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News Story
5/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast.   State lawmakers are being lobbied to take a harder line on prescription drug abuse and the doctors who enable it. A number of bills attempt to address that problem -- but not the $250,000 cap on jury awards to victims of medical malpractice for pain and suffering. That was...
News Release
5/2/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA --- Family members and victims of medical negligence announced a patient safety ballot measure in front of the state Capitol that will lift a nearly 38-year-old cap on victims’ recovery signed by Governor Brown in 1975.   The “38 is too late” group challenged the Legislature to deal with the problem or...
News Story
5/2/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The coalition of consumer groups and trial lawyers is concerned that medical reform bills currently before the California Legislature will be weakened or killed. Fearing lawmakers may fail to pass a package of medical reform bills, a coalition of consumer groups and trial lawyers is mounting a campaign to put before voters an even more ambitious...
Video
5/2/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Victims of medical negligence went to Sacramento Thursday to demand changes to a 38 year old law that has denied them justice and announced a ballot measure to lift a $250,000 cap on recovery set in 1975 by Governor Brown in his first term.
Blog Post
4/12/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Last month, at an emotional hearing in Sacramento and on the op-ed page of the San Francisco Chronicle, we called for the state agency that oversees doctors to become a stronger regulator or to go out of business.  The Legislature has to renew the doctor-run medical board every ten years, and that’s this year. Sacramento...
Blog Post
3/13/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
There aren't too many great days for patient safety in state capitols, where the medical establishment tends to rule the roost through the power of its political giving and tentacles. But Monday was a great day for patient safety in Sacramento, when powerful testimony reminded legislators of the human cost of inaction. The families of victims...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer groups and families of patients who have died as a result of prescription overdose tried to make their case Monday at the state's Capitol as to why the Medical Board of California should undergo a major overhaul. Several activists testified before two legislative committees on issues they think need to be addressed, including more...
Blog Post
2/8/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
It’s outrageous.  A methamphetamine user convicted of a federal felony for drug dealing just won the right to treat patients again in one year. Pilots would be grounded for life. Lawyers would lose their license forever.  Doctors that use and deal drugs, like Nathan Kuemmerle, face little discipline or deterrence.  That has...
Feature
8/20/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Adam Glover - Los Gatos, CA   Our son Adam was 12 in 2008 when he went on a glorious camping and hiking trip in Yosemite with his Dad. The pair of them hiked, climbed and biked together. But seven days into the vacation, Adam died, the victim of preventable errors and inattention after an emergency appendectomy at a Modesto hospital. Yet...