Medical Malpractice Attorneys Read Leapfrog Group Report Regarding Hospital Safety

philadelphia medical malpractice attorneysThe 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 lawyers applaud the group’s aims, as well as their efforts to make knowledge regarding national hospital safety available on a large scale.

The Leapfrog Group’s Ratings

Hospitals were graded on a typical letter scale, A-F, called the Hospital Safety Score. Quite traditionally, an A was the highest mark (meaning safest), and F was the lowest (high rates of error). The scores are based on data regarding medical errors, medication errors, patient injuries, and infections. The group’s report also goes on to explain that hospital errors account for about 400 patient deaths each day in the U.S. The authors make a striking comparison of that staggering number to a large jet plane full of passengers crashing everyday.

Some noteworthy data from the report:

The Hospital Safety Score graded 2,652 hospital according to safety.

  • 729 received an “A” grade
  • 679 received a “B” grade
  • 1,243 received a “C” or below grade

The following are well-known hospitals that received A marks;

  • Academic medical centers, such as University of California San Francisco, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Massachusetts General
  • Several rural hospitals, such as Baptist Health South Florida Homestead Hospital, Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Iowa
  • Well known centers of excellence, such as University of Michigan Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, and Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Hospitals in impoverished or highly vulnerable areas, such as Detroit Receiving Hospital, Bellevue Hospital, and Montefiore Hospital
  • Several for-profit hospitals, including a significant number in the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) system
  • Hundreds of not-for-profit and public hospitals
  • Some community hospitals, such as OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Illinois

Widespread knowledge of these statistics could help save lives in hospitals.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Hospital safety should not be the foremost concern when choosing treatment at a hospital. All hospitals should be safe and operate with the highest level of care and professionalism. Unfortunately, however, this is not the case. Many lives are lost in hospitals daily, thanks to miscommunication, overworked staff, medication errors, surgical mishaps, and other egregious deviations from the standard of care. If you or a loved one have suffered at the hands of a negligent hospital or other medical provider, contact the Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates. Our dedicated team will work to uncover any mistreatment you or your family received and earn you fair compensation for your damages. Call, toll-free, 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit an online inquiry for a free case evaluation.

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 replacement liners were used in stemmed total hip replacements.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Express Concern Regarding Increasing Hip Replacement Device Recalls

philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers, new jersey medical malpractice lawyersComplaints about failed hip replacement devices have continued to indicate that patients are experiencing serious problems with certain types of artificial hips. In the past two years, the Food and Drug Administration has received more than thousands of reports about popular devices known as metal-on-metal hips, including the A.S.R. or Articular Surface Replacement manufactured by the DePuy division of Johnson & Johnson, the Zimmer Durom Cup, and implants made by Stryker Orthopedics. Smith & Nephew now joins this list with their latest recall.

In many cases, the all-metal devices were sold without testing in patients or without a requirement that producers track their performance. However, complaints from patients indicate many of them had the all-metal hip devices removed because they failed after only a few years. Typically, replacement hips last 15 years or more.

Metal-on-metal hip replacements can cause devastating injuries as many patients have suffered injuries as a result of tiny particles of cobalt and chromium that the metal devices shed as they wear. Common injuries are damaged muscles and other soft tissue, severe inflammation or the need for additional surgery, also called a revision.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Philadelphia and New Jersey

The Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases involving medical malpractice cases resulting from medical errors and defective medical devices. Our extremely skilled team of medical malpractice lawyers and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered personal injuries as a result of a medical error, defective medical device or any other type of negligent care received by a medical provider, contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers and Litigation NOT Breaking Healthcare’s Bank

medical malpractice attorneys negligence new jersey philadelphia tort reformHealth 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.

