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

Surgery today is commonplace. On average, more than fifty million operations are performed each year. Many of these surgeries are performed on an outpatient, or ambulatory, basis and do not require overnight hospitalization. The scope of the procedures is huge and range from seemingly mundane cataract procedures to complex neurosurgery. Despite medicine’s dazzling developments and […]Continue reading

Emergency Departments are obligated, under federal law, to provide emergency medical care to everyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay. No one may be turned away. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) states that quality emergency care is a fundamental right and that unobstructed access to emergency services should be available […]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

The standard model for diagnosis of cardiovascular disease often doesn’t fit women. Here are some common medical missteps to look for in a malpractice case. What is a woman’s medical malprac- tice case? Most people think of a failure to diagnose breast cancer, delayed cesarean section, or the unnecessary removal of a woman’s uterus. But […]Continue reading

Checkout our new welcome video. Susan Dennehy represents patients and their families who have suffered serious harm as a result of medical negligence by a doctor or healthcare institution. She began her own firm in 1996, and for the past nineteen years has successfully handled cases involving failure to diagnose serious medical conditions, wrongful death, […]Continue reading

A few years ago, I tried a medical malpractice case in a courthouse where I did not know many of the judges. The case involved a delay in diagnosing a spinal abscess, which doomed the patient, my client, to lifelong paraplegia and unrelenting pain. Because she died before the trial, she could not testify about […]Continue reading