A jury in Pennsylvania recently came back with a $1.1 million concerning a possible surgical error. It's been claimed that the child suffered a brain injury following a routine sleep apnea procedure. The boy, who was only 11-months old when the surgery took place, reportedly suffers from developmental delay that puts him well behind other children his same age.
A doctor that works for the veteran's administration and that has a license, among other states, in Pennsylvania, has a significant disciplinary history against him. And while his license was suspended in one state for purported medical malpractice, he was still allowed to continue practicing in another state.
A Pennsylvania nurse anesthetist was found negligent after a patient suffered second-degree burns to the larynx, face and chest during surgery. The nurse administered additional oxygen without first informing the surgeon of what steps had been taken, and the surgeon then activated an electrical device that caused a fire.
Many medical malpractice cases come about because of birth injuries suffered while the mother was in labor. Because there have been so many multi-million dollar verdicts for these kinds of lawsuits (including one in Pennsylvania totaling $78.5 million), hospitals understandably are jittery every time a birth injury case is being tried in front of a jury.
Anytime a Pennsylvania patient is administered anesthesia during surgery, there is always the danger of surgical error that could lead to injury. In another jurisdiction, the mother of a 13-year old girl is now trying to show that her daughter suffered brain injury due to medical malpractice, and that the responsible hospital also tried to conceal medical records that may have shown wrongdoing.
In what is thought to be one of the largest medical malpractice awards in Pennsylvania history, a jury recently awarded $6.4 million to the five children of a man whose heart condition was misdiagnosed as pneumonia. As a result of the failure to undiagnosed heart condition, the man was discharged and later died after suffering a massive heart attack.
In the first post of this two-part series, we shared the results of a study that was recently published about how to spot doctors that could be putting your health at risk. In the first post we covered the dangers of a doctor who is too ready to prescribe medications and ones that are running on a lack of sleep. Both of these behaviors can lead to misdiagnosis,medication errors and other types of malpractice.
Why do we go to the doctor when something does not feel right? We go because our health is one of the most important things in our lives and yet treatment of our ailments is one of the least understood things in our lives. Most individuals in Pennsylvania and across the nation put blind faith in their doctor's abilities. They received years of intense training so they should know what they are doing right?