Bertram Amell, PLLC

1100 Vermont Avenue
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20001, United States
Contact: Catherine Bertram
Phone: 202 803-5800 Ext:.104
Fax: 202-803-6814
Areas of Practice
  • Business Torts
  • Class Action
  • Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Toxic Torts
Other U.S. Locations
  • D.C.
  • Maryland
Number of Attorneys
2-10 Attorneys

Quest Diagnostics To Pay California $241 Million to Settle Claims

According to an article in the Los Angles Times, by Mark Lifsher, Quest Laboratories agreed to pay the State of California $241million to resolve a lawsuit that was pending against them. The lawsuit alleged that Quest…more
 /  Business Torts, Civil Remedies, Health

100,000 Lives Lost Each Year Due to Dirty Hospitals and Nursing Homes

Each year 100,000 patients in hospitals and nursing homes in this country die from infection they acquired after being in a health care facility. This is the most common complication of hospital care and also one of the…more
 /  Personal Injury

Lab Errors: These Mistakes Can Be Deadly

An article in the Boston Globe last week, by Jonathan Salzman, reports that a lawsuit has been filed by a patient who had surgery to remove his prostate after being told that he had prostate cancer. Our blog mentioned this case…more
 /  Health, Personal Injury

DC Nursing Homes: How to Report Abuse or Neglect

The District of Columbia Department of Health licenses and certifies health care facilities for compliance with state and federal health and safety standards. Facilities include nursing homes, hospitals, home health agencies,…more
 /  Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Health, Personal Injury

Glaxo to Pay $1 Billion to Children with Birth Defects from Mothers who took Paxil

Bloomberg News reported that GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C. has agreed to pay $1 billion to injured consumers to resolve more than 800 cases involving the antidepressant Paxil. The medication has been in use in the U.S. since 1992…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Health, Products Liability

D.C. Purchases United Medical Center

The District of Columbia has purchased United Medical Center for $20 million after foreclosing on the property. There were no other bidders at the foreclosure sale, and no money will change hands. Please see full article…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Health, Mergers & Acquistions, Real Estate

Bad Doctors - Who is Minding the Store?

An updated annual ranking of state medical boards by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen reveals widespread discrepancies in both the numbers of disciplinary actions taken against physicians' licenses, and the rates of…more
 /  Administrative Law, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Health, Personal Injury

Shoulder Pain Pumps Destroy Shoulder Joints

Recognized medical studies show that pain pumps that inject pain medicine right into shoulder joints after surgical procedures are a very likely cause of severe cartilage damage. The FDA, in November 2009 and again in February…more
 /  Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Health, Personal Injury, Products Liability

Columbia University Brain Lab Injected Impure Drugs into Study Patients

The New York Times reported that Columbia University has closed the research arm of its Kreitchman PET Center , a prominent brain-imaging clinic, after the U.S. Food & Drug Administration found in 2008 and January 2010 that the…more
 /  Administrative Law, Health, Personal Injury

Our Tax Dollars to Study "Tort Reform" - What About Patient Safety?

Massachusetts obtained a $3 million grant to study "alternatives" to a consumer's 7th Amendment right to a jury trial when it comes medical malpractice claims. The grant is part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…more
 /  Business Torts, Constitutional Law, Health, Professional Malpractice, Taxation

Surgeon Sues to Silence Patient

Dr. Kimberley Henry, a California plastic surgeon, has filed a lawsuit against patients who posted negative reviews of her online. Her lawsuit also demands that the reviews be removed. Please see full article below for more…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Health

5 Simple Steps Hospitals Could, But Often Do Not, Use To Prevent Bloodstream Infections

Catheter-related bloodstream infections kill 30,000 hospital patients and infect a total of 80,00 patients in the U.S. each year. So why aren't more hospitals adopting the simple five-step approach to prevent these…more
 /  Health, Personal Injury

Tech at VA Dental Center in St. Louis Warned Officials About Poor Sterilization

Earlene Johnson worked as a medical supply technician at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where almost 2,000 veterans may have been exposed to Hepatitis B and C and HIV due to poor sterilization practices. She…more
 /  Health, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice

Gaps in Nursing Databases May Result in Unsafe Nurses Being Hired in Other States

24 states have joined the "Nurse Licensure Compact", an umbrella entity designed to unify states' nursing discipline records. But some states' lax enforcement and reporting have allowed dangerous nurses to go to other states,…more
 /  Criminal Law, Health, Personal Injury

Washington Hospital Center Makes House Calls to Area Residents in Need

Washington Hospital Center has a program called "Medical House Calls". The program provides primary care services by a team of dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and others. These health care teams make…more
 /  Health, Insurance
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