Arizona Medical Malpractice Questions & Answers

Q: During Endometriosis surgery the dr. Knicked a hole in my daughters urethra tube.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Arizona on
Answered on Jan 23, 2019
Peter N. Munsing's answer
First, while it's fresh on your memory jot down what happened when, etc. Then focus on her getting well. She may need to see doctors and you don't want a potential doctor getting worried that they will be "dragged into" a medical case, nor do you want your daughter to be viewed by the medical community as "sue happy." Then when she's out of the wood you can 1) contact a member of the Az Trial Lawyers Assn who handles medical negligence cases for the county where it happened and 2)You /she...

Q: I've been scheduled for a IME with the same Dr. that did the IME that closed my case. Can I request a different IME Dr?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Medical Malpractice for Arizona on
Answered on May 4, 2018
Joel Friedman's answer
You can ask, but the carrier has the right to choose it's own doctor. You probably don't want someone new anyway. You may feel free to call me at 602-687-9211 (office) or 602-492-5331 (cell). I have 2 appointments this afternoon and I'm not available after 5:15, so it may be tomorrow before I can talk to you. Thank you

Q: Dr. signed consent for HIT. Loss half of left foot and tip of toe on right foot. What is the outlook on case ?

1 Answer | Asked in Products Liability and Medical Malpractice for Arizona on
Answered on Jul 18, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Assuming you have a lawyer ask them. Clots are a known byproduct of surgery. Heparin is supposed to help avoid that. Suggest you consult immediately a member of the Az Trial Lawyers Assn who hanles malpractice --they give free consults ASAP if you don't have an attorney.

Q: My father had a heart attack last week, and it was only one day after a routine doctor's appointment.

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Arizona on
Answered on Oct 27, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Unlikely unless it was something that would have been caught on a routine visit. He can consult a member of the Az Trial Lawyers Assn after he is out of hospital if he wishes--they give free consultations. However even if the doctor could have found some abnormality nothing different would have happened--he would have sent your dad to a specialist, your dad couldn't get an appointment for at least a week, chances are, and he'd have had the heart attack while waiting.

Q: my attorney wants to drop my case because he doesn't have the money to continue. What can I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for Arizona on
Answered on Sep 29, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
He needs to get you time to do it. It verges on malpractice for him to take a case that from the getgo he knew he couldn't do (don't say that to him but.....he wants to get his rear out of hot water he needs to get you time. ) Talk to some members of the Az. Trial Lawyers Assn who handle medical cases in the county where the case would have to be brought--they give free consult.

Q: Can I represent myself in a Civil Medical Negligence / Breach lawsuit as a patient? Or do I really need an attorney ?

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Arizona on
Answered on Aug 25, 2016
Peter N. Munsing's answer
If you want to pay tens of thousands of dollars for an expert witness, deal with very complex legal issues, maximally increase your risks of losing, sure, do it yourself. It's like complex surgery. Do it yourself--without a medical degree? Possible, but you'd be unlikely to survive.

Q: What are the time limits in filing a medical malpractice suit in Arizona?

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Arizona on
Answered on Jan 27, 2016
Adam Studnicki's answer
Generally speaking, two years, it does depend on the circumstances, and it can sometimes be tricky in these cases to determine when the time starts to run.

Your son should definitely seek a legal consultation. I would be happy to talk to him.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a...

Q: Recd arbitration date for sm clm. Defendant atty wants civil case based on ARS12-603 Court canc'd date Do I have re

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Arizona on
Answered on Dec 19, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
You mean 12-2603. The requirements of the statues in medical malpractice cases are mandatory. As far as why, that is a question for the legislature (and the health care lobbyists).

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all...

Q: My wife was prescribed prednisone 10mg in a 5 5 4 4 and so on. After the second 5 pill dose

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Arizona on
Answered on Nov 8, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
I am very sorry to hear about your loss.

From your question, it sounds like there are at least two potential questions. First is whether prednisone was properly prescribed. Cortocosteroids, such as prednisone, are use to lower inflammation, but they can cause changes in heartbeat. Generaly speaking, if a patient has a history of heart issues, this may be a factor to consider in prescribing prednisone.

Second, there is a question of whether the doctor acted properly when...

Q: Do I need to sign a medical release form provided by the ins??

2 Answers | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Arizona on
Answered on Jul 25, 2015
John M DeProspo's answer
It depends. You have not supplied enough information to properly advise you.

Q: Who is legally allowed to give a patient prescriptions and tell him to swallow it?

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice for Arizona on
Answered on May 30, 2015
Adam Studnicki's answer
Whether there was medical malpractice is a question that normally can only be answered by a medical expert. In other words, only a medical expert could answer this question. A lawyer would consult with a medical expert to determine the answer.

I hope your father is doing okay. Be well.

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