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May 2012 Archives

Instruments not sterile for surgery

A Pennsylvania doctor who also is a medical researcher has been accused of supplying surgical instruments and devices that had not been sterilized. The doctor in question was the president of a surgical design firm, and he is accused of not having the proper controls in place to insure that such instruments were safe to be used during surgical procedures.

Another multi-million dollar verdict in birth injury case

A jury recently brought back a $78.5 million verdict in a Pennsylvania court where medical malpractice was alleged in a birth injury case. In a neighboring state, another jury just brought back a $9 million verdict in a birth injury case as well.

Workers' compensation and the retaining of an attorney

Pennsylvania workers injured on the job can often expect to miss more than seven days of work. It probably would surprise no one that the more severe the injury suffered by the worker, the more likely such a worker will contact an attorney concerning their workers' compensation claim.

Defective pool slides lead to severe injuries and deaths

A Pennsylvania woman fractured her neck while using an inflatable pool slide. The pool slide, which has been deemed a defective product, is now being recalled the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). It has been implicated in the death of another woman who also fractured her neck.

Medical malpractice claim numbers in Pennsylvania

There's been debate whether the decrease in medical malpractice claims filed in Pennsylvania has been due to rule changes or is part of a nationwide trend that is seeing a reduction in claims being filed. During the past decade while health care costs have increasing risen across the nation, medical malpractice payments have decreased by about 12 percent.

Caroselli files suit against Education Management Corp. on behalf of Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System for Reckless Mismanagement

Today, William R. Caroselli, on behalf of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System (OLERS), filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas against the Allegheny County-based Education Management Corp. (EDMC) and its board of directors stemming from the company's systemic misconduct and blatant violations of federal education regulations. OLERS is a shareholder in EDMC.

Cancer is often misdiagnosed in young people

If a survey taken in the UK is any indication, officials in Pittsburgh and across the United States may wish to check out the manner in which doctors are conducting cancer diagnosis. The study showed that doctors failed to diagnose cancer in approximately one third of their patients between the ages of 13 and 24 when symptoms of cancer were present.

Workers may have been exposed to asbestos on the job

A number of cleanup workers originally filed a case in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania close to a decade ago concerning possible exposure to asbestos, PCBs and a number of other hazards. The case was originally transferred before being dismissed and now being refilled in a circuit court in the neighboring state of West Virginia.

Missed diagnosis results in paralysis

However common it may be, a doctor's failure to diagnose a condition can lead to injury or even death. A jury recently delivered a $3.9 million verdict against a doctor. This came about after a doctor sent a woman home that was suffering from severe migraine headaches and extremely high blood pressure.

Tow truck driver in head-on crash takes a mother's life

When a fatal motor vehicle crash occurs, other individuals besides the driver at fault could be held liable in a wrongful death lawsuit. The owner of the vehicle may also be liable if they negligently lent the vehicle out to someone that they knew could be a risk on the road.

Safety incentive programs for workers not always so safe

Safety incentive programs are often put in place with the asserted goal of decreasing the number of workplace accidents, but what such programs too often do cause workers to underreport accidents or injuries. Pennsylvania workers' compensation laws are designed to compensate workers injured on the jobs, but such laws can have no impact if such injuries or dangerous conditions remain unreported.

Prescription errors the result of poor handwriting?

We've written before about prescription errors made in hospitals simply because pharmacists and medical staff were unable to read the doctor's handwriting. So while Pennsylvania hospitals are using more sophisticated means for treating their patients, nevertheless doctors remain reluctant to use advancements when it comes to something as simple as informing other individuals what medication and dosage a patient should take.

FDA approving defective medical products?

A product that has for some reason or another failed to be recalled does not mean that the product is safe. Too often defects concerning particular products are not found until attorneys have filed a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer.

New trial ordered concerning surgical error

The testimony of an expert witness from Pennsylvania ultimately resulted in a new trial being ordered in a medical malpractice claim. Instead of limiting his testimony to the facts of the case, he began elaborating about how medical malpractice cases resulted in unnecessary tests being administered and health costs being driven up.

Materials that contain asbestos

It is no secret that asbestos is dangerous. However, many of us safely live around products with asbestos in them. It is when we decide to remove those products from our homes and other buildings that problems can arise. Construction workers are particularly susceptible to asbestos injury.

Pennsylvania birth injury case results in $78.5 million verdict

The jury has just come back in a Pennsylvania court with a verdict of $78.5 million concerning a birth injury case. In what is claimed to be one of the largest verdicts in Pennsylvania history, a hospital was sued because the child suffered severe spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy due to a possible 81-minute delay in performing an emergency cesarean section.

Asbestos found in Alcoa manufacturing plant

Alcoa, an aluminum manufacturer headquartered in Pittsburgh, had asbestos show up in one of its manufacturing facilities. This discovery was made after a fire at the facility led to asbestos being found in the ceiling of the plant.

Are you at risk for an asbestos-related illness?

Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some point. There is no safe level of asbestos exposure; however, low-level exposure to asbestos rarely leads to serious illness. Most people who develop mesothelioma, lung cancer and other asbestos illnesses are exposed to asbestos on a regular basis, usually while working on a job involving the material.

Premature births and modern technology

When Pennsylvania doctors keep pace with medical technology more lives are saved. This is particularly true when it comes to the prevention of birth injuries that may occur. We are particularly fortunate in the United States that we have much lower rates of blindness, retardation, lung problems or cerebral palsy due to problems that occurred when the child was born prematurely.

Mining company accused of taking shortcuts on safety

In a neighboring state of Pennsylvania there were 29 coal miners killed during the Massey Energy Company coal mining accident. One of the families that has brought a wrongful death lawsuit concerning the matter claims that intentional actions of the company may ultimately have resulted in the accident occurring.

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