Valleywide Legal Blog

How to Value a Medical Malpractice Case

The ultimate question in any medical negligence case is “What’s it worth?”  So how do you value a medical malpractice case?  The answer is “It’s complicated.”  I am hired to obtain a sum of money which fairly compensates those who … Read More

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Should Doctors be Tattletales?

Medical mistakes kill over 400,000 people each year.  Ethically and morally, health care providers are obligated to tell patients when they make mistakes, but, of course, not all of them do.  For example, physicians detect medical errors all the time, but often there … Read More

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It’s Not The Lawyers Who Are Greedy

It seems like every day I read about a doctor or a medical group blaming the high cost of medical care or the high cost of health insurance on greedy malpractice lawyers.  To hear them tell it, there is no such … Read More

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Hospital Deaths Due to Mistakes – It Just Keeps Getting Worse

In 1984, the Institute of Medicine analyzed available data for patients admitted to New York hospitals and concluded that up to 98,000 Americans die in hospitals each year from preventable medical errors.  The news was stunning at the time but has since come to … Read More

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Never Events Will Never Go Away

In 2002, the National Quality Forum, a non-profit that aims to improve health care, established a list of serious reportable events which have become known as never events.  Currently it lists 28 such events.  Never events are medical errors that are … Read More

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Arizona Certification for Medical Malpractice Lawyers

The State Bar of Arizona has a Board of Legal Specialization which certifies medical malpractice lawyers as specialists in  in “Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.”   You definitely want a firm like ours, whose lawyers are certified specialists, working for you if you … Read More

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Genetic Tests – The Future of Medicine and Malpractice?

Wouldn’t you know, the day after I post an entry about the marvels of genetic testing, Angelina Jolie puts an exclamation point on my point! By now, I am sure you have heard that the actress has joined an ever … Read More

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Medical Errors May Result from Shorter Shifts

We have all heard of the grueling schedules young physicians are required to endure – 80 hour work weeks with 30 hour shifts of intense practice, applying what they have learned over many years.  Just thinking about it is exhausting.  … Read More

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Retained Sponges – Never Events which Tiny Transmitters Can Stop

“Never events” are defined as serious medical events which are so easily preventable that they should never happen.  Inadvertently leaving a surgical implement inside of a patient is a never event.  Surprisingly, it happens a lot – 4,500 to 6,000 times … Read More

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Arizona Supreme Court Sides with Doctors – Again

Sadly, today the Arizona Supreme Court handed down a decision in Baker v. University  Physicians Healthcare, et al. which makes it more difficult for plaintiffs who have been harmed by medical negligence to obtain justice.  The decision can be found at … Read More

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