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July 2012 Archives

Medical malpractice, brain injury and punitive damages

In a state outside of Pennsylvania, that state's highest court has overthrown the state's cap on non-economic damage awards by juries. In a case that concerned a severely brain injured child that came about due to medical malpractice, the high court stated that the state cap limiting non-economic damages to $500,000 or five times what was determined to be compensatory damages violated a party's rights to a trial by jury.

Doctor experience does not always prevent medical errors

A professor at the University of Pennsylvania has noted that experience in and of itself does mean the doctor is less prone to error. Doctors often rely on anecdotal evidence concerning what has worked in the past, but such physicians have not always kept up with what is current in the medical field.

Should Pennsylvania residents avoid surgery in July?

Many Pennsylvania television viewers have come to know the interns of "Grey's Anatomy." Together, Meredith Grey, Izzie Stephens, Alex Karev and the entire group have experienced ups and downs and banded together over the mistakes that they made during their internships. Although their mistakes make for a dramatic storyline, they spell disaster and pain in real life.

Prolonged labor leads to birth injuries and cerebral palsy

We've mentioned some multi-million dollar verdicts in Pennsylvania and other states concerning birth injuries suffered by children while the mother was in labor and under the care of hospital staff. In some circumstances, such lawsuits will be settled before ever going to trial.

Failure to diagnose cancer results in $5 million verdict

We can likely expect similar awards in Pennsylvania to what was delivered by a jury in the District of Columbia. There, a jury awarded $5 million to the family of a man that died after a doctor failed to diagnose this individual's cancer.

Medication errors often due to improper warnings

Researchers are suggesting that changes be made to the manner in which warning labels are applied to prescription medications. It appears that current labeling practices may not result in catching the attention of the individual taking the medication, and this has resulted in a variety of medication errors.

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