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Big verdict in Pennsylvania failure to diagnose case

One of the more common types of medical malpractice claims in Pennsylvania is failure to diagnose an illness or disorder. When a medical professional overlooks symptoms or makes an error in reading the results of a test, the consequences for a patient can be dire. If the disease or malady is progressive, the medical error can sometimes be fatal. Even if the patient ultimately survives, their quality of life can be forever affected by the medical malpractice that resulted in the failure to diagnose.

Preventable birth complications and maternal morbidity rising

Pregnancy is a time of expectant joy for parents. The impending birth of the child brings about a flurry of excitement and checklists as the due date nears. But for an increasing number of women, pregnancy and childbirth have devastating consequences. Roughly 50,000 women a year suffer life-threatening complications and several hundred die from pregnancy and childbirth in the U.S. annually. 

What happens when a doctor gets it wrong?

Patients inherently trust their doctors and other health care professionals. They are highly trained and most do important life-saving or life-improving work. But health care professionals are only human, and sometimes they make mistakes. In some cases the mistakes may be justifiable, but in other instances a mistake may be little more than negligence, which could give rise to a medical malpractice claim in Pennsylvania.

What is the limitations period in medical wrongful death cases?

A limitations period is the amount of time a party has to file a lawsuit. The limitations period for any given type of suit is laid out in a law that is typically referred to as a "statute of limitations." In Pennsylvania, if a person dies as a result of medical negligence, their loved ones can initiate a suit against the negligent health care provider. However, they must do so within two years.

Could a defective hip implant give rise to medical malpractice?

Many Berks County residents have benefited from hip replacement surgery. Countless people have regained mobility after having the relatively simple surgery performed. As with all surgical procedures, however, sometimes things can go wrong. A surgical error is one thing that could potentially be harmful. This blog post will focus on another thing that could go wrong: a defective hip implant.

We serve Berks County clients with medical malpractice cases

Doctors are thought of as healers, and it is a deeply held assumption that when you go to the doctor in Berks County, you will enjoy better health as a result of the visit. In the vast majority of cases, this is what happens. On the other hand, sometimes a doctor isn't able to do much for a patient. This is too bad, but it isn't the doctor's fault.

The elements of a medical malpractice case

The basis of a medical malpractice claim stems from the negligence of a medical practitioner inflicted upon another person whom a duty of care was owed. This may sound like a lot of legalese to a Pennsylvanian who is wondering if their doctor may have made a mistake in the administration of their care. The remainder of this post will break down the elements of a medical malpractice claim and will discuss how a person may pursue a medical malpractice claim in the civil courts.

A surgical mistake is a serious medical issue

Each year many Pennsylvanians go into the hospital for elective and medically necessary surgical procedures. Surgeries are invasive treatments that allow doctors to access their clients' bodies and remove or repair problems that cause ailments in those that they treat. While many surgical procedures are successful and leave patients better off than they were prior to their procedures, others suffer serious complications as a result of surgical mistakes.

How do you prove liability for a nursing home injury?

When adult children become overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for an older parent or other relative, the decision may be made to move the elder into a nursing home. By doing so, most people are doing what they think is best for their loved one. But what if the relative becomes a victim of a nursing home injury?

How could no informed consent be medical professional negligence?

These days, patients in Pennsylvania expect their doctors to provide them with information regarding surgical procedures, medical procedures, or courses of treatment before performing them. Some procedures are risky, and many agree that patients should be apprised of the risks before consenting to a procedure. This blog post will discuss the harm that can arise from a lack of informed consent. It will also discuss the medical professional negligence that may exist when harm does arise.

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