Parents-to-be often do not focus on the risks associated with childbirth. Mothers in Pennsylvania and elsewhere may try not to think of the chances their baby could be born with a disability or suffer harm due to a birth injury. However, the unfortunate truth is that birth injuries are possible, and the life of an injured newborn could be greatly altered due to the negligence of a medical professional.
It is an uncomfortable feeling — knowing that there is something wrong with your health but fearful of knowing what it is. Residents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere rely on medical professionals to not only determine what is wrong with us but also to determine what the best course of treatment is. But a treatment plan is only as good as the diagnosis it is based off of, and when a doctor fails to properly diagnose a patient, he or she could suffer due to the wrong treatment plan and a delayed diagnosis.
For most Pennsylvania mothers preparing to give birth in a hospital setting, they are most likely aware that various medical professionals will assist in the entire labor and delivery process. However, if this is a mother’s first child, she may not realize how many medical professionals she and her newborn could come in contact with. Because the actions and expertise of every medical professional assisting with the birthing process could greatly impact the outcomes of the delivery, it is important to understand how these action could have contributed to a birth, delivery or pregnancy-related injury.
X-Rays are undoubtedly an important and useful component of any dental patient’s treatment. X-ray images can show cavities, bone loss, and other structures that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Bitewing x-rays can show decay, bone loss, infection, gum disease, and alignment. To further explore the medical uses of Dental X-Rays on WebMD, Click Here. Many dentists recommend that their patients receive annual bitewing X-rays. Not so fast!
On July 28th, reporters Kris B. Mamula and Torsten Ove reported the settlement of a law suit filed by a former UPMC neurosurgeon (and others), evolving from alleged fraudulent misconduct in billing and charging patients for unnecessarily complicated and costly operative procedures. UPMC, Affiliates agree to pay $2.5 Million in False Claims Settlement
Being told that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness or disease with no known cure is not only devastating news, but is also likely information that will greatly change the life of the patient. Even if there is no known cure, a patient in Pennsylvania may be very open and optimistic about his or her options regarding the possible treatment plans offered to them. But what if these treatment plans hold serious risks? And what if the doctor did not properly diagnose the patient?
Pittsburgh residents who have spent any time in the hospital lately are probably familiar with a hospitalist. Although these medical professionals are rather new — in the last 20 years or so — there are over 44,000 practicing in hospitals across the United States. Patients should know that these doctors are held to the same standard of medical care and can be sued for medical malpractice.
The birth of a baby is always a much-anticipated and exciting event for families. Most babies are born healthy but occasionally a baby can suffer from a medical condition. Doctors who check these newborns in the hospital are trained to diagnose babies with many conditions, including an imperforate anus. But when a doctor fails to diagnose a condition it can lead to the baby having a serious injury.
Many Pittsburgh residents will need to have surgery this year. Although there are risks involved in surgery — some which are serious — most surgeries go as planned. But, when a surgeon makes a surgical errors the results can be unexpected and devastating for families.
Not all birth defects (or injuries) can be prevented, but a woman can take some actions that increase her chance of having a healthy baby. Many birth defects happen very early in pregnancy, sometimes before a woman even knows she is pregnant.