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 »

Oregon Man Survives Nearly Fatal Misdiagnosis

According to a report on KATU, hemochromatosis (an overload of iron in the blood with a hereditary cause) is the most common genetic disease in America—but it's also widely misdiagnosed.  A local man, Jeff Williams, is fighting to change that after he nearly died from the disease. When he was first admitted to the hospital… Learn More »

New Report on Medical Errors: Wrong-Site Surgery

Last year I posted an update on a frightening trend: surgery being performed on the wrong body part, or even on the wrong patient. Since then, an ophthalmologist here in Portland operated on the wrong eye of a 4-year-old. This should never happen: in 2004, the Joint Commission (the group that certifies health care providers)… Learn More »

Frivolous Lawsuits in the News

A few months ago I blogged about the famous McDonald’s coffee case, one of the most recognized personal injury lawsuits in America. This story has been back in the news lately because HBO is airing a documentary called Hot Coffee. It was this case that led to the formation of a collective belief based on… Learn More »