Spinal injuries can be among the most devastating conditions caused by a traumatic event. Even a relatively “minor” spine injury can cause intense pain and impairment.
More than 15 years ago, the McDonald's “hot coffee” lawsuit was held up as an example of a frivolous claim – someone taking advantage of circumstances to make a quick buck. But if you look at the facts, you will realize that the plaintiff in that case, an elderly New Mexico woman, was very seriously injured. [...]
There are certain types of medical malpractice that are considered to be so egregious that they should never happen. In fact, Medicare calls these preventable errors “Never Events,” and they include such serious mistakes as wrong site surgery, patient falls, and discharging an infant to the wrong person, among other things. Since 2007, Medicare has [...]
In February 2003, Cathy D'Attilo was an expectant mother preparing to deliver little Daniel into the world. Despite the fact that her amniotic fluid had dropped precipitously a few days before, her doctors waited to perform a Caesarean section. When the C-section was finally performed, a sequence of fateful decisions allegedly resulted in hypoxia and, [...]
At the age of 22, homemaker and aerobics instructor Su Meck was seriously injured when a ceiling fan fell on her. The accident caused numerous skull fractures, resulting in a severe brain injury that left her in a coma. Eventually, she awoke from her coma but could remember nothing about her past life, including her [...]
As more and more conditions are being managed by medications, patients across the country are relying on their doctors and pharmacists more than ever before. In 2010, Americans spent over $300 billion on prescription drugs. And as more drugs are dispensed, the number of so-called “adverse events” increases. In the past, I've blogged about pharmacy [...]