Frivolous Medical Malpractice Defense Costs to the United States

Health and Human Services data shows that in 2008, the United States spent $7,681 per person on healthcare related costs.  Less than $200 of this sum is in any way related to medical malpractice law suits.  Although the “tort reformist” likes to blame this cost on frivolous lawsuits, what we never hear about are “frivolous defenses.”  Someone’s mother, father,  son, or daughter is injured because a medical provider took short cuts or didn’t follow basic safety rules of medicine.  Instead of accepting responsibility and making up for the medical mistake,  many times a medical malpractice insurance company will decide to mount a frivolous defense.  It pays thousands and thousands of dollars to high-priced lawyers and medical “experts” to fight the case.   Deny and Defend – even when decency and economics demand fair compensation. The family comes into court with a fair and legitimate case  and a jury turns them away with nothing. This happens every day – and it adds to this cost of health care

Medical Malpractice Victims vs. Tort Reformists

Tort reformists (and the insurance lobbyists who promote them) like to spin tales about the astronomical costs of medical malpractice litigation to the taxpayers and medical providers of America, but the Health Affairs study negates those accusations. It seems that the only people paying heavily for medical malpractice are those who commit it: negligent doctors and irresponsible pharmaceutical companies. Tort Reformists, medical malpractice insurance lobbyists, and corporate nursing homes all desperately want to prevent ordinary citizens from fair compensation for injuries that could potentially afflict them for the rest of their lives.  These tort reformists and HMO lobbyist supporters want the government to place caps on how much a jury is allowed to compensate injured patients. Imagine that. An elected official making a law that says a jury is not permitted to pay victims of malpractice fair compenation – no matter what. 

Is $100,000 for causing a young mother of 4 children to lose a breast to misdiagnosed cancer a fair cap? How about $250,000 for causing a father of 3 to spend a lifetime in a wheel chair; or $300,000 for a child who will live the rest of his or her life with a debilitating brain injury?  These governement proposed caps on mothers, fathers and children’s compensation  would also eliminate the possibility of punitive damages in the case of willful and intentional conduct. Research has shown that monetary punishments are one of the few effective ways to hold corporate wrongdoers accountable for purposelfully harming consumers in the name of profit. As for the medical field, most doctors are hard working, decent, and caring professionals. These doctors don’t need tort reform.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one have been vicitmized by medical malpractice or negligence, contact Messa & Associates for a free case evaluation. NJ and PA medical malpractice attorneys at Messa & Associates, P.C. are experienced in earning fair and helpful compensation for those injured by medical negligence. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

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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 patients who may be affected by these recalls to speak with their doctors immediately and contact an attorney. Below is the FDA’s actual announcement.

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If you or a loved one may be affected by this or any other FDA recall, contact the personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates by calling 1-877-MessaLaw, or by submitting an online inquiry for a free case evaluation.

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 Procedure

new jersey medical malpractice attorneys, medical malpractice lawyers philadelphia, dental malpracticeTraditionally, root canals are performed using small steel posts. Dr. Clair’s scheme to use paper clips instead of surgically competent steel posts caused many patients unnecessary pain, suffering, and infection. Brenda Almeida’s young son underwent the procedure in 2005. His tooth turned black and had to be pulled. Almeida also claims that her other children received poor care from Dr. Clair as well.

Almeida is unsatisfied with the one year jail sentence that Dr. Clair will serve, saying, “He put my kids in pain for months…I hope he rots there.” The prosecution had hoped for at least a five year sentence. Judge Moses, the judge who passed down the sentence, explained his decision, citing Clair’s mental health issues, lack of priors, and his acceptance of full responsibility. Judge Moses did, however, satisfy the prosecution’s request to keep Clair away from his victims and colleagues. It was noted that his former staff feared for their safety.

Clair will be on five years probation upon his release from prison. After receiving his sentence and before he was escorted out of the courtroom, Clair offered his gratitude:

“Thank you, your honor, for your consideration.”

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Medical malpractice comes in many forms. Some doctors commit malpractice by making surgical mistakes. Others act negligently due to a temporary lapse of judgement. But Michael Clair purposely put his patients in danger so he could make more money. This type of malpractice is surely the most egregious kind.

If you or a loved one have suffered at the hands of a negligent surgeon, physician, or other medical provider, contact the New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates, P.C. by calling, toll-free, 1-877-MessaLaw. You may also submit a free online inquiry. You may also click on the CHAT LIVE icon on the right to speak with a representative immediately.

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

philadelphia and new jersey medical malpractice attorneys, new jersey lawyers, medical malpractice lawyers, philadelphia medical malpracticeThe 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 practicing doctors from the United States.

