Legal News Articles - Malpractice
February 16, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Fresno, CA: The allegations of medical malpractice surrounding the fate of a California man and an operation gone horribly wrong are compelling. The claim is that a noted Fresno cardiologist was responsible for leaving an open heart surgery patient in a vegetative state after the surgeon left the operating theatre before the procedure was complete.Read [ Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Accuses Surgeon of Leaving Procedure Early ]
January 29, 2014. By Lucy Campbell.
• In December 2012, Johns Hopkins released the shocking results of a cautious and rigorous analysis of national medical malpractice claims, believed to be the first of its kind. Among the findings, Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers estimated a surgeon in the United States leaves a foreign object such as a sponge or a towel inside a patient’s body after an operation 39 times a week, performs the wrong procedure on a patient 20 times a week and operates on the wrong body site 20 times a week.Read [ Following Suit: Medical Malpractice and Medical “Never Events” ]
January 24, 2014. By Brenda Craig.
San Diego, CA: If you have ever thought of suing a doctor, you’ll want to hear what Dr. David Priver (pictured) has to say about what constitutes medical malpractice in the eyes of the expert witnesses who would very likely be involved in that kind of litigation.Read [ Expert Witness Doctor Offers Informative View of Medical Malpractice Litigation ]
January 11, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Oakland, CA: It’s something we all fear: Medical malpractice. And for reasons that have little to do with litigation. Rather, it’s the fear of not being able to fix what has been broken. Unlike a car that can be replaced if the mechanic screws up, or a house that can be shored up or rebuilt if the contractor gets it wrong, the human body carries far fewer options.Read [ Three Heartbreaking Examples of Alleged Medical Malpractice ]
November 30, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
New York, NY: The recently released report by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with regard to the DaVinci surgical robot and the potential cause of operating room injuries provides a snapshot of opinion from those in the field, either from a hands-on perspective or those having a capacity to observe.Read [ DaVinci Robot Training: “You Can’t Just Go for the Weekend…” ]
November 20, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC: Patients who have suffered an operating room injury during robotic surgery may not be surprised by reports that the number of robot-related surgical injuries is on the rise. Concerns about injuries linked to robotic surgery are conveyed in da Vinci robot lawsuits, alleging patients were seriously harmed because of the use of the robot during surgery--sometimes by surgeons who allegedly received inadequate training. Now, preliminary reports from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggest that such injuries may be on the rise.Read [ Number of Operating Room Injuries Linked to Robot Surgery Reportedly Increasing ]
October 20, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Bermuda Dunes, CA: When Teresa Hershey of California talked to her doctor about a proposed hysterectomy, the potential for having the surgery undertaken with the aid of a DaVinci surgical robot sounded like a good idea at the time. “It sounded good,” she told Bloomberg News (10/8/13). “[My doctor] sold me on it.” The 41-year-old resident of Bermuda Dunes recalls being impressed with videos on YouTube emphasizing the precision possible with the DaVinci robot. However, following the procedure, Hershey contends she was left with an injury from the robotic surgery, and plans to launch a lawsuit against Intuitive Surgical Inc., the manufacturer of the $1.5 million da Vinci surgical robot.Read [ Robotic Surgery: Lots of Hype, but Where’s the Proof of Efficacy? ]
October 12, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Irvine, CA: A report in the Orange County Register (9/20/13) suggests that two surgeons have been working with Intuitive Surgical Inc to downplay the alleged risks associated with the daVinci surgical robot. Intuitive Surgical has come under fire recently for problems with the daVinci robot allegedly resulting in operating room injuries to patients. The company has also faced criticism for underreporting adverse events and aggressively marketing the daVinci robot, despite evidence that the robot does not necessarily make outcomes of certain surgeries significantly better.Read [ Did Intuitive Downplay Risks Associated with daVinci Robot? ]
October 4, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Park Ridge, IL: Much has been made about the impact robotic surgery has had on the medical profession, and subsequent impact to patients. Reports of operating room injuries related to the use of the da Vinci surgical robot have fostered headlines and triggered debate over traditional surgery v. a robot-assisted procedure with surgeons operating from a highly sophisticated work station.Read [ Surgeon’s View: What to Consider Before Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery ]
September 24, 2013. By Brenda Craig.
Park Ridge, IL: Avoiding the surgeon’s scalpel with minimally invasive surgery, or keyhole surgery as it is often referred to, seems like a miracle of modern medicine. There is plenty of scientific evidence to prove that avoiding large incisions and reducing trauma to the patient results in quicker recovery times, shorter hospital stays and reduced infection rates.Read [ An Interview with Robotic Surgeon Dr. Brian Locker ]