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June 2014 Archives

The evolution of medical malpractice

As the world of medical insurance evolves, patients, healthcare workers and organizations in Pennsylvania and around the nation will be watching to see if changes will also be coming to the world of medical malpractice. Medical errors account for the third largest number of deaths in America according to recent statistics. From traumatic brain injury to medication errors and beyond, the range of injuries is great and the consequences can be severe.

Hospital and doctor ordered to pay $14.5 million for birth injuries

For Pennsylvania parents, the thought of any serious injury to their children is among the worst things that can happen. This thought can be especially painful when any injury is preventable, such as in a birth injury case. When the livelihood of an innocent baby is stolen by the acts of a negligent nurse or negligent doctor, the trauma to families can run deep and it can also lead to the need for long-term care depending on the severity of the birth injuries.

NTSB determines truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash was speeding

The dangers of semi-trucks on the highway were brought to light by a recent accident on the East Coast involving comedian Tracy Morgan. The wreck occurred earlier this month when a Wal-Mart truck rear-ended Morgan's limo-van on the New Jersey turnpike. Morgan's friend and fellow comedian, James McNair, was killed while Morgan and three others were critically injured. Morgan suffered a broken leg and other injuries, but his condition seems to be improving.

Woman awarded $12 million for surgical error

Around the nation and in Pennsylvania, medical errors have received a lot of focus recently. Recent reports have brought to light the serious nature of malpractice incidents noting that as many as 440,000 people in the United States potentially die each year from various forms of medical negligence. Surgical errors are among the leading cause of serious injury or even death. The acts of a careless surgeon can leave patients struggling for the rest of their lives.

Hospital looks to reduce prescription drug errors

A single medical error can be fatal all too easily. Pennsylvania residents have heard of more than enough stories of such tragic situations. Surgical errors, missed or incorrect diagnoses and medication errors frequently top the list of the most common forms of medical malpractice. When medications are involved, an error could be in the form of the wrong drug being given, a dosage mistake, the dispensing of a dangerous combination of prescriptions and more. Sometimes these things happen from simple acts like the failure to read a doctor’s handwriting properly.

Just how dangerous is texting while driving?

The law in Pennsylvania says that no driver can text behind the wheel. Texting while driving, which is just one of the many different things that can distract a driver, is horrifically dangerous. Of course, there are many people in Pennsylvania who have managed to text and drive without ever getting into an accident, there are also numerous stories of people seriously injured in crashes, too. In fact, one state's traffic commission has estimated that texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.

Mismanagement heads list of reasons leading to VA Secretary resignation

Personal injuries can result from many different errors in medical treatment. Pennsylvania residents can be the victims of a surgical mishap or an incorrect medication being dispensed. They can also be subject to the failure to diagnose cancer or another serious condition. Sometimes, medical errors can even occur in part due to poor administrative practices that prevent the timely delivery of proper and full medical care.

When teens suffer brain injuries, it is a long road to recovery

There a variety of ways in which someone could injure his or her head. From a car accident to a workplace injury, from medical malpractice to a fall, catastrophic brain injuries are all around us in Pittsburgh. What many of us may not realize, however, is that these traumatic injuries are not restricted to adults. In fact, there are a number of teenagers and adolescents who develop brain injuries, and many are on a long road to recovery. Sadly, some will never completely recover.

Malpractice cap once again subject of high court case

Pennsylvania, like all other states, has its own set of laws surrounding medical malpractice lawsuits. Some states place limits on the amount of money that victims can be awarded while others have no limits whatsoever. Statutes of limitations also vary and govern the time periods in which people may bring suits forth after injuries have been allegedly sustained. These laws can include everything from birth injuries to surgical errors.

Wrongful death cases mount against veterans hospital

Pennsylvania residents should be able to seek medical care and know that they can trust those who deliver the care. Sadly, however, the risk of a medical error always exists. Cases of malpractice can sometimes be easily remedied but other times can lead to very serious consequences and even the death of a patient. In the case of a misdiagnosed cancer or some other failure to diagnose a problem, a worsened condition can cause undue pain and challenges for patients and family members.

Car-bicycle accidents can be especially dangerous to children

We have talked about many different kinds of motor vehicle accidents on our blog. From car accidents to truck accidents to aviation accidents, there are a number of different ways for people in Pittsburgh to be injured. One that we haven't given much attention to is bicycle accidents. Of course, a cyclist can crash without any other vehicles involved, but they are often quite dangerous when a car crashes into a bicycle.

Veterans hospitals under investigation

Medical malpractice can take many forms and occur in a myriad of situations for Pennsylvania residents. Pharmaceutical errors can involve pharmacy staff, physicians or even drug manufacturers. Surgical errors can happen in hospitals or in out-patient clinics. A failure to diagnose can leave a patient searching for far too long to the true reason for symptoms and sometimes result in a far more serious problem than was originally at hand.

Guarding against missed or incorrect diagnoses

Problems with diagnoses are known to be among some of the most common in the realm of medical malpractice cases for Pennsylvania patients. Whether an incorrect diagnosis or a failure to diagnose a problem altogether, the risk of such medical errors can be great. Serious injury and even death can result from such actions, or lack thereof, leaving victims and family members grieving and searching for answers.

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