Valleywide Legal Blog

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 |

The Bad Result.

Medicine is an art, not a science.  There is far more that we do not understand about the human body than we do understand.  When you receive medical treatment or undergo a surgical procedure, no one makes you any guarantees.  … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Surgical Errors, trial, Verdicts |

Big Malpractice Verdicts Rarely Last.

If you read the news reports about medical malpractice trials, you would be forgiven for believing that the sky is falling, that the inmates are running the asylum and that juries are going crazy making multi-million dollar awards in every … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, Surgical Errors, Verdicts |

Hip Replacements.

One consequence of our lengthening life spans is that we are wearing out our original equipment.  Our knees and hips were not intended to last 60 or 70 years.  They certainly weren’t intended to support the heavy bodies so many … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Blood Clots, blood infections, Board Certification, Doctors, heart attack, Hip Replacement, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, joint replacement, Medical Devices, Medicare, Nurses, Obesity, Orthopedics, Pulmonary Embolism, Sepsis, 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 |

Doctors Come In Many Different Flavors

Doctors are human beings, just like you and me.  Most are wonderful, caring people, who chose medicine as a career so they could spend their lives helping others.  Not all are so selfless, however.  Not all chose medicine to help … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

The Malpracticing Surgeon

While it often takes a while, state medical boards usually catch up with surgeons who are so incompetent they keep killing and seriously injuring their patients.  Unfortunately, it takes a pretty bad record to get a doctor suspended or to … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

You Are Being Operated On, Do You Know Where Your Surgeon Is?

A recent story about a Syracuse, New York orthopedic surgeon casts light on a practice that will likely come as a shock to most patients.  The surgeon is accused of botching a hip replacement in which his patient allegedly suffered … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Hip Replacement, Informed Consent, joint replacement, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Orthopedics, Surgical Errors, Verdicts |

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 |

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 |