Valleywide Legal Blog

Black Box Medicine: It’s A Thing.

We have all heard about the self-driving cars that are coming to a highway near you in the not-too-distant future.  They are powered by artificial intelligence (“AI”).  We had a fatal accident here in Arizona last year when a self-driving … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, science news |

Arizona Hospitals Busted by Medicare for Patient Safety Lapses.

I am not the only one who believes that there are patient safety problems at Arizona hospitals.  Medicare has announced that it is penalizing 15 Arizona hospitals for high rates of infection and patient safety issues.  The Arizona 15 are … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Sepsis |

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 |

To Sue Or Not to Sue?

In the course of my work as a medical malpractice attorney here in Phoenix, I meet and speak to many people who want to know if they have a malpractice case or not.  Despite the fact that many of these … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

Jury Awards $14 Million in Malpractice Case.

Here is another large malpractice award that sounds excessive but is probably not.  The facts, as they almost always are in these cases, are sad. A twelve-year-old girl underwent a heart transplant in 2007 at a Seattle children’s hospital.  In … Read More

Posted in Blood Clots, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, Stroke, Surgical Errors, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases, Verdicts |

Incidence of Malpractice in Long-Term-Care Hospitals.

Unbiased information about medical malpractice is often hard to come by.  As I have discussed from time to time, there is a veil of secrecy that surrounds malpractice events and claims.  Doctors and hospitals don’t want to admit they make … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, health, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Medication Errors, Nurses, Secrecy |

You Have a Right to Your Medical Records.

With rare exceptions, there can be no claim for medical malpractice without the medical records.  Juries give a lot of weight to the medical records.  Pretty much, if it is in the medical records, the jury will believe it no … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, plaintiff, Secrecy |

Birth Injuries

In many ways, there is no more heartbreaking injury than a birth injury in what had been a low-risk, completely normal pregnancy.  For nine months the expectant mother had been carrying new life and nourishing it inside her body.  The … Read More

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

A Most Unusual Lawsuit.

There are a number of medical mistakes that involve mistaken identity.  There are wrong site surgeries in which the surgeon operates on the wrong side of the body or the wrong body part.  There are wrong dose mistakes in which … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, never events, plaintiff |

Hospitals Can Be Dangerous To Your Health.

The Depression Era bank robber Willie Sutton was famously quoted as saying that he robbed banks because, “That’s where the money is.”  Today, hospitals can be dangerous to your health because, “That’s where the sick people are.” When you go … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, health, healthy living, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Sepsis |