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November 2012 Archives

Parents file premises liability suit in son's near-fatal shooting

The parents of a teenage boy who was accidentally shot and his leg and forced to undergo a leg amputation at a Pittsburgh hospital have filed a premises liability lawsuit against the man who fired the shot. The man was a convicted felon and forbidden by law to be operating a firearm, and has been criminally charged for doing so. However, the parents are also seeking civil damages, arguing that the man's negligent and illegal use of the gun caused their son's debilitating injuries.

Pennsylvania town center of asbestos study

The University Pennsylvania School of Medicine has been conducting a study on a small Pennsylvania town concerning the affects of asbestos upon that town's population. It has been reported that a factory operating in the community for over 100 years caused the residents there to be exposed to asbestos.

Pennsylvania man dies after administered anesthesia

A Pennsylvania man died after undergoing cataract surgery. The patient, who had a history of heart disease, suffered a loss of blood pressure shortly after the surgery began. It is now claimed that the general anesthesia brought on cardiac arrest and caused the patient to suffer brain damage.

Family of man killed by inflatable slide settles lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man killed during the collapse of an inflatable slide outside of a Major League ballpark has now been settled. Apparently, the slide fell right on top of the man and took his life.

How can Pittsburgh businesses keep shoppers safe on Black Friday?

With the Thanksgiving holiday already a memory, many of our Pittsburgh readers are spending the weekend celebrating the official start of the 2012 holiday shopping season. Although Black Friday is a fun tradition for many Pennsylvania residents, it can also be a dangerous day.

Pennsylvania woman's pap smear tests misinterpreted

A female patient from the Pittsburgh area claims that a pathologist at Washington Hospital misread pap smears tests for this woman for five straight years. It was not until 2011 that she was diagnosed with cervical cancer, and this diagnosis came two months after she delivered a child.

The use of arsenic and agriculture

It's possible that in farming communities across the state of Pennsylvania, arsenic may still be used in pesticides that are applied in fields, and that arsenic has possibly infiltrated the soil. This infiltration may have resulted in contamination of fruit juices, rice products, and even drinking water.

Surgical errors all too common

With more than a quarter million patients dying every year in the United States due to medical malpractice, it's startling to discovery just how many of these mistakes could have been easily avoided. Surgical errors such as leaving tools in patients or operating on the wrong body part should just never occur.

Employer sentenced for ignoring workers' safety

We wrote a few months back about a Pennsylvania worker that was electrocuted when coming into contact with a power line. As a follow up to this story, his employer has since pled guilty to a willful violation of various labor laws that may have resulted in the worker's death.

Boy treated and released from hospital dies of septic shock

Doctors and nurses providing the bare minimum while conducting tasks at a hospital would generally not be considered adequate care. A failure to follow a safety checklist or not communicating medical information can result in the injury or death of a patient.

School district accused of misuse of asbestos funds

As companies, municipalities, school districts and other organizations across Pennsylvania update and renovate structures that were built 50, 100 or more years ago, there is one vital aspect of the process that they cannot ignore: asbestos. Because of its low cost and wide availability, asbestos was used in the construction and insulation of buildings throughout the country for many years. Now, if building owners or renovators do not take the appropriate precautions to remove those dangerous asbestos fibers, they could face thousands of dollars in fines for potentially putting workers and residents at risk of asbestos exposure.

Birth injuries result in a lifetime of suffering

A mother is alleging that birth injuries that occurred to the youngest of a set of twins came about because of a botched delivery. She claims that both the hospital and the doctor failed to monitor the child's blood pressure, and that the child's contraction of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy also led to damage to the heart, kidneys and brain.

Failure to supply oxygen cause in Pittsburgh area death?

It has been asserted that a medical supply company failed to supply oxygen for a Wilkinsburg woman, and because of this she ran out of oxygen and subsequently died. The 57-year old woman had been prescribed oxygen, but the company from which she was to receive the oxygen told her family members that they did not deliver oxygen on Sunday.

Could the fatal Pittsburgh Zoo accident have been prevented?

This morning, hundreds of people gathered at a Pittsburgh-area church to say goodbye to the two-year-old boy that died at the Pittsburgh Zoo earlier this week. The series of events that led to the boy's death was shocking, to say the least: the child fell over a guardrail and dropped 14 feet to the ground of the African painted dog exhibit. When he fell to the ground, the animals attacked.

