Medical Malpractice

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...

As San Diego medical malpractice lawyers, we are concerned that a drug-resistant “superbug” may be linked to improperly sterilized medical equipment.
Deadly “Superbug” Linked to Contaminated Medical Equipment

As San Diego medical malpractice lawyers, we are concerned that a drug-resistant “superbug” may be linked to improperly sterilized medical equipment. The bacterial infection has already claimed the lives of two California patients and infected seven others. All of the infected patients underwent endoscopy procedures at...

Ten California Hospitals Fined for Medical Errors
Ten California Hospitals Fined for Medical Errors

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. In many cases, hospitals place their patients in danger by failing to follow proper policies and procedures. In California, the Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently penalized ten California hospitals for compliance violations...

Are Some Surgeries More Risky for Seniors
Are Some Surgeries More Risky for Seniors?

Many procedures that are considered routine become more risky as we age. Accordingly, it is important to fully understand the potential complications and the value of the procedure over non-surgical alternatives. With this in mind, a new study identifies the most high-risk surgeries for older adults....

Federal Appeals Court Rules Passengers Can Sue Cruise Ships for Medical Negligence
Federal Appeals Court Rules Passengers Can Sue Cruise Ships for Medical Negligence

A recent decision by a federal appeals court in Florida makes it easier for passengers to pursue medical negligence lawsuits against cruise ships. Under prior precedent, medical malpractice victims could only pursue claims against the individual doctor. Pasquale Vaglio, a former New York City police officer,...

Joan Rivers’ Estate Files Wrongful Death Suit Over Medical Errors
Joan Rivers’ Estate Files Wrongful Death Suit Over Medical Errors

While she may be famous, Melissa Rivers struggled like any family member who unexpectedly loses a loved one due to medical negligence. Calling it one of the most difficult decisions of her life, she recently filed a wrongful death suit against the New York City...

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Reducing Medical Errors: Are Two Doctors Better Than One?

Misdiagnosis is one of the most common medical mistakes. According to the latest statistics, missed, incorrect or delayed diagnoses account for approximately 20 percent of all medical errors. Even more concerning, research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality revealed that 28 percent of 583...

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Are Hospitals Downplaying the Risks of Heart Valve Replacement?

A new study suggests that hospitals are touting the benefits of a common heart valve replacement procedure without fully explaining the risks. The findings should remind patients that hospital websites are often more like advertisements than educational resources.   As Reuters reports, the procedure, known as a...