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Los Angeles Patients Suffer Injury from Preventable Hospital Infection

Los Angeles patients are often injured by infections which they get because they are in the hospital for treatment for another condition. The giving patients an appropriate antibiotic in the hour before surgery has been found to reduce infection risks, as has good hand-washing and other practices. Yet not all hospitals perform such preventive measures with consistency risk to a patient of contracting a new illness when seeking medical care may depend on the hospital where care is provided.

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Right to a Jury Trial? If You Need a Doctor, Maybe Not

I needed to have a physical examination done a couple of months ago, so I asked around and found the name of a respected internist in my community. When I appeared for my appointment several weeks later, I was given a clipboard with lots of documents to fill out and to sign.

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Taking Aim at Insurance Company Gouging

We all pay for it – for our lives, health, home, and automobiles. If we add it all up, paying for insurance takes a huge bite out of our earnings and every year that bite seems to be getting bigger while the benefits of coverage are shrinking. It isn’t your imagination.

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Failure to Diagnose Malignant Melanoma

Two trends we see in medicine, especially in Southern California, are putting an entire population of patients at serious risk: the alarming increase in the incidence of malignant melanoma in the general population during the past twenty-five years and the reliance by most managed care organizations on primary care providers to determine under what circumstances a patient should be referred to a specialist.

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A New Year; A New Look at MICRA

Caps on damages in medical negligence cases are making it increasingly difficult for a growing number of patients, injured by preventable medical mistakes, to access our courts.

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