While the majority of doctors and physicians believe that patients should always be told all of the truth, there was a substantial minority of practicing doctors that do not agree that patients need always know the whole truth about their treatment. This opinion and possible basis of practice is a direct violation of The Charter on Medical Professionalism, which insists on openness and honesty. The Charter was penned in 1999 by medical entities in both the US and Europe. It is argued by some that the charter, while not outwardly proclaiming to do so, aims to replace the Hippocratic Oath as a medical guideline for professionalism and patient safety. It is backed by over 100 professional organizations world wide, including the US Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

The survey inquired as to how closely its participants followed the principles set forth in the Charter when it came to conveying information to patients. Authors of the Health Affairs article reported the following:

  • The vast majority of doctors believe they should be 100% honest with their patients regarding the pros and cons of certain medical treatments. That same majority also agrees that they should never reveal confidential patient information to unauthorized persons.
  • About one third of the doctors surveyed don’t believe it’s necessary to disclose serious medical errors to patients.
  • Almost one fifth of the doctors surveyed believe that lying to patients in certain situations is justified.
  • Forty percent of surveyed doctors believe it is unnecessary to habitually disclose information about their financial relationships with pharmaceutical or medical device companies.
  • About 1 out of every 10 doctors surveyed admitted to lying to at least one patient in the 12 months prior.

The article’s authors suggest that the survey results could mean a large gap between what patients know as true and what actually is. They wrote:

“(our findings raise concerns) about whether patient-centered care is broadly possible without more widespread physician endorsement of the core communication principles of openness and honesty with patients.”

Philadelphia and New Jersey Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Doctors take an oath to always act in the best interest of their patients; it is the most crucial part of their job. If you believe that you’ve been deceived by your physician, or that physician acted negligently in your treatment, contact the Philadelphia and New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates, P.C. Our attorneys are experienced and skilled in earning substantial compensation for injuries sustained due to medical errors. Call, toll-free, at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry for a free case evaluation.

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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Could Bring Class-Action Suit Against Pfizer for Defective Birth Control Pills

new jersey medical malpractice lawyers, philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys, nj medical malpractice, philadelphia personal injuryA mass recall of defective birth control pills could result in unwanted pregnancies for the women taking the recalled Pfizer birth control pills. Pfizer recalled 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets after discovering some of the blister packs may contain either too many or too few active pills and that the pills may be out of sequence. About one million packets of birth control pills are being recalled because of the error that could cause unintended pregnancies. Medical malpractice lawyers intend to bring a class-action suit against Pfizer for this severe negligence.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Could Recover Millions in Damages for Women As A Result of Unwanted Pregnancies

Experts say wrongful pregnancy cases in the past have been looked at as being similar to medical malpractice cases, such as suing for an unwanted pregnancy after a botched vasectomy. One expert also points out that there has even been a case where a woman successfully sued a pharmacist for medical malpractice when she became pregnant as a result of an error made in filling the woman’s birth control prescriptions.

A class-action lawsuit on behalf of multiple women affected by the recall of the defective Pfizer birth control pills could potentially cost Pfizer millions in court. Thirty-two states recognize Pfizer has said that the defective birth control pills do not pose a health risk to the women that take them, but that they may not prevent pregnancy.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Philadelphia and New Jersey

The Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases resulting from medical and pharmaceutical errors. Our extremely skilled team of medical malpractice lawyers and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered personal injuries as a result of a medical or pharmaceutical error or any other type of negligent care received by a medical provider, contact the medical malpractice lawyers of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Support POCT Patient Safety Initiatives

Point-of-care testing is medical testing that produces results near the patient as opposed to in a lab. The benefits to point-of-care testing are almost infinite as necessary treatment can be expedited almost immediately through the use of rapidly returning test results. But with such beneficial and life-saving technology comes a great responsibility to protect patient safety and avoid medical errors. Medical malpractice attorneys support any and all initiatives aimed at protecting patients from POCT related negligence.

Medical Journal Calls Medical Providers to Task of Patient Safety

medical malpractice attorneys in nj and paPoint-Of-Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology released a special issue last month highlighting the need for increased vigilance to medical errors related to POCT. The issue contains editorials, research studies, and case reports that provide an overview of the policies in place for other medical providers which assist in assuring patient safety.

James H. Nichols, PhD, Professor of pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and medical director of clinical chemistry for Baystate Health in Springfield, Mass, provided the issues introduction. In it he states:

“While the theme is patient safety, each article is different and the authors were not constrained to one format or question, but free to express their concerns and perceptions around the theme of patient safety and medical errors.”

