Valleywide Legal Blog

Finding the Right Hospital

Hospitals vary greatly in terms of the quality of their care.  In some hospitals infection rates are low and few patients need to be readmitted after discharge.  Exactly the opposite is true for some other hospitals.  You do not want … Read More

Posted in General Health, health, Hospitals, Medicare, Medication Errors, never events, Nurses, Secrecy |

Third World Medicine

“Third world medicine” is how a local doctor described to me the quality of the care he is routinely seeing delivered at urgent care centers in the Phoenix area.  In his practice, he is often asked to review patient charts … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, never events, Secrecy |

Wrong Site Surgery – A Never Event

You may have heard about outrage over the recent report of a Kenyan physician performing brain surgery on the wrong patient.  You can read more about it here.   This is a pretty extreme example of a wrong site/wrong patient surgical … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Secrecy |

Never Events Just Keep On Happening.

The term “Never Event” was created in the early 2000’s to denote an event that should never occur in the presence of good medical care.  It is now used to describe events which are clear, which cause serious injury or … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, never events, Nurses, Prescription Errors, retained surgical instruments, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

Medical Malpractice Hit Parade

Today I am writing about an old malpractice case but one which epitomizes problems that I have often blogged about and which persist today.  In 2003 a spine surgeon on the Big Island of Hawaii operated on a 73 year … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Orthopedics, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases, Verdicts |

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 |

Never Events and the Medical Profession

Never events are those things which should never happen to a patient, if the medical provider is careful.  We have blogged about them before but some facts bear repeating. While there is a long list of never events which has been … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical mistakes, never events |

Doctors Sneak Malpractice Protection into Medicare Fix Bill

The Federal government pays out hundreds of millions of dollars annually to doctors and hospitals in the form of Medicare and Medicaid (AHCCCS here in Arizona) payments.  It wants to make sure it is getting its (and your) money’s worth.  For that … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medicare, never events, tort reform |

Hospitals Underreport Medical Errors

Medical malpractice is an unfortunate fact of life in modern hospitals.  Errors occur on a daily basis.  The good news, if there is any, is that most of the errors don’t actually kill or permanently injure the patient.  The really … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, never events, Nurses |

Never Events Will Never Go Away

In 2002, the National Quality Forum, a non-profit that aims to improve health care, established a list of serious reportable events which have become known as never events.  Currently it lists 28 such events.  Never events are medical errors that are … Read More

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