Valleywide Legal Blog

Why Does Medical Malpractice Happen Over and Over?

I have been doing some reading into the issues surrounding attempts to reduce medical errors and thereby reduce the incidence of patients injured by them.  Experts who study this problem agree that one of the biggest problems is that health … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Secrecy |

Protecting Yourself From Hospital Malpractice.

If you spend more than a few days in the hospital, you are likely to become the victim of hospital malpractice.  Modern hospital medicine is so incredibly complicated, it is news if there is no mistake made in your care.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Nurses, Pharmacies, Pharmacy Malpractice |

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 |

Health Care Providers Are Often Victims Too.

In this blog, I often write about patients who have been injured as the result of malpractice at the hands of health care providers.  Increasingly, it is the other way around.  Here is an article from Politico about violence directed against … Read More

Posted in Doctors, General Health, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Costs, Nurses |

Sepsis: The Waiting Killer

From time to time people ask me what is the most common form of medical malpractice I see.  I usually answer that there is no most common form and that there are many ways in which mistakes can be made.  … Read More

Posted in blood infections, Doctors, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Sepsis, Surgical Errors |

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 |

Superbugs Are Still Hiding in Hospitals

Superbugs is a name given to drug-resistant bacteria.  While no illness is a good one, an infection with superbugs is really bad because regular antibiotics are ineffective.  Drug resistance develops through the process of natural selection.  Normal bugs are exposed … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, health, Hospitals, Infection, Nurses, science news |

Computers and Patient Safety

While there is no question that computers have been of great value in improving the ability to deliver medical care, they are anything but an unalloyed blessing.  Among the problems they bring computer systems and automated devices are expensive and … Read More

Posted in Doctors, electronic medical records, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical charts, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses |

Kudos Time Again.

Every day I receive calls from patients who believe they have been the victims of malpractice and who would like me to bring a case on their behalf.  Many times I agree that they have been the victim of malpractice … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospitals, Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Nurses |

Medical Errors – Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Here is something to think about when the Republicans come to take away your right to sue for medical malpractice: Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States.  The only things more likely to kill … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Defensive Medicine, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, tort reform |