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Endometriosis Treatment Leaves Burns from Surgical Errors

Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. This endometrial tissue can grow into the ovaries, bowel or other tissue which lines the female pelvis. Endometriosis can cause severe pain, particularly during menstruation and also during intercourse.

Malpractice Related to Total Knee Replacements

Total knee replacements are a very common procedure performed in the United States and elsewhere. Of course, as with any operation there are complications which can occur as a result of the procedure. Vascular complications following total knee replacements are not uncommon. This is particularly true individuals who have peripheral vascular disease which causes poor blood flow into the lower extremities. One of the most common causes of peripheral vascular disease is diabetes. For those individuals who have femoral-popliteal artery bypasses the risk of vascular complications following total knee replacements is extremely high. Despite peripheral vascular disease and femoral-popliteal bypass grafts, total knee replacements can be performed safely when proper surgical technique is followed and when proper post-operative procedures are followed. If the orthopedic surgeon who performs this procedure does not follow proper technique, there is a high risk of limb loss and destruction of the femoral-popliteal bypass grafts.

Fatal result of misdiagnosis leads to $4.8 million award

The failure to diagnose the condition of a patient is the basis for many medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania and in other states. One of the basic elements of a doctor’s responsibility to a patient is to follow medical standards in order to correctly diagnose a condition so that the patient can be properly treated. The accuracy of a doctor’s diagnosis can be critical.

Lawsuit claims young PA doctor’s death resulted from negligence

We might expect that doctors, when they need medical treatment, would be especially safe in the care of other doctors. However, a recent Pennsylvania lawsuit claims that a young woman newly graduated from medical school did not receive timely treatment for a blood clot that was described as “easily diagnosable, treatable and entirely correctable.”

Pennsylvania-based company being sued for misdiagnosis

A Washington woman has filed a lawsuit against Pennsylvania-based company Bio life Plasma Services for falsely telling her that she had HIV and hepatitis. The woman is suing the plasma donation company for $10,000, stating that the misdiagnosis led to a nightmare ordeal lasting 10 days. Bio life allegedly used 100 samples of blood that had been pooled for processing in order to make the diagnosis. The woman states that the mistake left her in a state of debilitating emotional distress.

Medical malpractice case dismissed on technicality

As every attorney knows, details are extremely important in a court of law. Legal procedures must be followed when pursuing a case, and they must be followed to the letter. This isn’t due to overregulation – it’s a matter of constitutional rights. By following due process, attorneys and judges ensure that neither the plaintiff’s nor …

25 percent of surgical errors caused by technology problems

Today, robotic equipment and other technology has become a common presence in Pittsburgh operating rooms. It is now normal for a surgeon to operate from a video game-like console or use enhanced imaging technology to get a better look at the inside of a patient during surgery. While many people praised these advances — and rightfully so — a recent study shows this technology presents some new challenges in the operating room.