Pennsylvania residents who need to have medical treatment are placing their trust in their doctor and the facility. It is unfortunate that there are instances when that trust is misplaced and there is a mistake. While many errors do not cause damage to the patient, there are others that can lead to a worsening of the condition, injury and death. The Centers for Disease Control states that as many as a quarter of a million people die due to medical errors annually. Medical facilities have certain steps they are taking to try and reduce this number. It is important for patients to be aware of who is most at risk and what the dangers are to keep an eye on potential mistakes that might have injured or killed a loved one.
Pennsylvanians will often associate a dangerous misdiagnosis made by a medical professional with cancers, heart attacks, strokes and other life-threatening illnesses or conditions. Other medical problems can also be misdiagnosed and lead to the patient receiving the wrong treatment or medication that is not applicable to them. One such condition is asthma. A recent study indicates that as many as one in three adults who receive the diagnosis of having asthma might not have it.
Much discussion has been spread regarding medical mistakes and how they impact residents in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation. While it has been noted that fatal medical mistakes rank high when it comes to giving a number to the leading causes of death in the United States, it is more important to note how likely medical mistakes are and what are the likely types to impact patients in the U.S.
When we go to the doctor or hospital, we as patients expect medical professionals to initiate a treatment plan. For most patients in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, this often means being prescribed a medication. While medications are available, it is possible that certain ones could result in a patient suffering a worsened condition. In addition, if a doctor makes a medication error and a patient is given the wrong dose or wrong medication, this could mean serious health issues or even death.
Going to the doctor is not always a big deal. Many people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere visit their primary physician each year for a yearly checkup. While preventative medicine focuses on certain healthcare areas, a patient should always be able to rely on their medical professional to diagnose and treat them whether it is during a yearly check-up or for ailments they are currently suffering. Failing to make a proper assessment can not only lead to a misdiagnosis or a missed diagnosis, but it can also mean delayed treatment and a worsened condition.
It is an uncomfortable feeling -- knowing that there is something wrong with your health but fearful of knowing what it is. Residents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere rely on medical professionals to not only determine what is wrong with us but also to determine what the best course of treatment is. But a treatment plan is only as good as the diagnosis it is based off of, and when a doctor fails to properly diagnose a patient, he or she could suffer due to the wrong treatment plan and a delayed diagnosis.
Individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are aware that medical professionals are required to fulfill educational and residency experience before he or she is able to treat patients. While medical professionals go through years of education and on-hand experience, rigorous training and education do not always prevent medical errors. In fact, the structure for medical and surgical residents could be groundwork for medical mistakes.
This is a client who had a 4 cm piece of the left ureter mistakenly removed while client's surgeon was removing lymph nodes as part of a total abdominal hysterectomy and lymph node dissection for endometrial carcinoma. The client required a major reconstructive surgery to correct the defect and will require monitoring throughout the rest of the client's life. Hysterectomy Malpractice claim was handled by Rosen Louik & Perry, Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers. This case settled for $500,000.00.
Our client presented to her OB/GYN with a strong history of breast cancer and upon her discovery of a lump during a self-breast exam. The lump was palpated by her OB/GYN and she was told the lump was of no clinical significance. She had a mammogram which was interpreted as normal. Within months, after returning to her OB/GYN for a routine gynecological exam, her breast lump was again felt by her doctor and again she was assured it was not cancerous. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 15 months later. Rosen Louik & Perry proved that the radiologist had misinterpreted the original mammogram and that her OB/GYN was obligated to biopsy any palpable lump not explained as benign on a mammogram. The case settled for $1,125,000.00.
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.