A hospital can be a very dangerous place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that, each year, nearly three quarters of a million patients contract a hospital-acquired infection and a staggering 75,000 patients die from them: the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing each day. Even with the development of new tools to […]Continue reading

Any person with a medical degree and license can call themselves a “plastic surgeon”, regardless of their medical training and background. Because cosmetic surgery is usually elective and most often paid for out of pocket by the patient rather than covered by an insurance company, plastic surgery is a lucrative business. Plastic surgeons compete for […]Continue reading

When a family entrusts a loved one – a parent, a grandparent, a spouse or a sibling – to a nursing home, it is with the belief that the nursing home will care for and protect that person. This sacred trust pledges to provide the resident with a safe place to live, competent care, adequate […]Continue reading

It is not uncommon for a client to tell me that she feels more comfortable talking to and working with a woman on issues that are often personal and that involve an injury that affects her identity. The cases vary, but the following are some of the most common: Obstetrical injuries. Not only is the […]Continue reading

Hospitals are obligated to provide the correct medicine to the right patient, in the proper dose, for the right reason. Nonetheless, medication errors in hospitals are ubiquitous—a patient will likely endure, on average, at least one medication error every day. At least 1.5 million medication errors occur every year in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and […]Continue reading

People who go to the hospital for treatment expect to get better, but a growing number of patients end up dying instead— from infections they acquire in the hospital. Hospitals have long claimed that infections are an ‘accepted risk’ of care, but new studies show that many infections are easily prevented. A Call to Action […]Continue reading

Birth Injuries and Medical Malpractice Prudent, well-trained clinicians know that obstetrical injuries can arise during pregnancy, labor, delivery and newborn care, even in patients who are considered low-risk. For that reason, obstetrical care providers must be knowledgeable, well trained, and have access to emergency or “stat” intervention when fetal or maternal complications develop. When a […]Continue reading

Diagnostic Errors in Medical Malpractice Learning that you have a severe or life-threatening illness changes your world. Perhaps the only thing worse is discovering that your diagnosis should have been made sooner or that you were treated for the wrong condition–and now it is too late to take effective action. Diagnostic errors can be defined […]Continue reading