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A newly published study from Australia (and reported in the New York Times) advises that recent artificial hip and knee technology didn’t perform any better than prior versions. The new technology – referred to as metal-on-metal in hip designs because both the ball and cup are comprised of metal – are expected to fail prematurely… Read More
Has your vaginal mesh device failed you? Call us On January 4th, 2012 the FDA issued an order requiring manufacturers of implantable surgical mesh – used to treat urinary incontinence in women – to research the risks associated with their products. The agency’s action appears to have been prompted from years of complaints of infections,… Read More
Two recent studies raise critical questions about the frequency of serious hospital mistakes and the measures used to track them. Researchers affiliated with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement developed a new method to track “adverse events” – what you and I call injuries caused by medical error. Using their Golden Trigger Tool, the team scanned… Read More
A recent study commissioned by Optum Institute for Sustainable Health USA Today Article highlights the differing views physicians and patients have about health care. What’s at the heart of the gap? Value. “I think there’s pretty wide agreement that, overall, the nation is not getting a good value for the $2.6 trillion that will be… Read More
An article published in The New York Times, “Study of Breast Biopsies Finds Surgery Used Too Extensively,” by Denise Grady, discussed a study that found that too many women with abnormal mammograms or other breast problems are undergoing surgical biopsies when they should be having needle biopsies, which are safer, less invasive and cheaper, according… Read More
Did you know that only 21 states require medical offices where doctors perform surgery to be accredited or licensed? Offices that are accredited or licensed are required to have certain life-saving emergency equipment and drugs; comply with strict record keeping, anesthesia, and cleanliness protocols; and be subject to inspection. Because cosmetic surgery has become more… Read More
When physicians fail to communicate diagnostic test results, the number of lawsuits increases, as revealed by a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology and reported by American Medical News. And that increase comes with a cost. Payouts from verdicts and settlements in cases involving these failures grew by $70… Read More
A recent study suggests medical errors in hospitals go largely undetected. A team of researchers affiliated with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a think tank in Cambridge, Mass., have reported that the number of “adverse events” in hospitals — injuries caused by medical error rather than patients’ underlying conditions — might be 10 times greater… Read More
Sommers Schwartz has a long and successful history of representing individuals and families injured by defective drugs and medical devices. Over the years our lawyers have worked on class action cases involving defective pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. In 2008, Sommers Schwartz expanded its presence in to class action and multidistrict litigation (MDL) with the… Read More
We are pleased to announce the launch of our Michigan Law Blog.