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Medical malpractice case reaches $1.5 million settlement

When you need surgery to help with a health issue, it can be a frightening ordeal. Even the most minor surgery could easily cause serious health issues if it is not handled properly, and while we may trust our doctors, everyone can make mistakes. Unfortunately, when it comes to issues of surgery and personal health, mistakes can be the difference between health and serious injury or even life and death.

Monitoring devices can make medical teams more accountable

Sometimes the culture within medical facilities can affect Pennsylvania healthcare workers' ability to talk to each other or report errors. A 2005 study by VitalSmarts and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses found medical staff often do not communicate with each other when their coworkers break rules, commit errors, micromanage the people working under them or act incompetently. The 'Silence Kills" study also found that a fear of punishment or alienation keeps healthcare workers from speaking up. Less than 10 percent of the 1,700 doctors, nurses and clinicians in the study talked with their coworkers when they witnessed errors in judgment or medical shortcuts even though these actions could potentially be harmful to patients.

Injuries during spinal surgeries

Pennsylvania residents may be interested in learning more about some of the facts pertaining to mistakes made during operations on the spine. It has been estimated that wrong-level spine surgeries occur almost four times per week in the United States. This equates to one operation on an unintended level of the spine for every 3,110 spine surgeries. The resulting complications may be minor, but in other cases they may be serious enough to require the patient to undergo a corrective procedure.

Surgical errors result from confusing left and right

Many people actually have difficulty in distinguishing between left and right, and according to a recent report, some of those people may work in the medical profession. Pennsylvania residents may have heard of cases of medical malpractice in which an individual had the wrong limb amputated or surgery performed on the wrong side of the body.

Medical malpractice ruling in concierge medical practice case

Concierge medical practices are growing throughout Pennsylvania and the entire country. However, there may be changes ahead in how these companies screen their doctors and advertise after a Feb. 10 ruling. A jury in Florida awarded $8.5 million to the widower of a woman who had a leg amputated in 2008 after a doctor with MDVIP, the country's largest concierge medical practice, repeatedly failed to diagnose a circulatory problem that was causing her leg pain. Since the woman died four years later of leukemia, the award went to her surviving spouse. The physician had settled out of court.

New study claims medical errors kill over 200,000 a year

Patients in Pennsylvania and their family members may have reason to be vigilant for medical mistakes when they are admitted to hospitals. A study that analyzed a sample of 4,200 medical records indicates that medical errors in hospitals could contribute to hundreds of thousands of deaths every year.

Lawsuit filed against center where Joan Rivers died

Many Pennsylvania residents were saddened when they heard of the death of comedian Joan Rivers on Sept. 4, 2014. On Jan. 26, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, filed a medical malpractice suit against the ambulatory surgery clinic where her mother died as a result of complications that occurred during surgery. Joan Rivers was having a routine endoscopy when she stopped breathing and died from lack of oxygen resulting in brain damage.

Informed consent and medical treatments

Doctors in Pennsylvania are bound by law to provide reasonable information to patients about their injury, and patients must consent to any treatment offered before it can be given. This is called the law of informed consent. When doctors fail to properly inform their patients, or they proceed with treatments without proper consent, they can be held liable.

Vicarious liability in Pennsylvania malpractice cases

While people may be aware that a doctor who causes an injury to a patient due to a surgical error or other type of negligence may be held liable through a medical malpractice lawsuit, they may be unaware that the facility at which the doctor is employed may also hold liability. Hospitals and other health care facilities that derive benefits from the doctor may be deemed vicariously liable for the medically negligent act.

Disclosing errors to patients

Pennsylvania is one of several states that requires physicians to disclose unexpected outcomes to their patients as part of error disclosure. Many organizations support disclosure, something that physicians in the past were reluctant to do. Statistics show that acknowledging error and offering an apology as well as describing a plan that will not allow it to happen again results in fewer malpractice suits.

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