It is only natural to expect improved health after receiving medical treatment. However, a significant number of people nationwide, including in Pennsylvania, find they have more medical problems after treatment than what they had before. A married couple in another state recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging negligence. Defendants named in the lawsuit include a hospital and a doctor.
In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, the birth of a child can be stressful because so much can go wrong. Several doctors and a physician assistant are named as defendants in a medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed in another state by the husband of a woman who died only days after the premature birth of their first-born child. The mother was only 25 years old at the time of her death.
The advancement of technology has had positive impacts on various industries, including the medical industry, in Pennsylvania and other states. Electronic health recording (EHR) is rapidly replacing handwritten medical records and even written prescriptions by doctors. EHR allows physicians access to medical records of patients, regardless of where and by whom patients were treated before. However, system and operator errors can lead to medical malpractice lawsuits.
There is an increased risk of harm doctrine in Pennsylvania state that is similar to the loss of chance law in some other states by which a doctor can be held liable if his or her negligence is determined to have increased the risk of harm to a patient. For example, with a disease such as cancer, not caused by the doctor, negligence such as incorrect treatment or failure to diagnose could reduce or eliminate the survival chances of the patient. A widower in another state recently filed a lawsuit against an imaging company and a doctor who is one of its directors, alleging medical negligence in failure to diagnose breast cancer.
Pennsylvania women who undergo cosmetic surgery want to feel confident that they will not be exposed to dangerous products that are unapproved by the Federal Drug Administration. A plastic surgeon in another state is facing several charges that were filed in federal court alleging racketeering, fraud and more. The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed by four women who allege the doctor used unapproved implants for breast augmentation procedures. It is further contended that counterfeit drugs were used for injections to get rid of wrinkles.
Pennsylvania residents who suffer conditions that require medical care will naturally rely on the knowledge and expertise of health-care providers to perform proper examinations before diagnosing and treating illnesses. Unfortunately, there are cases in which doctors fail to provide an accurate diagnosis, and in some cases, a patient's medical history is not considered when treatment is ordered. A woman in another state recently filed a lawsuit against a medical facility, alleging medical negligence caused her husband's wrongful death.
Medical professionals in Pennsylvania are expected to provide medical care of an acceptable standard. Unfortunately, medical negligence sometimes causes unnecessary pain and suffering along with additional medical expenses. A man in another state died last September after living with a forgotten surgical sponge inside him since a surgical procedure in 2003.
As in other states, inmates in Pennsylvania jails have the right to appropriate medical care when required. Some inmates have existing medical conditions that require treatment, and some may also have special dietary needs. A county jail in another state is accused of medical negligence in a federal lawsuit that was filed on Feb. 1. Several medical staff members, the sheriff and his deputies, along with the county were named as defendants by the former inmate and his wife.
While it will not ease the anxiety typically suffered by patients nationwide who are scheduled for plastic surgery, including here in Pennsylvania, mistakes happen. A plastic surgeon in another state is facing a medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed by an unhappy patient. The accused surgeon stars in "Botched" -- a reality TV show in which he rectifies errors made by other plastic surgeons. The lawsuit claims that, this time, he was the one who made a surgical error. The plaintiff apparently underwent rhinoplasty and septoplasty in Nov. 2014.
As the end of pregnancy approaches, any Pennsylvania mother-to-be will naturally be anxious about what can go wrong. The term dystocia means slow or difficult childbirth, and the most common reason for dystocia is a small pelvic region in the mother or a baby that is too large or both. Under these circumstances, it is not uncommon for a baby to suffer a birth injury such as shoulder dystocia. A large baby can become trapped in the mother's pelvis, and the force of pushing can cause severe injuries to the mother and the child.