Posted on Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 9:09 am
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Steven Chase Brigham, a physician whose medical license has been revoked, relinquished, or temporarily suspended in five states, is now facing regulatory and tax troubles that could jeopardize his chain of 15 abortion clinics.”
The state of Pennsylvania’s health department has ordered a shutdown of all Brigham’s clinics. They say he has repeatedly employed people without licenses. Brigham plans to fight this order.
He also has the IRS after him. They have $234,536 in liens against him currently. Brigham has previously been accused of performing unsafe procedures, employing a woman as a nurse who did not have a nursing license, and not filing state taxes. He has lost his license on several occasions.
Medical malpractice can leave you seriously injured. If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact your New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Levinson Axelrod, P.A., by dialing 1-800-34-NJ-LAW.
Posted on Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 10:45 am
According to The Press of Atlantic City, the state of New Jersey ranks 40th in terms of disciplinary action taken after receiving complaints to the medical board. The Press reports that the board took no action for 93 percent of complaints last year.
“That board fielded 1,017 complaints against some of New Jersey’s approximately 33,000 licensed doctors. This resulted in 24 license revocations or voluntary surrenders and 45 temporary license suspensions, considered the most serious sanctions against physicians,” writes The Press of Atlantic City.
This forces patients to file lawsuits. Oftentimes it is because of a medical malpractice lawsuit that a doctor is required to take a refresher course. The board’s lack of disciplinary action also leaves it up to malpractice suits to affect physicians’ licenses.
There is also a general concern that even more complaints would be filed if doctors and hospitals were not so concerned with protecting each other. Doctors often observe each others’ mistakes but have no incentive to report the malpractice.
Medical malpractice is a serious offense. If you or someone you know has suffered as a result of malpractice, contact your New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Levinson Axelrod, P.A., by dialing 1-800-34-NJ-LAW.
Posted on Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 8:21 am
A West Virginia woman has filed suit against Charleston Dental Associates and the actual dentist for malpractice. She claims her dentist improperly treated her, causing excess discomfort and pain.
The West Virginia Record reports, “In January 2008, Linda Johnson was seen by Dr. Ernest N. Pennington, who took impressions of her mouth in preparation for a bridge, according to a complaint filed June 25 in Kanawha Circuit Court.”
Johnson alleges that the substance used in making the bridge mold caused an infection in her gums. The resulting bridge did not fit proprerly, according to Johnson, and left her roots exposed, causing severe pain.
“On Feb. 19, 2009, Johnson was seen by Dr. Richard Smith, who caused her to believe that previous treatment by Pennington ‘may have constituted medical malpractice,’ according to the suit,” writes The West Virginia Record.
Johnson said the improper treatment by Dr. Pennington resulted in the requirement of more painful procedures in the long run. She wants to obtain compensation.
When a doctor your trust mistreats you, the consequences can be endless. If you or someone you know has been the victim of improper treatment, call the New Jersey Improper Treatment Lawyers at Levinson Axelrod, P.A., by dialing 1-800-34-NJ-LAW.
Posted on Friday, July 2nd, 2010 at 8:19 am
In a 6-3 vote, the Washington State Supreme Court determined that a rule requiring 90-days notice to doctors for a malpractice suit was unconstitutional. Seattle PI reports that the court’s decision, “said the waiting period violates the separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches of government.”
The 90-day requirement was implemented by the legislature to allow for a settlement process, instead of the case going straight to court.
The court, according to Seattle PI, says, “The courts already have procedural rules for filing civil suits, and adding a 90-day notice ‘conflicts with the judiciary’s power to set court procedures,’”
Seattle PI reports that the court threw out another reform last September. “The court said a law requiring injured patients to get a certificate of merit from an expert before suing violated separation of powers doctrine and unduly burdened the right of access to courts,” writes Seattle PI author, Curt Woodward.
Medical Malpractice is a serious offense. If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice, call the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at 800-346-5529.
Posted on Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 10:54 am
Fox News reports that Los Angeles police have arrested two sisters for allegedly practicing medicine without a license. According to Fox, police say the sisters, Guadalupe and Alejandra Viveros, were running a cosmetic fillers business.
The two are held on charges of practicing medicine without a license, and bail has been set at $20,000. Several victims told police when they began suffering from complications following the procedures.
Fox News writes that, “In some cases, police say the fillers hardened into solid plastic and the patients developed infections.”
Guadalupe Vivero claims to be a physician in Mexico, but is still not licensed to practice in the United States.
Medical Malpractice is a serious crime and can severely affect its victims. If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice, call the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Levinson Axelrod, P.A., by dialing 800-346-5529.
Posted on Thursday, June 24th, 2010 at 8:38 am
Two sisters were arrested for practicing medicine without a license in Los Angeles. According to police reports, the two women were allegedly running an illegal cosmetic fillers business.
The women were arrested after a number of people became ill from filler injections. One of the women allegedly claimed to be a doctor in Mexico.
If you or anyone you know has questions about a medical malpractice case, contact the New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys of Levinson Axelrod, P.A., at 800-346-5529.
Posted on Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 at 10:35 am
Medical malpractice filings dropped in Lackawanna County last year. According to statistics from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania, there were 33 medical malpractice filings, down from 36 in 2008.
From 2000 to 2009, filings decreased 53 percent. In 2000, there were 71 filings. The drop in filings was likely the result of legal changes to limit awards and certain lawsuits.
If you or anyone you know has questions about a medical malpractice case, contact the New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. at 800-346-5529.
Posted on Monday, May 10th, 2010 at 11:24 am
Some patients undergo experimental treatment programs. These programs are designed to research and develop new treatment methods.
Given that these treatments are experimental, there are often greater risks associated with these treatments. As a result, doctors are required to inform their patients that they are undergoing an experimental program. If a physician fails to inform his patient that the patient is undergoing an experimental treatment and treats the patient anyway, the patient may have cause for a medical malpractice case.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact the New Jersey improper treatment attorneys of Levinson Axelrod, P.A. at 800-346-5529.
Posted on Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 2:12 pm
A doctor from New Jersey was sentenced to eight years in prison for practicing without a license and taking money from Medicare and insurance carriers.The 70-year-old doctor must also pay a $176,000 in fines.
The doctor had refused to purchase malpractice insurance, which lead to the loss of his license in 2003. An undercover investigator went to the doctor posing a patient and he was treated even though the doctor did not have a license to practice medicine. In 1996, the doctor was found guilty of molesting nine female patients and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, you need experience representation on your side. Contact the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers of Levinson and Axelrod by calling 800-346-5529.
Posted on Monday, April 26th, 2010 at 2:32 pm
According to a report released by the Pennsylvania chief justice, medical malpractice suits filed in court have declined for the fifth year in a row.
The report provides evidence stating that malpractice complaints have cooled since the beginning of the decade. Philadelphia, which was considered the center of the state’s malpractice crisis, has seen the largest drop.
In 2008, 1,602 malpractice cases were initiated, the number fell to 1,533 in 2009. This is a 47 percent decrease from 2002, when 2,904 malpractice suits were filed. Philadelphia has seen a 64 percent decrease since 2002.
If you or a family member has been the victim of medical negligence, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers of Levinson and Axelrod, P.C. by calling 800-346-5529.