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4/19/2016
Posted by Connor
Morgan Westhoff and her identical twin sister were each born with one of the more common congenital heart defects.  Morgan’s twin had a successful procedure to correct the defect when the girls were 18 months old.  The same procedure was performed Jan 18, 2013 on Morgan, even though her doctor knew Morgan had abnormally high blood...
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4/19/2016
Posted by Connor
She had a fever, vomiting and shortness of breath.  But when her mom took 10-year-old Daniela Zelig to the hospital, doctors took a look and sent her home.  She was one of the last patients seen by urgent care doctors that day in March 2012 in Kaiser’s Baldwin Park Medical Center. After the girl was given a cursory examination, cut...
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4/18/2016
Posted by Connor
Alicia Cole was a successful actress in Los Angeles for decades.  A Los Angeles native, she had spent many years working in the entertainment industry and 19 years as a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild.  But after the discovery of uterine fibroids she worried how an invasive surgery would affect her career.  After learning...
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4/18/2016
Posted by Connor
The death of a six-week-old child from an illness that could have been easily diagnosed and successfully treated is tragic enough.  For the life of that child to be valued at no more than $250,000 is unforgivable.      Six-week-old Alexandra Mia Chavez, the third child of Alejandra Gonzalez and Mario Chavez, began coughing...
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4/18/2016
Posted by Connor
Alex Smick had a wonderful life mapped out for himself.  At 20, he was studying to be a surgical technician.  He was Atheltic, played guitar, and had a loving and supportive network of friends and family in his suburban L.A. community of Dowey.  He couldn’t wait to graduate and get a job to start saving money for an engagement...
Feature
4/8/2016
Posted by Connor
Around their Fresno neighborhood, Daphne McClendon-Ricks was known to all the kids simply as “mom”.  She was the shoulder to lean on, the unbreakable woman who salved wounds and gave good advice, and the friendly neighbor who helped mow a lawn or gave away vegetables from her bountiful backyard garden.  She was a vigorous 59...
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4/8/2016
Posted by Connor
Cali Andrist was a 58-year-old mentally disabled woman. In 2012, she woke with terrible stomach pain, and that evening her brother, Eric who was her full-time caregiver, took her to the ER at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA.  After she revived a CT scan doctors admitted her with what they thought was a small bowel...
News Story
3/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Twenty-nine groups, including the Center for Justice & Democracy and Consumer Watchdog, have signed onto a letter that protests H.R. 4771, the HEALTH Act of 2016. The bill establishes a $250,000 cap on compensation for non-economic damages because of medical malpractice, among other measures, and the House Judiciary Committee votes on it this...
News Story
8/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Ralph Nader goes way back with Gov. Jerry Brown. Their relationship dates to the 1970s, when both men were eagerly shaking things up from their respective perches on the progressive left. Between them, they've run for president eight times. In 1992, Brown said he'd appoint Nader to his Cabinet if elected to the White House. But when I...
News Story
12/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Last week, the California Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the state's cap on pain-and-suffering awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, Modern Healthcare reports. Background on Cap Under California's 1975 Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act -- or MICRA -- pain-and-suffering damages are limited...