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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.

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.

"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.

High court makes ruling concerning medical patient consent

When prepping for a surgical operation, there are several steps to take and decisions to make prior to going under the knife. A doctor or other medical professional may have recommended the surgery as a treatment for a condition or injury, but there could be other medical professionals involved in the process along the way. While this is not only unavoidable and necessary, each medical professional has a specific role to play. The highest Pennsylvania court has issued a ruling concerning the role of medical professionals and obtaining consent.

Injured Allegheny County residents have the right to seek damages

Even a routine visit to the hospital for yourself or a loved one can turn into an unexpected situation. It may go smoothly on most visits, but it's that one time that can cause unnecessary injury to you or a loved one. The potential for injury at a medical facility isn't even on most peoples' radar. However, the reality is that a person can be unnecessarily injured due to a negligent decision on behalf of a medical professional, a medical facility or a related third-party.

What defines a wrongful life, wrongful birth suit?

When it comes to pregnancy and the joy that expecting parents feel, few ever dream that their child could suffer an injury at the hands of a medically irresponsible doctor. With technology and medical knowledge expanding every day, doctors are now able to predict or diagnose a variety of conditions or issues while the baby is still in the womb. Missteps can be made at this time by doctors if they fail to notify or diagnose a child's condition early in their fetal development.

Understaffing at hospitals can lead to tragedy

You know from your own work experience that when the office is understaffed, tasks get overlooked and mistakes get made. In many industries this might result in a call to a client to patch things up or perhaps an employee misses out on a bonus. But when these kinds of mistakes happen in a hospital, a patient can die.

Efforts to curb instances of misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose

Did you know that misdiagnosis cases are a leading cause of medical malpracticee lawsuits in the US? The truth is that most people will experience a situation in which an error with their diagnosis impacts them in their lifetime. For some, these instances of misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose will have devastating consequences. This is according to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Can robotic surgeries result in surgical error and injury?

With advances in technology, no industry goes unaffected. Many people and industries benefit from the technological advances that have, generally, brought people forward and onward. But, technology is not made or used without error. The medical industry has seen many surgeries and other types of medical treatments utilize technological machines, or robots, to perform surgeries and other medical procedures.

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