Posts Tagged ‘Medical Malpractice’

Dr Phil, Britney Spears, Dr Drew, and Patient Privacy Law

January 9th, 2008 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

The story is still unfolding on Dr. Phil’s entry into the Britney Spears storyline, as TMZ is reporting today that Britney’s parents, Jamie and Lynn Spears, appeared via their family representative on NBC’s Today show to refute that anyone gave Dr. Phil the authority to say anything about Britney, and that they declined an invitation that Dr. Phil made to them for a segment on his show about Britney Spears.

Meanwhile, there are also reports that tests from Cedars-Sinai Hospital have been leaked to the press, showing that Britney tested clean for both alcohol and drugs during her recent forced stay at their facility.

So, what about PRIVACY laws here?  Even celebrities have civil rights.  What about patient privacy? Continue Reading »

Kanye West’s Mom and Dennis Quaid’s Twins: How to Prepare 4 a Medical Malpractice Suit

November 21st, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

janadamsdco.jpgToday’s news is filled with the scoop that Dr. Jan Adams, the plastic surgeon that operated on Kanye West’s mom right before she died, walked off the live set of Larry King Live last night.  TMZ has the video, if you want to see the replay.

And, right along with that reporting is the story that Dennis Quaid’s infant twins were inadvertently overdosed while at Cedars Sinai and while the situation was scarey, it looks like they’re going to make it.

Okay.  What should these families be doing, to protect their interests in they want to file a medical malpractice suit later?  What should you do, if you’re in a similar situation?

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The Death of Kanye West’s Mother – Medical Malpractice

November 14th, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

west.jpgOver the past few days, not only has the untimely death of Kanye West’s mother been reported, but TMZ.COM has gone to great lengths to investigate the criminal and civil history of her plastic surgeon, Dr. Adams (BloomLegal has compiled this into a shockingly long list, shown below). 

Condolences to the West Family, and good luck to them in their medical malpractice claim against Dr. West — which you know is coming.  And to think this guy appeared as a plastic surgery expert on Discovery Channel and on Oprah (check out his website).

How can you protect yourself in these situations?  How do you know that you can trust your doctor? Continue Reading »

Chris Benoit, Anna Nicole: Are Their Doctors Responsible? Should U Trust Your Doc?

July 9th, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

chris-benoit_169×171.jpgChris Benoit’s doctor and Anna Nicole’s psychiatrist both claim to have been close friends with their deceased celebrity patients.  Criminal investigations are now underway to determine if these “good pals” were also to blame for their deaths.  

If the doctors’ actions did contribute to the deaths, then expect to have civil suits filed, as well.  Dannielynn’s guardian (i.e., Larry Burkhead) can sue for wrongful death based upon medical malpractice.  There’s a twist in the Benoit case:  state wrongful death statutes list who can sue for the wrongful death of another, and usually it’s limited to immediate family.   Georgia law will decide if any Benoit relatives can legally seek civil remedies.

I predict civil suits will be filed.  Why?

Last week, Chris Benoit’s doctor was indicted by a federal grand jury for illegal distribution of prescription drugs - including Xanex(alprazolam), Percocet (oxicodone), Adderal (amphetamine), and Lorcet(hydrocodone).  It’s a seven-count criminal indictment, involving seven prescriptions written to two patients.  It doesn’t include his patient, 2004 WWE champion Chris “The Canadian Crippler” Benoit. When Chris Benoit’s toxicology reports get in, new charges may well be added.  

Meanwhile, California authorities are investigating two of Anna Nicole Smith’s doctors.  The California Department of Justice is reportedly investigating her psychiatrist, specifically, for prescribing methadone to an 8-month pregnant Anna Nicole, as well as prescribing (click to see the dr’s fax) Dilaudid, Lorazepam, Soma, Delmane, Methadone, and Prexige shortly after Daniel’s death.  

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Anna Nicole Smith’s Death — The Duty to Call EMS

March 28th, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice by Seth Bloom | 1 Comment »

anna-nicole-smith-6.jpg Now that the findings have been released, and we know that Anna Nicole Smith officially died of an “accidental drug overdose,” it’s time to consider what those findings may mean to each of us and if there are lessons to be learned.

Sure there are. Things your mother told you — like “just say no” — come to mind, but perhaps there are some things that aren’t so readily apparent from the tragedy of Anna Nicole Smith’s death at 39.

Like the question of when do you have the right to refuse medical treatment, and when do you have a legal duty to help someone who is refusing medical treatment? Continue Reading »

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