Valleywide Legal Blog

Some Really Good News About Prostate Cancer

One in nine men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetimes.  Most will die of something else.  Fewer than 20% will develop the aggressive form of the cancer which is most likely to spread and to kill the patient.  Until … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, General Health, genetic testing, health, Health Care Costs, Infection, medical research, Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer testing, science news |

Staggering Malpractice at the VA

A Veterans’ Administration pathologist sits in jail today.  He is charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three veterans who sought treatment at the VA hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Investigation has revealed that he routinely misread … Read More

Posted in Cancer, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Nurses |

Lawyer Loses Her Race Against Cancer.

A Baltimore attorney lost her race against breast cancer last week.  She also lost her chance to have her medical malpractice case decided before she died.  Attorney Katrina Dennis claimed that her surgeon failed to properly advise her when he … Read More

Posted in Breast Cancer, Cancer, Doctors, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, plaintiff, trial |

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 |

Power Morcellators Continue To Be Used.

Here is a link to a story in today’s Wall Street Journal about the continued use of power morcellators.  I have been writing in this blog about power morcellators for 4 years now.  I have links here, here and here to … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, healthy living, hysterectomy, Power Morcellators, Surgical Errors |

Prostate Cancer News.

The New England Journal of Medicine just published the results of a 30 year study from Scandinavia of the effect of radical prostate surgery on the risk of death from prostate cancer.  The study sample was 695 men, all of … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, healthy living, Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer testing |

Power Morcellators Revisited

I have written in the past about power morcellators and the harm they have caused patients.  I have links here, here and here.  Despite their risks, power morcellators continue to be used by surgeons for minimally invasive gynecological surgery.  In … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, hysterectomy, Informed Consent, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical research, Power Morcellators |

Medical Errors: A Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

We like to tell ourselves that we value life.  When a tragedy occurs, we often search for solutions to try and prevent it from occurring again.  Highway safety is a good example.  Around 40,000 people die in highway accidents each … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, Cancer, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, tort reform |

The Doctor Will Negotiate With You Now.

Not all prostate cancers are created equal.  Some are high-grade and life-threatening.  These tumors need to be addressed promptly and aggressively.  Many prostate cancer tumors, however, are slow growing and may never need to be actively treated.  For these low-grade … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Prostate Cancer, prostate cancer testing |

What Are We Paying For?

Researchers have developed a new tool for assessing the effectiveness of a health care system and we in the United States aren’t doing so well.  The concept is called “amenable mortality.”  It identifies medical conditions which cause death but which, … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Heart Attacks, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, tort reform |