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May 2014 Archives

Doctor guilty in death of woman after plastic surgery

Medical malpractice can take on many forms. In some cases, an incorrect medication or dose of a medication can be dispensed. Other times, communication between healthcare workers can lead to a missed or incorrect diagnosis. Surgical errors are yet further types of situation that leads to a serious injury or even death. A piece of surgical equipment left inside a patient is one of the most common types of surgical errors in Pennsylvania or elsewhere.

Speeding cost the county $269 billion in 2010

Though our blog tries to focus on the Pittsburgh area, sometimes covering individual motor vehicle accidents can downplay just how prevalent crashes are. If we look at the nation as a whole, it is readily apparent that there are large numbers of crashes and people injured in car accidents every year. In 2010, there were 3.9 million nonfatal injuries and 32,999 people who died from car accidents. Not only are car accidents horribly prevalent, but they are also horrificaly expensive.

Six year old faces life-threatening series of misdiagnoses

Nationally as well as throughout Pennsylvania, more public attention has been given to medical errors lately. New studies have shown that the rate of deaths caused by such actions or situations is far greater than previously thought. The reasons for these deaths range from problems during or after surgeries, birth injuries, medication errors, misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose a problem correctly and more. Time and time again, the negligent actions of healthcare professionals have led to the loss of human life.

Safety organization advises drivers to take care this weekend

Summer is almost upon us and Memorial Day is just around the corner. Many people in the Pittsburgh area will have Memorial Day off and will enjoy the long weekend with friends and family. Some will have get-togethers, others will barbecue. Overall, it should be a fun weekend.

Patient advocacy urged to prevent medication errors

Pennsylvania area residents who need prescription medications either to address a short-term situation or for an ongoing condition deserve the right to trust that they will always receive the right medication and dosage. In most cases, this does happen but the rate of medication errors is something that cannot be overlooked. There are many points along the route from receiving a prescription and getting it filled that can lead to problems for unsuspecting patients.

Tractor-trailer driver doesn't see slower traffic, killing 3

A horrific trucking crash on the opposite side of Pennsylvania may have some people talking after a trucker appears to have not been paying attention to traffic, slamming into the back of a vehicle and causing a seven-vehicle accident. Not only did the tractor-trailer driver cause a serious crash, but that crash also left three people dead. Sadly, the driver of the vehicle that was hit and the driver and passenger of the vehicle in front of him, were unable to escape their burning cars.

Malpractice cost remains of high concern to hospitals

Pennsylvania residents, like their counterparts around the nation, can grapple with the concerns about medical malpractice every time they seek care or fill a prescription. With more and more awareness about the true numbers of deaths that occur from medical errors every year, such concern is warranted. Consequences of errors can be minor or serious and result in brain trauma, loss of limbs, permanent disability or even death.

Malpractice caps subject of requested constitutional amendment

From state to state, the laws governing medical malpractice can vary greatly. These same laws can seem to be under frequent review and subject to change at almost any time. Pennsylvania residents can learn much about the tides affecting their own medical malpractice laws by watching activities in other states. Malpractice can be claimed for many reasons including problems resulting from surgeries, medication errors, birth injuries and more. No matter the cause of a claim, the specifics about a state’s laws will matter greatly.

Pennsylvania man takes motorcyclist's life in drunk driving crash

By the age of 50, one Pennsylvania man has been arrested more than a dozen times for driving under the influence of alcohol, he has pled guilty to six of the charges and has been convicted of drunk driving a total of eight times. With such a shocking track record, it would seem highly unlikely that the man could have had a valid driver's license. Shockingly, had the man taken the time to fill out the correct paperwork, he could have had a driver's license as early as 2012. Regardless, his most recent arrest and conviction will keep him off the road for the next eight to 17 years.

Senator advocates for improved patient safety

Medical errors are of serious concern to residents not just in Pennsylvania but throughout the nation. As more reports tell about the new status of medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States, the grave nature of this issue becomes more apparent. From medication errors to surgical errors and beyond, the risks abound for patients on a daily basis.

Family receives $4.5 million for woman's death

The world of medical malpractice can be a scary one for patients and their family members. Pennsylvania residents go to doctors or other providers on a regular basis and should be able to know that they are in safe hands. Whether a surgical mistake, a failure to diagnose, improper treatment or some other problem, the repercussions of a medical error can be extremely serious and lifelong.

It's hard to predict the effects of traumatic brain injuries

When someone in Pittsburgh is involved in a car accident, the injuries are often readily apparent. Maybe the individual has broken bones that are set in a cast. Maybe he or she has been burned. Maybe there is even some internal bleeding that appears as deep bruising. One injury that may not be apparent, however, is an injury to the brain.

Patient proactivity recommended to reduce medical error risk

Medical malpractice is a scary thing to Pennsylvania patients who desire to trust in their healthcare providers’ abilities and goodwill. Good intentions aside, problems do happen and being aware and proactive can be two of the best ways that people can protect themselves against a serious injury. Whether surgical errors, medication errors, missed diagnoses or more, the ramifications of medical mistakes can be severe and lifelong.

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