Legal News Articles - Malpractice
April 12, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Philadelphia, PA: The trouble with reality shows on television is that they can have very real consequences off-screen for the participants involved. To that end, a one-time contestant on the reality show The Bachelorette, while vying to be the suitor to the pretty and blonde Ali Fedotowsky, finds himself and his firm targeted by a legal malpractice lawsuit.Read [ Former Reality TV Contestant Lawyer Sued for Legal Malpractice ]
March 31, 2014. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: It’s a sad reality that a facility dedicated to making you well can instead make you sick. It could even kill you. Of course, we are talking about hospitals and the potential to contract a serious, even life-threatening hospital infection. The good news, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, is that the situation is slowly improving.Read [ 200 Americans Die from Hospital-Acquired Infection Daily ]
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? ]