Way back in 1999, the Institute of Medicine published a report entitled “To Err is Human: Building A Safer Health System”, which estimated that up to 98,000 people a year died as a result of hospital mistakes.  Unfortunately, the data for that report was based on medical record reviews from 1984 and did not have...
Controversial op-ed author Bradley Kramer here again.  This time, I’d like to spend a few minutes discussing end of life care and end of life directives, since both issues are coming up repeatedly in my practice and seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.   So what is an advanced health care directive?  Traditionally, there...
In an unexpected and much needed demonstration of support for patients and attorneys who represent patients harmed by medical errors and malpractice, lawmakers overseeing the Medical Board of California this week threatened to dissolve the agency unless it “shows significant progress” in protecting patients from dangerous doctors.   Over the past decade, at least since...
On September 8, 2013, the California Supreme Court will hear arguments in a very important matter entitled Ceja v. Rudolph & Sletten, Inc.  The issue is whether an individual, who wrongfully, but in good faith, believes that she is married to another individual, is entitled to bring a wrongful death action on behalf of that...
Child molestation is wrong in any context.  It requires a mind so sick and twisted that most people cannot even fathom how one would get to a state of perception where such activity was even remotely appropriate.  In recent years, we have seen this play out in the Penn State scandal, but none was more...
During the holidays, business can boom for certain retailers and holiday shoppers can be a business’ new best friend.  However, holiday shoppers can also be a business’ worst nightmare.  With hundreds if not thousands of holiday customers walking through the door, retailers everywhere have to be aware of theft, identity theft, phony and fraudulent returns,...
I recently settled a large business fraud case for my client, the plaintiff. It was a challenging case for many reasons… Which got me thinking about   case value and the advice of an attorney.  Someone once told me that you don’t have one job as an attorney; you have two.  One is to act...
Last night, President Obama and Governor Romney attended the annual Al Smith charity event and proceeded to poke fun at each other throughout the evening (all with good intentions, of course). The interplay between the two politicians underscored, once again, the importance of being a real human being even when doing the most serious or...
The first big presidential debate took place the other night and not surprisingly, healthcare was one of the big topics. As a doctor, lawyer, taxpayer, and just every day citizen, my views on the subject are about as linear as a circle, but one thing is for sure: someone has to pay for it. Being...
Apparently, thirteen New York schools have decided to give (or at least make available) morning-after birth control medication to students without first obtaining parental consent.  The program is called CATCH (Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health) and apparently is the first program of its kind in the United States. Boy, have times changed. We all know...
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