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Pennsylvania PTSD never properly diagnosed or treated

A federal judge awarded a former soldier $3.7 million concerning a hospital's failure to properly diagnose or provide treatment concerning the veteran's post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The veteran in question lives in Pennsylvania, and the lawsuit named a VA Hospital here in Pennsylvania as well.

Medical malpractice and doctor shortages

If anyone from Pittsburgh has recently gone to the doctor's office, they may have noticed that more and more their cases are being handled by a physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP). The reason why these individuals are playing such a significant role is because there is a shortage of physicians that can see patients on a day-to-day basis.

Failure to diagnose may have led to patient's loss of use of hand

An Illinois man has brought a lawsuit against a hospital for his losing part use of his hand. The patient was admitted with cuts to his left middle and index fingers that came about due to a fall, and he was complaining of numbness and pain.

Woman's cervical cancer missed for number of years

Washington Hospital, located about 30 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, now finds itself in the center of a medical malpractice lawsuit. A former female patient claims a pathologist at the facility misread pap smears and other tests for close to five straight years before she finally was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Patient dies shortly after emergency room visit

A jury had been contemplating whether to hold a hospital and attending physician liable for the death of a 68-year old man. Where this case was being held, the jury needed to determine whether the treatment of the deceased man was below professional standards of care involving emergency room physicians.

Diagnosing of Ataxia

A man who works in Pennsylvania suffers from Ataxia, and he is co-chairman of a support group for individuals afflicted with this syndrome. Unfortunately, Ataxia is not always easy to diagnose, and doctors often are guilty of misdiagnosis by telling such patients that they have multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease instead.

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