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May 2013 Archives

Hospital sued after endoscopy results in brain injury

When it comes to patient care, medical professionals must always be vigilant. There is no room for error on the job. If they fail to provide the best care for their patients, serious injuries or death may occur. When this happens in California, the medical facility may be sued.

Cancer patients likely to deal with medication errors

When a person suffers from a life threatening disease in Pennsylvania, the treatment they receive may be extremely detailed, and must follow a specific schedule in order to avoid any additional injuries or illnesses. When medication errors occur, and patients are given the wrong drug or a dosage mistake is made, the consequences to the body can make it harder for the patient to fight off the disease that is being treated. These problems can be particularly hard on the body of a child who is fighting off a disease that threatens their lives.

OSHA and workplace fatalities

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is required by federal law to investigate all workplace accidents involving serious injury or death. In our experience, when we have represented such injury victims, their families often take a keen interest in OSHA's investigation, but they can find it to be a frustrating experience. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/05/us-steel-nick-revetta-osha

OSHA and workplace fatalities

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is required by federal law to investigate all workplace accidents involving serious injury or death. In our experience, when we have represented such injury victims, their families often take a keen interest in OSHA's investigation, but they can find it to be a frustrating experience. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/05/us-steel-nick-revetta-osha

PSA test not so useful

In a major about-face, a leading medical group recently questioned the value of PSA tests, a common marker used for prostate cancer. The American Urological Association came out with new guidelines significantly restricting the types of patients who should have this lab work done. http://www.auanet.org/education/guidelines/prostate-cancer-detection.cfm

PSA test not so useful

In a major about-face, a leading medical group recently questioned the value of PSA tests, a common marker used for prostate cancer. The American Urological Association came out with new guidelines significantly restricting the types of patients who should have this lab work done. http://www.auanet.org/education/guidelines/prostate-cancer-detection.cfm

Extreme surgical error results in diminished functioning

When it comes to hospital safety, there are occasions known as "never events." This term is often applied to surgical procedures that are performed on the wrong patient or the wrong part of the body. The term comes from the rational thought that these tragic situations should never occur. In reality, however, doctors, nurses, administrators, and other hospital staff are not always as diligent as they should be when it comes to performing their jobs in Pennsylvania. As a result, these types of surgical errors do happen.

Woman claims doctors responsible for husband's death from cancer

If a person in Pennsylvania is diagnosed with cancer, it is often necessary to begin treatments immediately in order to save the life of the person. If a physician or other medical professional fails to diagnose the correct condition in a timely manner, delayed treatment can lead to the spread of the disease. In the worst situations, the patient may die from the failure to diagnose cancer by the doctor, and the family of the patient may choose to hold the medical professionals accountable.

Lawsuit claims that medication error resulted in birth defects

When a patient is prescribed medication, they usually assume the medication will cure their ailments and make them feel better. Unfortunately for the citizens in Pennsylvania, this is not always the case. Medication errors occur when a patient is prescribed the wrong medication or the wrong dosage, and occasionally, the problem is with the medication itself. When this happens, devastating consequences can follow.

Rare surgical mistake leads to woman’s loss of function

There are many people involved in any surgery that is performed in a hospital in Pittsburgh. Nurses, doctors, and other staff may be on hand to guarantee that the procedure goes smoothly, and that the person is recovering well after surgery. If a surgical mistake is made, the patient may choose to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice, and seek money for any injuries or pain and suffering that occurred as a result of that mistake.

Doctors to blame for most robotic surgical errors and lawsuits, says OBGYN

In recent years there have been hundreds of thousands of surgical procedures performed by so-called robots. These robotic surgeries are actually performed by surgeons who use computer-assisted surgical robots to help them perform complicated procedures. Many doctors believe that when used correctly, robotic surgeries in Pennsylvania are safer and more cost effective than traditional surgery. An increase in the number of robotic surgical errors, however, has some people concerned.

Family awarded record sum in third trial for malpractice case

When a woman enters a hospital in Pittsburgh to give birth to a baby, she places her trust in the doctors and nurses who will be performing the delivery. If procedures are not followed and mistakes are made, the baby may suffer birth injuries that could have been prevented if the delivery process had been followed more closely. These birth injuries are often extensive, and can require intense medical care for the rest of the child’s life.

Misdiagnosis is leading cause in medical malpractice

Pittsburgh readers may be interested in knowing that the number one claimed cause of medical malpractice in the United States in misdiagnosis of injuries or illness. Medical malpractice payouts for a misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose amounted to around $39 billion during the last quarter of a century. And this would only include those payments that have actually been reported.

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