Bad Doctors – Who is Minding the Store? | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

An updated annual ranking of state medical boards by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen reveals widespread discrepancies in both the numbers of disciplinary actions taken against physicians’ licenses, and the rates of those disciplinary actions from state to state.  Though the specific numbers have changed again, a pronounced trend of significant discrepancies between individual states has held constant for years.  Unless geography influences a physician’s competence, these state-by-state discrepancies point to a dangerously inadequate national system of physician oversight — one that could conceivably allow dangerous, incompetent physicians to continue to practice medicine by moving from state to state. The data raises questions about patient safety — particularly the safety…

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Shoulder Pain Pumps Destroy Shoulder Joints | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Recognized medical studies show that pain pumps that inject pain medicine right into shoulder joints after surgical procedures are a very likely cause of severe cartilage damage.  The FDA, in November 2009 and again in February 2010 issued a warning about this device.  At the heart of the shoulder pain pump litigation is the fact that continuous infusion pumps were not approved by the FDA for this use. The pain medication essentially eats away the cartilage in the shoulder joint which is critical to allowing the shoulder to move smoothly without pain and grinding. The research shows that this permanent…

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D.C. purchases United Medical Center | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

The District of Columbia has purchased United Medical Center for $20 million after foreclosing on the property.  There were no other bidders at the foreclosure sale, and no money will change hands. In late June, the city council voted to foreclose on the property because Specialty Hospitals of America, the hospital’s owner, defaulted on its lease agreements.  The council created a nonprofit tasked with running the hospital, which council member David Catania called “a de facto safety-net hospital in the District”.  D.C. has already spent $70 million on the hospital and may have to continue subsidizing the services it provides….

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CPSC Investigation Leads to Recall of Nap Nanny | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

Update: a followup recall in 2013 recalled all models of the Nap Nanny recliner after many more reported deaths, all parents should immediately destroy and dispose of the products. Baby Matters LLC, which produces and markets the Nap Nanny, has issued a voluntary recall of Nap Nannies sold between January 2009 and July 2010.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission investigated the product after a Michigan infant died when her head became wedged between the Nap Nanny and her crib bumper. Around 30,000 Nap Nanny portable baby recliners were sold in this time period. The CPSC says that this product poses…

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National Distracted Driving Summit This Fall | DC Metro Area Personal Injury Law Blog

There are 270 million cellphones in use and,  according to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, cell phones have caused 636,000 crashes, including  2,600 deaths, 342,000 injuries and a financial toll of $43 billion each year. Despite recent public campaigns to get people to put down their phones while driving, 81 percent of people still say they use cellphones.  That means by one calculation that at any given time almost 1 million drivers in cars are talking while on the nation’s highways.  Research released last week on Beltway drivers in Virginia put the number at one in four. In 2008,…

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