Pittsburgh residents, who believe they have been affected by a medical mistake, know how serious and emotional this time can be. These mistakes, like a surgical error, can affect anyone and can lead to a worsened condition, even death. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights 5 behaviors that doctors may have that can lead to them becoming named in a medical malpractice claim.
When Pittsburgh residents go to the doctor, they assume that their doctor will provide them with the best medical care. No one ever anticipates that they will be the victim of a medical mistake. But, according to the recently released annual list of leading causes of death in the United States, the chances of becoming a victim because of a failure to diagnose a medical condition or other medical mistake is actually quite high.
For many Pittsburgh residents, the medical field seems larger and doctors are spending less and less time with patients. This can leave patients feeling like they are not getting the care they need, and more importantly, this lack of care may even lead to medical errors. A patient advocate can be a valuable member of a patient's medical team.
Pittsburgh residents trust their medical providers to provide expert and accurate care for their medical conditions. When a medical provider makes a mistake, like the failure to diagnose a serious condition, it can cause a worsened medical condition, even death. A Philadelphia woman recently was awarded a large settlement for suffering from a medical mistake.
Every Pittsburgh resident deserves accurate and thorough medical care, regardless of circumstances. A woman has filed a lawsuit against Wexford Health Services and several of its staff members claiming that a prisoner at the State Correctional Institution in Camp Hill received inadequate medical care and failed to diagnose and treat the inmate's cancer.
Thousands of Pittsburgh women have been affected by breast cancer. Many times part of breast cancer treatment is removal of the breast. This can be followed by reconstruction surgery. A woman in nearby Columbus recently received a large settlement for a botched breast reconstruction surgery and the failure to diagnose surgery complications.
Almost every Pittsburgh resident will need the expertise of a radiologist during their lifetime. These doctors provide valuable care in diagnosing medical conditions. But, like all doctors they can make serious mistakes, including the failure to diagnose a condition.
For many Pittsburgh residents a hospital stay is unavoidable. Patients go into the hospital with the expectation that they will be cared for and their condition will improve. For many patients this is what happens, but there are also patients who wind up in a worsened condition from a doctor error.
The birth of a baby for most Pittsburgh parents-to-be is an exciting event. Many parents opt to take birth classes prior to the baby being born in order to feel like they are prepared for anything. But, even the most well-thought-out birth can run into complications. Most of the time complications are not serious but occasionally a serious birth injury can occur.
Having wisdom teeth removed is a common dental procedure for many Pittsburgh residents. Most of the time this is a simple surgery with not too many complications. But, like all medical procedures, it does run the risk of medical malpractice.