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Fracking stories illustrate controversy

Two recent fracking stories that appeared in the news on the same day, illustrate in a nutshell the controversy surrounding drilling operations which extract natural gas from rock formations.

In one article, landowners were threatening to sue a government commission to withdraw a ban on fracking. http://news.yahoo.com/pa-landowners-pledge-suit-unless-171620547.html;_ylt=AwrjgkxgE9ZR0HQABgD_wgt. Whereas another article concerned an explosion at a drilling pad that seriously injured seven workers. http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201307070002

Fracking stories illustrate controversy

Two recent fracking stories that appeared in the news on the same day, illustrate in a nutshell the controversy surrounding drilling operations which extract natural gas from rock formations.

In one article, landowners were threatening to sue a government commission to withdraw a ban on fracking. Whereas another article concerned an explosion at a drilling pad that seriously injured seven workers.

More surgical errors predicted despite new precautions

Certain surgical errors are referred to as “never events”, meaning that they should never happen, and that most are simple mistakes that could be prevented. Hospitals and health care professionals in Pennsylvania may put checklists and precautions into place to ensure that surgical errors are minimized, but some may still slip through due to many different circumstances. Language barriers, poor decision-making, and simple distraction on the part of the surgical staff may be just a few examples of contributing factors to these errors. Regardless of how serious the error is, the patient may suffer from anxiety and stress, even without any obvious physical signs.

According to a recent study, surgical errors in Massachusetts are expected to increase by 65 percent once the total results from the previous year are counted. Although most did not cause serious harm to the patient physically, several patients reported feelings of terror and anxiety as the mistake was fixed.

Family happy with settlement from hospital over birth of son

Having a baby may be a time of extreme happiness and anxiety about the future for the mother and father of the child. Once the pregnant woman has been admitted to the hospital for the birth, she depends on the medical professionals at the hospital to determine whether she requires emergency care and when she is ready to deliver her bundle of joy. Birth injuries that are the result of a doctor’s mistakes may be devastating and have long-term consequences for both the family and the hospital in Pennsylvania.

In one of the largest settlements the Ohio hospital has ever paid out, a woman who gave birth almost seven years ago will receive close to $6 million for the mistakes made during the birth of her son, who now requires around the clock care. According to the family’s attorney, the boy suffered brain damage that profoundly impaired his ability to function.

Medication error results in death of man after surgery

During a surgical procedure, an anesthesiologist is present to ensure that the sedation is working correctly and that the patient is able to maintain oxygen levels and the proper heart rate while under the medication. Medication errors made by doctors in these situations may be deadly unless proper precautions are taken immediately. If medication errors are not treated with counteracting medications quickly and efficiently, the result may be devastating to the patient and to family members.

After entering the emergency room with low blood pressure, kidney problems and a prolonged period of having diarrhea, health care professionals closely watched the lab results of a man they felt had pneumonia and septic shock. He was eventually taken into surgery to repair a perforation in his gastrointestinal tract.

Rule change affects medical malpractice lawsuits in Pennsylvania

Sometimes people in Pennsylvania file lawsuits that have no legal standing. These actions take up the court’s time and money and may divert attention away from legitimate cases. They can also give lawsuits a bad reputation. In reality, however, some people need the help that a medical malpractice lawsuit can bring.

It has been a decade since the rules for filing a medical malpractice case in Pennsylvania were changed by the state Supreme Court. The first rule change addressed the “certificate of merit.” This document shows that the medical care provided in a specific case did not meet acceptable standards and must be obtained from a medical professional before filing a lawsuit. This is rule is undoubtedly intended to stop people from filing frivolous lawsuits. The second rule change requires people to file their medical malpractice claim in the county where the medical mistake took place.

Fracking safety in the news

Fracking is definitely a "hot" topic these day and a lot of the news relates to safety concerns of this very popular method of drilling. Illinois just adopted some of the toughest fracking regulations in the country, most of which are designed to prevent injury or contamination.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/06/19/2177811/illinois-adopts-nations-strictest-fracking-regulations/?mobile=nc Among other things, the regulations require the drillers to tell the state ahead of time how they would drill the well; the amount of fluid they will inject to break up the rock formation; how they plan to contain waste; and the names of all of the chemicals they intend to use in the drilling process. People will also have the opportunity to ask for a hearing if they object.

In Pennsylvania, we have regulations on drillers which require them to disclose the chemicals used during the process, but our regulations are not as extensive as the ones just passed in Illinois.

 

Fracking safety in the news

Fracking is definitely a "hot" topic these day and a lot of the news relates to safety concerns of this very popular method of drilling. Illinois just adopted some of the toughest fracking regulations in the country, most of which are designed to prevent injury or contamination.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/06/19/2177811/illinois-adopts-nations-strictest-fracking-regulations/?mobile=nc Among other things, the regulations require the drillers to tell the state ahead of time how they would drill the well; the amount of fluid they will inject to break up the rock formation; how they plan to contain waste; and the names of all of the chemicals they intend to use in the drilling process. People will also have the opportunity to ask for a hearing if they object.

In Pennsylvania, we have regulations on drillers which require them to disclose the chemicals used during the process, but our regulations are not as extensive as the ones just passed in Illinois.

 

John Gismondi Awarded The Legal Intelligencer's Lifetime Achievement Award In Philadelphia

The Legal Intelligencer, America's oldest daily legal newspaper and the most trusted source of Pennsylvania legal news, information and analysis, celebrated its 170th anniversary by honoring some of the most influential attorneys in Pennsylvania, including John Gismondi.

John Gismondi Awarded The Legal Intelligencer's Lifetime Achievement Award In Philadelphia

The Legal Intelligencer, America's oldest daily legal newspaper and the most trusted source of Pennsylvania legal news, information and analysis, celebrated its 170th anniversary by honoring some of the most influential attorneys in Pennsylvania, including John Gismondi.

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