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News Release
6/13/2017
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog joined 80 public interest groups in opposition to a bill the U.S. House will vote on Wednesday that would strip away the rights of patients harmed by medical negligence, elder abuse, dangerous prescription drugs and defective medical devices. President Trump proposed similar limits to patient rights in...
Feature
4/1/2017
Posted by Connor
A nagging pain in her abdomen sent Shanna Alvarado to a Kaiser hospital in Southern California in October 2010.  An ultrasound showed the origins of that pain: a complex cyst that prompted worries about cancer.  A radiologist at Kaiser noted in the hospital’s medical records that Shanna should follow up in six weeks, which is the...
News Story
3/1/2017
Posted by Connor
The Medical Board of California says it is cracking down on doctors who violate their probation, while critics say the Board must do more to protect patients. At a hearing Monday in Sacramento, Kimberly Kirchmeyer, the Medical Board’s executive director, testified the Board has 15 inspectors who keep track of the 635 doctors currently on...
Feature
3/1/2017
Posted by Connor
In August of 2012, 48 year old Annette Ramirez went to the hospital for a hysterectomy.  She was happily married with children 8 and 12 years old.  She was planning on going home the next day.  Annette's surgery was done laparoscopically, a type of minimally invasive surgery available for decades.  Instead of creating a...
News Story
12/30/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Top Republicans say a medical malpractice crisis is threatening U.S. health care: Frivolous lawsuits are driving up malpractice insurance premiums and forcing physicians out of business. Doctors and hospitals live in fear of litigation, ordering excessive tests and treatments that make health care unaffordable for Americans. That’s why House...
News Release
9/28/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog and families who lost loved ones in the opioid epidemic applauded Governor Jerry Brown’s signature today of a new law that will stem opioid overprescribing in California and save lives. SB 482 requires doctors to check a patient’s prescription history in the state Controlled Substance...
Feature
6/21/2016
Posted by Connor
Michelle Woo was a baker in San Francisco, a mother, and an active member in her community.  And when she was told she would need heart surgery, her daughter wanted to ensure she received the best care possible, so Michele was taken to Mountain View Hospital, a facility known for its quality surgical care.  And the surgery itself went...
Feature
6/21/2016
Posted by Connor
Shelly Gerrans was a homemaker, a loving wife, and the caring mother to three young children.  And when she required a hysterectomy, her husband Larry wasn't worried.  He had insurance through his employer that would cover the procedure.  What they didn't consider, however, how medical negligence could completely derail...
Feature
6/21/2016
Posted by Connor
Concesa was an elderly retiree and a grandmother with many grand children.  She was a long time Angelino that lived with her daughter Griselle.  One day Concesa was experiencing breathing difficulties, so Griselle, herself a doctor, took her to the hospital where she worked.  What followed could be described as nothing short of a...
Feature
6/19/2016
Posted by Connor
Sally Hunter was a homemaker in Pasadena California, happily married to her loving husband Harold Hunter.  But everything changed when colon cancer was discovered.  A cascade of complications caused by medical negligence lead to over a decade of heartache for this elderly couple. It all started during a colon resection.  During...