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Failure to diagnose condition during pregnancy can cause injury

Pregnancy is a joyous time for most couples. Attending checkups during the gestational period and beyond is a great way to ensure the health and safety of both mom and baby. Most appointments go according to plan, without any major concern for mom or baby. However, sometimes a condition that affects mom, baby or both can cause unnecessary injury if the health facility or physician fails to diagnose it.

Can a doctor be held responsible for prescription errors?

Prescription drugs are a regular part of life for many people in the Allegheny County area. Whether they are used to abate symptoms of illness or injury or as a near cure, prescription medication is a huge part of life for many people. The thing with prescription medication, though is that it must be accurately prescribed. Any error made in the prescription or dosage of medication can result in unnecessary injuries.

A medical misdiagnosis can leave long-lasting, irreparable injury

While the average person may understand when something isn't quite right with their body, they may not be able to pinpoint exactly what isn't right. This is why we often seek the help of medical professionals to help us better understand what is going on with our body and health. Because of their medical status, physicians and other medical professionals are expected to uphold a duty of care with their patients. A misdiagnosis could breach this responsibility and cause irreparable injury.

How prevalent are birth injuries?

It's an expectant parent's worst nightmare. Something has happened that has injured or otherwise harmed your unborn child or to your child during childbirth. There can be a lot of confusion and stress surrounding these injuries. Oftentimes, birth injuries are not expected or anticipated and can happen very quickly, forever impacting your child's life.

Medical malpractice law, an overview from origin to today

When it comes to the law, we know that it doesn't always line up with what we expect. Why is that? Well most of U.S. law is based on the centuries old 'common law' principles. These principles may seem antiquated today but really they have been updated for our society and values. How has this shaped the face of medical malpractice law today?

How does one prove negligence in a medical malpractice case?

Medical providers and medical staff strive to do their very best in every situation that involves a patient. Whether diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation or something in between, there are a lot of moving parts and experiences that a person may have with medical care. Generally, things go according to plan when a patient comes in contact with medical care. For those who believe they were injured in a medical-related incident, how does one prove negligence and fault?

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?

How is misdiagnosis different from failure to diagnose?

Sometimes, doctors, medical professionals and hospitals goof up. They might forget to pencil in your scheduled appointment or forget to send that prescription to your local pharmacy. The difference between these goof ups and a medical malpracticee suit is fairly different. Medical malpracticee related injury can occur in many different instances, one of which involves a situation where misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose by a medical professional causes injury or illness.

Is failure to diagnose the condition of a mother-to-be negligent?

If you or a loved one has received the news that you are expecting, it is an exciting time. Both the process of pregnancy and the impending birth can bring new challenges and successes for the family. While a person may be decorating the nursery and planning for the addition to their family, there is one thing families should be aware of during this time. It's the possibility that a medical condition could befall mother or child during the pregnancy.

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