Valleywide Legal Blog

“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 |

Small Town Hospitals And The Profit Motive.

If you live in a small town, you probably have a problem obtaining quality health care.  Big cities get the big hospitals and lots of doctors practicing every medical specialty you can think of.  Small towns get what is left.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, General Health, Health Care Costs, heart attack, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Stroke |

Urgent Care or Emergency Department?

One of the most obvious changes in the medical landscape over the last 15 years has been the proliferation of urgent care clinics.  You can’t drive down almost any street in a major metropolitan area without passing at least a … Read More

Posted in Board Certification, Cardiac CT scan, Doctors, Health Care Costs, healthy living, heart attack, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Nurses, Stroke |

Hip Replacements.

One consequence of our lengthening life spans is that we are wearing out our original equipment.  Our knees and hips were not intended to last 60 or 70 years.  They certainly weren’t intended to support the heavy bodies so many … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Blood Clots, blood infections, Board Certification, Doctors, heart attack, Hip Replacement, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, joint replacement, Medical Devices, Medicare, Nurses, Obesity, Orthopedics, Pulmonary Embolism, Sepsis, Surgical Errors |

Pulmonary Embolism and the Coronavirus.

According to the medical experts, one of the possible consequences of the novel coronavirus infection is the formation of blood clots. That makes this a good time to discuss pulmonary embolism, one of the more frequent causes of death resulting … Read More

Posted in Blood Clots, Doctors, heart attack, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Misdiagnosis, Pulmonary Embolism |

Sugar And The Brain

Recently, I was reading some articles about added sugar in our diets.  Most added sugar comes from processed foods and is already in the box or the jar before we bring it home from the store.  Dieticians and nutritionists recommend … Read More

Posted in Cancer, General Health, health, healthy living, heart attack, Obesity, science news |

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 |

Technology Comes For The Humble Stethoscope.

Two hundred years ago, a Frenchman invented a tube with which he could listen to heart and lung sounds.  This was the first stethoscope.  Heart disease is one of the major causes of death throughout the world.  Often the abnormalities … Read More

Posted in Doctors, General Health, health, heart attack, Medical Costs, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical research, Misdiagnosis, science news |

It’s The Money, Stupid.

I recently wrote about the loopholes in the FDA’s medical device approval process and how very few medical devices are subjected to rigorous scrutiny before being approved for use in patients.  Here is another example of the price we pay, … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, heart attack, Heart Attacks, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Medical Costs, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Medicare, placebo |

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same?

Stents are devices designed to hold diseased coronary arteries open to assure that blood flows through them to the heart.  Since they were introduced twenty years ago, millions have been implanted.  They are big money makers for the cardiologists who … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Health Care Costs, heart attack, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice |