Valleywide Legal Blog

It Is The Wild West Out There.

In the movies, the wild west is always portrayed as a lawless place in which the sheriff was either outgunned or corrupt and citizens were at the mercy of the bad guys.  You had to protect yourself because there was … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, PODS, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

“But He Came Highly Recommended.”

There are some bad doctors out there.  They are what medical malpractice lawyers call “frequent flyers.”  They are careless and incompetent.  They get sued over and over again.  No matter how often they get sued, the Arizona Medical Board keeps … Read More

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Don’t Expect Too Much From The Medical Profession.

I like doctors.  I really do.  Most of them are caring professionals who try to do the right thing.  Unfortunately, there are some who are only in it for the money and who are selfish jerks.  There are also some … Read More

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Wrong Site Surgeries.

Wrong site surgeries are in the news again.  Wrong site surgery occurs when a surgeon operates on a part of the body that was not intended to be the target of the surgery.  While most cases of wrong site surgery … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hip Replacement, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, joint replacement, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Nurses, Surgical Errors |

Practice Makes Perfect

“Practice makes perfect.”  How often have we heard that old bromide?  Perhaps the main reason it has lasted so long is that there is a lot of truth to it.  There certainly is when the subject is medical procedures. When … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hip Replacement, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Informed Consent, medical errors, Nurses, Surgical Errors |

The Role of Causation in Medical Malpractice Cases

Last week I wrote about the standard of care.  Standard of care is the first element a patient must prove to win a medical malpractice case.  The second element of proof is that the breach of the standard of care … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, Blood Clots, Cancer, Doctors, heart attack, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, Lung Cancer, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, plaintiff, Surgical Errors, trial |

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 |