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Malpractice 'Caps' Treat Women, Children and Seniors as Second-Class Citizens

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

When a state 'caps' non-economic damages, politicians have essentially decided to value the destruction of someone's life by what that person would have earned in the marketplace, since lost earning are never 'capped.' This promotes a kind of caste system.

When It Comes to Liability and Patient Safety, What's Good for Hospitals Can Be Good for Patients

Michelle Mello | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Mello

Medical error prevention is a work in progress. We should be impatient with the pace of progress, as Doroshaw is, because it means that patients are daily suffering avoidable harm. But we should also seek to understand the reasons why the pace isn't faster.

How Do I Fail Thee? Let Me Count the Ways...

Kateri Allard | Posted 02.12.2014 | Health and Fitness
Kateri Allard

Failures of the medical field are incredibly complex, but like so many other things, fixing them is started with lessons learned in kindergarten. Stay safe. Wash your hands. Tell the truth. Say you're sorry. Use your words

Government Can Learn a Few Lessons About Forgiveness

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

If the insurance industry had blown the Obamacare rollout, there likely would have been little forgiveness, compassion or understanding coming their way from Washington or the states. Yet, forgiveness is exactly what the Obama administration wants from all of us.

One Woman's Nightmare, Another's Scrap of Hope?

Alissa Fleck | Posted 01.31.2014 | Impact
Alissa Fleck

And for those whose stories will still never be heard, hopefully voices like Temple's rising to the top will help alleviate some of their suffering too.

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

Woman Sues Over E-mail Alleging Necrophilia To Her Mother's Body

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 10.11.2013 | New York

Losing a loved one is traumatic enough, but receiving an email from a funeral home claiming to have defiled that loved one's body is on a whole other ...

The Dirty Secret About Medical Errors

Riva Greenberg | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

"So we can make all the laws we want and change the color of syringes, but until we address the shame, we'll never get past this problem. We won't know about the enormous number of hidden medical errors until someone dies from them."

Cookbook Medicine Is a Recipe for Disaster

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanne Doroshow

When triggered by the desire to reduce unwarranted variation in practice and provide patients with benchmark quality care, adherence to clinical guidelines can often improve patient safety. But turning guidelines into legal standards would be bad for both patients and doctors.

Have You Hugged Your Whistleblower Today? They Could Use It

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.25.2013 | Business
Jerry Ashton

If you think the legendary "thin blue line" is stressful, you should try walking the "thin gray line" of the Whistleblower, who protect us from the insidious and frightening dangers of corporate and government miscreants.

2 Years Of Chemo, But She Didn't Have Cancer

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.18.2013 | World

A Swedish woman endured chemotherapy and other cancer treatments for two years, leaving her with weak bones, compressed vertebrae and brain damage tha...

Patients, Beware When Doctors 'Go Bare'

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Spencer Aronfeld

Because uninsured doctors are undesirable defendants for most personal injury lawyers, when any Florida medical malpractice lawyer investigates a potential claim, one of the first questions asked is, "Does the doctor have malpractice insurance?"

What No One Tells You: The Shame

Cathie Beck | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Cathie Beck

What I didn't see coming, what I did not expect, was how ashamed everyone is about their lack of health coverage. I've been caught off guard, these last weeks, when friends and acquaintances have cornered me and whispered of their own non-insured situations.

'Doctors Make Mistakes': A Commentary on Medical Errors

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I am heartened by the dawn of what is called "patient-centered care." This is far more than a slogan; it is a deep and abiding commitment by caregivers to put the patient first, foremost, in a medical care system too often organized for the convenience of caregivers and administrators.

Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform: Yes, Deal Better With the Issues but Don't Get Sidelined From More Costly, Needed Health Care Reforms

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Medical malpractice costs are a flash point for physicians and malpractice trial lawyers, each side claiming their solutions must be heeded to avoid potential disaster for patients and our health care delivery system.

Alexander Eichler

Healthcare Nightmare: Uninsured Texas Man Claims Doctor Botched Hernia Surgery

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.09.2012 | Money

A Texas man who allegedly paid in cash for hernia surgery says the operation left him scarred, near death and in financial ruin. Pedro Hermenegildo...

Boy Pronounced Dead, Resurrects And Asks For Water

Posted 06.10.2012 | Latino Voices

A two year-old toddler who was pronounced dead, sat up on his coffin during his funeral and asked his father for a drink of water before laying lifele...

I Could Write a Book About My Book Ordeal!

Dave Astor | Posted 07.10.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Celebrity entertainers and politicians have no problem getting their memoirs published. So a book partly about celebrity entertainers and politicians should have had no problem getting published, right?

Polish Dentist Removes Teeth of World's Stupidest Ex-Boyfriend

Tony Phillips | Posted 07.01.2012 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

I was watching fishing or the UFC, I can't remember which, and the missus calls from the other side of the room, "Listen to this... " and proceeded to fill me in on the details in an episode of misanthropy so grisly even Eastern Europeans seem to disapprove.

Report Of Dentist Removing All Of Ex's Teeth Turns Out To Be Hoax

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.16.2012 | Weird News

RETRACTION: MSNBC reported today, May 9, that the dentist accused of drugging up her boyfriend and pulling his teeth out doesn't exist. Cops in Wrocla...

The Doctor Made a Huge Mistake

Amy Parmenter | Posted 03.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Parmenter

I got my mom back. But, just as easily, I might not have.

Perry Campaign Rhetoric On Touted Reforms Contradicts Evidence

AP | PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

PRESIDIO, Texas — Presidio County is bigger than Delaware and has just one practicing physician who doesn't deliver babies or treat emergencies....

Let's Sue Hollywood for Movie Malpractice

James Napoli | Posted 06.11.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

Perhaps the right hungry, Jackie Chiles-style lawyer could lead the charge on suing moviemakers for malpractice and getting the American public some compensation for all the crappy films they have had to endure.

Busted: A Fugitive Fraudster Husband

Abigail Pesta | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abigail Pesta

What do you do when your husband disappears from your bed one night, leaves you with $6 million in debt, and turns out to be a total fraud? If you're Michelle Kramer, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get a Ph.D. in psychology.

My Doctor Says I'm Not Dead But I Want a Second Opinion

Mark Steinberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

When I was growing up, my family relied upon a stable of health care professionals whose idiosyncrasies remain seared into my memory.