Menu
The Law Offices of Gismondi & Associates
A name known and respected throughout Pennsylvania
Free Case Evaluation
Toll Free 888-529-1255
Local 412-281-2200

April 2013 Archives

Incubation mistake results in brain damage for 19-year old man

A 19-year old patient was admitted to the hospital after being struck in the jaw by a stray bullet. The doctors then apparently decided to perform surgery, though they were informed that the patient's airway passage was still partially swollen and obstructed. However, since it has been alleged that the anesthesiologist did not follow proper procedures concerning extubation, the patient accidentally dislodged the endotracheal tube and left the patient without oxygen for 7 to 8 minutes.

Jury verdict of $130 million in birth injury case

After a ten year delay, a family was finally awarded $130 million in a birth injury case that reportedly involved medical malpractice. This was actually the third trial to take place. The verdict in the first trial was favorable to the hospital, but that verdict was later reversed. A second trial resulted in a hung jury, and the third ended with the above mentioned verdict.

Electronic health records implicated in medication type errors

The debate continues as to whether electronic health records do more harm than good. A recent study of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System databases claims that thousands of medication and other types of errors are occurring due to use of the electronic records.

Outbreak of Hepatitis C blamed on surgeon

A jury awarded $524 million medical malpractice verdict to three individuals with at least two of the individuals stating that they had received Hepatitis C due to the unsanitary practices of a surgeon. It is claimed that a gastroenterologist reused vials of anesthesia and failed to sterilize equipment. It is also alleged that the practices of this doctor may have caused as many as 50,000 patients to have contracted Hepatitis C as well due to surgical errors.

Better communication means less medical malpractice

The research appears to be very simple: when doctors don't listen to their patient, they also misdiagnose symptoms and illnesses. Also, miscommunications to patients can lead to a variety of complications as well: failure to follow directions, medical complications and medication errors.

Teenage girl dies during wisdom tooth procedure

A 17-year old girl underwent wisdom teeth surgery, went into a coma and then died 10 days later. It is believed that the young girl's brain was deprived of oxygen at the time that the surgery was going on and this resulted in the teenager suffering from brain damage.

Efforts made to limit elective early birth deliveries

Programs are in place to cut down on early elective births of children, but Pennsylvania seems to be behind on this trend. Elective birth deliveries in Pennsylvania remain as high as 26.2 percent. It is felt that too many doctors are scheduling deliveries for as early as the 37th week.

Work shifts for doctors and medical mistakes

A study suggests that shorter shifts for doctors and other medical professionals may lead to more medical mistakes. Medical errors often occur during work shift changes because those just coming to work may not be as familiar with what has been going on regarding treatment of a patient.

Pennsylvania woman sues doctor over claimed surgical mistake

A Pennsylvania woman has brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against a physician asserting that a surgical error on his part has resulted in nerve damage, needless pain and suffering and the need for additional medical and surgical procedures. She described the injuries that she received as being severe and permanent in nature.

No Recovery No Fee

Find Out Why
Super lawyers Distinguished AV | Lexis Nexis | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability Million Dollar Advocates Forum
FindLaw Network