Valleywide Legal Blog

The Retained Foreign Object.

Something is going on and I am not sure what it is or why.  The incidence of objects being left behind in the body of the patient is increasing.  What is being left behind, you ask?  Mostly it is the … Read More

Posted in blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Nurses, retained sponge, retained surgical instruments, Sepsis, Surgical Errors |

Medical Ethics and Secrecy. You Cannot Have Both.

Over the many years I have been representing victims of medical malpractice, I have found that almost never will anyone inform the patient that he or she has been the victim of malpractice.  The sole exception is when a foreign … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Hospitals, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Nurses, plaintiff, Secrecy, tort reform, trial |

Virginia OB/GYN, Who Routinely Performed Unnecessary Surgeries, Gets Prison Time

There are predators in the medical profession.  The profession is unable or unwilling to root them out.  The doctor I writing about today was proven to have preyed on vulnerable women in Southern Virginia for at least ten years between … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Cancer, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Lawsuits, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medicare, never events, plaintiff, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, tort reform |

Wrong Site Surgeries.

Wrong site surgeries are in the news again.  Wrong site surgery occurs when a surgeon operates on a part of the body that was not intended to be the target of the surgery.  While most cases of wrong site surgery … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hip Replacement, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, joint replacement, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Nurses, Surgical Errors |

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 |

“Doctor, I Think You Forgot Something.”

There are certain events which are never supposed to happen.  They are called “never” events.  One of them is the foreign object left behind in the body of the surgical patient.  Prior to the adoption of procedures and checklists requiring … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, retained sponge, retained surgical instruments, Surgical Errors |

An Unethical Outrage.

How would you like to be kept alive in a permanent vegetative state for a year just so your hospital can continue to make money?  That is what happened to at least one patient at a hospital in New Jersey … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medicare, never events, Secrecy |

Lots of Malpractice Out There

There is often a debate about just how much medical malpractice there is.  Advocates for the medical industry and their insurance companies would have you believe that there is very little malpractice and that lawsuits claiming malpractice are almost always … Read More

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

Medical Malpractice Down Under

A sad story appeared recently in the national press.  A young cricket player in Australia broke her thumb in a game.  She went to a nationally recognized hospital in her area for treatment.  She was correctly told that this could … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Nurses, Orthopedics, Surgical Errors |

Malpractice Can Happen At Even The Best Hospitals

Two of the best hospitals in the United States made headlines in the bad way recently when they were called out for deaths following what should have been routine blood transfusions.  The two hospitals were the University of Texas MD … Read More

Posted in Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Nurses |