the sick people are.” When you go … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, health, healthy living, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Sepsis |

$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 |