Valleywide Legal Blog

$13M Medical Malpractice Verdict in New York.

There is a lesson to be learned from every medical malpractice verdict.  A recent verdict in New York City is no exception. A 43 year old wife and mother of three underwent what should have been a minor procedure to … Read More

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What Makes a Good Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

Based on Arizona’s population and the number of deaths nationally due to medical error, almost 5,500 Arizonans die due to medical error each year.  The number of Arizonans injured but not killed by medical malpractice is many multiples of the … Read More

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Arkansas Supreme Court Tosses Out “Tort Reform” Ballot Measure.

The business and medical communities have been busy over the years pushing laws they claim will end a flood of frivolous lawsuits and unleash a wave of economic growth.  Most of these laws have been aimed primarily at medical malpractice … Read More

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Computer Problems Cause Medical Errors

Banner Health is big.  Not only is it the largest health care system in the state of Arizona, it is our largest employer as well.  When it has computer problems, many patients are likely to be affected.  This was the … Read More

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You Need A Good Malpractice Lawyer.

From time to time over the years, John and I have written about the necessary elements of a viable medical malpractice claim.  There must be fairly clear evidence of medical negligence which caused a significant injury.  Doubts about the existence … Read More

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Being Sued for Malpractice? Blame the Patient.

One of the favorite defenses in the Medical Malpractice Defense Playbook is to blame the patient.  I see it in almost every case I bring on behalf of an injured patient.  It is a favorite defense because it works so … Read More

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Medical Ethics? Many Doctors Don’t Care.

Many professions strive to meet lofty ethical goals and the medical profession is no different.  The American Medical Association has long promulgated a set of Principles of Medical Ethics.  The problem is that many doctors, while mouthing the platitudes contained … Read More

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Medical Secrecy Harms Patients.

Medical care is shrouded in secrecy.  While most doctors are good, competent, caring people, there are some who are incompetent and whose incompetence harms patients.  Who are these doctors?  Many in the medical profession know who the incompetents are but … Read More

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Infections: The Toughest Medical Malpractice Cases

Although everyone wishes it were otherwise, infections and hospitals are inextricably linked.  Hospitals treat the sickest people and many of them have infections.  Some of those infections have developed resistance to antibiotics.  Despite programs to promote good hygiene and prevent … Read More

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Insurance Companies Are Bragging About Their Influence in Washington

I have blogged about the bill which passed the Republican controlled House of Representatives gutting state medical malpractice laws.  It is a disaster for patients.  It forces each state to reduce what patients are able to recover in state courts … Read More

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