On July 28th, reporters Kris B. Mamula and Torsten Ove reported the settlement of a law suit filed by a former UPMC neurosurgeon (and others), evolving from alleged fraudulent misconduct in billing and charging patients for unnecessarily complicated and costly operative procedures. UPMC, Affiliates agree to pay $2.5 Million in False Claims Settlement
At Rosen Louik & Perry, our knowledge of medical malpractice law is real world application. We have vast experience fighting and winning medical malpractice cases in Pittsburgh, PA and Western Pennsylvania and beyond. Below are a few samples of malpractice cases we have won or settled over the years. If you or a loved one may have been a victim of medical malpractice, then please contact us.
M is an adult male who had been under a urologist's care for ten years. After a series of tests revealed M's PSA level steadily rising over a period of four months, his urologist recommended a transrectal prostate biopsy.
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I took a half day off work so that my wife and I could take our 14 and 11 year old boys sled riding. We packed the sleds and snow boards into the SUV and headed for a wide open hill with not a tree in sight. The lack of trees lulled us into a false sense of security and the always mandatory helmets were left at home on the garage floor. The kind of parental stupidity that causes sleepless nights, as I would soon be reminded. The sled riding fun ended after forty-five minutes on the hill when my 14 year old fell victim to a classic freak accident and took a snow board to the head. I immediately applied direct pressure with snowballs but the extensive vascular system of the scalp was winning this battle. The hill soon looked like a crime scene and we needed to get to the nearest hospital. Fortunately, we were only two miles from a local branch of the regions largest health care provider. By the time we arrived, the direct pressure had stopped the bleeding.
Surgical errors can be the most serious forms of medical errors. The majority of surgical errors are known as "wrong site" operations, where the surgeon operates on the wrong organ, limb or other area of the body. Other times a surgeon performs the wrong procedure and at times operates on the wrong patient.
A recent National Cancer Institute survey, which studied Caucasian men and woman aged 15 to 39, found that between 1980 and 2004, annual cases of melanoma among young women increased by 50% . The researchers also found a greater increase in young women having thicker and metastatic melanomas in which the cancer spreads to other areas of the body during that time period. The incidence of melanoma among young men did not change over this time period.
Often times a client will get discouraged because it seems like their case is dragging on forever. We understand their frustrations. Settling a medical malpractice case, or getting it positioned for a trial is a process. The average life of a complicated medical malpractice claim, from start to finish, is approximately 3-4 years. Why do these cases take so long to litigate? There are several reasons.
The American Heart Association has declared February 1 as "National Wear Red Day" to kick off its campaign encouraging awareness of the danger of heart disease in women. Heart attack remains the No. 1 killer in America while stroke ranks No. 3. Although many women mistakenly believe that the greatest threat to their health is cancer, in fact, coronary heart disease, which causes heart attacks, is the leading cause of death for American women. Heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases kills twice as many women than all forms of cancer (including breast cancer) combined.
In many instances where medical care or treatment is being provided to an individual, health care professionals are required to obtain the patient's "informed consent." Although the precise definition of informed consent may vary from state to state, the term essentially means that the patient has made a knowing decision about a surgical procedure after a doctor or other health care professional provides the patient with all information a reasonably prudent medical provider would give to patients regarding the risks associated with the proposed procedure. Patients may sue for the lack of informed consent when they have not been made aware of risks associated with their proposed procedure. To recover on this theory, patients must also prove that post-surgery, they suffer from one of the unexplained risks.