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September 2014 Archives

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Insomnia Medication Errors from Medical Negligence

Physicians examine and treat patients with sleep disorders, insomnia in particular, on a daily basis. Insomnia is typically defined as difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep which causes a negative impact on a person's quality of life and prevents the person from performing normal tasks. Often, insomnia is present in individuals who suffer from depression and/or anxiety. It can also be caused as a result of an individual who has pain emanating from some kind of injury or condition. Research indicates that as many as 70% of our population has some form of insomnia.

Failure to diagnose cervical cancer demands legal action

Most woman have gone through a PAP smear as part of an annual gynecological examination. This test is the best screening tool for cervical cancer that women have access to on a regular basis. Medical care standards state that any woman who is at least 18 years old should have one of these tests each year regardless of whether she is sexually active. Simply having a PAP smear, however, doesn't necessarily mean that the woman will be properly diagnosed when problems are present.

New technique could buy more time for reviving the recently dead

There may be no better place than Pittsburgh to have a brush with death -- at least according to David Casarett, an author and associate professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. In a recent interview with Wired, the scholar discussed his new book on the topic of resuscitating the recently deceased and the ethical issues that this can involve.

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