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News Release
6/28/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog condemned today’s vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to pass a bill taking away the rights of patients harmed by medical negligence, unsafe drugs, defective medical devices and nursing home abuse. The legislation, HR 1215, would place a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages in medical...
News Release
6/13/2017
CONTACT 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
Shanna Alvarado - Los Angeles, CA
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...
Feature
3/1/2017
Annette Ramirez - Los Angeles, CA
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 Release
9/28/2016
CONTACT 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
Concesa Calibra - Los Angeles, CA
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
6/21/2016
Shelly Gerrans - San Anselmo, CA
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
Michelle Woo
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
6/19/2016
Don Stegman
Don Stegman went under surgery in the fall of 2007 for a bone marrow transplant.  But after developing Graft-Versus-Host disease, the life of him and his wife would change forever.  Although the surgery seemed to be a success, Don developed GVHD, an illness that primarily affects bone marrow transplant recipients.  Doctors attempted...
Feature
6/19/2016
Sally and Hal Hunter
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...