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November 2017 Archives

Settlement for PA mom who suffered brain bleed during delivery

Thinking about the excitement of becoming a new mom or dad, there are few life events that have so much anticipation or excitement. Several years ago, a young teen mom was expecting her first child at the age of 15. Something went terribly wrong and she was forced to deliver before making it to full term. During the emergency C-section at Lancaster General Hospital, the new mom suffered a catastrophic brain bleed that caused her to become quadriplegic since the day of her son's birth.

Potential parties to sue after suffering surgical accidents

When a person makes the decision to go under the knife, it is usually after being assessed and diagnosed with an injury or ailment. Surgery is usually ordered as a precautionary treatment or as a remedy for those suffering from an illness or injury to either cure or help with their symptoms. Surgery isn't always ordered as a treatment option by a medical professional, but in instances of surgery there is always a risk, sometimes slight to moderate, of further injury or complications in connection with the surgical accidents.

How does one determine if medical standard of care was met?

There is a reason we seek the help of professionals when it comes to our health. It's because they are experts that are trained to give medical advice, recommend treatment plans or medication and even operate, if necessary. We trust health care providers because they are trained to provide health care solutions for us and loved ones. But, what happens when a healthcare provider, like a doctor, fails to meet a standard of care and that causes personal injury?

You've heard of wrongful death: What about wrongful birth?

Couples might visit a doctor or geneticist to determine if it's safe for them to have a child. These couples may be concerned, for example, that their child will have a birth defect or serious ailment as a result of the genetic makeup of the parents.

$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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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