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January 2013 Archives

Pennsylvania PTSD never properly diagnosed or treated

A federal judge awarded a former soldier $3.7 million concerning a hospital's failure to properly diagnose or provide treatment concerning the veteran's post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The veteran in question lives in Pennsylvania, and the lawsuit named a VA Hospital here in Pennsylvania as well.

Mix-up of medications for epileptic children

One registered pharmacist from Pennsylvania has reportedly heard of a number of mix-ups concerning medications that are given to certain children suffering from epilepsy. The children that suffer from a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) are apparently at risk for receiving the wrong medication because the prescribed drug is close in name to another prescribed drug.

Birth injury suit now at U.S. Supreme Court

While waiting for the outcome of medical malpractice cases, patients and family members may be facing medical bills in excess of $100,000. Because these individuals simply do not have the funds to pay such bills, they may apply for Medicare or Medicaid relief to help pay the bills. Such a scenario is now the subject of a United States Supreme Court case.

Woman suffers brain damage while delivering child

It seems that a mother undergoing a Cesarean section received too much anesthesia that ultimately resulted in brain damage. After two hours of labor, the woman was given an epidural. It appears, however, that the epidural somehow became dislodged without the knowledge of the staff, and the medical providers then decided to administer spinal anesthesia because the epidural was not working.

Medical malpractice and doctor shortages

If anyone from Pittsburgh has recently gone to the doctor's office, they may have noticed that more and more their cases are being handled by a physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP). The reason why these individuals are playing such a significant role is because there is a shortage of physicians that can see patients on a day-to-day basis.

Hospital reportedly used inferior drugs to treat leukemia

A hospital may have to pay in excess of $100 million concerning a medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed against it. The lawsuit concerns a series of medication errors where the hospital reportedly failed to provide the newest drug therapies to children that were suffering from leukemia.

Hospital accused of performing unnecessary cardiac procedures

The United States Attorney's Office located in Pittsburgh announced that that one healthcare provider had settled medical malpractice allegations in the amount of $2 million. It has been claimed that this healthcare provider submitted false claims to Medicare after performing unnecessary cardiac stenting between 2009 and 2011.

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