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Some physician behaviors can lead to medical malpractice claims

Pittsburgh residents, who believe they have been affected by a medical mistake, know how serious and emotional this time can be. These mistakes, like a surgical error, can affect anyone and can lead to a worsened condition, even death. A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights 5 behaviors that doctors may have that can lead to them becoming named in a medical malpractice claim.

Saying "I'm sorry" can go a long way for doctors

Many Pittsburgh residents have seen the news coverage of surgical never events. These extreme cases occur when a doctor leaves medical equipment inside of a patient or operates on the wrong body part. Although these surgical errors are rare, they still affect thousands of patients each year in the United States.

Statute of limitations for medical malpractice

No Pennsylvania resident ever expects they will be the victim of medical malpractice. But, this is the reality for thousands of patients across the United States each year. Many times a medical malpractice injury, like a surgical error, is not immediately apparent. But, there is a time limit of when a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed.

Reasons general surgeons could face medical malpractice lawsuits

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.

Wrong baby receives operation

A newborn baby is something that parents have been anticipating for months. Usually the birth goes as expected, the baby and parents stay in the hospital for a few days, and then go home together. But, occasionally a medical trauma like a surgical error occurs.

Overlapping surgery could violate informed consent

When Pittsburgh residents need surgery they usually go through a series of checks to make sure they can have the surgery and what the risks and benefits of the surgery are going to be. Most surgeries go as planned but occasionally an unexpected surgical error occurs that can lead to devastating results including a serious injury.

Cosmetic surgery can cause serious injury

Some Pittsburgh residents fantasize about getting plastic surgery. Everyone seems to have something they want to erase on their bodies, like their love handles, larger (or smaller) breasts or maybe a facelift. Although thousands of people undergo cosmetic surgery each year without any lingering side effects, a surgical error can still occur that causes serious injuries.

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