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The Right to a Clean Hospital Room
By Russ Golla

Patient safety is one of our society’s greatest concerns. It may surprise some, but attorneys play a major role in improving patient care. You might say, we prefer clean hospital rooms over court rooms. It might also surprise you to learn that there are no standards that require the hospital room you or a loved one will be put in at some point in your life must be free of bacteria or viruses in sufficient numbers to cause an infection. When a patient gets such an infection while receiving treatment for another condition, we call that a Hospital (or Healthcare) Acquired Infection or HAI. Keep Reading

Who Drives the Driverless Car?

by Scott B. Thompson an associate at Gingras, Cates & Luebke. (Summer Verdict 2016)

When the dust settles at the scene of a collision, an all-too familiar series of events unfolds. Drivers and passengers exit respective vehicles and initiate rudimentary damage assessments. Emergency authorities receive hurried phone calls from concerned witnesses, while the pain of injury takes hold. Traffic begins to accommodate for a new obstruction. Drivers dig through glove compartments to locate insurance cards. This familiar scene, however, may soon face dramatic alteration. Keep Reading

New Report - Medical Errors Are Killing Us

At first the report reads like a gigantic typo - a new medical study says medical errors are killing 251,000 of us every year. That would make medical errors the third leading cause of death in the nation claiming almost 700 lives a day...more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer's.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine paints a frightening picture of health care in the US. The study points to everything from bad doctors to communications breakdowns when a patient may be moved from one department to another.

Here in Wisconsin, the problem is compounded by a legal system that favors the medical community at the expense of a patient's legal rights. Under Wisconsin law, it is almost impossible for a victim to go to court if they think they've been hurt by a medical mistake. You can click on this link to a WCLO-AM radio interview with former WAJ President, Dan Rottier, on why the study matters for Wisconsin.

If you are one-of-the-ten cases that ever get to court, be prepared for an uphill battle. Plaintiffs win about 10% of the cases. And if you did win, Wisconsin consistently ranks at the bottom in settlements.