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Medical Malpractice

Measure To Drug-Test Doctors Fails In California

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

A California ballot measure to conduct random drug-testing of doctors and raise the cap on “pain and suffering” damages in medical malpractice law...

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.

Jerry Brown, Stop Punishing Victims of Medical Malpractice

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Now is the time to catch up with 1975. All eyes are on California voters when it comes to addressing the ongoing crisis of medical malpractice in the United States. Whereas MICRA served as a bad example to the nation, let us now reverse the tide and set out on a positive path.

How Tort 'Reform' Ruins Health Care for Everyone

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanne Doroshow

No matter where you live, you should find these results to be extremely troubling. These days, we must all be concerned about unsafe hospital care and understand, as a nation, that "tort reform" laws are making things worse for everyone.

All We Have to Lose Is Our Lives

Erin Brockovich | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Erin Brockovich

We live in a world where as many as 440,000 Americans die each year because of preventable medical mistakes. With Prop 46, California voters can do what the politicians and the status-quo crowd won't: Nudge our healthcare system toward safer practices, deter doctor substance abuse and hold negligent physicians accountable.

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

The 5 Most Commonly Overdiagnosed Conditions

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Bob Barnett | Posted 05.06.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com If it seems like everyone you know is being diagnosed with something, you're not imagining things. Yes, as we age, mo...

Florida's Supreme Court Finally Takes a Stand for Victims of Medical Malpractice

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Spencer Aronfeld

As a Florida personal injury attorney who has worked hard to help injured patients and their families, I believe that this decision comes 11 years too late.

Howard's Daily: Affordable Health Care Requires a New Legal Framework

Philip K. Howard | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Obama's heart certainly seems to be in the right place on this issue. But it will take more than a suggestion to an obdurate Senate to advance this reform. The public, polls show, overwhelmingly supports special health courts. But no change is likely to happen until there's firm leadership from the president, or a crisis.

Howard's Daily: Medical 'Safe Harbors' Require Expert Health Courts

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Restoring reliability to the medical malpractice system, Peter Orszag (former head of OMB under Obama) periodically reminds us, could avoid the vast waste of "unnecessary tests and treatments" ordered only because doctors "believe it will protect them from a lawsuit."

Why Getting Old or Sick in America Doesn't Pay (And What You Can Do to Avoid It)

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Amandah Blackwell

My mom has been through the ringer with doctors, Medicare, secondary insurance, and medical professionals. It's as if the left hand has no clue as to what the right hand is doing. To me, health care shouldn't be this complicated.

Patient Safety Takes a Back Seat, Once Again

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 03.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanne Doroshow

If 20 jetliners began crashing weekly, said a safety expert recently, "There would be a national ground stop. Fleets would be grounded. Airports would...

Dennis Quaid Calls on Californians to Support Pack Patient Safety Act

Jamie Court | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Jamie Court

Now Dennis has taken a stand for California families victimized by medical negligence. He is asking California voters to sign the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, a California ballot measure to toughen the state's patient safety laws.

It Ain't the Lawyers: Medical Malpractice Costs Have Been Dropping

David Belk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Belk

Am I unique among doctors in how little I pay for medical malpractice? Not really, but before we discuss what other doctors pay, I'd like to discuss national trends for medical malpractice. Believe it or not, the cost of medical malpractice has been dropping, nationally, for about a decade.

Health Care 101: Dealing With a Medical Error

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

While caring for Ms. A overnight, I made the incorrect decision to administer a cardiac medication to treat her disease that is known to increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Committing and dealing with a medical error is one of the more humbling experiences in the field of medicine.

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."

Florida's New Medical Malpractice Law Makes Suing Doctors and Hospitals More Difficult for Injured Patients

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 08.06.2013 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

These changes are yet another example of how seemingly minuscule tweaking of a statute can create a tectonic shifting of power by stripping away the legal rights of the weakest members of our community and handing them over to the rich and powerful.

Carolina Infant's Mistaken Sex Assignment Surgery More Than a Case of Malpractice

Erica K. Landau | Posted 07.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Erica K. Landau

Born intersex, the child identified in court papers only as "M.C." had "ambiguous genitals" and "both male and female reproductive organs." When he was 16 months old and a ward of the state, doctors and health officials in South Carolina decided that he would become a girl.

'The Physical Attraction' -- Why Americans Should Have an Annual Medical Exam

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Spencer Aronfeld

The point of this post is to illustrate how medical malpractice law works in an effort to motivate you to receive at least a yearly physical and blood work, and to encourage you to focus on disease prevention and health optimization.

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.

Paying for Health Care

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

If you're 30, you may not notice. But if you're my age, tell me honestly you don't see a difference. Want to replace fee-for service? Go ahead. I'm for anything that works, as long as it doesn't turn off quality youngsters from wanting to be doctors.

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...

Surgeons Left SIXTEEN Medical Odds And Ends In Man's Body

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.17.2013 | Healthy Living

A hospital in Germany is being sued for medical malpractice after surgeons allegedly left more than a dozen medical odds and ends inside a cancer pati...

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?"

Child With Cerebral Palsy Dies In Nursing Home Hours After State Takes Her From Mom

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.07.2012 | Miami

The emergence of the tragic story of a 14-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who died in a Miami nursing home last year is casting a harsh spotlight on...