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April 2014 Archives

Electronic prescriptions growing in use

In the world of medical malpractice, many different types of errors are noted. Pennsylvania residents can find themselves or their loved ones victims of errors during surgeries, missed or wrong diagnoses, improper actions during labor and delivery and more. Medication errors are another common realm of malpractice incidents. Problems can stem from multiple points along the chain including from the drug manufacturer, prescribing physician, pharmacist or medical personnel responsible for dispensing a medication.

Understanding the risks of medical errors

Most Pennsylvania residents have likely been able to go their whole lives without being affected by a medical error or even knowing anyone who was. However, that does not negate the reality of how many other people are impacted by such actions. Medication errors, birth injuries, failures to diagnose, surgical errors and more can be life threatening to victims and tragic for family members.

Federal aviation investigators don't comment on mechanical issues

It is absolutely tragic when someone dies in an aviation accident. Even though many people have fears of flying, airplanes are largely safe methods of transportation, but that doesn't mean that there are not the occasional crashes. Of course, everyone in Pittsburgh is more than familiar with the headline-grabbing crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, but there has also been a tragic accident a bit closer to home.

One hospital target of three birth injury lawsuits

A medical error of any kind can bring great trauma to victims and their families. When a birth injury case occurs, the devastation that Pennsylvania parents experience can be unparalleled. Birth injuries can result in a premature birth, stillbirth or a lifelong disability such as Erb’s palsy or more. Both mothers and babies can be injured or at risk of death depending upon the specific circumstances.

Parents awarded $2.88 in wrongful death of their son

Medical errors can be one of the scariest things that patients in Pennsylvania must face every time they seek medical care. People naturally need to be able to trust their healthcare providers. Many times, this trust is earned and warranted but there are too many times when it is not. Medication errors, surgical error, a failure to diagnose properly and more can all lead to serious consequences.

Hands-free devices are still dangerous

Being able to use voice commands to dial a phone or send a text message is certainly helpful when your hands are full. Not only that, but not having to hold a phone while having a conversation can be nice. These kinds of advances in technology certainly have their place in society, but not behind the wheel. Even though drivers may assume that hands-free means distraction free with regard to cellphones behind the wheel, more than 30 studies have shown that hands-free devices are just as dangerous as handheld devices.

Incomplete surgery forces woman to undergo subsequent procedure

With growing publicity about the rate of medical errors in the United States, more and more people have become aware of the scope of this problem. Pennsylvania residents must simultaneously trust their physicians and other care providers yet must always remain alert for potential problems. One surgeon mistake can lead to multiple subsequent problems.

Payouts rise in medical malpractice cases in 2013

Residents in Pennsylvania, as with those around the nation, must rely upon medical professionals to provide accurate, ethical treatment and care every day. While warranted much if not most of the time, the reality of medical errors does in fact also exist. After a failure to diagnose, a surgical error or some other act, the spread of disease, a worsened condition or even death can ensue. This can often leave patients or their loved ones looking for help.

Hospital and suspended surgeon face fourth malpractice suit

Citizens all around the United States including in Pennsylvania are aware of the risks of medical errors. New studies show that such instances may be the third leading cause of death in the country. Whether due to birth injuries, medication errors, surgical errors or something else, the types of serious injury and trauma that can result is great.

Reducing distracted driving by better fonts?

Texting while driving is incredibly dangerous and, unfortunately, it is a behavior that is on the rise. Even the most careful of drivers in Pittsburgh can cause a serious accident if they are distracted. Not only are they putting their lives and safety at risk, but also everyone else on the road. Though they may not intend to cause a crash, if their negligence causes one, they can be held responsible.

Physician handoff procedure changes may improve patient safety

Medical errors are a serious area of concern to patients and their family members in Pennsylvania. With the rate of such errors believed to be far greater than once thought, more people are aware of the risks. An instance of medical malpractice can leave a patient with a permanent disability that may require a lifestyle change, such as with a brain injury. For some people, a surgical mistake can even lead to death.

Improved patient safety goal of new IV pumps

There can be many things that cause a medical error. Surgical mistakes, items left in a patient’s body, incorrect or even completely missed diagnoses, a medication dosage mistake and more can all turn a Pennsylvania patient into a victim. In the world of medication errors, problems can occur at many points. Injuries to patients can be traced back to the actions of a negligent pharmacist, a dangerous combination of prescriptions or a doctor prescribing the wrong drug.

Malpractice cap ruled unconstitutional in Florida

Medical errors in the state of Pennsylvania are of serious concern. Birth injuries, missed or incorrect diagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors and more together have become among the top causes of death in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer claim more lives each year than do medical errors. The laws that govern malpractice lawsuits and the ability of victims to receive compensation vary greatly from state to state. These same laws have been known to change within just a matter of years in a single state.

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