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Medical Malpractice Secrecy.

Doctors and hospitals win 85% to 90% of the medical malpractice cases tried across this country.  This percentage holds true even when the facts strongly favor the patient.  Why can’t patients get a favorable verdict from their fellow citizens?  There … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, Secrecy, tort reform, trial |

Lots of Malpractice Out There

There is often a debate about just how much medical malpractice there is.  Advocates for the medical industry and their insurance companies would have you believe that there is very little malpractice and that lawsuits claiming malpractice are almost always … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Malpractice costs, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, never events, Nurses, Secrecy |

Why More Pharmacy Malpractice?

Last week I blogged about how to protect yourself from pharmacy malpractice and remarked that instances of pharmacy malpractice were increasing.  The current situation was discussed at length in a New York Times investigation. The days of the corner Mom … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, medical errors, Medication Errors, Pharmacies, Pharmacy Malpractice, Secrecy |

Another Malpractice Death Ignored by the System

Here is a touching story of another death caused by medical malpractice that our current laws swept under the carpet. The author is a former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles.  His younger brother was morbidly obese and had many health … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Finding a Medical Malpractice Lawyer, heart attack, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, tort reform |

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 |

Improving Hospital Care

Anyone who has ever been a hospital patient or who has had a loved one in the hospital has seen errors in care.  They occur on almost a daily basis and they come in all shapes and sizes.  Modern medical … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

Secrecy and More Secrecy

I swear it is not just me.  While I have been concerned about the effects of secrecy in health care and malpractice litigation for some time, the news lately is just full of stories about patients being kept in the … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, Arizona Medical Board, Defensive Medicine, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Secrecy |

The Bad Doctor Problem.

What happens to bad doctors?  By bad doctor I mean those who malpractice over and over.  Turns out that a lot of them are still out there malpracticing. A recent article in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine looked … Read More

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

To Autopsy Or Not?

When a loved one dies, the family they leave behind are understandably grief stricken.  Senses are numbed, tears are shed, final arrangements are made, often in a haze of grief.  Questions about why the loved one died and whether medical … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

The Surgical “Black Box” Revisited.

A little over four years ago, I wrote about a Canadian surgeon who had developed a “black box” to monitor events in the operating room and warn surgeons and nurses if they were deviating from best practices.  The goal was … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical research, Nurses, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |