Valleywide Legal Blog

The Never Event.

In 2001, the concept of “never events” was introduced.  The idea was that a never event was one which was identifiable, caused serious injury or death and was almost always preventable.  The original list has grown and there are now … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Medication Errors, never events, Nurses, Pharmacy Malpractice, Prescription Errors, retained surgical instruments, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

The Bad Result.

Medicine is an art, not a science.  There is far more that we do not understand about the human body than we do understand.  When you receive medical treatment or undergo a surgical procedure, no one makes you any guarantees.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Surgical Errors, trial, Verdicts |

The Hospital Death.

People die in hospitals.  It is a fact of life.  Sometimes they die in spite of the very best medical care that we have to offer.  Sometimes, however, they die because they did not receive the care they should have.  … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Finding a Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Secrecy |

When Your Baby Dies Or Is Damaged During Childbirth.

There are few things more devastating than a baby who dies or is badly injured during childbirth.  What should have been a happy occasion for celebration turns into tragedy.  The gaily decorated room at home prepared in anticipation of the … Read More

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

“Blame The Patient”

“Blame the patient” is Play #2 in the medical malpractice defense lawyer’s playbook.  Play #1, of course, is “Deny, deny, deny.”  “Blame the patient” is #2 because it is so effective.  It plays into the human nature of the members … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, heart attack, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, plaintiff, Prescription Errors, trial |

Your Medical Records Access Is Changing

You have a right to see your medical records.  Recent changes in the law and in federal regulations are increasing your rights in this area.  Know your rights and take advantage of them. If you have received medical treatment in … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, health, Hospitals, medical charts, medical errors, medical mistakes |

Medication Errors Are A Persistent Problem.

Medication errors can and do kill and injure patients in hospitals, outpatient clinics and as a result of doctor ordered prescriptions.  There are literally thousands of medications, which can be prescribed for patient use.  Many have confusing names.  Many have … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medication Errors, Pharmacies, Pharmacy Malpractice |

Hospitals Continue to Hide the Ball.

As anyone who observes our health care delivery system in action knows, hospitals are hotbeds of medical errors.  It is not all their fault but it is a fact.  There are so many people participating in patient care.  There are … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Fraud, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Nurses, plaintiff, Secrecy |

Nurses Have It Rough.

Nurses are critically important health care workers.  They do most of the work of providing health care but get little of the rewards.  They work long and often inconvenient hours for not a lot of pay.  They are exposed to … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses |

Sometimes Doctors Bite Off More Than They Can Chew.

I recently read an interesting summary of a medical malpractice case in which the doctor overextended himself and one of his patients died.  The lesson for doctors, which should apply to all the rest of us as well, is don’t … Read More

Posted in Cesarean Section, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Nurses |