Category Archives: Medical Malpractice And Hospital Negligence

Couple files “Wrongful Life” lawsuit

A Long Beach, California couple are suing Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for wrongful life and wrongful birth claiming their negligence denied them the option of having an abortion. Javier Sanchez and Samantha Hernandez told her OB/GYN that wanted tests for genetic disorders because they said she and Sanchez could not afford to raise a child with congenital conditions. The tests were performed, but the doctor failed Read More →

Autopsies and medical malpractice

Contrary that what you might think from watching TV, hospitals are not to required to perform or offer autopsies and they usually don’t in most cases. Also, insurance companies won’t cover the cost of an autopsy. The main reason, according to consumer advocates is that physicians and hospitals fear a an autopsy could reveal medical malpractice. The laws vary from state to state, but most Read More →

Does “defensive medicine” reduce malpractice risks?

In the controversy over defensive medicine and its relationship to medical malpractice claims, studies seems to be done every couple of years that contradict each other. Now yet another study has been released. What is defensive medicine? The Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) provided this definition in 1994. Defensive medicine occurs when doctors order tests, procedures, or visits, or avoid high-risk patients or procedures, primarily Read More →

Indiana City shocked at charges against star doctor

The New York Times reports that 293 patients have filed lawsuits against a heart surgeon and his partners for performing unnecessary operations.  Dr. Arvind Gandhi, is described a star At Community Hospital in Munster, Ind., Dr. Gandhi was a star. For decades, he ran a prominent practice in the bedroom suburb of 23,000 people about 30 miles southeast of Chicago. He and his partners not Read More →

Buffalo woman sues hospital for husband dying twice

An upstate woman, Tammy Cleveland is suing  DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda for malpractice for letting her husband die…twice. WHEC TV reports that  Michael Cleveland was first pronounced dead of a heart attack on October 10, 2014. Cleveland’s husband collapsed of an apparent heart attack in a grocery store just outside of Buffalo. He was rushed to DeGraff Memorial Hospital. When his wife arrived she Read More →

Prof gets $1.2 million NIH grant to study malpractice and ‘defensive medicine’

Insurance companies and physicians have long complained that the threat of malpractice lawsuits had driven doctors and hospitals to practice defensive medicine;, unnecessary tests and treatments that might not be in the best interests of the patient and raises healthcare costs. Patient advocates and attorneys have long claimed this is not true. Now the National Institutes of Health has awarded a Northwestern University School of Law Professor, Read More →

Dr. Ben Carson: Presidential malpractice?

Republican Presidential contender, Dr. Ben Carson is known as a top-notch neurosurgeon. What is less known he is that has several medical accusations and judgments against him dating back to the 1980s. he currently has at least one pending case against him. Experts say the number of suits against falls within the average range for a neurosurgeon, but it is hard to say since the hospital Read More →

Inappropriate behavior in the operating room

An anonymous essay published in the medical journal, Annals of Internal Medicine has created some controversy. The essay exposes the dark side of medicine and how some doctors treat female patients. The essay “Our Family Secret,” is written by a doctor who describes two instances where physicians acted out with heavy undertones of misogyny, racism and sexual assault. The idea for the essay came while a doctor Read More →

Surgeon becomes killer

On Dec. 11, 2011, Texas neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch sent an email to his medical assistant. In it he wrote I am ready to leave the love and kindness and goodness and patience that I mix with everything else that I am and become a cold-blooded killer. Last month he was arrested and charged with five counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury and one count Read More →

Blood thinners misused in nursing homes

An analysis of government inspection reports of nursing homes found that from 2011 to 2014 at least 165 nursing home residents were hospitalized or died due to errors involving blood thinners. A joint investigation ProPublica and the Washington Post found Coumadin and its generic version, warfarin were used wrongly. They believe in addition to the 165 people, thousands may have suffer injuries every year and Read More →