Valleywide Legal Blog

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 |

Passing the Malpractice Buck in Florida

By 2004, Florida voters had had enough.  They passed a constitutional amendment to stop bad doctors from continuing to malpractice.  The idea was a simple one:  If there there three instances of malpractice, a doctor would not be allowed to … Read More

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

Warning: Your Surgeon May Be “All Thumbs”

It is human nature to criticize the younger generation.  What’s the matter with them?  They don’t do things the way we did when we were young, etc.  In the world of surgery, there may be valid reasons to be concerned … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, medical errors, science news, Surgical Errors |

Secrecy Plus The Desire For Profits Equals Patient Deaths

Over the years I have discussed a number of topics which relate to patient safety.  These include secrecy, money, training, medical ethics, and surgical experience.  Every once in a while a story comes along which touches on all of these … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

Power Morcellators Continue To Be Used.

Here is a link to a story in today’s Wall Street Journal about the continued use of power morcellators.  I have been writing in this blog about power morcellators for 4 years now.  I have links here, here and here to … Read More

Posted in Cancer, Doctors, healthy living, hysterectomy, Power Morcellators, Surgical Errors |

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 |

Jury Awards $14 Million in Malpractice Case.

Here is another large malpractice award that sounds excessive but is probably not.  The facts, as they almost always are in these cases, are sad. A twelve-year-old girl underwent a heart transplant in 2007 at a Seattle children’s hospital.  In … Read More

Posted in Blood Clots, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, Stroke, Surgical Errors, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases, Verdicts |

What Is The Most Common Form of Malpractice?

I am often asked what is the most common form of medical malpractice.  Well, now we don’t need to rely on my opinion.  We have an answer based on over 20 years of malpractice suits and payments. In 1986, Congress … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, robotic surgery, Surgical Errors |