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3/6/2014
Posted by admin
Some tragedies at hospitals might be unavoidable, but a mother and father who lost their 21 month old daughter at Children's Hospital Oakland say it's what happened after their daughter's death that has continued to torment them. The parents of Morgan Westhoff say they've continued to receive mail and other communication from the...
News Story
2/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers are considering bills that would limit or end participation of intervenors in automobile insurance rate filings, urge Congress and the president to renew funding for the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and call on interested parties to solve difficulties with medical malpractice...
News Story
2/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Senate President Introduces Placeholder Bill, But Both Sides Gear Up For Initiative Democrats in Sacramento have strong ties to both trial lawyers and the medical industry. But even efforts by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg may not avert an upcoming campaign fight over medical malpractice suit payouts. Steinberg on Friday introduced SB...
News Story
2/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Lawyers and consumer groups are getting signatures for a ballot measure to increase 1975's pain and suffering limit of $250,000. Doctors and insurers have already raised $33 million to fight it. SACRAMENTO — A protracted political battle over California's medical malpractice law may be coming to a new front: the voting booth. For...
Blog Post
2/7/2014
Posted by Judy Dugan
March 2014 update: Victory! The insurers have settled with Aunt Kay, thanks to the campaign mounted by her nephew Dan Shea. If only every person stuck in insurance company hell had Dan's smarts, tenacity and resources! Or better yet, if only insurance companies weren't allowed to put claimants through the torment that Kay suffered. Dan...
Video
1/24/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog launched a billboard publicizing a new toll-free hotline, 1-844-DOCS-DUI, calling on the public and physicians to report suspected drug and alcohol abuse by doctors. "The California Medical Board has estimated that 18% of doctors will have a drug or alcohol problem during their careers, yet California has no system to...
News Release
1/24/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Oakland, CA – Consumer Watchdog launched a billboard publicizing a new toll-free hotline,    1-844-DOCS-DUI, calling on the public and physicians to report suspected drug and alcohol abuse by doctors.  A woman harmed by her physician, who found out only later that the doctor had an alcohol abuse problem, called for...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog Billboard OAKLAND, Calif. — A Bay Area woman says she went to plastic surgeon Brian R. West for a tummy tuck but left disfigured and in pain.  Later 48-year-old Tina Minasian learned Dr. West was drunk. "I was angry at first but I was more angry, and outraged when it turns out I wasn't the only victim,...
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1/20/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
"The California Medical Board has estimated that 18% of doctors will have a drug or alcohol problem during their careers, yet California has no system to identify doctors who abuse substances. This hotline will give the public a place to report concerns about impaired doctors to protect patients and save lives," said Carmen Balber,...
News Story
1/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed Commentary was published in the Sacramento Bee on Sunday, January 12, 2014. ----------------- No political consultant sees more angles than Richie Ross, but his tangent opposing two pro-consumer ballot initiatives, which could turn 2014 into the Year of the Patient, is unsound geometry (“Voters can’t avoid health...