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Michael Phelan

Patients Should Know: Power Morcellation to Treat Uterine Fibroids May Spread Cancer

The surgical procedure called power morcellation has become a popular treatment for uterine fibroids.  Laparoscopic power morcellators are electric surgical devices.   Morcellation refers to the cutting up of tissue into smaller pieces or fragments.  The technique involves insertion of […]

Jonathan Petty

Veterans’ Medical Malpractice Claims Increasing

Since 2003, the U.S. Government has paid over $845 million in settlements and judgments to veterans victimized by medical malpractice at Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals nationwide.  According to a recent analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, these payments reached an all […]

Jonathan Petty

Review Article Highlights Prevalence of Wrong-Site Spine Surgery

A recent review article “Wrong-site Spine Surgery” appearing in the May 2013 Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons [link] describes the incidence, risk factors…

Jonathan Petty

The Offensive Flip-Side of the Defensive Medicine Argument

Medical malpractice lawsuits have long been under attack. Whether it is the insurance industry arguing for caps on damages, or politicians accusing “greedy trial lawyers” of…

Michael Phelan

New England Journal of Medicine on Medical Liability Reform

Anyone interested in ignoring the propaganda and taking an objective look at medical liability reform should read New Directions in Medical Liability Reform, an article co-written by an M.D. and a…

Michael Phelan

Doctors Getting Rich Performing Unnecessary Spinal Fusions

Bloomberg News reporters Peter Waldman and David Armstrong wrote an interesting expose’ on the spinal fusion industry in which they allege that spine surgeons are getting rich performing unnecessary…

Michael Phelan

Medical Malpractice Premiums Go Down for Third Straight Year

You won’t hear this from the Chamber of Commerce, the tort reform movement (i.e., insurance company funded lobbyists), or the talk radio zealots who find it convenient to target lawyers, but,…

Michael Phelan

Congress One Step Closer to Killing Feres Doctrine

The Feres Doctrine is a legal precedent from a 1950 United States Supreme Court decision in which the Court ruled that service members injured in the course of their duties are prohibited from suing…

Michael Phelan

Kill the Feres Doctrine Now

On July 9, a 20 year-old Airman underwent routine surgery on his gallbladder. During surgery, however, a relatively inexperienced doctor nicked his aorta, resulting in the loss of both of the…

Michael Phelan

Make Your Doctor Give You Your Test Results

Are you like most people who assume that no news is good news after you’ve undergone a series of tests ordered by your doctor? If so, you should be alarmed by a recent study, and you should never…