Valleywide Legal Blog

Another Malpractice Death Ignored by the System

Here is a touching story of another death caused by medical malpractice that our current laws swept under the carpet. The author is a former federal prosecutor in Los Angeles.  His younger brother was morbidly obese and had many health … Read More

Posted in Autopsy, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Finding a Medical Malpractice Lawyer, heart attack, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, tort reform |

The Sad State of Our Medical Malpractice Laws

The other day I spoke to another person who was devastated by the death of a loved one due to medical malpractice.  The woman to whom I spoke was a nurse herself and very knowledgeable about the medical care her … Read More

Posted in Arizona Supreme Court, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical negligence lawyers, Nurses, plaintiff, tort reform, trial, Verdicts |

Defensive Medicine Hurts Patients in Many Ways

Defensive medicine is the name given to actions taken by doctors, not for the primary benefit of their patients, but to reduce the chance they will be sued for medical malpractice.  It is unethical and almost always detrimental to the … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, tort reform, trial |

2018 Malpractice Payments

The National Practitioner Data Bank (“NPDB”) was established by Congress in 1986 to be a repository of information about malpractice payments and matters affecting the privileges and licensing of physicians and other health care professionals.  All malpractice payments made on … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Health Care Costs, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Malpractice Case Value, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, tort reform, Valuing Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases, Verdicts |

The Medical Malpractice System Favors Doctors.

Here is more evidence, if more evidence is needed, that the medical malpractice system favors doctors.  It is in the form of a report published in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a publication by and for doctors.  The … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Malpractice costs, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, plaintiff, tort reform |

Large Medical Malpractice Verdicts and Settlements.

The first thing to know about large medical malpractice verdicts and settlements is that the data surrounding them is largely unreliable.  The reason for this is at least twofold. With regard to verdicts, the verdict which is reported to the … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice damages caps, Medical Negligence, Secrecy, tort reform, Verdicts |

Never Underestimate The Corrosive Effect Of Money

When I look back on past blog posts, I am surprised at the number of times money is involved in whatever bad thing I am writing about.  Doctors, people to whom we entrust our lives and those of our family, … Read More

Posted in Defensive Medicine, Doctors, drug companies, Fee for Service, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Medical Costs, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, Medicare, Secrecy, tort reform |

Malpractice Myths Don’t Match The Facts.

Last week I wrote about a study which examined over 20 years of reports to the National Practitioners Data Bank about payments made on behalf of doctors to resolve medical malpractice claims.  I discussed the study findings about the most … Read More

Posted in disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, medical research, plaintiff, Secrecy, tort reform |

Fake Jury Verdicts.

Perhaps you have received an e-mail from a friend with a list of outrageous jury verdicts.  The lists come in many flavors and with many names.  Some versions are called the “Stella Awards” in “honor” of the lady who was … Read More

Posted in Doctors, drug companies, Fraud, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Medical Malpractice, plaintiff, tort reform, trial, Verdicts |

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

Posted in Doctors, Finding a Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, tort reform, Verdicts |