Tag Archives: Medical Malpractice

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 →

Some answers about personal injury claims

The first big question is do I have a case? Well, that’s hard to say until all the facts are gathered. if you are injured through no fault of your own It is hard to say whether you have a case or not until an attorney gathers all the facts. In personal injury cases attorneys usually take injury cases on a contingency basis, which means, 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 →

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 →

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 →

Studies find Medical malpractice caps lead to more medical malpractice

Two studies have found that in states with tort reform which have caps on medical malpractice lawsuits medical mistakes have actually increased. The first study,  done in 2014, Northwestern University Law & Economics researchers authored a study entitled Do Doctors Practice Defensive Medicine, Revisited.  They found, “consistently gradual relaxation of care or failure to reinforce care standards over time.” A second study done this year Read More →