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Rick Shapiro

Tort “Deform” May Become Reality in Missouri

A bill that will set an award limit in medical malpractice lawsuits was passed by Missouri lawmakers. It was passed as a compromise between Republicans and Democrats, who had disagreed about previous efforts to pass damages caps through the State […]

Patrick Austin

North Carolina Jury Awards Cataract Patient $1.5 Million in Malpractice Lawsuit

A jury in Durham, North Carolina (NC) found an ophthalmologist and a hospital was negligent when they used the wrong drug during a cataract surgery. This led to severe damage in one of the patient’s eyes. He was awarded $1.5 […]

Jim Lewis

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day; Nursing Home Abuse on the Rise

Older Americans deserve to live with dignity and to be safe. But too many suffer the indignity of being abused, neglected, or exploited. A new study indicates that one in 10 Americans age 60 or older experiences some form of […]

Jim Lewis

Unnecessary Surgeries Put Patients at Greater Risk for Injury

No one wants to go under the knife but sometimes it is necessary to enhance the quality of life or even to save it. However some surgeries have no benefit for many people and instead put them at risk. You […]

Rick Shapiro

Debunking Myths About Medical Malpractice — Again

Each year brings new, and I hope, conclusive evidence that medical practice insurance, lawsuits and so-called “defensive medicine” add little to the total spent on health care in the United States. Just as reliably and regrettably, every year also brings […]

Jim Lewis

Medical Malpractice Injuries and Deaths: Extreme Case in Texas

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  What happens when a doctor fools patients into thinking he is a competent doctor not once, not twice but at least half a dozen times?  The terrible answer […]

Rick Shapiro

The Link Between Severed Ureter Injuries and Laparoscopic Surgeries

Laparoscopic surgery is a relatively new surgical tool with the first laparoscopic hysterectomy performed in 1988. When a doctor opts for laparoscopic surgery, he uses a laparoscope. The benefits of using a laparoscopic device is that a doctor only has […]

Jim Lewis

New Nationwide Emergency Room Report Card Data Released

Would you walk into an emergency room if there was a sign on the door that read, ‘This emergency room received a D+ grade’ ? Probably not, unless you were in dire medical need.  Unfortunately the American College of Emergency […]

Jim Lewis

FDA Announces Recalls of the Da Vinci Surgery Robots Due to Stuck Instrument Arms

One of the new advances in medicine that you may have heard of is a robot that can perform minimally invasive surgery.  The name of this machine is the da Vinci robot.  Unfortunately, the increased use of da Vinci surgical […]

Jim Lewis

The Question of How Many People are Harmed by Medical Malpractice Injuries

How many people die or are injured by medical malpractice and errors every year?  It’s a pertinent question and the answer may surprise and scare you.  The Journal of Patient Safety says that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year […]