Medical Malpractice

Patients are likely surprised to learn that while California hospitals are required to report infection outbreaks, they are not penalized when they fail to do so.
Secrecy Increases Risks of Deadly Hospital Infections

Patients are likely surprised to learn that while California hospitals are required to report infection outbreaks, they are not penalized when they fail to do so. In addition, most investigations into hospital infection outbreaks are kept confidential and rarely disclosed to the public. While the goal...

A new study suggests that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients may have difficulty finding competent doctors at teaching hospitals across the United States.
Study: LGBT Community Lacks Competent Medical Care

A new study suggests that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients may have difficulty finding competent doctors at teaching hospitals across the United States. Researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, surveyed the chief medical officers or...

A new study suggests that when you visit the hospital may impact the care that you receive.
Are Medical Errors More Common on the Weekend?

A new study suggests that when you visit the hospital may impact the care that you receive. It found that patients admitted on the weekend were more likely to suffer from preventable complications. Researchers from the University of Southern California analyzed the records of more than...

The federal government recently added a five-star quality rating system to its Hospital Compare website.
How Do California Hospitals Rank on New Federal Rating System?

The federal government recently added a five-star quality rating system to its Hospital Compare website. Unfortunately, California hospitals did not fare very well. The overall star rating for each hospital reflects an average of 11 publicly reported measures from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers...

World Health Organization Calls for Clinical Trial Transparency
World Health Organization Calls for Clinical Trial Transparency

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for greater transparency in medical research, particularly with regard to disclosing the results from clinical trials for medical products. As San Diego injury lawyers, we agree that failing to report the results of pharmaceutical and medical device research...

A new study highlights the risk of specimen provenance complications (SPCs).
Could a Lab Mix Up Lead to a Traumatic Medical Error?

When patients learn that they have cancer, they are generally willing to take all of the necessary steps to beat the disease, even if it means a major surgery. But what happens when it turns out the diagnosis was wrong? A new study highlights the risk...

The hospital you chose for four high-risk surgeries could impact the outcome, according to a new study.
Could Your Hospital Choice Impact Your Surgical Risk?

The hospital you chose for four high-risk surgeries could impact the outcome, according to a new study. In fact, patient safety group Leapfrog Group maintains that survival rates can vary by as much as 23 percent depending on where the procedures are performed. As detailed by...

according to a new study, an estimated 20 percent of hysterectomy surgeries may not be medically necessary.
Are Women Undergoing Unnecessary Hysterectomies?

Hysterectomy, a procedure in which the uterus is removed, is the second most common surgery among female patients. However, according to a new study, an estimated 20 percent of the surgeries may not be medically necessary. While the rates of hysterectomy have fallen in recent years,...

A Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola after treating the country’s first patient is suing her employer.
Ebola Nurse Files Negligence Lawsuit Against Dallas Hospital

A Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola after treating the country’s first patient is suing her employer. Nina Pham alleges that the hospital where she worked failed to protect her from the disease. As previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, doctors who first treated Thomas...

As San Diego child injury lawyers, we are concerned by reports that children in California’s foster care system are being overprescribed powerful psychotropic medications.
Are Foster Children Being Overprescribed Psychotropic Medication?

As San Diego child injury lawyers, we are concerned by reports that children in California’s foster care system are being overprescribed powerful psychotropic medications. As first detailed by Mercury News, the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and physicians who treat California’s foster children is cause for...