Jury awards $28.6 million to man who lost legs when hit by Amtrak train

Many times, there are multiple causes and responsible parties to a terrible accident. Trial lawyers are tasked with identifying each of those parties prior to filing suit. At trial, it is the jury’s job to determine what percentage of blame to assign to each party. Trial lawyers can make recommendations in argument, but the decision […]

Something In Our Bloodstream

Ten years ago, 12-year-old Rory Staunton dove for a ball in gym class and scraped his arm. He woke up the next day with a 104-degree Fahrenheit fever, so his parents took him to the pediatrician and eventually the emergency room. It was just the stomach flu, they were told. Three days later, Rory died […]

Hey, Pharma: What if cholesterol is not related to serious heart disease? Would you even tell us?

A BMJ study published in 2015 concluded that High LDL-C is inversely associated with mortality in most people over 60 years. This finding is inconsistent with the cholesterol hypothesis. You can find the BMJ study here: Lack of an association or an inverse association between low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and mortality in the elderly: a systematic review While […]

Candy Stripers

A famous critical care doctor once told me that “they want candy stripers delivering medicine.” That choice of the phrase probably dates both of us, but hopefully, it’s not too prehistoric to make the point. He was griping about what he viewed as an institutional assault on physician judgment and prerogatives. Long after that, I […]

Pro-Tip: Try To Avoid Having To Call The Judge Minutes Into A Deposition

It happens. I get it. But when the witness has taken “less than her normal dose of painkillers” to get through the deposition, there are ways around that problem other than asking a Federal judge to treat it as an emergency. I don’t know if it is rule number one, but it is certainly top […]