Many Pittsburgh residents will undergo surgery at some point in their lives. Most of the time these surgeries go as planned. But sometimes surgical errors happen; whey they do occur, it can lead to a worsened condition or even death.
Many Pittsburgh residents will be affected by cancer in their lifetime, whether because they are diagnosed with cancer or because a loved one is. Either way, a cancer diagnosis is scary for everyone affected. There are many unanswered questions regarding treatment and outcomes. When there is a failure to diagnose cancer by a medical provider it can have tragic circumstances.
In Pittsburgh, patients have the right to know what is going on with their health and what their treatment options are. This is known as informed consent. It is important for patients to have informed consent so that they are aware of what their medical condition is and can make a decision regarding treatment.
Many Pittsburgh residents enjoy taking a cruise vacation. Cruises are a great way to relax and see multiple ports without having to arrange transportation, meals and hotel stays. But what happens when something goes wrong while on a cruise? Many people have suffered medical emergencies while on a cruise and a recent ruling by the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals allows cruise lines to be accountable for medical malpractice.
The unexpected loss of a loved one can be a traumatic experience for any family. Families can face emotional turmoil surrounding the death and wonder if there was anything that could have been done to prevent the loss of their loved one.
Most Pittsburgh residents will have medical procedures performed on them in their lifetime. They trust that their doctors are knowledgeable and careful and that the procedure will help their outcome. Unfortunately, a doctor mistake can occur. When this is the case patients wonder if the mistake is cause for medical malpractice and how they can research what went wrong.
Pittsburgh parents-to-be can be extremely excited to meet their new addition. The nine months preceding birth can be filled with trepidation but also gratitude and enthusiasm. With the rise of autism across the country, many parents wonder if their child will be the next to be diagnosed.
In 2003, a Republican led Pennsylvania legislature made "sweeping changes" to the state tort system designed to curtail the "medical malpractice crisis" plaguing the Commonwealth. Statistics were altered and medical lobbyists sold their snake oil by scaring citizens into believing that physicians were fleeing the state and that health care would soon be unavailable to the general public if immediate changes were not made. The culprit, according to them, - out of control medical malpractice lawsuits. Of course, the medical society advocates never mentioned how the stock market crisis had cost medical insurers millions of dollars thereby requiring huge premium increases. Instead, panic was created and citizens were stripped of rights long guaranteed to them by the State Constitution to have a jury of peers decide the true value of a case. Most disturbingly, many citizens happily supported the "reform." So what has changed in ten years?
Almost everyone in the Pittsburgh area will need to be on a medication at least once in their lives. Most of us will have several that we take to manage medical conditions. Medication errors do occur, such as dosage mistakes and being given the wrong drug. It is important for pharmacies, hospitals, and all facilities administering drugs to make sure they are being careful and accurate.
Pittsburgh residents who are awaiting the birth of a child can be filled with joy and anticipation. The birth of a child is one of the best days for many parents' lives. But, when something goes wrong and their baby's birth is premature there can be quite a few unexpected complications.