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Is failure to diagnose the condition of a mother-to-be negligent?

If you or a loved one has received the news that you are expecting, it is an exciting time. Both the process of pregnancy and the impending birth can bring new challenges and successes for the family. While a person may be decorating the nursery and planning for the addition to their family, there is one thing families should be aware of during this time. It's the possibility that a medical condition could befall mother or child during the pregnancy.

If a mother or child is stricken ill during the pregnancy, it could lead to further complications. These could make themselves known during the pregnancy, the birth or resounding effects after the child is born. When receiving prenatal care or when a mother is receiving medical care during the pregnancy, it's possible that a mother's condition during pregnancy could go undiagnosed by medical professionals, causing further harm to mother, child or both.

How time constraints can affect medical malpractice suits

Everyone talks about how time goes so quickly. This couldn't be more true, especially when a person is dealing with a medical issue for themselves or a loved one. It can feel like the days, hours and minutes slip by very quickly, especially when a person is focused on improving their own or a loved one's health. However, it is important not to let too much time go by without action when a person believes that they or a loved one was injured by a medical malpractice incident.

There are many ways a person could be injured by their medical professional or institution. While this isn't exactly a comforting thought, it's good to be aware of this fact nonetheless. Time restraints exist in cases of medical malpractice and they are known as the statute of limitations. These time constraints are determined by the state of Pennsylvania and limit the amount of time in which a person is legally able to file suit against negligent parties when injured by a medical malpractice incident.

Scranton family receives over $3M after fatal misdiagnosis

When a person has their health, they have everything, or so they say. While many are blessed with the gift of good health, nearly everyone will need medical care from time-to-time. If a person suspects that something with their heath doesn't feel right, they should see a medical professional right away. But, what happens when a person takes all the precautions when it comes to their health and yet something goes awry?

Medical professionals are not miracle workers, they are not expected to successfully treat or cure any illness or injury that befalls a person. However, medical professionals and institutions are expected to uphold a standard of care when treating patients. If a medical professional fails to meet the decisions that another physician would have made in the same situation, they can be found negligent for medical malpractice. A Scranton family went to trial after their loved one was believed to have been misdiagnosed by a Pennsylvania medical facility.

After a car accident, you may have “surprise” injuries

Car accidents are very violent experiences, often much more than you may realize initially. When people speak about suffering injuries in a car accident, they usually refer to injuries that are obvious at the scene of the accident, but many injuries do not cause any pain or produce visible signs that something is damaged, at least for a little while.

These injuries are known as delayed onset injuries, and they are far more common than you might think. In most cases, they are not fatal injuries, but many of them are quite serious.

How can an expecting mother or baby be subjected to birth injury?

For an expecting mother, there is lots of excitement and even some anxiety related to the pregnancy and the impending birth of a child. While most of this is very positive, things can take a terrifying turn if the baby or mother is put under medical duress. This could just be due to a medical condition, totally out of the hands of a medical provider or hospital. However, it's possible that mistreatment of mother or baby on behalf of medical providers could contribute to either one of them being injured.

Not to scare families expecting children, but there are lots of ways that a pregnancy or birth can go awry. It's good to be aware of these possibilities, in a sense. That way you can better prepare yourself for that moment, if it should arise. Also, there is a percentage in which the mother's or baby's injury can be exacerbated or even created by inadequate medical care.

Verdict in failure to diagnose case can help injured move forward

Can a person think of themselves as lucky or unlucky? Some people in Pennsylvania do, and if it's the latter it could be due to issues with their health or well-being. Sometimes these issues are unavoidable, but not always. It's possible that a medical professional or hospital's negligence could have been to blame for a person's injuries or illness.

This can happen a number of ways. Many often conjure up images of surgical errors in which a doctor or assisting professional has left a medical tool behind in a patient. Of course, this type of incidence could be considered for a medical malpractice suit, but there are other ways as well. One such way in which a patient can be unintentionally injured by a medical professional is when their illness or injury goes undetected or is even misdiagnosed. This type of mishap could be characterized as qualifying for a medical malpractice suit.

Vicarious liability in medical malpractice lawsuits

Hospitals are a place where people are meant to be healed and rehabilitated, so it is often the last place that a person would expect to be injured. However, for many Allegheny County residents, that is exactly what happens when poor or inadequate medical care causes personal injury. There are ways to approach a medical malpractice lawsuit, and the best strategy will be based upon the unique personal circumstances of each case. However, there is one aspect of medical malpractice that can make a big impact if it is present in a person's case: vicarious liability.

Vicarious liability is legal term that refers to the liability a hospital or related third-party can be held accountable for if a doctor or other staff member is negligent and injures a patient. The premise of vicarious liability is based on "respondeat superior," which is a premise that holds an employer liable for the negligence of its employees in certain instances of medical malpractice. Therefore, a hospital that employs a doctor or other medical employee who unnecessarily injures a patient may be held responsible in addition to the employee for the injuries.

Appeals court sends infant injury case back to Philadelphia

As technology continues to evolve, it continues to impact our surroundings in positive and negative ways. There is no industry that technological improvements do not affect, and that includes the medical industry. One Pennsylvania family, however, found out the hard way how technology can impact their medical care.

A lawsuit was heard by an appellate Pennsylvania court in order to determine where their medical malpractice suit will be heard, since the alleged malpractice of a Pennsylvania doctor occurred in a different county than where the infant was located. Essentially, a doctor was accused of not transmitting medical care recommendations in a timely matter, and that failure to transmit directly resulted in the infant's harm. Since the information was to be submitted electronically, it wasn't immediately clear where the case should be brought forth - in the county where the infant resided, or the medical facility where the doctor failed to transmit the medical care plan, in a way that is similar to a failure to diagnose suit.

Who could be responsible for injury due to metal hip replacement?

When Allegheny residents think about medical malpractice injuries, the first thought that often comes to mind is surgical errors. While this is absolutely accurate, there are lot of ways that a medical treatment or diagnosis could adversely affect a person's health. Hip replacement surgery has been a popular option for the suffering from severe joint pain or lack of mobility due to hip issues. However, it has been found that certain hip replacements are now known to be defective or otherwise harmful to those that have received them.

Many metal hip replacements that were quite popular in the past, have been recalled from the market or are being replaced with other materials or treatments. This is because metal hip replacements (both ball and socket) can cause friction that causes metal to be released into the body, a condition known as metallosis. Manufacturers of the hip replacement could be liable for injury, as could the doctor who implemented it, as could the hospital that hosted the surgery. In short, multiple parties could be responsible for hip replacement injury and medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice settlement could change outlook for injured

In life, there are unexpected surprises, twists and turns that lead us down different paths. Many people in Pennsylvania have defining moments in their lives, both positive and negative, that drastically alter their life story. For those that have suffered an unnecessary medical injury, the drastic impact this can have on a person's life is enormous. It often impacts the family as well.

For Pittsburgh residents that believe they or a loved one may have suffered a medical malpractice injury, what might that look like? Oftentimes, a patient will suffer a malpractice-related injured when their true illness is misdiagnosed, a mistake that occurs during surgery or even medication errors. The impact this can have on a person's health, finances and family life can manifest in ways that are undesirable, the say the least. While one may not be able to stop what is happening to them or their family, they may be able to seek compensation or hold the responsible party accountable.

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