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5/3/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Two years after Consumer Watchdog called on the California Medical Board to suspend the license of former San Diego Chargers team doctor, David Chao, the Board has charged Chao with negligence in the death of former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau. Consumer Watchdog said the Board should have suspended Dr. Chao’s...
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5/2/2016
Posted by Connor
Stephen Schaak, an otherwise healthy 51-year-old merchant marine, husband and father of three sons, went to the emergency room exhibiting clear signs of pulmonary embolism - a blockage of the oulmonary artery or one of its branches to the lung.  The emergency room doctor suspected as much and ordered a CT scan to confirm. Inexplicable, the...
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5/1/2016
Posted by Connor
He was the one who consoled countless victims of crime and disaster, a fire and police chaplain well known in San Diego.  Even after a long struggle with diabetes cost Rabbi Aaron Gottesman his legs to amputation, the unsinkable chaplain would show up at fires, crime scenes, and disasters to console those in grief from his wheelchair. It all...
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5/1/2016
Posted by Connor
On January 5th, 2013 Mario Guzman went running in the hills near his house with his wife.  In spite of some nasal congestion and weakness for the past few weeks, he ran thinking exercising might make him feel better.  During his run, he twisted his ankle.  But even with this pain, he finished his jog on his way home. During the...
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5/1/2016
Posted by Connor
In 2007 Diane Stewart received two knee replacements because of injuries she suffered in a car crash when she was younger.  After the operation she complained of severe  abdominal pain and a doctor was notified by her nurses, but the doctor (who lived just 10 minutes from the hospital) never showed up.  As Diane’s condition...
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5/1/2016
Posted by Connor
Two-year-old Malyia Jeffers had a fever that kept rising, and unexpected bruises appeared on her cheek. Her parents rushed her to a Sacramento emergency room, where they waited for hours even though her condition continued to worsen.    Her parents repeatedly begged to get her medical attention were ignored until her father forced his...
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5/1/2016
Posted by Connor
Dr. Keith P. Blaire became an intentional victim of medical malpractice when he was admitted to the hospital at the age of 86 to find the source of his back pain.  At the time, he had some short-term memory problems, but he was able to follow the news, sports, and his favorite tv shows, as well as take care of all of his physical needs....
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5/1/2016
Posted by Connor
Charles Blevins had arthroscopic knee surgery at an outpatient surgical center.  Three days later he went to an emergency room with severe pain and a fever, and he had to undergo further surgery and receive antibiotics for a bacterial infection.  He later learned three others who had been operated at the same outpatient center and also...
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4/28/2016
Posted by Connor
Pauline Tavares, 79, was admitted to a hospital with encephalitis and was given medication to control her anxiety.  The next morning a nurse fed Pauline, but when her doctor came by at noon he said the nurse, “Probably shouldn’t have done that,” because of Pauline’s condition and the medication she had taken. At 1 pm...
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4/25/2016
Posted by Connor
Elizabeth Nicks was a 12-year-old cheerleader who was being held in the air by three fellow cheerleaders when they lost their grip and she fell to the ground.  A spotter was not in the proper position to catch her. She went to a hospital with what was diagnosed as a relatively minor bleeding in her brain, a potentially dangerous situation...