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Five myths of medical malpractice –Part 1

January 23, 2017

Myth one: the medical malpractice “crisis” is caused by malpractice litigation People point to jury verdicts with jaw-dropping awards issued to patients as proof of a malpractice crisis and need for limits on damages.  However, extensive research published in medical journals proves that run-away jury verdicts are NOT the cause Read More

Internal documents detail secret VA quality ratings

January 2, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs has for years assigned star ratings for each of its medical centers based on the quality of care and service they provide, but the agency has repeatedly refused to make them public, saying they are meant for internal use only. USA TODAY obtained internal documents Read More

Medical malpractice: The alarming number of doctors busted for bribery

November 29, 2016

From a recent article in NJ.com:  “In two courtrooms less than an hour’s drive apart, two doctors were sent to prison recently for putting greed ahead of the welfare of patients. One, Paresh Patel, an internal medicine doctor from Jamesburg, will spend a year in prison for allowing a lab Read More

Babies Should Sleep In Same Room As Parents During First Year

October 25, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for infants to be kept in their parents’ bedroom at night for six months to a year in order to lessen the risk of sleep-related death.  The new recommendations say babies should sleep in the same room as their parents on a separate Read More

Why do obese patients get worse care? Many doctors don’t see past the fat.

October 14, 2016

According to a recent article in the New York Times, research has shown that doctors spend less time with obese patients and fail to refer them for diagnostic tests.   Patients report doctors blow them off and simply tell them to go to Weight Watchers, mistakenly assuming symptoms, such as Read More

$4.25M settlement for failure to treat pre-eclampsia resulting in the death of twins before birth

August 26, 2016

A judge refused to seal the records of a $4.25 million medical malpractice settlement.  Judge Terrence Nealon rejected a defense request to keep the settlement secret, finding that the public’s right to know outweighed concerns defense attorneys raised that release of the information would discourage hospitals and physicians from settling Read More

IG Report validates serious concerns about VA Hospitals

August 16, 2016

A Veterans Affairs investigation released last week revealed that the St. Cloud Minnesota VA inflated the numbers of patients it saw as well as the number of doctors it had on staff. The report also found that more than 2,300 vets were assigned to providers who no longer worked at Read More

A Civil Rights Crisis: Active Duty Members Can’t Sue the Military for Medical Malpractice

August 14, 2016

A Civil Rights Crisis: Active Duty Members Can’t Sue the Military for Medical Malpractice When 33-year-old Navy Lieutenant Rebekah Moani Daniel died due to improperly handled bleeding shortly after giving birth at Naval Hospital Bremerton, her devastated family ran up against a little recognized civil rights crisis. While a case Read More

Beware of Short Time Limits for Military Malpractice Cases

August 9, 2016

Last summer, a bill that would have helped medical malpractice victims in New York have their day in court, passed the assembly with overwhelming support, was sponsored by a majority of the State Senate and was endorsed by the Governor, yet still never came up for a final vote.  Lavern’s Read More

ZIKA VIRUS A THREAT TO PREGNANT MILITARY MEMBERS

August 4, 2016

ZIKA VIRUS A THREAT TO PREGNANT MILITARY MEMBERS CNN confirms that 41 military members stationed overseas have contracted the Zika virus-double the number of cases reported just last month. Those diagnosed with Zika include a pregnant soldier and seven military dependents. In pregnant women, the effects can be devastating, and Read More

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