Most Pittsburgh residents will have medical procedures performed on them in their lifetime. They trust that their doctors are knowledgeable and careful and that the procedure will help their outcome. Unfortunately, a doctor mistake can occur. When this is the case patients wonder if the mistake is cause for medical malpractice and how they can research what went wrong.
Thousands of surgeries are performed each year in Pittsburgh. Most of them go as planned and help the patient with their ailments. But, according to recent studies up to 20 percent of patients experience painful side effects and injuries as the result of surgery. Despite having great surgical facilities in Pittsburgh, surgical errors still occur.
The Department of Veterans Affairs operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system, serving roughly 9 million veterans from around the country, including many from Pennsylvania. But the system seems to be struggling under its own weight. A former employee of the organization recently came forward to expose massive problems caused by delays in care at one of its hospitals. The retired doctor alleged that delays in treatment may have caused the wrongful death of up to 40 veterans. He also accused the hospital administration of deliberately hiding the problem, alleging that, in order to disguise delays, hospital employees were ordered to keep a secret list of patients on a waiting list for appointments.
An elderly Pennsylvania Marine Corps veteran was at a hospital in 2011 undergoing treatment for small cell lung cancer. However, the former soldier died of Legionnaire’s disease while at the hospital. His family is now seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs and other damages.
Two men were killed at a utility construction site in another state recently when the aerial basket they were suspended in crashed, plummeting 140 feet to the ground. Both men were under contract with the company to work on high tension power lines. The cause of the fatal accident is currently under investigation.
Medical malpractice continues to be an issue in Pennsylvania and the rest of country. The mistakes physicians and hospitals make can lead to the wrongful death of patients.
Regardless of whether an operation is necessary for health reasons or elective for personal reasons, there are risks involved and medical malpractice may occur. The malpractice may not be limited to just the surgery itself; it can also include the failure to monitor the patient after the surgery.
Pittsburgh fans of well-known musician Jenni Rivera may have heard that her husband recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit regarding her sudden death in December 2012. Rivera died along with six others in a plane crash. Her husband, former pro baseball player Esteban Loaiza, has now sued the owners of the plane, and that company’s parent company.
In late 2011, a woman was at work when her foot was run over by a bread rack. About a month later, she went to an appointment with a podiatry doctor to see what could be done about the continuing pain her left foot.