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Throw the Talcum Powder Away: Johnson & Johnson Product Liability

In early May, a jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay a surviving South Dakota woman $55 million; the woman claimed that she developed ovarian cancer from repeatedly applying Johnson and Johnson talcum powder to her genital area. This verdict came shortly after a St. Louis jury ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay $72 million dollars to the estate of a woman who succumbed to ovarian cancer. At the moment, there are thousands of lawsuits around the country claiming that applying Johnson and Johnson products to the genital area caused fatal cancer.

Who are the responsible parties for delivery room errors?

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.

Do You Really Need Annual Dental X-Rays?

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!

What harms are caused by a misdiagnosis of Alzheimer’s?

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?

Hospitalists are held to same standard of care as all doctors

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 failure to diagnose an imperforate anus is serious

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.