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Why We Do The Work

Posted Friday, March 15, 2013 by Pat Greenstreet

Pat Greenstreet discusses a case that vividly demonstrates why CMG focuses on medical negligence cases. Pat describes how medical mistakes resulted in a baby suffering a profound brain injury due to prolonged labor. It is challenging and heartbreaking cases like Anthony’s that keep CMG working toward being “a trusted voice for victims of negligence.”

Why We Do The Work.
Article published in Trial News, January 2013.

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83% of radiologists fail to spot Dancing Gorilla on CT

Posted Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Tyler Goldberg-Hoss

A new study will be published soon that found that 20 of 24 credentialed radiologists did not see a dancing gorilla placed on one of five scans they were asked to look at. In fact, half of the 24 radiologists looked directly at the gorilla, and missed it.

The larger point of the study is that even “expert searchers” such as radiologists miss things if they are not looking for them.

Here is a link to the article: 83% of radiologists fail to spot Dancing Gorilla on CT

Missing things that are there to be seen - even things a radiologist isn’t necessarily looking for - can be dangerous to patients in certain circumstances and give rise to claims for negligence.

So called “incidental findings” - unanticipated discoveries in the course of testing or medical care - are golden opportunities for radiologists to catch things no one was looking for and that hadn’t yet produced symptoms. When such findings are missed, patients can lose a chance to catch something before it becomes a much bigger problem.

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Five Myths of Medical Malpractice

Posted Monday, March 11, 2013 by Gene Moen

A recent article debunking the “myths” about medical malpractice appeared in a surprising publication: Chest. This is a journal published by the American College of Chest Physicians. Although the myths listed are those commonly held by physicians, they are also widely held by the public. That means those same myths are solidly in the minds of jurors when they decide a medical negligence case.

Over the past several decades, insurance companies and medical organizations have been engaged in a campaign of misinformation and untruths about medical negligence cases. The campaign usually involves an effort to impose restrictions and limits on medical cases, such as a cap on damages or limits on attorneys’ fees. Regardless of whether the campaigns are successful in enacting legislation, the effect has been to negatively influence the public and juries about medical negligence cases.

It has been, in reality, a massive - and, unfortunately, successful - case of jury tampering. This has resulted in juries who believe that many, if not most, medical negligence cases are frivolous, that the plaintiff is playing “litigation lottery,” that plaintiff’s verdicts are driving up health care costs and insurance rates, and that the lawsuits are driving doctors out of business or forcing them to move to other states.

None of this is true, as the Chest article points out, but it is a reality that all plaintiffs and their attorneys must face when they bring a medical negligence lawsuit. It is not an even playing field.

The article is available here:

American College of Chest Physicians: Five Myths of Medical Malpractice

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Failing to properly monitor blood thinning after surgery an all too common error.

Posted Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Tyler Goldberg-Hoss

Blood is naturally able to clot, and that’s a good thing. Otherwise, our cuts and scrapes wouldn’t stop bleeding, and our bruises would keep getting bigger and bigger. But sometimes it’s a very good idea to hinder this clotting process, particularly in people at an increased risk of developing clots that can break off and travel to the brain, lungs or heart. In these people, blood thinning drugs are used to prevent such things from happening. However, devastating errors can occur when patients are not monitored on these medications, or not given these medications at all when they need them most.

It appears Mr. Clemons’ family is alleging that Clarence, saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, is alleging this very thing.

E Street Band saxophonist’s death due to medical negligence, claims family

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Tele-ICUs: The Future of Medicine is Here (Actually Somewhere Else)

Posted Tuesday, October 30, 2012 by Tyler Goldberg-Hoss

The use of telemedicine in the intensive care setting is a relatively new phenomenon and rare in Washington State. However, as our population ages, the burdens on our ICUs will go up and if there is not a corresponding increase in critical care and intensivist physicians to meet this need, we may be seeing more such systems in place.

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