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Pathologist error leads to needless mastectomy

Many medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are predicated on a physician's failure to diagnose an illness. What happens when a doctor "finds" an illness that is not, in fact, present in the patient's body? The filing of a recent medical malpractice case in New York City brings this issue into sharp focus.

Chiropractor sued for wrongful death in malpractice case

Residents of Reading and Berks County frequently visit chiropractors for treatment of back pain and joint injury. Chiropractic patients rarely view their treatment as potentially dangerous, but even chiropractors can commit malpractice with catastrophic consequences. A medical malpractice case recently filed in Los Angeles demonstrates how chiropractic treatment of the cervical spine, if not done properly, can lead to serious injury and even death.

Medical malpractice suit settles just as trial was about to begin

The image of a lawsuit settling "on the courthouse steps" generally connotes a last-minute agreement by the parties to resolve their dispute without a trial. A real life example of this phenomenon occurred a few days ago in a medical malpractice lawsuit in Berks County court.

Jury awards $1 million in medical malpractice case

Pennsylvania courts have long recognized that the failure to prescribe or administer a necessary medication may constitute medical malpractice. In a reversal of this situation, a recent jury verdict in a medical malpractice case resulted in an $1 million award for excessive medication.

Appeals court upholds medical malpractice verdict

Medical malpractice comes in many forms: failure to diagnose a medical condition, improper treatment of an illness, surgical error and many others. Doctors in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are held to an exacting standard in treating patients: they must use the same degree of skill and care as other doctors in the specialty in diagnosing and treating patients. In a recent appellate court decision, the failure of a physician to diagnose the spread of cancer to the patient's brain was held by an appellate court to be a departure from the applicable standard of care.

Court allows access to patient metadata in malpractice lawsuit

The advance of information technology has increased the complexity of medical practice litigation by adding several new categories of information that may be demanded during the discovery phase of the case. A recent case in Pennsylvania has pushed the boundaries once again as the trial court was asked to decide whether the plaintiff's attorneys in a medical malpractice case could gain access to the so-called metadata in their client's digital medical records.

Pennsylvania appeals court reinstates medical malpractice case

Medical malpractice cases can involve complex questions of law and fact. Occasionally, one rule can affect the application of another. In a recent decision of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, a jury's finding in favor of the defendant doctor in a medical malpractice case was reversed because the trial court erroneously allowed the introduction of evidence about the risks of hysterectomies.

Standing up for victims of nursing home abuse

When Pennsylvania families place their loved ones in a nursing home facility, it is with the expectation that they will receive compassionate and knowledgeable care. Unfortunately, some of these facilities do not always provide the best care, and as a result, innocent people suffer.

How is cancer diagnosed?

Suspecting that you have a critical illness can be a terrifying experience. People may want to believe that they are healthy and that nothing possibly be wrong with them. However, every day in Pennsylvania people deal with medical diagnoses that require extensive medical treatment. In the situations, people rely on their medical doctors to diagnose and properly treat these conditions.

How should I respond to a medical mistake?

It can be very difficult to learn that you have been the victim of a medical mistake. You go into a doctor's office expecting the best treatment possible. People do not expect a doctor to make a mistake that can affect their long-term health. However, medical malpractice is not that uncommon. Doctors are, after all, only human. This does not mean that doctors should not be held responsible for their mistakes. Doctors are held to a higher standard when treating patients.

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