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Medical Malpractice 101

Leighton Sr. explains the basic requirements of a viable medical malpractice claim. Leighton Rockafellow Sr. was recently recognized by “Lawyers of Distinction” for Excellence in Medical Malpractice Law.  Leighton Sr. did his first Medical Malpractice case in 1979, and has continued to do that work ever since. Leighton Sr. screens the calls that come into the […]

Medical Malpractice Laws May Shield the Hospital

Hospital Investigations and Confidentiality By law, hospitals are required to conduct investigations when errors are committed. The purpose is to “reduce morbidity and mortality and for the improvement of the care of patients provided in the institutions.” (ARS section 36-445.) “Such review shall include the nature, quality and necessity of the care provided and the […]

Medical Malpractice Payments On The Rise

Medical malpractice occurs more frequently than most people believe. If you are injured by a physician or hospital’s negligence, it is important to seek the legal advice of an experienced medical malpractice attorney in the Tucson area.   Damage awards in medical malpractice lawsuits have been steadily rising since 1991. In 2000, the mean payout […]

Misdiagnosis: A Very Common Form of Medical Malpractice

When you or a loved one suffers an injury, illness or medical condition, you expect to receive the best possible care from doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. That’s not always the case, and misdiagnoses account for the unnecessary suffering of thousands of people each year. Misdiagnosis occurs when medical professionals mistake your condition […]

Establishing Medical Malpractice Against Your Plastic Surgeon

You went into your cosmetic surgery seeking to change your appearance for the better. You were shown dazzling before and after pictures. Yet, after your surgery, somehow you actually look worse. In fact, you may even be disfigured. If so, unfortunately, you are not alone. The number of incidents of cosmetic surgery medical malpractice is […]

Four Myths of Medical Malpractice Cases

Swirling around in the recent debates on health care in this nation has been a lot of information and misinformation about medical malpractice lawsuits and their effect on health care rates. Politicians throw a lot of statistics around to support their own side of the debate, but how do you know what to believe? Here […]

How to Prove OB-GYN Malpractice

Obstetricians and gynecologists (OB-GYNs) provide a variety of medical needs for women — everything from delivering babies to regular checkups. This is a highly demanding and specialized field and, as a result, the physicians practicing in this specialty can be especially prone to error. These doctors are often called upon to make quick decisions during […]

Surgical Malpractice

Surgery is a terrifying thought for most people. While most people come through surgery just fine, surgeons can make mistakes in the operating room. Many different things can cause surgical errors, and these errors often lead to devastating injury and even death. A study conducted by the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) between 1990 and […]

Top Causes of Nursing Malpractice

If you are injured by a nurse’s negligence, you may have a case for medical malpractice. Nurses are increasingly named as defendants in medical malpractice suits. Nursing malpractice occurs when a nurse does not perform his or her medical duties competently and, as a result, a patient is injured.  Just like malpractice involving doctors, not […]

Patients Left in the Dark About Medication Errors

If you suffer some seemingly unexplained events while hospitalized, it may be that the hospital made a medication error. Just don’t expect them to tell you about it. According to a surprising report published in Critical Care Medicine, patients and their families are rarely told when hospitals make mistakes with their medication. In fact, patients […]


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