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News Release
3/7/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- A California ballot initiative that has garnered more than 800,000 signatures from voters addresses a study published this week in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association that finds doctors are the biggest suppliers for chronic prescription drug abusers. The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act requires...
Blog Post
3/6/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
It's unbelievable.  A heart surgeon, who is practicing today, has a history of walking out on patients in the middle of open heart surgeries, according to a hospital administrator who filed a whistleblower lawsuit. The lawsuit follows a state report which found that a 72 year old patient is in a persistent vegetative state after the...
Video
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 Release
3/3/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Following new allegations in Sunday’s Fresno Bee, that a heart surgeon repeatedly left surgeries before closing up patients’ chests, Consumer Watchdog called upon the state’s medical board and attorney general to act against the doctor and hospital involved. “The California public cannot feel safe about...
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...
Blog Post
1/16/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
“We were lucky to have a happy ending,” actor Dennis Quaid told a crowd at Consumer Watchdog’s Rage for Justice Awards in 2009. He was talking about the near-fatal overdose that his twins experienced at birth. They were given one thousand times the amount of blood thinner they were supposed to and nearly bled to death. “...
News Story
1/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed commentary was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday, January 6, 2014. -------------- A child checks into the hospital and something goes terribly wrong. Within the first few days, the family is given a grim prognosis and pressured to turn off life support. This happens more often than you think in California...
News Story
1/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Should damages for pain and suffering in a medical malpractice case be capped at $250,000? To write a letter, go to sacbee.com/sendletter. Or comment on our Facebook page at facebook.com/sacramentobee. Jahi McMath could be any parent’s daughter. The 13-year-old eighth-grader went into Children’s Hospital in...
News Release
11/25/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog wrote incoming Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson to take issue with “disconcerting statements made by one of your employees, Dr. Paul Phinney, the immediate past President of the California Medical Association, who has maintained that medical negligence and substance abuse among physicians are not significant...