Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Seeking legal support after a wrongful death

Losing a loved one in an accident may be one of the most devastating experiences any person can go through. In the blink of an eye, a family can be destroyed by a sudden death.

During such a difficult time, you and your family should be focused on trying to cope with the loss, planning a funeral and trying to adjust to life without the victim. Money and lawsuits may be the last thing on your mind. However, it may not be long until you want answers about who is to blame for the accident.

When can misdiagnosis lead to a medical malpractice claim?

No one wants to be sick or struggle from a serious health condition. Thankfully, there are vast medical resources available to identify and treat a multitude of conditions, and going to the doctor is supposed to help us figure out what’s wrong so that a course of treatment can begin.

Unfortunately, there are instances when a doctor fails to correctly diagnose a condition in a timely manner. This can mean that any prescribed medication or therapy could ultimately be ineffective or even cause more damage. In these situations, it can be crucial for patients and their families to investigate the decisions and actions of a doctor to determine if negligence contributed to a misdiagnosis. 

Birth injuries that may be grounds for a legal claim

Parents-to-be will generally do whatever they can to ensure their unborn child is healthy and safe. But once the labor process is underway, it is then up to doctors and nurses to take on this responsibility of keeping a baby -- and the mother -- safe. 

Tragically, not all deliveries go smoothly. In the worst cases, a baby can be seriously injured or worse during labor. Sometimes there is nothing that can be done to prevent or limit the damage done; but in other situations, the injury is caused as a result of inadequate medical care.

Patients pay the price for medication errors

There seems to be a medication on the market for just about every condition we can think of, from nausea and high cholesterol to infertility and anemia. The demand for medication is as high as it's ever been, thanks in part to fast-paced drug development and baby boomers who are increasingly seeking drug treatments for medical conditions.

Unfortunately, this environment has created prime situation for medication errors to happen. Patients are at a very real risk of getting dangerous, defective or ineffective medications due to overworked doctors, careless pharmacists, inaccurate recordkeeping systems, and confusion stemming from the extraordinarily high number of medications available. Understanding how devastating a medication error can be could be crucial for patients who may have gotten injured or sick as a result of this type of mistake.

What are 'never events' in the medical environment?

Going to the doctor can be a stressful experience for any patient, whether they are going in for routine care or are undergoing a specific medical procedure. People generally understand that there is no guarantee that an operation or treatment will be completely effective and safe, but we should be able to expect that medical staff will provide a reasonable level of care.

While this is often the case, there are instances when doctor, nurse or other medical worker fails to take this responsibility seriously and ends up making a catastrophic error. In certain situations, these grievous mistakes are referred to as "never events," because they are so preventable and dangerous that they should never happen in any hospital room. If you have suffered as a result of one of these events, which we will detail in this post, it can be crucial to explore your legal options.

Birth injuries affecting the head and brain

Many women who are in labor don't assume that there will be complications during the birth that might injure the baby. When those types of birth injuries do occur, parents often look to medical professionals for reassurance that their baby will lead a normal life despite the injuries. Sadly, some birth injuries lead to life-long complications that can mar the child's ability to lead a normal life. While serious birth injuries aren't as common as they were decades ago, Pennsylvania parents should be aware of their rights if their child is injured during birth.

Because the head is usually the first body part in the birth canal, birth injuries to the brain or head might occur. For some infants, an intracranial hemorrhage, or bleeding in the brain, occurs. In some cases, bleeding in the brain is caused by lack of oxygen during delivery. It can also be caused by skull bone deformities. Bleeding in the brain is very serious, in part because there aren't usually symptoms associated with it. Some infants might experience seizures, lethargy or poor feeding if they are suffering from this.

Endometriosis Treatment Leaves Burns from Surgical Errors

Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. This endometrial tissue can grow into the ovaries, bowel or other tissue which lines the female pelvis. Endometriosis can cause severe pain, particularly during menstruation and also during intercourse.

Surgical Errors

Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. This endometrial tissue can grow into the ovaries, bowel or other tissue which lines the female pelvis. Endometriosis can cause severe pain, particularly during menstruation and also during intercourse.

What are some common surgical errors to be aware of?

Many people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, worry that they are going to suffer from various mistakes when they go into surgery. While most surgeries are performed without issue, it is still a good idea to be aware of some of the more common surgical errors that may come about. This way, you can know what legal steps to take if something like this ever happens to you.

On the top of the list is the issue of having the surgery done on the wrong part of the body. For instance, when going in to have a torn ligament in your right knee repaired, a mistake on the doctor's orders could lead him to operate on the left knee instead.

Doctor facing hundreds of cases for surgical errors, malpractice

The Mid Hudson Medical Group used to employ a doctor who is now at the forefront of around 250 different cases involving medical malpractice. The doctor has already been convicted in a case involving fraud, admitting his own guilt. As a result, he is being kept in a prison in Pennsylvania, and he has to pay $5 million to the government.

However, even with that case behind him, the malpractice cases are still coming in. He was cleared in a single case, but more than 200 of them remain.

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