For 2-year-old Steven Olsen, a hike in the woods and a fall on a stick would change his life forever. "They (the doctors) thought, 'Oh, he has meningitis,'" said Steven's mother, Kathy Olsen. However, that was not the case. Steven was suffering from an infection from the fall. It spread from his hand to his brain...
By Consumer Watchdog
Patients Beware Dr. Paul Phinney: Opposes mandaory drug testing for physicians. Opposes mandatory use of the CURES prescription drug database before narcotics are prescribed Opposes mandatory disclosure of medical negligence by physicians Opposes adjusting for inflation the 38 year-old cap on compensation for victims injured by...
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- USA Today analyzed a decade of physician discipline records and found endemic problems at the nation's medical boards that have failed to take action against thousands of dangerous doctors despite "findings of serious misconduct that puts patients at risk." California was singled out as one of the problem states....
From The Center for Justice & Democracy: New Consumer Study Debunks Myths About California's Medical Malpractice "Cap" and Access to Patient Care
CONTACT Joanne Doroshow
New York, NY - The Center for Justice & Democracy released a new study today examining years of research showing no correlation whatsoever between where physicians decide to practice and a state’s medical malpractice law. The report, Exposing Medical Myths: “Caps” And Physician Supply, can be found here along with an...
Father Who Filed Ballot Measure To Redeem Children’s Death Challenges Doctor Who Heads Medical Association To Debate and Stop Demeaning His Children’s Memory
CONTACT Bob Pack, Jamie Court and Carmen Balber
Danville, CA – Bob Pack today wrote Dr. Paul Phinney, head of the California Medical Association, with hard words over Phinney’s refusal to acknowledge his family’s suffering and that of other medical negligence victims in his public response to Pack’s ballot measure, “The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act....
KNBC TV-4 Los Angeles, CA - Dave Jones, California Insurance Commissioner, Discusses Malpractice Insurers' Price Gouging
State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says there is too much secrecy in the Affordable Care Act contract process. He is supportng legislation that would reduce the secrecy. He also talks to NBC4's Conan Nolan about the controversial "MICRA" CAP.
KNTV, NBC Bay Area, CA - Reality Check: CA Malpractice Laws Prove Fertile Ground for Political Fight
Buoyed by support from the consumer advocacy group, Consumer Watchdog, Danville father Bob Packs has formally submitted a measure to the state that would raise the medical malpractice awards cap for non-economic injuries, a move sure to inflame tensions on a longstanding debate. The initiative would require several policy changes targeted at...
By Jamie Court
We just wanted to let you know that we have filed a ballot measure that has been 37 years in the making. If we collect about 750,000 valid signatures, voters will have a chance to adjust for inflation a three and a half decade-old cap on the value of a child's life if he or she is killed by medical negligence -- a $250,000 limit that has never...
By Jamie Court
The war over patient safety is heating up in Sacramento. Yesterday, Pulitizer Prize winning Los Angeles Times columnist Mike Hiltzik wrote a cut-to-the-heart-of-it column shredding the phony arguments of those resisting the patient safety reforms Bob Pack and Consumer Watchdog have been fighting for all year. Hiltzik said, "It's a very...
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Ten doctors that the California Medical Board failed to take off the streets before repeated acts of negligence and patient endangerment harmed or killed their patients make the case for reforming California's patient safety laws, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog released a "Top Ten Dangerous...