Recent Posts in Medical Malpractice

  • 4-Nov-2016

    Who Can You File a Lawsuit Against for a Dangerous Drug?

    The market for prescription medication has expanded dramatically over the past few decades. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly half of all Americans use at least one prescription drug every month. The ...
  • 25-Jul-2016

    Attorney Brian Johnston Secures $2.7M Medical Malpractice Verdict

    Attorney Brian Johnston of Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci has recovered a massive $2.7 million jury verdict on behalf of a client who suffered an intra-abdominal catastrophe after a radiologist failed to diagnose an internal hernia and bowel ...
  • 13-Apr-2016

    Scott Vorhees to Appear on Four States Business Showcase

    Attorney Scott Vorhees of Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci will be featured on an upcoming edition of Four States Business Showcase. Attorney Vorhees will discuss the widespread problem of medical errors in modern hospitals and how individuals who are ...
  • 3-Feb-2016

    Are Some Doctors More Prone to Medical Malpractice Than Others?

    Members of Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Law School have recently released the results of a study that used 10-years’ worth of statistics to complete. What were they trying to find that required a decade of numbers, facts, ...
  • 30-Dec-2015

    Communication & Medical Errors, P.2

    In our last post, we mentioned recent research from ProPublica showing that failure to communicate about medical errors is a common occurrence, despite the fact that better communication from providers and facilities can help reduce medical ...
  • 30-Dec-2015

    Communication About Medical Errors & Malpractice Litigation P.1

    Communication is an essential ingredient when it comes to effective medical care and patient satisfaction. The reasons for this should make sense to those who have ever been involved in the medical system—which is all of us. On the front end, ...
  • 24-Nov-2015

    Non-Economic Damages in Malpractice Cases P.2

    In our previous post, we began speaking about non-economic damages in the context of medical malpractice litigation. Last time, we spoke about situations or reasons why noneconomic damages can be important in medical malpractice litigation: cases, ...
  • 17-Nov-2015

    Non-Economic Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases P.1

    In our last post, we mentioned a case which has been appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court involving the issue of whether a 2005 tort reform law bars non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases involving allegations of wrongful death. The case ...
  • 10-Nov-2015

    Appeal Involves Noneconomic Damages & Medical Malpractice

    Noneconomic damages can be a very important aspect of medical malpractice litigation, particularly in cases where economic damages are—for whatever reason—not adequate to justly compensate an injured patient. Unfortunately, some ...
  • 27-Oct-2015

    Causation an Important Issue in Medical Malpractice Litigation

    In our last post, we began speaking about a medical malpractice case in which the family of a man who died of cancer is suing a physician who failed to detect the presence of cancer. The family is claiming that the physician’s negligence ...
  • 21-Oct-2015

    Malpractice Liability for Untimely Death of Terminal Patient?

    In any medical malpractice case, there are four general elements that must be proven. These are: duty; breach; causation; and harm. While public discussion of medical malpractice tends to focus a lot on the elements of duty and breach, causation is a ...
  • 30-Sep-2015

    Evidence Gathering Is Why You Need an Experienced Malpractice Lawyer

    Last time, we began speaking about the potential importance increased documentation of medical care and surgical procedures could play in reducing the incidence of medical malpractice in the United States. As we noted, the suggestion that health care ...
  • 23-Sep-2015

    Proposals for Increased Documentation Scare Providers

    In the legal world, a great deal of importance is placed upon documentation, and for good reason. Documentation is an important way to ensure accountability and liability for those who fail to do their duty under the law. The question raised in a ...
  • 21-Aug-2015

    Is Medical Malpractice Litigation a Viable Option for Me? P.3

    We’ve been speaking in our last couple posts on the issue of when medical malpractice may or may not be a viable option when a patient is harmed by a doctor in the course of treatment. As we’ve noted, there are a variety of factors that ...
  • 12-Aug-2015

    Is Medical Malpractice Litigation a Viable Option for Me? P.2

    In our last post, we began speaking about some of the factors that play into medical malpractice litigation, particularly when such litigation may or may not be a viable option for an injured patient. As we noted, the viability of a medical ...
  • 10-Aug-2015

    Could Cameras in the OR Make Surgery Safer?

    Many people in Missouri have heard stories of surgeries gone wrong. From objects being left inside patients to operations on the wrong body part, these surgical errors make it hard not to feel a little nervous about the thought of undergoing an ...
  • 7-Aug-2015

    Is Medical Malpractice Litigation a Viable Option for Me? P.1

    When a patient is injured by a negligent physician, the costs can be significant, not only in terms of health, but also in terms of money. Naturally, patients should expect that the medical provider will take responsibility for the mistake and assist ...
  • 24-Jul-2015

    The Dangerous Phenomenon of Sick Doctors Still Going to Work

    Of all the people in the world that you would think would undoubtedly stay home from work when they are sick, you would have to say "doctors" or "medical professionals," right? These are people who constantly work with the sick, ...
  • 21-Jul-2015

    Did Gov. Nixon hurt Missourians by signing SB 239?