Brain injuries often requires a lifetime of care

Whatever the headlines may suggest, brain injuries that have come about as a result of medical malpractice almost always are life altering and traumatic in nature. The case of a boy suffering permanent brain injury due to the medical malpractice of two doctors will require lifetime care of the child for 24 hours a day until the child dies.

Medtronic spinal procedure subject to Senate probe

Medtronic, one of the world's largest medical providers while doing in business in all 50 states including Pennsylvania, has found itself the subject of a Senate finance committee report. The committee asserted that the medical provider changed the outcome of studies from outside researchers to embellish claims about a spine treatment that the company marketed and sold.

Tennessee Fungal Meningitis Cases Increase To 80

The Tennessee Health Department reported that the number of cases of fungal meningitis in Tennessee has increased to 80, the number of deaths remains at 13. The current outbreak, which is not contagious has sickened over 400 and killed over 30 in 19 states. Fungal meningitis occurs when a fungus enters the body and affects the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord lining. The current outbreak is being linked to contaminated vials of methylprednisolone acetate, steroids injected for back pain.

Meningitis Outbreak: 424 Cases, 31 Deaths

The current outbreak of fungal meningitis has sickened 424, 414 of those have joint infections, and have taken the life of 31 patients. Fungal meningitis is being linked to contaminated steroids that came from a compounding pharmacy in Framingham, Massachusetts. The New England Compounding Center is responsible for shipping out around 17,000 vials of methylprednisolone acetate, steroids injected for back pain. It is not sure how the fungus got into the sterile vials but it is believed that 14,000 patients could have been exposed to the fungus.

Pennsylvania turnpike worker killed by truck

A Pennsylvania turnpike worker was killed while performing maintenance on a toll road. Apparently a truck crashed into the maintenance vehicle next to where the worker was standing, and then the maintenance vehicle toppled onto its side and on top of the worker.

Pregnant woman set on fire in operating room

The sensational headlines for this story tell much of the story as a pregnant woman apparently caught fire while delivering a baby. The doctor in charge of the operation was performing a Cesarean section, and antiseptics that had been applied to the wound were set on fire due to contact with a medical instrument.

Large fans can reduce condensation and prevent falls

If you have ever worked or spent significant time in an industrial facility in Pittsburgh or anywhere else in the country, you are probably well aware of the condensation that so commonly accumulates on concrete floors. In fact, condensation is one of the leading causes of slip and fall accidents in warehouses and other industrial spaces. Many people believe that preventing such condensation is a complicated, costly process, when in fact, doing so takes one simple piece of equipment: a fan.

Illinois reports 2nd case of fungal meningitis

A Chicago resident has been treated and is recovering after reporting symptoms of fungal meningitis. This case is the second to be reported in the state of Illinois. The patient had received an injection from one of the three APAC Centers for Pain Management that had received a shipment of contaminated steroids from a specialty pharmacy in Illinois.

2 new drugs tied to meningitis, fungal infection in multi-state outbreak

The investigation of the drugs linked to the current outbreak of fungal meningitis now has two more that are being looked at. The Food and Drug Administration is now investigating another injectable steroid and a cardioplegic solution, a drug used during open heart surgery. One patient has developed fungal meningitis symptoms after receiving a lower back injection of the other steroid being used and two patients have after getting heart transplants. Officials stated that it is too early to determine whether or not they are related to the current outbreak, but the two new drugs were also distributed by the New England Compounding Center.

Ameridose recalls all drugs after FDA finds problems with its sterility testing

The specialty pharmacy Ameridose, sister company of the pharmacy at the center of the fungal meningitis outbreak has began recalling its products. The FDA found issues with sterility when inspecting the pharmacy. Ameridose is the sister company of the New England Compounding Center who also has recalled all of its products and has stopped production while investigations continue.

Asbestos lawsuit derailed using maritime defense

A recent ruling in a Pennsylvania court demonstrates how intricate asbestos related injury claims can be. The case involved products liability law and maritime law as it applies to individuals exposed to asbestos, and it discusses in great detail failure to warn theories as opposed to defective warning theories.

Woman loses use of arm following carpal tunnel procedure

It's often complications during seemingly minor medical procedures that result in surgical errors. One doctor, while performing a carpal tunnel release, apparently attempted to stabilize a bone by using a six inch metal plate. However, difficulties in fitting the plate into place caused him to use sutures instead of screws.

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