May 26, 2016

How a Letter Started an Epidemic of Drug Abuse in this Country

By |May 26, 2016|Medical Negligence, News, Safety|0 Comments

In 1986, Dr. Hershel Jick wrote a single paragraph letter to the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. In it, he wrote that less than 1% of opioid users would become physically dependent or addicted. His statistic wasn’t wrong, it was merely misrepresented; Dr. Jick was referring to patients who were carefully monitored [...]

May 2, 2016

Non-Profit “Patient Advocacy Group” Works to Protect Big Business

By |May 2, 2016|Medical Negligence, News|0 Comments

Last month, we wrote about the Tennessee Medical Association’s push for a constitutional amendment to cap non-economic damage awards for medical malpractice cases. While researching the subject matter, we discovered a much more disturbing proposal backed by a so-called “patient advocacy group” based in Georgia. The non-profit group, called Patients for Fair Compensation, purports to [...]

Apr 19, 2016

Coming This Spring: Apple Watch Add-On Could Alert Wearers of Impending Stroke

By |Apr 19, 2016|News|0 Comments

In late 2010, a small company called AliveCor announced an innovative way to bring advanced medical diagnostics to consumer smartphones. Specifically, the company debuted a smartphone case at the Consumer Electronics Show that was capable of taking an electrocardiogram (ECG) reading of a user’s heart activity through a pair of electrodes. AliveCor hasn’t been slacking [...]

Apr 11, 2016

Attempts to “Solve” Tennessee’s Medical Malpractice Problems Plagued by Overblown Claims

By |Apr 11, 2016|Medical Negligence, News, Safety|0 Comments

The Tennessee Medical Association is pushing for a constitutional amendment that would cap non-economic damage awards for medical malpractice cases. Amending the state constitution is no small feat; it requires ratification by a two-thirds vote by two General Assemblies and voter approval thereafter. Needless to say, it’s an uphill battle. The deluded thinking that leads [...]

Mar 30, 2016

Takata Execs Covered Up Airbag Problems as Early as 2000

By |Mar 30, 2016|Auto Accidents, News, Personal Injury, Products Liability, Safety|0 Comments

We’ve talked about Takata a lot over the years. Back then, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an updated recall summary that expanded the number of vehicles affected and highlighted a previously unknown problem with side-impact airbags. The updated statement was the most recent part of an ongoing recall concerning defective airbags that seriously [...]