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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Neil Armstrong’s Bypass Surgery

Neil Armstrong was an American Hero. He flew 78 combat missions in the Korean War, was a test pilot for new planes, was the commander for Apollo 11 and became the first man to walk on the face of the moon. All of his accomplishments aside, it is his health history and the medical care...[Read More]

Why infection cases are almost never cases under Virginia law

If I asked my microbiologist friend to name some of the bacteria that exist on a normal human – her mind would explode. She couldn’t possibly name all the bacteria that are known to inhabit our largest organs – and yet, what we know (thanks to the smart people at the CDC, and NIH) is...[Read More]

Mortality Statistics and Your Hospital

The New York Times published a recent story on the secret recordings of doctors discussing concerns about poor surgical care. The outcomes from surgeries were so bad the doctors questioned whether they should refer patients for surgery if it meant in-house surgeons would perform the operation. You can read the article here. The popular podcast...[Read More]

SPEAK UP (as a patient)

I am currently with a loved one in an out of state Hospital and on every wall is a sign that says SPEAK UP. The poster then discusses patient’s need to speak up and how that can prevent injury and mistakes. I agree. While it doesn’t take away the duty of the healthcare provider to:...[Read More]

Virginia Hospitals Punished By Medicare

In 2019, Medicare penalized 800 U.S. hospitals for the high number of injuries and infections suffered by their patients. The penalties were enacted through a program in the Affordable Care Act where the federal government cuts Medicare reimbursements for hospitals with high rates of patient infections and injuries. The idea being that if hospitals suffer...[Read More]

Robotic Assisted Surgery: Is it a good thing?

The recent news is full of reports of hospitals purchasing million dollar robots for surgeons to use when they perform operations.  The robots are used in all kinds of surgeries including bariatric procedures, hernia repairs, gall bladder removal, appendectomies, and a host of other surgeries.  NBC News presented an informative report titled, The da Vinci surgical robot: A...[Read More]

Bleed Out: HBO Special

Physicians and hospitals commit malpractice every hour of every day.  Don’t believe me?   Check out this trailer for an HBO special set to air tomorrow – BLEED OUT.  

Confidentiality = Secrecy

Last week I spoke to a woman who in my experience, likely has a malpractice case against a Virginia surgeon. She asked if there had been prior lawsuits against the surgeon and I told her that in fact I personally knew of four.  She was shocked. She had spent significant time researching the doctor’s reputation...[Read More]