In early May, a jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay a surviving South Dakota woman $55 million; the woman claimed that she developed ovarian cancer from repeatedly applying Johnson and Johnson talcum powder to her genital area. This verdict came shortly after a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay $72 million dollars to the estate of a woman who succumbed to ovarian cancer. At the moment, there are thousands of lawsuits around the country claiming that applying Johnson and Johnson products to the genital area caused fatal cancer.
When patients suffer as the result of a mistake made by a medical provider they have the legal right to hold that provider responsible. When a patient holds a medical provider responsible that person often files a medical malpractice claim. Many times medical malpractice claims result from surgical errors. These errors can often result in a patient's worsened condition or even death.
Many people in the Pittsburgh area are weight conscious, and the pressure to be thin is great. Also, more people are health conscious and believe that surgically removing the extra pounds can be beneficial for their health. These surgeries are popular, but surgical errors do occur.
When Pennsylvania residents undergo surgery, they are taking a risk. There are no guarantees and as such, things may not go as you expected. The surgeon may think everything went fine, but you might not be so thrilled with the results, whether you got a nose job or a broken bone surgically fixed. Do you have any recourse? Can you file a lawsuit and receive compensation for your lack of satisfaction?
Thousands of Pittsburgh residents have surgery every year. Most of these surgeries go as planned, but occasionally a surgical error occurs. When this unexpected event happens, patients often hold the surgeons accountable. But, it may also be possible to hold the facility where the surgery took place accountable as well.
Back problems plague many Pittsburgh residents. Back pain can be debilitating and cause many people to wind up on disability. Back surgery is a common solution for many people. Back surgeons usually perform these surgeries without incident but occasionally surgical errors occur.
Pennsylvania residents may have heard about a California woman's experience following a hysterectomy surgery in 2007. She recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Simi Valley Hospital in Ventura County after a sponge left behind in the 2007 surgery required the removal of nearly half of her intestines.
In late 2011, a woman was at work when her foot was run over by a bread rack. About a month later, she went to an appointment with a podiatry doctor to see what could be done about the continuing pain in her left foot.
Over the last few years, many of us in Pittsburgh have personally experienced the rising cost of health care. Hospitals and physicians have pointed to medical malpractice lawsuit as a major factor in the cost increase. They said that expensive payouts and frivilous lawsuits have driven health care costs up. Many have called for serious tort reform, including caps on malpractice payouts and shorter statutes of limitation.