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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.

We have a solid record of success with medical malpractice cases

Medical malpractice is the legal term for when a medical professional commits a harmful act of professional negligence against a patient. One way to seek resolution in a medical malpractice case is to file a claim against the medical professional believed to be liable. Many patients, in an effort to resolve the matter expeditiously, may choose to seek resolution in other ways first.

When might hospitals be liable for medical malpractice?

When a medical emergency strikes, a person rushes to the hospital for aid. After all, some injuries or illnesses are so severe that they require immediate medical attention. The whole ordeal of going to the hospital can be overwhelming, especially when a person's life is at stake. However, even in non-life threatening situations, people in Pennsylvania depend on the expertise of hospital staff to fix the problem.

Some preliminary steps to take in a medical malpractice case

Whenever a medical patient in Pennsylvania experiences a misdiagnosis, poor medical care, a breach of confidentiality or a lack of informed consent to perform a procedure, the patient may be able to make a claim of medical malpractice against the medical professional or institution responsible. But, it may be possible to remedy the situation, at least in part, by taking some steps before going to the courthouse. Below are some preliminary steps a patient can consider taking before filing a lawsuit.

What recourse is there for a nursing home injury?

When it comes time to put an older relative into a nursing home, Pennsylvania residents are careful to choose one where their loved one will be well cared for. Although there are many fine employees at many nursing homes, there are some other nursing homes with problems. Also, harmful mistakes can happen at even the best of nursing homes. What recourse is there when a loved one suffers a nursing home injury?

Advocating for patients following diagnostic errors

When Pennsylvania residents fall ill or are seriously injured, they rely on medical professionals to diagnose and treat them. Additionally, patients trust that their doctors will catch any abnormalities or concerns during their course of treatment. While this is the situation in an ideal world, in reality, errors and mistakes can occur with the medical care of a patient. Because physicians, surgeons, nurses and medical staff are all humans, they are prone to human errors. And when such mistakes occur, a patient's health and wellbeing could be placed at risk.

What is medical malpractice and how is it proven in court?

Berks County residents have no doubt seen stories about medical malpractice cases in the news and elsewhere. Maybe it was a big, million-dollar verdict that grabbed the headlines. Maybe a friend, family member or co-worker has been a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case. But, what exactly is medical malpractice? How does a plaintiff win a medical malpractice case?

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.

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