Thursday, May 25, 2017

Getting the Most From a Neuropsychological Evaluation

  •  Monday, January 7, 2013

When there is a question of brain damage or other forms of neuropathology in medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits, a neuropsychologist is frequently called in with a neuropsychology evaluation as a legal medical expert witness.

Fear of Cancer From Medical Radiation

  •  Sunday, November 25, 2012

Given the pervasiveness of misinformation about the dangers of radiation in X-ray, CT scanners and fluoroscopy medical devices in mass media, medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits based on cancer fears are common but fail when challenged by

Communication in Radiology

  •  Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Federal judges have attributed fault for untimely communication between radiologists and their medical colleagues in medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits. In the event of litigation radiologists may be liable based on notes that another has

Spine Surgery Litigation

  •  Monday, September 10, 2012

Medical litigation in spine surgery involves breach of standard of care, negligence, and causation. Attorneys on both sides of medico-legal cases should understand what realistic expectations are after spinal surgery in the merits of a medical malpract

Inferior Vena Caval Filters: A Solution Resulting in a Problem

  •  Sunday, July 8, 2012

Inferior Vena Caval Filters (IVCF) prevent the migration of blood clots from the deep veins of the legs (Deep Venous Thrombosis/DVT) that can get trapped in the blood vessels of the lungs (Pulmonary Embolism/PE). Potential medical-legal areas include l

Adverse Drug Reactions and Drug-Drug Interactions: Consequences and Costs

  •  Monday, April 9, 2012

Drug-drug reactions (DDIs) are a subset of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) which account for 20% of the injuries occurring in hospitals. Vigilance on the part of prescribers and pharmacists, the implementation of electronic health records (EHRs), and pat

The ABC's of FCE's

  •  Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The best functional capacity exams (FCE's) are based on peer reviewed published science and current supreme and circuit court decisions. This is called a "best practice" or evidence based approach that stand up to legal challenge in a medical malpra

Pain Management

  •  Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Lack of awareness regarding pain management and pain neurophysiology is so widespread that it is practically ubiquitous. Physicians can practically ignore chronic pain without fear of sanction in medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits.

Gynecologic Complications: Vaginal Mesh and Robotic Surgery

  •  Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gynecologists and OBGYNs will increasingly be faced with claims in medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits associated with complications related to synthetic mesh and robotic surgery.

Infectious Disease

  •  Thursday, October 27, 2011

The potential for medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits in treating infectious diseases (IDs) include the failure to diagnose, delay in treatment, under-treatment and adverse effects of treatment.

Hospital Medicine and Transitions of Care

  •  Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The risk of medical errors in hospital medicine, and thus medical malpractice or personal injury lawsuits, has to do with the transitions of care between the primary care physician (PCP) and the hospitalist, when vital information necessary for effecti

Post Operative Respiratory Arrest

  •  Monday, July 25, 2011

Critical care experts embrace the benefits of permissive hypercarbia to avoid post operative respiratory arrest. When anesthetists persist in hyperventilating anesthetized patients it can lead to a lethal form of medical malpractice and can result in a

Congestive Heart Failure

  •  Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is an increasing problem as the population ages. Admissions for CHF are the most common diagnosis in the Medicare system and present a heavy public health burden.

Pain Medication May Trigger Cardiopulmonary Arrest in Patients with Sleep Apnea

  •  Monday, June 6, 2011

Traditional nursing measurements of respiratory rates are ineffective in sleep apnea (SAS) patients. When narcotic analgesics and pain medications are present, the risk of cardiopulmonary arrest is compounded and is a potential cause for medical malpra

ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)

  •  Monday, May 16, 2011

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is the presence of pulmonary edema in the absence of volume overload or depressed left ventricular function.

Shortages of Pharmaceuticals Bring New Medical Risks

  •  Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Medication and pharmaceutical shortages can result in serious and potentially fatal dosing errors when alternative medications are used by physicians and hospital employees unfamiliar with the drug. The result is often a medical malpractice or persona

Tele-Radiology

  •  Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Given the increased use of tele-radiology and the uneven quality of the the radiological interpretation there will be an increase in litigation resulting in malpractice and personal injury lawsuits.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

  •  Thursday, February 17, 2011

Medical-legal issues from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury generally arise from complications during surgery or improper physical therapy. Misdiagnosis of an ACL injury can also lead to medical malpractice and personal injury lawsuits.

Undiagnosed Congenital Heart Disease

  •  Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Children with congenital heart disease (CHD) discharged from the nursery without a diagnosis will fair poorly. Whether their medical course warrants a medical malpractice or personal injury lawsuit depends on their follow-up health care.

Transient Disorders of Awareness

  •  Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Balancing a patient’s opportunity to earn a livelihood against the obligation to avoid negligence in a medical malpractice or personal injury lawsuit is a dilemma that confronts physicians with a patient who has suffered a disorder of awareness.<