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July 2014 Archives

Fatal dresser accident highlights danger of household products

The recent incident in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, where two young children were tragically killed when a large piece of furniture fell over on them highlights the dangers of many seemingly safe household products. Our office is quite aware of this type of danger from the well known defective product case we handled a few years ago against Target corporation where a young 18-month-old girl was strangled and suffered significant brain damage when the lid of a wicker trunk collapsed and trapped her neck.

Various causes of car accidents

Pennsylvania drivers face great risks everyday when headed out on the highway. One such risk is the possibility of being involved in an accident. However, many of these automobile accidents can be avoided if drivers learn more about what causes them. A vast majority of accidents are caused by one driver's behavior combined with road conditions, equipment failure or other drivers.

Post-discharge medication error risks

The world of medical malpractice encompasses many types of situations. Problems during surgeries, missed diagnoses and inappropriate care or response times can lead to serious injuries for Pennsylvania patients. Medical errors can be made by doctors, nurses, administrators and others. Pharmacists as well may be responsible for some medication errors, another common form of malpractice.

Finally a conclusion from the NTSB on our Hawaii Helicopter crash

In November, it will be three years since the tragic helicopter crash in Hawaii took the life of our client, Nicole Bevilacqua and her husband, Michael Abel. They were in Hawaii on their honeymoon and were taking a tour of the islands when the crash occurred.

Surgical team approach improves patient safety

People in Pennsylvania are becoming more aware of the risk of medical errors and their need to remain vigilant and active in their healthcare. When undergoing surgery, however, patients are at a natural disadvantage for this as they are under anesthesia and therefore not always able to know when surgical errors take place. This puts more responsibility on the entire operating room staff to help prevent serious injury or even death to patients.

Motorcycle awareness needed following 3 recent crashes

Drivers in Pennsylvania frequently encounter various types of vehicles. In the warmer months, it is common to share the roads with motorcycles. These smaller vehicles are not equipped with the same types of safety features as other vehicles. Furthermore, they can easily go unnoticed by other motorist, which increases the risk of a motorcycle accident.

New law changes requirements for malpractice cases

Medical malpractice is a highly complex area of law and ethics in America today. In Pennsylvania and throughout the other 49 states, laws vary dramatically with changes happening frequently. Many situations or actions can constitute a medical error such as instruments or other objects being left inside patients’ bodies after surgeries or providing unnecessary treatments to patients. When a failure to diagnose a problem correctly leads to a worsened condition, negligence can be considered the cause.

Former Marine died due to missed diagnosis

News of medical errors can be all-too easy to find these days. In Pennsylvania and around the nation, more and more reports are published detailing injuries that resulted from medication errors, items left inside patients’ bodies after surgeries and more. Some situations involve a failure to diagnose problems accurately in time to properly address them. No matter the cause, the results can leave victims with serious injuries or even result in death.

PA fatigued drivers are a common cause of truck accidents

A recent blog post about the tragic accident involving actor Tracy Morgan focused on a common cause of fatal car accidents: fatigued drivers. In that accident, a Walmart truck driver rear-ended Morgan's limo bus, killing one man and severely injuring Morgan and others. The driver had reportedly been awake for over 24-hours at the time of the crash.

Daughter receives largest malpractice award in state this year

With the recent publication of statistics indicating that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, concerns about becoming victims of malpractice are logical among Pennsylvania residents. Such errors can take many forms and involve medications, surgeries and more. The failure to diagnose cancer when evident in early stages is another all-too common cause of injury or death to patients.

Family files wrongful death suit after boating accident

A wrongful death suit was recently filed based on a 2012 boating accident that left one woman dead. The accident occurred when the boat driver launched the boat from the Harmony Station in Harmony Township, Pennsylvania and passed under the PPL railroad bridge, where he crashed into boulders in the river. The woman, along with the driver and another passenger, were thrown from the boat upon impact. The driver and other passenger made it to shore, but the woman was not as fortunate. Authorities found her body five days later and determined that she died from blunt force trauma.

The changing world of medical malpractice in Pennsylvania

Medical malpractice can come in many forms. Wrong or missed diagnoses, improper surgical procedures or medication errors are just some of the more common examples that cause serious injuries or even death to victims in Pennsylvania. Resulting complications can often be life-altering such as with a traumatic brain injury. People who have suffered such an injury may never be the same and the need for long-term care can become a new reality for families.

Sponge left inside woman undetected for four years

Every day, many residents throughout Pennsylvania undergo surgical procedures for a variety of reasons. Every surgery, no matter how minor or severe, carries with it a certain level of risk. For too many patients, however, the risks involve preventable problems such as a surgeon mistake or actions of negligent operating room staff. Having a piece of surgical equipment left inside a patient is among the top forms of surgical errors that can cause serious injury to victims.

Patients can help reduce medication errors

Medical malpractice can take many forms. A Pennsylvania patient may be subject to a complication during a birth, a surgical error a missed diagnoses or more. Medication errors are among the most common forms of malpractice cases. These errors can be introduced in the pharmacy, the hospital, the doctor’s office or even at the manufacturing plant. Because of the danger that prescription medication errors pose to patients, everyone is encouraged to strengthen his or her own involvement in the process.

Medicare payments to be cut to hospitals with high infection rates

Residents in Pennsylvania know that they must be their own advocates for good healthcare in today’s world. Despite many respected, talented and honest medical professionals there are still a great many instances of medical malpractice. Some of these can be surgical errors and some can even be deliberate acts on the part of unethical professionals. All forms of medical errors together account for more deaths nationally than any cause other than cancer or heart disease.

Pennsylvania teen suffers head injury after accident

Pennsylvania vehicle accidents can have severe consequences, including life-changing injuries. A young teen is suffering from a head injury after a recent train accident in Phoenixville. The 14-year-old was found near railroad tracks after he was struck by part of a Norfolk Southern train. This is one of three train-pedestrian accidents that have occurred since May.

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