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$6 million lawsuit claims poor treatment resulted in stroke

Certain hospitals and medical care facilities specialize in certain areas of treatment. For example, there are hospitals specializing in medical disciplines throughout Pennsylvania. Some of these specialties include children, cancer centers and burn centers. One Pennsylvania hospital, which advertises itself as a facility for high-level stroke treatment, is under suspicion due to a lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that the hospital failed to give a patient an MRI despite a neurologist's recommendation when she came to the emergency room in October 2016.

The suit alleges that the patient ended up suffering a right MCA stroke after being in the hospital's care for three hours. She was then transferred for treatment to another hospital in Philadelphia, according to the complaint. Prior to this event, the patient had stated that she had weakness on one side of her body and slurred speech. These are warning indications of an impending stroke.

Failure to read doctor handwriting properly can result in injury

We have all heard the joke that poor handwriting could be an indication that a person could or should be a doctor. Poor handwriting has often been associated with doctors both recently and doctors of the past. When doctors would write a prescription, or medical notes, they often would, and some still do, write physically rather than enter it digitally into a computer. However, computers may be a better option for some doctors as a miscommunication related to their handwriting can result in medical malpractice.

While technology has left few industries untouched, including the medical field, some doctors and hospitals still utilize handwritten records. When a doctor sees a patient, he could record or put into motion medical notes or treatments in a person's file or pass the communication onto another medical professional. If handwriting is sloppy or otherwise hard to read, it could easily result in a medical error that could result in injury to the patient. It seems like such a silly error but it can have serious consequences.

Pseudomonas: A common but deadly bacteria

Patients in hospitals don't go to seek help in the hope that their condition will worsen while they are there. They are obviously seeking to have their conditions treated or managed. Unfortunately, there are some issues that are present in hospitals that can attack unsuspecting patients.

One of the dangers that patients face in a hospital setting is the risk of an infection. Many people focus on MRSA infections when they think of this. However, there are other infections that can manifest in this setting. One of these is Pseudomonas. Here are some points to know about Pseudomonas:

How would unauthorized care indicate a negligent physician?

Doctors attend schools for 12 or more years in order to learn everything they can about how to care for people. Nurses, nurse practitioners and other people in the healthcare field also attend school and are expected to have a number of certifications and training in order to best serve people. While doctors and other medical professionals are performing at a high level, occasionally, mistakes do happen. When those mistakes result in a patient's injury, that's a big problem.

Unnecessary injury is a reality in the healthcare field. While there isn't generally any malicious intent behind these errors and injuries, it can be just as devastating to the injured and their family. In some instances of care, a provider like a doctor or other hospital staff fails to properly inform a patient of their recommended or performed treatment options and their potential benefits and any risks associated with the treatment plan. Beyond that, criminal charges could be recommended in cases in which unauthorized care caused injury.

Botched C-section could have resounding impacts for mom, baby

Did you know that nearly half of all births today are delivered by Caesarean section as opposed to a traditional birth? It is considered common practice today for doctors and other medical professionals to opt for a C-section at the time of an Allegheny county child's birth. A C-section may have been planned from earlier in the pregnancy or it could be a split second decision based on the condition of the mother and baby. However, sometimes C-sections do not go as planned and cause injury to the mother or child.

Labor can be a stressful enough event as women are bringing life into the world. While some of this stress can be more on the anticipation or excitement side, negatives stress, like anxiety about the birth itself, can play a factor, too. However, no new parent wants the stress of worrying about their own health or their new child's health. A C-section could potentially go wrong, which is most parents' worst fear.

Appealing unfavorable judgements in medical malpracticee lawsuits

Sometimes an injury is a direct result of another person's negligence. When it comes to medical malpracticee, it is important to hold the healthcare professional or larger healthcare affiliation responsible for the injury.

It can amaze a person just how many ways medical injuries can occur. Whether a person suffers unnecessary injury due to misdiagnosis, a botched procedure or even due to a paperwork error or equipment or medical device malfunction, the possibilities are terrifying and endless. Seeking damages for the injuries suffered is only right. If a person's lawsuit does not go well at the trial level, the injured person can appeal the decision.

11M dollar verdict sticks despite PA hospital's appeal

Thinking of your family, or other people in your life, there is nothing we wouldn't do for them. Sometimes, medical needs are beyond home treatment and they allow a medical professional to assess and potentially treat their medical ailment. For one Pennsylvania family, their 11-month-old child was showing symptoms that made the parents realize something wasn't quite right. Visit after visit to the hospital, and it was finally discovered that the boy was suffering from meningitis.

The parents alleged that the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was negligent when doctors failed to promptly diagnose the 11-month-old boy. Earlier detection by hospital staff could have saved his hearing and prevented brain damage that left him unable to speak. The appellate court awarded the family of the boy damages in excess of 11 million and the state's highest court refused to even hear an appeal of the case.

How is a physician's duty of care described and determined?

Walking into a doctor's office or rushing into an emergency room, there is a certain amount of trust one puts into doctors and healthcare staff. That trust is based on the idea that doctors are going to make the best decision for you or your loved one who is in need of care. While most visits to healthcare facilities go as planned or expected, occasionally, something goes awry. If it results in further or unnecessary injury to a patient, there may be a case for medical malpracticee.

Responsibility of a medical professional isn't like the responsibility due in other business relationships. Doctors are expected to uphold a level of care based on the patient-doctor relationship. Once a doctor begins treatment of a patient, such as in patient-doctor relationships, if the patient receives an injury due to the negligence of the doctor, then the doctor may be liable for that injury. Negligence could make itself known when a doctor makes a misdiagnosis or fails to diagnose, just to name a few.

Allegheny County residents can benefit from lawsuit verdicts

Whether going in for a routine check-up, a scheduled treatment or surgery or an emergency visit, there is a standard of care expected by medical professionals and medical facilities. In Allegheny County, it is important to receive quality and well-advised medical care. However, for those residents who don't, a medical malpracticee verdict awarding damages may be a recourse for those who suffer injury.

Many people aren't aware of how widespread the issue of poor medical care is. Every day patients suffer injury or death in our nation's hospitals and at the hands of highly paid and respected doctors and medical staff. While there are many ways an error can originate, they often end the same, with unnecessary injury or, even worse, death. Erroneous drugs, surgeries or diagnoses can render a person victim to a medical malpracticee injury.

"Res ipsa" and proving fault due to medical malpracticee injury

If an illness or injury is unusual or seemingly out of the blue, the injured person may be wondering if previous interaction with medical professionals or medical care could be to blame. If a person isn't sure exactly what or who caused their medically related injury, there is a specific type of personal injury lawsuit to seek.

It's based on "res ipsa" or, by Latin translation, "the thing speaks for itself." It implies that the plaintiff only needs to show that a particular result or injury occurred and would not have occurred but for someone's negligence. Since medical treatments and paperwork can be confusing for the average person, this is a way to bring a lawsuit when you aren't a medical expert. One knows if they have suffered an injury or illness that is unusual or otherwise without cause.

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