Valleywide Legal Blog

The “Just World” Phenomenon and the Malpractice Jury.

The “just world” phenomenon is the name given to the tendency of human beings to believe that the world is just and that people get what they deserve.  It is a form of cognitive bias.  We all have this tendency … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Finding a Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, trial, Verdicts |

Changes Are Coming To Malpractice Trials.

Recently, the Arizona Supreme Court changed the rules relating to jury selection in both civil and criminal cases.  The rule changes will take effect next month.  They may have a big effect on medical malpractice trials. Under the old rules, … Read More

Posted in Arizona Supreme Court, Doctors, Hospitals, Lawsuits, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical malpractice lawyers, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, trial, Verdicts |

What Exactly Is Medical Malpractice?

Everybody talks about medical malpractice but when you ask them about it, you find people have different ideas about what it really is.  Given its legal definition, this difference of opinion is not surprising.  Depending on whom you ask, you … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, trial, Verdicts |

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 |

Another Sad Result of the Coronavirus

Given the terrible effects of the Coronavirus on patients and their families throughout the world and the damage done to our economy and that of the rest of the world, it is hard to imagine how much more damage it … Read More

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

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 |

Doctor Ethics

Doctors win 85% to 90% of all medical malpractice trials in Arizona.  The same figures apply pretty much across the United States.  Doctors win cases even when there is strong evidence of negligence on their part.  The most likely reason … Read More

Posted in Doctors, Fraud, Health Care Costs, Lawsuits, medical ethics, medical malpractice cases, trial, Verdicts |

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 |

Another Large Malpractice Verdict – Part II

Last week I wrote about what was the largest medical malpractice verdict in Maryland history.  A young girl, now almost 5, was born prematurely with profound brain injuries as the result of a delay in delivery.  Her attorneys argued that … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, Cesarean Section, Doctors, Hospitals, Informed Consent, Lawsuits, Malpractice caps, Malpractice costs, Medical Costs, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical malpractice damages caps, medical malpractice lawsuits, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, plaintiff, trial, Verdicts |