Valleywide Legal Blog

Generic Drug Betrayal

The promise of generic drugs is enticing:  quality replacements for name-brand drugs at a fraction of the price.  Regardless of whether that promise was ever anything more than an illusion, it is a proven lie today. I read two recent … Read More

Posted in drug companies, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Secrecy |

Misdiagnosis – A Leading Cause of Malpractice.

Some recent reports show that misdiagnosis is a leading cause of medical malpractice.  This is not news to me or to anyone who represents patients and families injured by malpractice.  Diagnosis is hard.  Diseases and illnesses don’t always present with … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis |

Secrecy and More Secrecy

I swear it is not just me.  While I have been concerned about the effects of secrecy in health care and malpractice litigation for some time, the news lately is just full of stories about patients being kept in the … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, Arizona Medical Board, Defensive Medicine, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Secrecy |

Medical Malpractice Victims in Canada Face Many of the Same Problems You Do.

As any observer of medical malpractice in the United States knows, there is a lot of malpractice out there but few of the victims make a claim and fewer still make a financial recovery.  Turns out things aren’t much better … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Finding a Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Lawsuits, Malpractice costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases |

Does Telemedicine Increase Malpractice?

Telemedicine allows consumers to use their smartphones or tablets to consult with a health care provider remotely and to get treatment and advice.  All you have to do is to google telemedicine and you will find many providers offering you … Read More

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

To Autopsy Or Not?

When a loved one dies, the family they leave behind are understandably grief stricken.  Senses are numbed, tears are shed, final arrangements are made, often in a haze of grief.  Questions about why the loved one died and whether medical … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, medical errors, 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 |

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 |

Large Medical Malpractice Verdicts and Settlements.

The first thing to know about large medical malpractice verdicts and settlements is that the data surrounding them is largely unreliable.  The reason for this is at least twofold. With regard to verdicts, the verdict which is reported to the … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice damages caps, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, tort reform, 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 |