Sep21, 2016

What A Train Crash in Spain Can Teach Us in Washington, D.C.

On September 9, 2016, a Portuguese train derailed right at a station on the border of Spain and Portugal. The causes of the derailment are still under investigation. Two passengers (one from the U.S.), the driver and the conductor all died in the crash, but the rest of the passengers survived. “The front portion of […]

Sep14, 2016

Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Medical Malpractice

If you think that cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery were just two different names for the same specialty, you would be incorrect, but you would have plenty of company. It is a common misconception that cosmetic and plastic surgery are the same. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery describes cosmetic surgery as focused on enhancing […]

Sep7, 2016

Can I Sue a Nurse for Medical Malpractice?

While many people have an image of nurses as doting caregivers who are at our bedside attending to our needs when we are ill or in pain, nurses, just like doctors or any other professional can make mistakes, too. When a nurse’s mistake can be shown to have been negligent, causing injury to the patient, […]

Sep2, 2016

Tragic Pedestrian Accident in Loudoun County Leads to Outcry for Safer Streets

The news is inundated with terrible stories about people who suffer losses every day, but the latest story out of Lansdowne, VA breaks our hearts. Today, a mother grieves the loss of her 5-month old baby after they were hit by a car while in a crosswalk on Riverside Parkway. As of yesterday, the “sheriff’s […]

Aug31, 2016

Can a Doctor be Held Liable for a Patient’s Opioid Abuse? A $17.6 Million Verdict Says “Yes”

A St. Louis jury awarded $17.6 million in damages to a couple who had filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor for overprescribing opioid pain medication. The plaintiff, Brian Koon, was awarded $1.4 million and Michelle Koon, his estranged wife, was awarded $1.2 million. The remaining $15 million was awarded as punitive damages against […]

Aug24, 2016

Preventable Medical Errors Made in the Emergency Department

By their nature, emergency rooms are chaotic places. Medical staff receive patients from all walks of life with a range of injuries from cuts and lacerations to heart attack or stroke. Even in an environment of chaos and confusion, doctors call upon their years of study and training, and their skill acquired over their years […]

Aug18, 2016

Washington, D.C. Lawmakers Are at Odds Over a Bill That Could End Contributory Negligence

There is a new bill in front of legislators that could put an end to the contributory negligence law as it applies to bicyclists and pedestrians. The bill has stalled for the moment, according to an article in, but it is one we should all be behind in the end.

Contributory negligence has been the […]

Aug10, 2016

Medical Malpractice Verdict of $5 Million for Death from an Improperly Placed Feeding Tube

On May 18, 2016, a jury in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, awarded $5 million to the family of a man who died at Abington Memorial Hospital in 2008 from having had a feeding tube misplaced in his lung.

Marvin Summerford, who was 88-years-old, died a horrifying death in 2008 as his left lung slowly filled with fluid […]

Aug3, 2016

The Consequences of Traumatic Birth Syndrome

Ideally, the birth process is easy and uneventful. Every few seconds, somewhere on earth a baby is born, and most of those journeys from the mother’s womb into the world will be largely uneventful. In a small percentage of cases, birth injury occurs that creates trauma –physical and emotional, for both infant and mother. Traumatic […]

Jul27, 2016

Patient Sues Her Doctor for Removing the Wrong Rib and Trying to Cover it Up

When a doctor makes a big mistake during surgery, do you think that they should apologize for the error? One doctor at Yale New Haven Hospital allegedly made a big surgical error, but not only did they not apologize, they lied and tried to cover up the mistake. Deborah Crave, a 60-year-old patient had surgery […]

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