Colonoscopies go to court

Colonoscopies aren’t the most pleasant procedures to begin with, but they can get a lot more unpleasant if you end up with a chronic illness as a result. U.S. Air Force Veteran Robert Metzler filed a $30 million medical malpractice lawsuit against the Miami Veterans’ Administration hospital, claiming a colonoscopy done with improperly cleaned equipment… read more

Metrolink and cruel caps

It is difficult to forget the horrible Metrolink commuter train crash that took place in southern California in 2008. The crash was allegedly caused by the train’s engineer, who neglected to stop at a stop sign because he was texting and thus distracted. Just this week a judge made his final decisions of how the… read more

Gonna wash that gray right outta my hair … not

This story hit a little close to my follicles. Sandra Rawline of Texas filed an age discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against her former employer, Capital Title of Texas, claiming she was fired because she refused to dye her gray hair. Rawline, who is 52, went gray in her 20s, so the gray hair was nothing… read more

How to avoid medical mistakes

The “July effect” is not sunburn or dehydration but instead refers to the increase in fatalities and medical mishaps at teaching hospitals.Why? Well, a batch of new and inexperienced residents hits teaching hospitals every July. According to a study by the Journal of General Internal Medicine, teaching hospitals can see a 10 percent increase in… read more

Caps to stay in West Virginia

West Virginia’s Supreme Court voted not to change its $500,000 cap on damages for pain and suffering in medical malpractice lawsuits. The cap became law in 2003 when West Virginia adopted a series of medical malpractice reform laws designed to keep medical malpractice awards in check. The recent ruling not to change the cap was… read more