Valleywide Legal Blog

Nursing Homes Can Kill You – Even If You Never Set Foot In One

As the population of the United States ages, more and more of us will find ourselves or our loved ones in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.  There is more and more data to suggest that these facilities are … Read More

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, General Health, health, healthy living, Hospitals, Infection, medical research, Nurses, science news, Sepsis |

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 |

Staggering Malpractice at the VA

A Veterans’ Administration pathologist sits in jail today.  He is charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three veterans who sought treatment at the VA hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Investigation has revealed that he routinely misread … Read More

Posted in Cancer, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Nurses |

Hospitals and the Weekend Effect

The weekend effect is a recognized phenomenon in the medical world.  You and I aren’t the only people who like to have some time off on the weekends.  So do doctors and nurses and the many other workers who are … Read More

Posted in Doctors, health, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, medical errors, Nurses |

Improving Hospital Care

Anyone who has ever been a hospital patient or who has had a loved one in the hospital has seen errors in care.  They occur on almost a daily basis and they come in all shapes and sizes.  Modern medical … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Secrecy, 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 |

The Surgical “Black Box” Revisited.

A little over four years ago, I wrote about a Canadian surgeon who had developed a “black box” to monitor events in the operating room and warn surgeons and nurses if they were deviating from best practices.  The goal was … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical research, Nurses, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

Incidence of Malpractice in Long-Term-Care Hospitals.

Unbiased information about medical malpractice is often hard to come by.  As I have discussed from time to time, there is a veil of secrecy that surrounds malpractice events and claims.  Doctors and hospitals don’t want to admit they make … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, health, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Medication Errors, Nurses, Secrecy |

You Have a Right to Your Medical Records.

With rare exceptions, there can be no claim for medical malpractice without the medical records.  Juries give a lot of weight to the medical records.  Pretty much, if it is in the medical records, the jury will believe it no … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, electronic medical records, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical charts, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, plaintiff, Secrecy |

Birth Injuries

In many ways, there is no more heartbreaking injury than a birth injury in what had been a low-risk, completely normal pregnancy.  For nine months the expectant mother had been carrying new life and nourishing it inside her body.  The … Read More

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