Valleywide Legal Blog

Another Large Malpractice Verdict

Recently a Baltimore jury awarded just over $229 million in a case involving a birth injury.  If that is all you know, you can fill in a lot of the other blanks automatically.  You will know that, as in the … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, Cesarean Section, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, trial, Verdicts |

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 |

Medical Malpractice and Off-Label Use.

Off-label use is the use of a medication or a medical device for a purpose other than the purpose the Food and Drug Administration has approved for it.  Doctors sometimes prescribe a medication originally developed to treat one medical condition … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, Medical Devices, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical research, Medication Errors, Orthopedics, plaintiff, Secrecy |

Power Morcellators Revisited

I have written in the past about power morcellators and the harm they have caused patients.  I have links here, here and here.  Despite their risks, power morcellators continue to be used by surgeons for minimally invasive gynecological surgery.  In … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, hysterectomy, Informed Consent, Medical Devices, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical research, Power Morcellators |

A Cautionary Tale.

Most patients trust their doctors.  They do more research into the restaurant for tonight’s meal than they do into the qualifications of the surgeon who is going to perform surgery on them.  This level of trust without any investigation can … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Informed Consent, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Surgical Errors |

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 |

Smile. You’re On Social Media Or Doctors Behaving Badly.

Apparently all is fair in social media postings by plastic surgeons seeking business.  A few years ago a South Florida plastic surgeon began posting videos on social media as a marketing tool and attracted a large number of followers.  Nothing … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Board Certification, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Informed Consent, medical ethics, medical mistakes, Plastic Surgery |

MRI With Contrast? Not So Fast.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a wonderful tool for seeing what is going on inside the body.  Unlike CT scans, which use x-rays, MRI’s use magnetic fields and radio wave pulses to image the organs, joints, muscles, bones and soft … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Informed Consent, science news |

Will Your Surgeon Be Double-Booked?

There are many dirty little secrets in the world of medicine that are not shared with patients.  One of them was recently the subject of a thorough discussion in the Washington Post.  It is the practice of some surgeons to … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Health Care Costs, Informed Consent, medical errors, medical ethics, medical mistakes, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

Wrong Patient, Wrong Site Malpractice

A story appeared recently about an incident at a hospital in Tennessee.  Nurses came and got a healthy newborn from his mother and took him for what mom believed was a routine physical examination.  A little while later they returned and … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Informed Consent, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Nurses |