The issue also features information on some of the most recent technological advances in POCT, including built in quality-controls and security measures which, in themselves, can help prevent errors. Presently, very few formal rules or guidelines exist when it comes to point-of-care-testing, but new standards are continuously being developed and the FDA is in the process of solidifying their own guidelines by performing assessments of POCT devices. Patient safety and identification, operator training, timely results, and system alerts were just a few of the topics mentioned in the journal regarding necessary focuses of error prevention.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Medical errors claim the lives of patients everyday. The medical malpractice attorneys at Messa & Associates are in full supoprt of any steps medical providers take to help prevent those medical errors. If you or a loved one have been injured by any form of medical malpractice or negligence, contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll-free 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry form.

Let the New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates work to earn you the compensation you need and deserve.

Mininno Law Office Merges with Messa & Associates

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Mininno Law Office Merges with Messa & Associates

PHILADELPHIA (January 14, 2012): Center City based law firm Messa & Associates, P.C. has merged with Mininno Law Office effective immediately, the two firms have announced. The firm will continue under the name Messa & Associates, P.C. with John Mininno, Esq. joining as Counsel to the firm.

Joseph L. Messa, Jr., founding partner of Messa & Associates, said: “We are pleased to welcome John and join our resources in order to provide our personal injury clients with an even better experience as they cope with devastating, life-changing injuries and losses. John’s reputation, trial skills and dedication to clients are well known in New Jersey and we look forward to joining with John to serve this community.”

The firm will continue to focus on catastrophic injury cases, including workplace injuries, products liability cases, construction injuries, failure to diagnose matters, birth injuries, brain injuries, and motor vehicle accidents. Mr. Mininno’s Collingswood, N. J. office will remain open to serve clients in the South Jersey area. As a New Jersey Certified Civil Trial attorney, John and the firm will continue to accept referrals of these catastrophic cases from law firms throughout New Jersey who are then permitted to receive a referral fee upon a successful recovery.

In addition to the Collingswood office, Messa & Associates will continue to maintain its other office locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey in Northwest Philadelphia; Conshohocken, Pa.; Downingtown, Pa.; Cherry Hill, N.J. and Linwood, N.J.

About Messa & Associates, P.C.

Messa & Associates P.C., represents individuals and their families in complex personal injury matters, including catastrophic injury, medical malpractice, products liability, motor vehicle accidents, fires and explosions. Our attorneys serve Pennsylvania clients throughout the state, including in Philadelphia and other surrounding communities in Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, and Bucks County. Messa & Associates are also proud to serve New Jersey clients throughout that state, and also litigate selected cases throughout the country.


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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Win $2.5 Million

A jury awarded Amy Garcia, 29, and her medical malpractice lawyers
$2.5 million in her lawsuit against St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2007, Garcia suffered a miscarriage and lost her 14-week fetus. Dr. Norman Gove, an obstetrician and gynecologist, told Garcia she needed a dilation and curettage procedure. He told her it was a routine procedure and she would “be home by lunch.” “I was assured by the doctor that the procedure would be quick and that I would be out quickly,” said Garcia.

Unsupervised Resident’s Mistake Causes Permanent Damage

medical malpractice lawyers in NJ and PA Unknown to Garcia, a resident physician performed the procedure and dilated Garcia’s cervix and the uterus was then perforated. Dr. Gove did not properly supervise the resident. When ring forceps were inserted through the perforated uterus in order to remove the fetal remains, he grabbed a piece of bowel that snapped back. As a result of the mistake Garcia’s rectum and bowel were torn. Garcia then required an Ileostomy, where they created an opening on the surface of her skin to pass intestinal waste that is collected in a bag worn outside of her body. She wore this bag for three months after the procedure. She lost part of her bowl and rectum and still suffers from pain, scarring, and altered bowl patterns.

When asked if she knew a resident was going to perform the procedure, Garcia said:

“When the procedure was taking place I was only aware of Dr. Gove performing it. I was shocked to discover the resident had taken over after the procedure had taken place…I definitely now give more thought to the term ‘routine procedure’ and I urge anyone to think twice when being told the same. I know resident doctors need to learn, but when I have a choice I don’t think I would ever let another one perform any type of procedure on me after what happened.”

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a family member have recently been the victim of medical negligence, it is possible that you would like to speak with our medical malpractice attorneys. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.