Medical Malpractice

New Study Confirms Robotic Surgery Fails to Live Up to the Hype

Hospitals, doctors, and device makers frequently tout the benefits of robotic surgery. However, a new study highlights that it may be more costly and lead to more complications when compared to traditional, low-tech methods. The number of robotic surgeries has skyrocketed in recent years, accounting for...

Understanding the Risks of Retail Medicine

With the growing popularity of retail medicine, you can now get treatment for an ear infection while picking up a gallon of milk. While these new clinics are certainly popular, they also come with certain risks. Since 2006, the number of retail clinics across the country...

Sen. Barbara Boxer Lends Support to Proposition 46

Proposition 46 can now count Sen. Barbara Boxer among its most influential supporters. She recently unveiled a campaign advertisement in favor of raising the medical malpractice damages cap. As we have previously discussed on this San Diego Personal Injury Blog, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act...

San Diego Medical Malpractice FAQ: Is Outpatient Surgery More Risky?

Joan Rivers’ recent death highlights that outpatient surgery often comes with certain risks. The comedian and talk show host went into cardiac arrest during a reportedly minor throat surgery at a Manhattan doctor’s office and was rushed by ambulance to Mt. Sinai Hospital late last...

Study Reveals Charges for Blood Tests Vary Significantly in California

Charges for 10 common blood tests vary widely across California hospitals, according to a recent study. For instance, charges for a lipid panel ranged from $10 to $10,169, a thousand-fold difference. Researchers examined charges for routine blood tests performed in 2011 at 166 and 189 hospitals,...

FDA Expanding Oversight of Certain Diagnostic Tests

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it is taking steps to increase its oversight over certain diagnostic tests used to help diagnose and treat patients. Under the agency’s current regulatory framework, many laboratory developed tests (LDTs), which are designed, manufactured and intended...

Are Doctors More Likely to Misdiagnose Heart Attacks in Female Patients?

More than 700,000 Americans suffer heart attacks every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An astounding 1 in 50 are misdiagnosed, often resulting in patients being sent home from the emergency room. For female patients, the risk is particularly high because the...

The New York Times Addresses California’s Proposition 46

Proposition 46 was recently featured on the front page of The New York Times. The headline article highlights how much is at stake in November. If voters approve the ballot initiative, California could become the first state to require random drug and alcohol tests for...

Online Medical Records Coming to California

All of your medical records may soon be online. California’s two biggest insurers, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California, recently launched a new system that will gather a patient’s records from all of their providers to create a comprehensive medical history. Once it is...

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