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  • Pregnant with Twins: Will My Babies Survive Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome?July 31st, 2018

    If you are pregnant with twins and have been diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, or if one or both of your babies have been seriously injured or died from this rare medical condition, you are likely searching for answers as to how and why it …

  • Malpractice “Reform” should focus on eliminating malpractice, not legal rights of victimsApril 24th, 2017

    As House Republicans continue to advance their agenda in Washington in efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, one of their anticipated changes to the civil justice system includes a change to medical malpractice laws. Their proposed bill would impose a limit of $250,000 on …

  • Study Reveals Leading Cause of Successful Medical Malpractice CasesJune 11th, 2016

    On April 29, the New York Times health blog Well published a post titled, “Why Doctors Are Sued.” In its first sentence, it promises to reveal the answer to the question: “What kind of medical error accounts for most malpractice payments?” The answer, its author tells …

  • Attorney Dr. Evan Liu Dives Deep into Medical Malpractice LawJune 2nd, 2016

    Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Attorney Evan Y. Liu, M.D. shares insight on negligence and wrongful death cases in hospitals and what to look for in medical records.

  • Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano Provide Insight on Preparing a Case for Federal CourtMarch 3rd, 2016

    Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers Carol Nelson Shepherd and Patricia M. Giordano presented a CLE outlining tips to fight medical malpractice claims ending up in federal court, which may be avoided by following these steps.

  • Legislation to Protect Patients in New York State Fails AgainSeptember 16th, 2015

    Back in the summer of 2013, this blog wrote about statute of limitations amendment that couldn’t make its way out of the New York state legislature. Lavern’s Law is named after a Brooklyn woman whose curable lung cancer went undiagnosed for years–despite several rounds of …

  • Only One in Five Medical Malpractice Cases Pay Out, According to Comprehensive StudyAugust 12th, 2015

    Supporters of so-called tort reform measures would have the American public believe that medical malpractice cases are not only running rampant in the country’s civil justice system, but that they consistently lead to astronomical verdicts (which, in turn, are driving doctors out of business). Not …

  • Even More Data Proves Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Filings DecliningJuly 22nd, 2015

    Back in June of 2013, we published an article detailing a 45-percent decline in the number of medical malpractice case filings statewide. Armed with a few more years’ worth of data, the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania corroborates these statistics, indicating that such cases are at …

  • Evidence-Based Medicine Activist Explains Our Expensive Health Care SystemJune 10th, 2015

    WNYC’s Freakonomics Radio–named after a book series by journalist Stephen Dubner and economist Steven Levitt–recently ran a two-part series about the American health care system. The first hour (about randomized controlled medical trials) was interesting enough, but its sequel proved highly relevant to subjects this …

  • New York Doctor Database–Including Malpractice Information–Is Facing EliminationMarch 25th, 2015

    Health experts have long pointed to increased transparency as a way of eliminating medical errors and reducing healthcare-associated infections, not to mention making patients aware of potential risks. In the past year, this blog has published two articles about programs aimed at making this goal …

  • 39 Pennsylvania Hospitals Fined for Preventable MistakesFebruary 11th, 2015

    A few months ago we wrote about a program called Leapfrog, whose goal is to assign letter grades to the country’s hospitals in an effort to establish their safety in a quantifiable, easily understandable way. Writing for PennLive, David Wenner reports that the Affordable Care …

  • Pharmacy Linked to Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Faces Criminal ChargesJanuary 7th, 2015

    Back in October 2012, this blog began covering a fungal meningitis outbreak originating in Massachusetts that eventually killed sixty-four people and injured over 750 more across twenty states. Authorities traced the debilitating outbreak to the New England Compounding Center, a pharmaceutical company that provided personalized …

  • Texas Hospital Misses Ebola DiagnosisOctober 15th, 2014

    By now it is common knowledge that there is an outbreak of the infectious disease Ebola in West Africa. Having killed thousands there, the disease has also spread to the United States, where one patient just died (at the time of this writing). Thomas Duncan, …