    Whether you're a follower of the news or a follower of our blog, chances are good you've heard about Senate Bill 239, which passed through the Senate and House with majority approval just months ago. As we explained in a March 11 post, the ...
  • 2-Jun-2015

    The Reality of Robotic Surgery Hacking Threats

    Electronic technology affects an ever-growing number of objects and processes which impact the daily lives of countless Americans. There are numerous benefits to the pervasive presence of electronic technology in daily life. However, it is important ...
  • 8-May-2015

    Permanent Birth Control Method May Place Patients in Danger

    Patients understandably trust their physicians to recommend treatment plans which will ultimately work to improve their medical conditions as opposed to negatively impact them. Unfortunately, some dangerous treatments remain on the market even after ...
  • 1-May-2015

    Patients Lose When Physician Arrogance Goes Unchallenged

    Being a doctor remains one of the most prestigious professions in America. In many cases, the prestige is justified because of the difficulty of the job and the skill and professionalism which many doctors display. Unfortunately, there are plenty of ...
  • 3-Apr-2015

    Important Patient Safety Documents Released

    Over the past few weeks, several important documents related to patient safety in America have been released. These documents should help to give lawmakers, medical professionals and the public a clearer sense of which patient safety issues remain ...
  • 11-Mar-2015

    Bipartisan Deal Will Hurt Medical Malpractice Victims

    A few days ago, the Missouri Senate gave its initial approval to a compromise bill that would reinstate caps on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice claims. Malpractice award limits were overturned three years ago by our state's highest ...
  • 4-Mar-2015

    Things to Know About Medical Malpractice

    Medical malpractice is one of the most difficult areas of law. Not only are the medical issues extremely complex, but so are the legal issues. You might remember this attention-grabbing line from Forbes a couple of years ago: "According to the ...
  • 4-Feb-2015

    Unintended Consequences of Medical Malpractice Caps?

    It wasn't that long ago that we here in Missouri had a cap on compensation for damages in medical malpractice cases. You undoubtedly recall that our state's Supreme Court struck down the cap in 2012. Unfortunately, there have since then been ...
  • 22-Dec-2014

    Medical Malpractice 'Super Losses' On the Rise

    Sometimes when people see a headline about a medical malpractice case in which the victim of a doctor’s negligence receives substantial compensation, they think it’s like the victim won the lottery. The problem with this line of thinking ...
  • 4-Dec-2014

    Perry Mason Moment Near End of Medical Malpractice Case

    For those of a certain age, Perry Mason was a riveting TV attorney character who brilliantly represented clients at trial, often prevailing as the result of a last-second revelation or confession by a key witness. An attorney who represented a client ...
  • 6-Nov-2014

    Study: Medical Malpractice Laws Don't Reduce Health Care Costs

    It has long been claimed in Joplin and across the nation that our healthcare costs are soaring because doctors are forced to order expensive tests that patients don’t need. Doctors claim that they order the unneeded tests – often referred ...
  • 8-Oct-2014

    Woman to Receive $25.3 Million in Medical Malpractice Case

    Sometimes a headline like the one above this blog post is misunderstood. People can see the dollar amount and think that the person has received a windfall, like winning the lottery. Of course, the reality is far different. The 53-year-old woman in ...
  • 8-Oct-2014

    Medical Malpractice Is 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

    The statement is a shock to our national pride, but according to studies, it's true: medical negligence and preventable error is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It trails only cancer and heart disease. According to a study ...
  • 17-Sep-2014

    Update on Woman Whose Kidney Was Thrown Away by Nurse

    Regular readers of our Joplin law blog will undoubtedly recall an article we published a little more than a year ago, telling the story of a woman whose donated kidney was thrown away. Her brother had donated the organ to help his then-24-year-old ...
  • 8-Sep-2014

    What Is Medical Malpractice?

    When you go a Joplin hospital, you expect to get a certain standard of care in any treatment you receive for an injury or illness. That level of care should be what a reasonable, prudent physician or hospital staff would do (or not do) in treating a ...
  • 22-Aug-2014

    Lifelong Love Ended by Medical Malpractice

    They were teenage sweethearts who got married and raised a family. When the husband died of a heart attack 22 years after they had taken their wedding vows, he was still a young man of 40. Everyone no doubt agrees that that’s a young age at ...
  • 5-Aug-2014

    Doctors Operate on Medical Malpractice Attorney's Knees

    It is understandably a somewhat awkward situation when an attorney who handles medical malpractice cases must go in for surgery. However, that was the subject of a recent column by a Missouri attorney about 150 miles north of Joplin. He has had ...
  • 29-May-2014

    Medical Malpractice Caps: Ineffective Wherever They're Tried

    Every state in the nation wrestles with decisions over how best to serve its citizens. In Missouri, we have repeatedly wrestled with different approaches on the how to handle cases in which patients are harmed by doctor or hospital negligence. ...
  • 6-May-2014

    Monitoring Medications Reduces Medical Errors in Children

    As every Joplin parent knows, you’re going to worry whenever you take your child to a hospital. A parent worries about the illness or injury their child has, how painful the condition might be, how long recovery might take, and a host of other ...
  • 27-Mar-2014

    Waiting: Is It the Most Dangerous Part of an ER Visit?

    Most people would agree that timeliness is an important factor in good medical care. That is, the sooner a medical problem is correctly diagnosed, the more likely it is that treatment can be effective. The problem is that in many emergency rooms, ...
  • 28-Feb-2014

    Missouri House Tries Again to Protect Negligent Doctors

    The Missouri House of Representatives is trying to circumvent our state's Supreme Court. Two days ago, the House backed a proposal to restore limits on medical malpractice compensation for people who have been harmed by a negligent doctor or ...
  • 31-Jan-2014

    Family Settles Medical Malpractice Claim Over Boy's Birth Injury

    He was born nearly three and a half years ago. Instead of anticipating the day their son begins kindergarten, his parents are planning for his lifetime of required care. At his birth, he suffered a "catastrophic brain injury" due to medical ...
  • 16-Dec-2013

    Lawmakers Plotting Medical Malpractice Cap Reinstatement

    As 2013 winds down, Missouri lawmakers are laying plans for what they hope to accomplish in the new year. For some legislators, a top priority is to help protect the medical industry in cases of medical malpractice, when patients are injured by a ...