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March 2014 Archives

Dispute in lawsuit over patient’s medical records

Pennsylvania citizens are as concerned as their counterparts in the rest of the country about the alarming rate of medical errors. With reports indicating that such situations are the third leading cause of death in the United States, such fears appear to be warranted indeed. From a failure to diagnose cancer to a medication error and more, the nature and range of negligent acts is great. In some situations, delayed treatment can lead to a worsened condition and even death.

Medical malpractice damage caps remain controversial

People in Pennsylvania and around the United States seek medical care every day. The rising concern about instances of medical malpractice can leave patients wondering who they can trust when. Some medical errors may be clearly identified at the time they occur while others may not be noticeable for some time. The failure to diagnose cancer properly, for example, is something that may not be immediately detectable.

Study: exposure to drunk driving increases risk of DWI in teens

A recent study published by the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development has found that when teenagers ride in vehicles driven by impaired drivers, they are more likely to drive while drunk or high on drugs themselves. Although this is certainly an important statistic and one that certainly should be explored more in-depth, reports on the study fail to focus on the more immediate dangers -- teenagers riding with impaired drivers.

Anesthesiologist ordered to pay $1 million for surgical error

When trust in medical providers turns out to be unearned and a medical error is discovered, Pennsylvania patients have reason to be concerned and upset. These cases can involve many different problems including the wrong medication being prescribed, a missed diagnosis, surgical errors and more. Depending upon the situation, an individual healthcare professional can be held responsible and other times the potential responsibility is sharable between many parties.

Small trucking companies holding out on important safety tool

Trucking is an extremely important part of our economy and there are a number of trucking companies in Pittsburgh. Without trucking, many of us may not be able to get the products we use in our daily life. At the same time, the trucking industry can be extremely dangerous and could put many people on the road at risk. The amount of danger a fully loaded semitrailer truck can cause against a car is enough to justify serious federal regulations.

Six-year old boy dies after misdiagnosis

Throughout Pennsylvania and the United States, patients everywhere put their trust in medical professionals every day. When errors occur, the results can be devastating for individuals and family members. This can be especially so when the error involves a child. An incorrect medication dosage, an instrument left inside a body after surgery, a doctor’s failure to diagnose a condition and more are all-too common examples of medical errors.

Nation’s Medicare patients at risk for medication errors

Our nation’s aging population has fueled a dramatic rise in the number of people living in care facilities. One specific type of these homes is referred to as a skilled nursing facility which is reserved for people needing a higher level of care than others. Many Pennsylvania families have had to make the decision to move their loved ones into such centers in order to provide the proper level of treatment and assistance. Sadly, these homes are the sites of many reported medication errors, neglect or other problems.

The future of bicycle safety could protect against brain injuries

It should be no surprise to the people of Pittsburgh that bicycle accidents can lead to brain injuries. Certainly, if a cyclist isn't wearing a helmet it can increase the risk of traumatic injuries, but bikers' brains may be at risk even with a helmet on. The fact of the matter is, if a car hits a bicyclist, the injuries are going to be severe, even if the cyclist is otherwise careful. A negligent driver can easily cause brain injuries in even the safest of bikers.

Proposed ballot measure urges medical malpractice reform

Across the nation, the variation with which medical malpractice claims are handled is great. Some states impose limits on the amount of money that victims or their family members can receive from these claims while others, like Pennsylvania, have no limits whatsoever. Concerns among patient advocates about how to best protect patients against errors such as a failure to diagnose cancer or delayed treatment is great.

Broken ankle leads to award of more than $9 million

In Pennsylvania and around the country, people seek medical treatment when injured every day. Some injuries may be treated easily while others can be more involved. When surgical errors occur, however, the increased complexity of such situations is tremendous. A single surgical error can lead to a worsened condition as well as out-of-pocket losses for the patient, highlighting the need for compensation for a victim.

The role genes play in traumatic brain injury recovery

There are very few injuries that are more frightening than those to the brain. The brain can be resilient and recover after even some of the worst injuries, or something as minor as a concussion can drastically alter a person's personality, mood and behavior for life. And how do physicians determine how to treat or even what kind of traumatic brain injury an individual has suffered? Mostly by waiting to see what kind of damage has been done.

Survey to investigate TV ad’s method of disclosing drug risks

Pennsylvania residents who take prescription medications are aware that each drug has some potential risks associated with it. Knowing this is important and every person can research details as needed. Additionally, patients routinely look to their doctors or pharmacists to provide valuable information about drugs in order to avoid prescription medication errors and associated problems.

Concerns about hip replacement errors

With recent media reports indicating that medical errors are the third leading cause of death around the United States, it is no wonder that Pennsylvania residents are concerned. The need to seek medical care can arise at any time and patients want to trust in the safety of that care. Surgical errors may not always result in death but can still cause problems for patients and are one of the leading categories of medical errors or negligence.

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