  • Medical Malpractice: It Isn’t Limited To HospitalsOctober 1st, 2014

    Over the years, many in the medical profession have pushed for so-called tort reform measures, which would alter the country’s civil justice system so that it is tilted in its favor. Lobbyists have made efforts to limit liability for medical negligence claims. But when it …

  • Healthcare-Associated Infections: How Hospitals May Be Keeping Patients in HospitalsSeptember 10th, 2014

    It often has been said that hospitals are the most dangerous places for sick people. Hospital acquired infections–also known as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)–present a genuine health risk to patients, leading to prolonged hospitalizations and higher rates of morbidity and mortality. Working from data in a …

  • Malpractice Suits as Industry ReformAugust 13th, 2014

    Although this blog spends a lot of time detailing medical malpractice cases and the jury awards or settlements that come with them. Forbes contributor Steve Cohen reminded us recently (and accurately) that “Malpractice Lawsuits Aren’t Just About Money.” Besides writing about compensation, many of the …

  • Surgical Robot Mistakes: More Prevalent Than Ever, Still UnderreportedMay 28th, 2014

    This blog began covering Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot in July of 2012, but we have not followed up on the outcomes of lawsuits against the manufacturer since last year. A year ago, we reported on the first case to result in a verdict. The …

  • Debunking Even More Myths about Medical MistakesMay 14th, 2014

    In a post published last week, this blog detailed a fledgling platform called Leapfrog, which assigns over 2,000 American hospitals letter grades based upon safety records and patient reviews. The goal of this system is to increase hospital transparency by publicizing and hopefully preventing recurring …

  • Technology Increases Hospital Transparency, Exposes Medical ErrorsMay 6th, 2014

    All too often, news about medical safety is relegated to academic journals and other industry publications. So when a mainstream news organization publishes an article stating the sobering fact that medical errors kill about half a million patients every year in the United States (that’s …

  • Unqualified NJ Doctor Stripped of License After Performing Spinal SurgeriesFebruary 26th, 2014

    We have commented in previous blogs about the inadequacy of the self-regulation of physicians by the medical community. Apparently, only in the most egregious cases will medical boards step in to breach to revoke a physician’s medical license. Earlier this month, an anesthesiologist in Pompton …

  • New OSHA Pamphlet Suggests Hospitals More Dangerous Than You ThinkFebruary 5th, 2014

    A new pamphlet published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) called “How Safe Is Your Hospital for Workers?” includes some startling facts about the dangers that hospitals present not only to patients, but to their employees as well. For example, in terms of …

  • Surgical Complications Directly Correlated To Surgeons’ Peer-Rated SkillOctober 30th, 2013

    Back in October 2012, this blog published an article called “A Surgeon’s Five Tips for Improving Hospital Safety.” The list was culled from an article written by Johns Hopkins surgeon and professor Marty Makary in The Wall Street Journal, and several of his arguments revolve …

  • Just how many people die from medical mistakes in American hospitals?October 9th, 2013

    Just how many people die from medical mistakes in American hospitals? As Scientific American recently explained, researchers have struggled to establish an accurate figure for decades. The Institute of Medicine, a non-governmental non-profit, issued a report in 1999 called “To Err Is Human,” which reported …

  • Statute of Limitations Amendment, Inspired by Cancer Patient, Dies in NY LegislatureJuly 17th, 2013

    Lavern Wilkinson of Brooklyn, New York, took a bus to Kings County Hospital’s emergency room in the winter of 2010, experiencing sudden and severe chest pains. She thought she was having a heart attack, but after a few tests–including a chest x-ray–doctors told her she …

  • Number of Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Cases Continues to DwindleJune 12th, 2013

    The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania, on June 4, published a news article and the title says it all: “Medical Malpractice Case Statistics Show Nearly 45 Percent Decline in Number of Case Filings Statewide.” The author of the article also mentions that this has been …