Medical Ghostwriting Lives On Because Medical Journals Won’t Stop It

“Ghostwriting” has been the bane of good medicine for decades now. Pharmaceutical companies routinely “draft” scientific studies, medical journal articles, and opinion pieces and then pay doctors, scientists, and legislators to sign off on them. [...]

By |September 15th, 2017|Categories: Medical Malpractice, Product Liability|0 Comments

Huge Study Confirms Birth Complications Can Cause Cerebral Palsy

For years, obstetricians and hospitals have tried to deflect attention from their mistakes by claiming that negligence during labor and delivery — like prolonged labor where a baby is deprived of oxygen, or where the delivery is traumatic — can’t cause cerebral palsy. I’ve written before about the problems with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ guidelines on “Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy.” Now there’s a new study of over a million births confirming that a lack of oxygen during birth is by far the most common cause of cerebral palsy. On March 7, 2017, the Journal of the American Medical Association published the results of a study of over 1.4 million births in Sweden. The purpose of the study was to look for any connection between overweight or obese mothers and cerebral palsy. The authors found a link, but, as they say, “the effect of maternal obesity on cerebral palsy” was “small compared with other risk factors.” So what really causes cerebral palsy? The biggest culprit is a lack of oxygen. […]

By |March 19th, 2017|Categories: Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

When Your Surgeon Is Busy Operating On Someone Else

Today’s Boston Globe “Spotlight” includes a detailed investigation of Dr. David Samadi at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan’s well-to-do Upper East Side. Dr. Samadi made $6.7 million in 2015 as “a specialist in robotic prostate surgery.” But did he even do the operations? […]

By |March 12th, 2017|Categories: Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

Preventing Strokes During And After Surgery (Thoughts On Bill Paxton)

Last week, actor Bill Paxton died as a the result of an ischemic stroke during heart-valve surgery. Every surgery has a risk of stroke, and every heart surgery has an even higher risk of stroke, but it’s still unusual to see an otherwise healthy 61-year-old die in the course of a heart valve surgery. As a recent study in Britain found, even among patients over 65-years-old, long-term survival is “excellent.” Patients over 65 who underwent aortic valve replacement generally had no difference in mortality at all for the first 8 years after surgery. So what happened in Bill Paxton’s surgery? We deal with these issues all the time as medical malpractice lawyers. Technically, a stroke during or immediately after a surgery is “perioperative stroke.” Perioperative strokes are one of the most common complications of all surgeries. In non-cardiac, non-neurological, non-major vascular surgery, up to 2% of patients suffer a perioperative ischemic stroke. Most of those patients have a complicating risk factor, like advanced age, a history of renal failure, or a history of stroke. In high-risk cardiovascular surgery, researchers have found that between 2% and 10% of patients suffer a stroke of some degree, with the highest risks found in mitral valve surgery and double or triple valve surgery. […]

By |February 28th, 2017|Categories: General|1 Comment

The Worst 2% Of Doctors Pay 50% Of All Malpractice Settlements

A new study in The Journal of Patient Safety proves again what medical malpractice lawyers have known for years: the worst doctors cause a very large part of medical malpractice injuries. The study, “The Detection, Analysis, and Significance of Physician Clustering in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Payouts,” reviewed payment data from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), an electronic database that follows malpractice settlements, actions by state medicine boards, and actions by hospital medical boards. The medical researchers looked at all of the malpractice compensation from September 1, 1990, through June 30, 2015, a time period during which over 1.2 million physicians practiced medicine in the United States. Incredibly, 25% of the payments in that time could be traced back to just 6,521 physicians, and 50% of the payments could be traced back to 22,511, which amounts to just 1.8% of all physicians who practiced then. […]

By |January 17th, 2017|Categories: Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

Anesthesia in Pregnant Women And Young Children: The FDA Versus ACOG

On December 14, 2016, the FDA released a new "Drug Safety Communication" about the use of general anesthetics and sedation drugs in young children and pregnant women. The warning affects all of the most common anesthesia [...]

By |January 2nd, 2017|Categories: Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice|0 Comments

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