Valleywide Legal Blog

What To Do When You Have Been The Victim of Malpractice.

On your own.  The first thing to know about being the victim of malpractice is that you are going to have to figure it out on your own.  It is highly unlikely that anyone will tell you about the malpractice. … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy |

The Hospital You Choose Makes a Difference.

Just a few days ago I wrote a post about hospital malpractice.  Today comes news of a viral outbreak at a New Jersey pediatric center that has already killed six children and sickened many more.  The facility is not a … Read More

Posted in Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare |

Protecting Yourself From Hospital Malpractice.

If you spend more than a few days in the hospital, you are likely to become the victim of hospital malpractice.  Modern hospital medicine is so incredibly complicated, it is news if there is no mistake made in your care.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Nurses, Pharmacies, Pharmacy Malpractice |

Arkansas Supreme Court Tosses Out “Tort Reform” Ballot Measure.

The business and medical communities have been busy over the years pushing laws they claim will end a flood of frivolous lawsuits and unleash a wave of economic growth.  Most of these laws have been aimed primarily at medical malpractice … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Finding a Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, tort reform, Verdicts |

Secret Conflicts of Interest

By now I am sure it is common knowledge that doctors are often paid by drug companies and by the manufacturers of medical devices.  There is a strong correlation between the amount of a company’s drugs a doctor prescribes and … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, drug companies, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical research, science news, Secrecy |

Computer Problems Cause Medical Errors

Banner Health is big.  Not only is it the largest health care system in the state of Arizona, it is our largest employer as well.  When it has computer problems, many patients are likely to be affected.  This was the … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical charts, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, plaintiff |

Medical Malpractice Verdicts

I look at medical malpractice verdicts from cases throughout the United States.  I find the exercise to be frustrating.  Most of the time the verdicts are newsworthy because the jury awarded the  patient a large amount.  Only occasionally do the … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Verdicts |

Medical Errors: A Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

We like to tell ourselves that we value life.  When a tragedy occurs, we often search for solutions to try and prevent it from occurring again.  Highway safety is a good example.  Around 40,000 people die in highway accidents each … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, Cancer, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, tort reform |

Never Events Just Keep On Happening.

The term “Never Event” was created in the early 2000’s to denote an event that should never occur in the presence of good medical care.  It is now used to describe events which are clear, which cause serious injury or … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, never events, Nurses, Prescription Errors, retained surgical instruments, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

Being Sued for Malpractice? Blame the Patient.

One of the favorite defenses in the Medical Malpractice Defense Playbook is to blame the patient.  I see it in almost every case I bring on behalf of an injured patient.  It is a favorite defense because it works so … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff |