When a Curbside Consult Is a Liability Risk

From MedScape What Is—and Is Not—a Curbside Consult Curbside consults—sometimes called "hallway," "elevator," or "sidewalk" consults—are probably as old as medicine. Primary care physicians generally request them at one time or another, if not multiple times a week, as one study found, and specialists are usually willing to oblige.[1] But do they pose a liability risk? That depends on how the term is defined. As Read More

Making surgery safer by helping doctors see nerves

Nerve-illuminating tool outperforms visual inspection; could reduce surgery related injury and chronic pain From: Science Daily; The Optical Society During operations, it can be difficult for surgeons to avoid severing crucial nerves because they look so much like other tissue. A new noninvasive approach that uses polarized light to make nerves stand out from other tissue could help surgeons avoid accidentally Read More

Issue Spotting Under the Federal Tort Claims Act

Attorneys Mike Giordano and Paul McConnell authored this informative article, which appeared in the Connecticut Law Tribune in September 2014. Click here to read the article! Read More

Five Years Before Brain Cancer Diagnosis, Changes Detectable in Blood

Immune-system activity weakens before symptoms arise Released: 30-May-2017 4:05 PM EDT Source Newsroom: Ohio State University Newswise — COLUMBUS, Ohio – Changes in immune activity appear to signal a growing brain tumor five years before symptoms arise, new research has found. Interactions among proteins that relay information from one immune cell to another are weakened in the blood of Read More

A Checkup for Dispute Resolution in Healthcare

*This article originally appeared in the Connecticut Law Tribune on February 23rd, 2017 By Peter W. Benner Interest in and advocacy for applying the principles and processes of alternative dispute resolution to healthcare disputes has been growing over several years now.  Much has been written and many programs and webinars presented and attended. Notably here in Connecticut, the Bar Foundation devoted the Read More

Solving the Med-Mal Riddle Through Co-Mediation; Proposal would have a physician serve as one of two neutrals

*This article originally appeared in the Connecticut Law Tribune on December 9th, 2015 By: Peter W. Benner and Michael J. Giordano In November, the Law Tribune published a special section on medical malpractice, including an article by Nora Freeman Engstrom, a professor at Stanford Law School, titled "Should Med-Mal Cases Be Removed From Court System?" Engstrom told a "cautionary tale" from the experience of Read More