Medical Malpractice Attorneys Read Leapfrog Group Report Regarding Hospital Safety

The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit, independant organization run by purchasers and employers of health benefits, recently issued safety ratings of over 2,000 United States hospitals. Per their website, The Leapfrog Group aims to do three things: Inform Americans about their hospital safety and quality, Promote full public disclosure of hospital performance information, and Help employers provide the best healthcare benefits to their employees. By publishing their hospital safety review, the group has succeeded in informing it's public of the current safety conditions of hospitals throughout the United States. Medical malpractice … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys: Blogs Help Educate

If you have spent any time at all combing the internet for news and/or advice regarding nursing home abuse, you've no doubt stumbled upon Jonathon Rosenfeld's Nursing Home Abuse Blog. Through his frequent updates and pertinent analysis, Rosenfeld has established a real and dependable source for information and guidance aimed at helping victims and their families attain justice for wrongs perpetrated at nursing homes, by home health aids, or even by other family members. Nursing home abuse attorneys of Messa & Associates are proud to be among the company of Jonathon Rosenfeld in a common mission to protect the elderly from negligent care … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Advise Patients of Smith & Nephew’s Intention to Remove Hip Replacement Devices from the Market

Medical malpractice lawyers have recently learned that Smith & Nephew PLC has announced that it will withdraw a metal liner used for its R3 Acetabular System hip replacements from the market. The company said that it is "not satisfied with the clinical results" of the liner because some patients have required an additional surgery to have the liner removed. Smith & Nephew introduced the hip replacement liner in 2009. Since that time, about 7,700 patients have had them implanted. According to Smith & Nephew, patients who have not experienced problems do not need to have the liner removed. The majority of the R3 Acetabular System hip … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Lawyers and Litigation NOT Breaking Healthcare’s Bank

Health Affairs, the leading journal of health policy and research, founded in 1981 to support health policy education in the medical community domestically and worldwide, recently published the results of a study involving the cost of medical malpractice to the public. This well respected organization demonstrated that the "tort reformists" claim that medical malpractice litigation adds enormous costs to healthcare is simply a myth.   In fact,  Health Affairs estimated that less than 2.5% of all healthcare costs in the United States are in any way associated to medical malpractice litigations.  That's two and half pennies out of each dollar. … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Report FDA Recall of Cardiac Science AEDs

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a class 1 recall for a number of Cardiac Science's Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). A class 1 recall, as described on the FDA's website, is issued for "dangerous or defective products that predictably could cause serious health problems or death. Examples of products that could fall into this category are a food found to contain botulinal toxin, food with undeclared allergens, a label mix-up on a life saving drug, or a defective artificial heart valve." The FDA's recall comes after Cardiac Science issued their own voluntary recall of the same products. Medical malpractice attorneys urge … [Read more...]

Personal Injury Lawyers: Medical Device Maker Agrees to Pay Penalty for Selling Unapproved Devices

Personal injury lawyers at Messa & Associates, P.C. have recently come across news stating that Globus Medical Inc., a spinal implant manufacturer, will pay the U.S. Food and Drug Administration $1 million in penalties for selling its NuBone Osteoinductive Bone Graft product after the FDA rejected the device in 2009. The FDA learned that Globus was distributing the NuBone Osteoinductive, despite being told that the medical device was not substantially equivalent (NSE) to legally-marketed products, during a September 2010 inspection. The company also ignored multiple warnings given by the FDA to stop selling the device, according to a … [Read more...]

Personal Injury Lawyers Warn of Fatal Complications with Bath Refinisher

Personal injury lawyers recently came across an announcement made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding a common paint stripping chemical that is often used to refinish bathtubs. The substance, called methylene chloride, is commonly used as a paint remover or degreaser in industrial and home improvement products. The CDC's announcement served as a warning against using any products containing the substance which Michigan State University research discovered was the cause for 13 deaths between 2000 and 2011. The 13 victims were workers who had used methylene chloride products to refinish bathtubs. In its … [Read more...]

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Oppose the Use of Chemical Restraints to Care for Dementia Patients

AThe use of chemical restraints is, unfortunately, nothing new. Nursing home abuse lawyers have long known that medication is often used to sedate and restrain residents. ABC News online recently published an article on the detrimental effects of a certain prescription often given to Dementia patients in nursing homes. Most of the time, these prescriptions are dispersed not only to sedate patients so they become more "manageable," but also to help the nursing home make money from the Medicaid reimbursements they receive for ordering the medication. Medication Causes Increased Death Risk in Dementia Patients study of over 75,000 … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Dentist Gets Jail Time for Paper-Clip Root Canals

A dentist in Massachusetts has been sentenced to a year in prison after it was discovered he was performing root canals with paper clips! He faced assualt and battery charges in addition to charges of witness intimidation. He also faced charges of Medicaid Fraud in the amount of $130,000. For years, despite a suspension, Dr. Michael Clair was filing claims with the government agency using the names of fellow dentists, all colleagues from his practice. Medical malpractice attorneys are astounded that a medical professional would stoop to such despicable means to make money. The Michael Clair Special: A Pretty Penny for a Paper-Clip … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Take Issue With Physician Opinions on Honesty and Disclosure

Harvard Medical School, along with a number of other Massachusetts health institutions, executed a survey among doctors and medical professionals regarding their honesty with patients. The study and it's findings were published in the medical journal Health Affairs. Unfortunately, medical malpractice attorneys aren't shocked by some of the survey's results. Medical Malpractice Attorneys Concerned with Survey Results The team of med students and medical professionals aimed to discover how honest doctors believe they should be, and in turn actually are, with their patients. The survey was carried out in 2009 and involved almost 1,900 … [Read more...]