Valleywide Legal Blog

Physician Conflicts of Interest

Physicians occupy a special place in our society.  They are respected and honored.  They are often well-compensated for their efforts.  We trust our doctors.  Very few patients ever think that the doctor who is recommending surgery or a particular treatment … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Hip Replacement, Hospitals, joint replacement, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Orthopedics, PODS, Secrecy |

The Dishonest Hospital

I came across an interesting story recently that resonated with me because I have seen this in my practice.  A Kentucky woman who noticed a lump in her breast went to have it checked out at a local hospital.  The … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Fraud, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Mammogram, medical charts, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

The Arizona Legislature Does Not Like You.

The Arizona legislature does not like you, if you have been a victim of medical malpractice.  They have enacted several laws which apply only to victims of medical malpractice and which are intended to make it more difficult for you … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, tort reform, trial |

The Bad Result.

Medicine is an art, not a science.  There is far more that we do not understand about the human body than we do understand.  When you receive medical treatment or undergo a surgical procedure, no one makes you any guarantees.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Surgical Errors, trial, Verdicts |

The Hospital Death.

People die in hospitals.  It is a fact of life.  Sometimes they die in spite of the very best medical care that we have to offer.  Sometimes, however, they die because they did not receive the care they should have.  … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Finding a Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Secrecy |

When Your Baby Dies Or Is Damaged During Childbirth.

There are few things more devastating than a baby who dies or is badly injured during childbirth.  What should have been a happy occasion for celebration turns into tragedy.  The gaily decorated room at home prepared in anticipation of the … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Nurses |

Doctors Behaving Badly.

Most of the instances of medical malpractice I see in my practice are of the unintentional variety.  Someone made a mistake that ended up hurting a patient.  There is another variety of medical malpractice, however, and my partner and I … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Cancer, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Lawsuits, medical charts, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice lawyers |

Do I Have A Medical Malpractice Case? Part 2

Last week I began the discussion of the necessary elements of an economically viable medical malpractice case with a review of the standard of care issue.  This week I will address the remaining elements. Proving a breach of the standard … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases |

Do I Have A Medical Malpractice Case? Part 1

This is a question I hear on an almost daily basis.  In order to answer it, we must first discuss what is meant by  “having a medical malpractice case.”  There is a lot of ground to cover and I am … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice costs, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, trial, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases |

“Blame The Patient”

“Blame the patient” is Play #2 in the medical malpractice defense lawyer’s playbook.  Play #1, of course, is “Deny, deny, deny.”  “Blame the patient” is #2 because it is so effective.  It plays into the human nature of the members … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, heart attack, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, plaintiff, Prescription Errors, trial |