No such thing as a simple surgery. Seriously. And no surgery is totally without risk. We have had patients die during hip repairs, and suffer life changing injury after routine colonoscopies and or gallbladder surgeries. We have seen patients die during child delivery, cancer surgeries, and other ‘routine procedures.’ Sometimes, the health care providers do…[Read More]
My name is Lauren Ellerman I am a lawyer in Roanoke Virginia. Learn more about me here.
I rarely claim Florida as home – but this week, I wear my Sunshine State flag with pride. My family is there. My brother and sister in law, often visit dine and enjoy what Orlando, Tampa and Miami nightlife have to offer. My high-school friends are there – and many, I am confident, have been…[Read More]
Thinking of calling a lawyer with your potential medical malpractice claim – how should you prepare?
I ask Google at least 3 or 4 questions a day. I ask for advice on pronunciation, recipes, geography and more. Last week my husband asked Google whether the new Jungle Book movie was appropriate for a 4 year old (the answer, in case you are wondering, is no. it is not.) It therefore occurs…[Read More]
Before doing medical malpractice work, I took for granted that doctors and hospitals would only use clean instruments and tools on patients. That naivete is long since gone, and FDA Safety Communications like this reaffirm why. A bit of medical background: Gastroenterologists and their staff who help with procedures called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)…[Read More]
I read with interest an op-ed letter in this week’s Wall Street Journal (May 18, 2016). The letter was written by James Lieber, a lawyer in Pittsburgh. He noted the recently released studies revealing an astonishingly high number of Americans lose their lives each year due to preventable medical negligence. His suggestions to improve patient care include:…[Read More]
Johns Hopkins researchers estimate that medical error is now the third leading cause of death in America. The numbers are shocking: 1. Heart Disease kills 614,348 each year 2. Cancer kills 591,699 each year 3. Medical Errors kill 251,454 each year Do the math. That translates to 689 people die every day (365 days a year)…[Read More]
I read with interest today an article written by Joe and Teresa Graedon (The People’s Pharmacy) about dangerous drug combinations. The article described a patient who was taking an ACE inhibitor for high blood pressure who soon thereafter was prescribed Bactrim (an antibiotic). Within days the patient reported almost passing out due to very low…[Read More]
For years we have heard the following from families across western Virginia: My sister went in for a routine procedure, and now she is in ICU on a ventilator. I don’t know what happened, but something did. We hear the phrase routine procedure, and we, as patients think – risk free. safe. no likelihood of complication….[Read More]
It is not my question…but it is a great question. Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz are asking the question. The doctors have a syndicated newspaper column and website which are well worth the time to read. The Roanoke Times ran the article today on whether your hospital is just offering you a big screen TV in…[Read More]