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

Posted in blood infections, Doctors, Infection, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, plaintiff, Sepsis, Surgical Errors, Verdicts |

Lots of Malpractice – Be Careful Out There.

Regardless of what the medical profession would have you believe, there is a lot of medical malpractice out there.  Many patients are victims but few end up suing.  Most just choose to walk away.  Many more were never told that … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

Some Thoughts Before Surgery.

Surgery is scary.  Lots of things can go wrong.  No one can guarantee a good surgical outcome.  Even the best surgeon operating in the best hospital may end up with a bad outcome.  If your surgery is of the emergency … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, Hospitals, Infection, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Surgical Errors |

A Cautionary Tale.

Most patients trust their doctors.  They do more research into the restaurant for tonight’s meal than they do into the qualifications of the surgeon who is going to perform surgery on them.  This level of trust without any investigation can … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Doctors, Fee for Service, Fraud, Informed Consent, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Surgical Errors |

Medical Errors: A Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

We like to tell ourselves that we value life.  When a tragedy occurs, we often search for solutions to try and prevent it from occurring again.  Highway safety is a good example.  Around 40,000 people die in highway accidents each … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, Cancer, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, tort reform |

Sepsis: The Waiting Killer

From time to time people ask me what is the most common form of medical malpractice I see.  I usually answer that there is no most common form and that there are many ways in which mistakes can be made.  … Read More

Posted in blood infections, Doctors, Hospitals, Infection, Medical Malpractice, Nurses, Sepsis, Surgical Errors |

Never Events Just Keep On Happening.

The term “Never Event” was created in the early 2000’s to denote an event that should never occur in the presence of good medical care.  It is now used to describe events which are clear, which cause serious injury or … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, never events, Nurses, Prescription Errors, retained surgical instruments, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

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

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, tort reform |

Medical Malpractice Hit Parade

Today I am writing about an old malpractice case but one which epitomizes problems that I have often blogged about and which persist today.  In 2003 a spine surgeon on the Big Island of Hawaii operated on a 73 year … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, never events, Orthopedics, Secrecy, Surgical Errors, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases, Verdicts |

Medical Secrecy Harms Patients – Part Two

I have written in the past about the harm caused by the medical profession keeping secret the identities of incompetent physicians and allowing them to continue to malpractice on patients.  While this is a significant problem, there are many other … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, Medical Costs, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medicare, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |