One of the worst cases of medical malpractice in U.S. history – Part 2

This is a continuation from the most recent blog post below… What about the hospital system that he worked for, or the drug companies that sourced his practice? The volume of patients was beyond excessive. Fata reportedly lined up 50-60 patients a day, whom he would hand off to unlicensed doctors before spending a few… Learn More »

One of the worst cases of medical malpractice in U.S. history – Part 1

Dr. Farid Fata was considered the gold standard of cancer physicians. A Sloan-Kettering-trained oncologist and hematologist, he ran Michigan’s largest private cancer practice in several upscale suburban offices. He claimed a 70% cure rate for blood cancer patients. Many thought of him as a savior. Dr. Fata used his reputation and his power in a… Learn More »

How a doctor + a camera = $190 million dollars – Part 2

Part 2 of a 2-part series that originally appeared in the Legal Examiner.  The real cost of a lawsuit Sex abuse cases are very difficult for victims – and for the people helping them. They’re second only to death claims as the most difficult cases for a law firm to take on. Obviously, the main… Learn More »

How a doctor + a camera = $190 million dollars – Part 1

This post originally appeared in the Legal Examiner.  The Background Dr. Nikita Levy had been a gynecologist for Johns Hopkins for 25 years when one of his colleagues noticed something strange about the pen he wore around his neck. It was a camera. Dr. Levy had been secretly filming his patients while he administered pelvic… Learn More »

A short guide to avoiding hospital mistakes

About 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. That makes preventable medical mistakes the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Some hospitals are finding innovative ways to reduce the risk of medical errors – see this OPB story about an Oregon hospital – and ultimately, it is… Learn More »

Can patients prevent wrong-site surgery?

A young cancer patient in Portland claims that a doctor operated on the wrong side of her neck, removing healthy lymph nodes and leaving her with a 7-inch scar around her neck. She had to undergo an additional surgery to remove the cancerous lymph nodes, doubly exposing herself to the dangers of surgery and recovery.… Learn More »

What is Outsourced Radiology?

If you had an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI in the last few years, there’s a good chance it was analyzed outside of the hospital or maybe even outside of the United States. This is the increasingly common practice of “outsourcing radiology” – the practice of having x-rays , CT scans and MRI’s read by an… Learn More »

Oregon Senators Try to Strip Rights from Citizens and Protect Insurance Companies

15 Oregon state senators have pledged to derail Senate Bill 1580 by demanding that the landmark legislation include a “cap” or limit on damages in medical malpractice claims – but only for those who can least afford it. If a privately insured patient is hurt by a negligent or reckless doctor, that person is entitled to… Learn More »

What Drugs Cause the Most Emergency Hospitalizations for Senior Adults?

An adverse drug event (“ADE”) requiring hospitalization typically occurs when a properly administered drug causes an adverse reaction (such as an allergic reaction), or a patient accidentally overdoses on a drug, or takes the wrong drug. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, there were approximately 100,000 emergency hospitalizations for… Learn More »

Patients in California Being Treated for Macular Degeneration Blinded by Eye Injections of Avastin

The media is reporting that five patients being treated at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have been blinded following eye injections of contaminated Avastin that had been repackaged into smaller doses.  The news comes following reports of serious eye infections suffered by patients in Florida and… Learn More »