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When Immune Systems Go Haywire

I recently lost one of my sisters to sepsis.  She got an infection that lingered until her immune system couldn’t deal with it any longer and it sent her body into septic shock, which killed her.  Over a quarter of … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, health, Hospitals, Infection, Misdiagnosis, science news, Sepsis |

Blood Clots Are On The Rise.

In so many ways our bodies are wondrous machines that work nearly flawlessly for decades before they finally wear out or something goes wrong.  Over millions of years, the process of evolution tried out various strategies and discarded the ones … Read More

Posted in Blood Clots, Doctors, health, healthy living, Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, Obesity, Pulmonary Embolism |

Misdiagnosis – The Most Common Form of Medical Malpractice.

Misdiagnosis is the most common form of medical malpractice and it very often results in death or serious injury.  A 2012 review of 45 years of high quality medical literature, which was published in the BMJ Journal Quality and Safety, … Read More

Posted in Doctors, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis |

The Role of Causation in Medical Malpractice Cases

Last week I wrote about the standard of care.  Standard of care is the first element a patient must prove to win a medical malpractice case.  The second element of proof is that the breach of the standard of care … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, Blood Clots, Cancer, Doctors, heart attack, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, Lung Cancer, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, plaintiff, Surgical Errors, trial |

Defensive Medicine is a Fraud.

Defensive medicine is the name doctors give to the tests or treatment they admit are unnecessary but they order anyway out of what they claim is fear of being sued for malpractice.  It is an unethical fraud and the doctors … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, health, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, tort reform |

Urgent Care or Emergency Department?

One of the most obvious changes in the medical landscape over the last 15 years has been the proliferation of urgent care clinics.  You can’t drive down almost any street in a major metropolitan area without passing at least a … Read More

Posted in Board Certification, Cardiac CT scan, Doctors, Health Care Costs, healthy living, heart attack, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Nurses, Stroke |

Melanoma Misdiagnosis.

If you, like me, live in Arizona, you are exposed to intense solar radiation nearly all year, but especially in the summer.  Exposure to solar radiation is one of the major risk factors for melanoma. Melanoma is a cancer, which … Read More

Posted in arizona certified medical malpractice lawyers, Cancer, Doctors, health, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Melanoma, Misdiagnosis |

Coronavirus Complicates Malpractice Cases.

To the list of the many, many damaging effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, you can add that it makes medical malpractice cases more difficult. In order to successfully pursue a medical malpractice claim, a patient must prove that the health … Read More

Posted in Blood Clots, Cancer, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Misdiagnosis, Nurses, science news, Sepsis, Stroke |

Pulmonary Embolism and the Coronavirus.

According to the medical experts, one of the possible consequences of the novel coronavirus infection is the formation of blood clots. That makes this a good time to discuss pulmonary embolism, one of the more frequent causes of death resulting … Read More

Posted in Blood Clots, Doctors, heart attack, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Misdiagnosis, Pulmonary Embolism |

Recognizing a Heart Attack

One of the cases we see over and over again is that of a patient, usually a man, who presents to the emergency department or to an urgent care facility with what turns out to be a myocardial infarction (“MI”) … Read More

Posted in Heart Attacks, medical errors, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis |