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July 2013 Archives

Pennsylvania lawsuits gain speed as new mother joins claim

Pregnancy is often a time of excitement mixed with trepidation about the future. As a mother grows a baby within her womb, it becomes necessary for her to begin thinking of the things she allows into her body and how they will affect her newborn. Because babies receive many of the same substances the mother intakes, harmful medications, drugs and alcohol may lead to birth injuries that are devastating for mom and baby. Many mothers rely on their doctors and pharmaceutical companies to ensure that the things they are taking are safe for both them and their babies.

Misdiagnosed cancer sends woman into depression after treatment

Cancer is a devastating disease that affects many people in Pennsylvania and throughout the world. Even with a good prognosis from doctors, treatments may be hard on the body and cause serious stress and anxiety to the person and their family members. Although chemotherapy has been proven to be effective at treating some types of cancer, it is also known for causing side effects that create discomfort and pain in the patient. A misdiagnosed cancer may cause the patient to undergo treatments that are unnecessary, and may have far-reaching effects throughout the life of the person.

Doctor provides information about patients to avoid drug charges

In order for a doctor to provide medical care to patients in Pennsylvania or any other state in the country, they must be licensed by the state board. If the board determines the doctor is unfit for treating patients or has violated any rules, they may choose to revoke the doctor’s medical license and stop him or her from practicing medicine in that particular state. This is often done as a way to protect unknowing patients from seeing doctors who have had serious violations in the past. Medication errors, fatal mistakes and confidentiality violations may be more common with doctors who violate the rules of the state board.

Family of brain damaged girl awarded money from hospital

Most people understand how easy it is to miscommunicate a small piece of information, but aren’t always likely to deal with devastating results from missing a simple word or phrase from another person. This may not be the case with health care professionals in Pennsylvania, who may need to have the ability to strongly communicate orders and direction in order to prevent tragedy. Even the smallest miscommunication can lead to a serious brain injury or even death, a fact that a family of a toddler recovering from a heart transplant found out the hard way.

Woman narrowly misses having organs harvested by doctors

Many people in Pennsylvania and throughout the rest of the country have chosen to have their organs donated if they are injured or become ill and the organs can help to save another life. Once a person is pronounced dead in a hospital, health care professionals work quickly to prepare the person for the harvesting of organs, the process during which organs are removed and preserved to be used by a person in need. Potential organ donors may be surprised to find out that many hospitals do not have a checklist in place for determining if the person is actually dead.

New laws in Florida hurt medical malpractice victims

The state of Florida recently passed a pair of laws that hurt patients who have medical malpractice claims. Under one of the new laws, when a patient is hurt by a physician that doctor's lawyer can go out and talk to the patient's other doctors without first obtaining the permission of the patient. Many people view this as an invasion of privacy since, under most circumstances, nobody is permitted to talk to a patient's physician without the patient's permission. The new law in Florida changes that and the only limitation is that the conversations cannot take place after the patient has filed a formal lawsuit.

New laws in Florida hurt medical malpractice victims

The state of Florida recently passed a pair of laws that hurt patients who have medical malpractice claims. Under one of the new laws, when a patient is hurt by a physician that doctor's lawyer can go out and talk to the patient's other doctors without first obtaining the permission of the patient. Many people view this as an invasion of privacy since, under most circumstances, nobody is permitted to talk to a patient's physician without the patient's permission. The new law in Florida changes that and the only limitation is that the conversations cannot take place after the patient has filed a formal lawsuit.

More surgical errors predicted despite new precautions

Certain surgical errors are referred to as “never events”, meaning that they should never happen, and that most are simple mistakes that could be prevented. Hospitals and health care professionals in Pennsylvania may put checklists and precautions into place to ensure that surgical errors are minimized, but some may still slip through due to many different circumstances. Language barriers, poor decision-making, and simple distraction on the part of the surgical staff may be just a few examples of contributing factors to these errors. Regardless of how serious the error is, the patient may suffer from anxiety and stress, even without any obvious physical signs.

Family happy with settlement from hospital over birth of son

Having a baby may be a time of extreme happiness and anxiety about the future for the mother and father of the child. Once the pregnant woman has been admitted to the hospital for the birth, she depends on the medical professionals at the hospital to determine whether she requires emergency care and when she is ready to deliver her bundle of joy. Birth injuries that are the result of a doctor’s mistakes may be devastating and have long-term consequences for both the family and the hospital in Pennsylvania.

Medication error results in death of man after surgery

During a surgical procedure, an anesthesiologist is present to ensure that the sedation is working correctly and that the patient is able to maintain oxygen levels and the proper heart rate while under the medication. Medication errors made by doctors in these situations may be deadly unless proper precautions are taken immediately. If medication errors are not treated with counteracting medications quickly and efficiently, the result may be devastating to the patient and to family members.

Rule change affects medical malpractice lawsuits in Pennsylvania

Sometimes people in Pennsylvania file lawsuits that have no legal standing. These actions take up the court’s time and money and may divert attention away from legitimate cases. They can also give lawsuits a bad reputation. In reality, however, some people need the help that a medical malpractice lawsuit can bring.

Fracking safety in the news

Fracking is definitely a "hot" topic these day and a lot of the news relates to safety concerns of this very popular method of drilling. Illinois just adopted some of the toughest fracking regulations in the country, most of which are designed to prevent injury or contamination.

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