Valleywide Legal Blog

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 |

Malpractice and the Fake Doctor

Perhaps like me you saw the news about the office manager at a New York City dentistry practice who operated on patients behind the backs of the dentists in the office.  Let’s set aside the question of how she could … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Board Certification, Doctors, Informed Consent, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Surgical Errors |

Hospitals Continue to Harm Patients and to Hide Critical Information

A story just appeared in the Seattle Times which touches upon a number of issues we have discussed in this blog.  It addressed an outbreak of antibiotic resistant bacteria at a medical center in Seattle between 2012 and 2014.  Two … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Informed Consent, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical negligence lawyers, Secrecy |

Informed Consent – Does It Matter?

Before a doctor performs any kind of significant medical procedure on a patient, he or she must obtain that patient’s informed consent, or risk a potential medical malpractice claim.  That means that the patient must be made aware of the potential … Read More

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