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Doctor's family sues hospital for medical malpractice

Many Pittsburgh residents go to the doctor each day seeking answers for what is bothering them. They expect that their doctor will be able to diagnose the issue and help them feel better. Most of the time this is what happens but occasionally a failure to diagnose a serious illness results in the patient suffering from a worsened condition.

A Pennsylvania doctor's family is suing Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after the doctor died because of a failure to diagnose her illness. The woman went to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center because she was having bad headaches. The medical center transferred her to Danville where she died from hemorrhaging three days later.

Her family believes the doctors and staff did not recognize blood clots that would have been easily treatable. At the time the hospital was understaffed because it was a holiday weekend. Her care was allegedly inadequate and mostly provided by physician assistants.

The family is also requesting more information about two of the doctors who treated her. One of them failed her board certification four times and the other doctor was not certified in hematology but was functioning as a hematologist at the time.

When a person receives inadequate medical care they can feel angry and wonder what happened. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help a family get the answers they deserve. They can review medical records, consult with medical experts and find out what went wrong. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

There is no excuse for a medical provider to provide negligent care. When it happens they should be held responsible so that they don't harm anyone else.

Source:, "Doctor's kin seeks pay data in wrongful death lawsuit," James Halpin, Nov. 3, 2015

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