Valleywide Legal Blog

Defensive Medicine is a Fraud.

Defensive medicine is the name doctors give to the tests or treatment they admit are unnecessary but they order anyway out of what they claim is fear of being sued for malpractice.  It is an unethical fraud and the doctors … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, tort reform |

Understanding Medical Terminology.

In my job as an attorney representing victims of medical malpractice, it is critically important to be able to read and understand medical records and to be able to examine and cross-examine doctors, who appear as defendants or witnesses.  Both … Read More

Posted in Doctors, General Health, Lawsuits, medical charts, Medical Malpractice |

Sometimes Doctors Bite Off More Than They Can Chew.

I recently read an interesting summary of a medical malpractice case in which the doctor overextended himself and one of his patients died.  The lesson for doctors, which should apply to all the rest of us as well, is don’t … Read More

Posted in Cesarean Section, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Nurses |

Big Malpractice Verdicts Rarely Last.

If you read the news reports about medical malpractice trials, you would be forgiven for believing that the sky is falling, that the inmates are running the asylum and that juries are going crazy making multi-million dollar awards in every … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, Surgical Errors, Verdicts |

State Medical Boards Continue To Fail The Public.

Every state has a medical board.  While there are some differences from state to state, they are all alike in that their primary job is to protect the public from bad doctors.  They have been failing at this job for … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

The Electronic Medical Record.

One of the requirements of federal law is that hospital records be recorded electronically.  The requirement for electronic medical records (“EMR”) has a number of justifications, including portability.  Patients are entitled to have a copy of their medical records.  When … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medication Errors, Nurses, Prescription Errors |

Informed Consent.

The requirement for informed consent means that a doctor may not perform a procedure on you without first explaining the risks and benefits of the procedure and getting your approval to go forward.  Informed consent is a critical part of … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Hospitals, Informed Consent, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice lawsuits, Nurses |

They Did WHAT To Me?

If you have ever been the victim of medical malpractice during a hospital stay, it is unlikely that the hospital or the doctors taking care of you told you about it.  On those occasions when they do, it is usually … Read More

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How Much Longer Can Fee For Service Last?

I recently read a post by a representative of the American College of Cardiology which discussed the origin of the fee for service model and its pernicious effects on the delivery of health care in the United States.  Fee for … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, healthy living, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, Rationing |

Hospital Infections

Hospitals are where the sick people are.  While patients may go home after they get better, they often leave bacteria and viruses behind, where they infect the next round of patients.  You may go to the hospital to get well, … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, General Health, health, healthy living, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medicare, Nurses, Sepsis |