Denver Trial Attorney Blog | Leventhal & Puga P.C.
A shocking documentary called The Bleeding Edge was released in July of 2018. This “searing” exposé looked at select cases of patients who were seriously injured by medical devices, and their attempts to find answers for why this had been allowed to happen to them. Recently, The Danger Within Us – a book by a former physician turned investigative journalist – covered the same thing: an estimated $156 billion medical device industry gone wild. Read the rest »
A 35-year-old Kentucky mother went to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood with the worst headache of her life. The emergency room doctor ordered a CT exam to evaluate her headache. The CT showed evidence of a brain bleed, but the scan was misread by the radiologist. Another test was required, but instead the ER doctor told her it was just a migraine, and sent her on her way. Twelve days later, a blood vessel burst in her brain, and the woman was paralyzed from the neck down, unable to speak. An undetected brain aneurysm was to blame. Read the rest »
Approximately 12.6% of United States drivers are driving their vehicles without the coverage of an auto insurance policy. In Colorado, the rate of uninsured drivers is higher at 16.2%, according to the Insurance Research Council. That’s one in six drivers breezing by you on the road without insurance.
If you are involved in an auto collision with one of those drivers, your first thought may well be that you’ve landed in a worst-possible scenario. But if you have uninsured motorist coverage, it will definitely help. Read the rest »
Negligence Is Not an Accident – It’s a Choice
“For years our country has accepted unintentional injuries as an unavoidable reality. The truth is, there is no such thing as an accident. Every single one of these deaths was preventable. We know what to do to save lives, but collectively we have failed to prioritize safety at work, at home, and on the road.” So stated Deborah A. P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council (NSC), in a news release lamenting the fact that unintentional injuries are now the third leading cause of death in the United States.
She brings up a very good point, one that Leventhal & Puga, P.C. often makes, both to our clients and our opponents: there are no such things as accidents. Read the rest »
All over the country, stories have come to light about healthcare providers receiving kickbacks and other financial incentives to recommend certain testing labs or prescribe drugs made by a particular manufacturer. Not only is this a horrendous ethical violation that can put lives in danger, it also violates federal and state laws. Drug companies and labs have made huge profits off the illnesses they claim to care about, and some doctors have helped them and profited from these practices. Read the rest »
In the past few months, our trial lawyers at Leventhal & Puga, P.C., have made headlines for representing victims injured at ski resorts. In one case, a woman passed away after being ejected from the Quick Draw Express lift at Granby Ranch in Colorado; in the other, a man was confined to a wheelchair due to negligent medical care after a snowboarding crash at Keystone Resort in Colorado.
Injuries caused by skiing and snowboarding are not uncommon. Unfortunately, the cause of such collisions is often related to HUMAN ERROR. Whether you were personally injured after a collision, or are just an avid skier or snowboarder, you may be wondering what happens when the cause of a collision is another person. Read the rest »
What Are Never Events?
So-called never events are medical mistakes so egregious that they are never supposed to happen. Since never events are not natural complications of medical procedures, they are, by definition, avoidable. As such, never events are almost always grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Read the rest »
The Colorado Health Department has confirmed surgical site infections in a number of patients who received surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver. The number of patients has not been released; the types of infection have not been disclosed.
Porter Adventist is currently under investigation after Colorado health inspectors discovered that the hospital failed to comply with mandatory sterilization protocols on surgical equipment between July 21, 2016, and April 5, 2018. The health department was notified of the breach on February 21st, and conducted an on-site survey the next day. Read the rest »
Being born is traumatic. There is no argument about that. As a human child is pushed through and out of the birth canal, he or she will be forced to use lungs for the first time, feel cold for the first time, see bright lights burning the eyes, be startled by loud noises, and perhaps even feel pain during his or her arrival into the world.
However, some trauma that babies endure during birth is not part of nature’s process. Read the rest »
“The older you are, the worse the hospital is for you.”
That CNN headline grabbed attention when it was originally published in August 2016, and it is just as true now as it was then. The article, written by a correspondent for Kaiser Health News, detailed how elderly patients check into hospitals to be treated and leave in much worse condition. “About one-third of patients over 70 years old and more than half of patients over 85 leave the hospital more disabled than when they arrived, research shows.”
The danger of hospitals is real, but it is not limited to the elderly. One serious risk to all healthcare patients is infection. Read the rest »