While newborns are routinely delivered every day in Pennsylvania, families in our state still have to cope with the results of preventable birth injuries. According to a lawsuit filed in Chester County, two nurses were negligent when they failed to notify an OB-GYN when the heart rate of an infant dropped far below normal while the mother was in labor.
Medical malpractice does not just occur for adults. People in Pennsylvania may already realize that sometimes children are sadly put at risk by a misdiagnosis. One man recently had to appeal a malpractice claim he had filed just after becoming a legal adult following his misdiagnosed as a child.
When should a medical doctor recognize possible psychiatric problems and recommend that a patient seek appropriate psychiatric treatment? In other words, when is prescribing medication simply not enough?
We might expect that doctors, when they need medical treatment, would be especially safe in the care of other doctors. However, a recent Pennsylvania lawsuit claims that a young woman newly graduated from medical school did not receive timely treatment for a blood clot that was described as "easily diagnosable, treatable and entirely correctable."