With all of the education and training that doctors, nurses and other health care professionals here in Pennsylvania and elsewhere receive, you would think that they know what they are doing 100 percent of the time. Sadly, this is not always the case. In fact, you could find yourself shocked at just how vulnerable you could be to medical mistakes.
A pet can be just as important to a family as its human relatives, and many Pennsylvania pet owners go to great lengths to make sure that their furry friends receive the best care. Much like their counterparts in the human healthcare field, veterinarians are held to certain standards, and violations can lead to medical malpractice accusations. A negligent veterinarian can cause injury or death to a beloved pet, and that vet may be held responsible for faulty procedures.
Receiving an accurate and timely diagnosis for a medical condition allows a Pennsylvania patient to make informed decisions about the kind of treatment to pursue. It is critical for a physician to run the appropriate tests, to take all reasonable care in interpreting their results and to consult with colleagues when in doubt. One doctor in another state is facing medical malpractice claims for allegedly misdiagnosing patients with multiple sclerosis, leaving their true conditions untreated and their lives in disarray.
Pennsylvania law states that in order to hold a doctor responsible for medical injuries, it must be proven that a victim suffered injury as a result of negligence or unprofessional action of the part of a doctor. Traditionally, plaintiffs are successful if they can show a court that a doctor caused them harm because the doctor either failed to inform them about possible risks or side effects from a recommended treatment, or acted in a careless manner during a procedure. Recent legal action has been brought before the state's Supreme Court to decide if a judge has the right to suppress expert testimony during medical malpractice cases.
Pennsylvania residents are probably familiar with the term "medical malpractice." Though the phrase has become common in news headlines nationwide, many may not be aware that it can apply to the negligent behavior of a doctor or health provider in any medical field. In the aftermath of a recent tragedy, many are learning that the branch of care known as mental health is often overlooked, and can become a breeding ground for medical malpractice.
A medical misdiagnosis can be life-changing for Pennsylvania patients. The thought of undergoing invasive treatment and months of radiation or delaying treatment because one was informed that he or she was not in need of treatment can have far reaching implications. Although the occurrence is rare, a medical misdiagnosis still happens, and the patient is left to navigate the options of what treatment is best. When the diagnosis turns out to be incorrect, a medical malpractice claim could follow.
With so many Pennsylvania couples facing the heartbreaking reality of infertility, advances in reproductive technology has allowed for many to become parents. Clinics across the country now offer services to aid those who are suffering from infertility but still wish to become parents. Fertility clinics often perform artificial reproductive technologies and hold embryos in a frozen state while parents seek surrogates to carry their long-awaited child. One clinic is in the midst of a medical malpractice lawsuit after negligence has left over 4000 embryos and eggs destroyed.
Medical professionals are focused on keeping Pennsylvania residents healthy. Unfortunately, some doctors and nurses take advantage of those who are sick or who may not understand medical terminology and the potential outcomes associated with a particular diagnosis. While most health care professionals are well-intentioned and only have patients' best interests at hear, that is not always the case. Unnecessary surgeries can cause future medical issues and complicate an already sensitive health issue, which may well be grounds for pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Losing a loved one in a car accident can be devastating. When the cause of the crash is a drunk driver, it can be even more heartbreaking knowing that the entire incident could have been avoided had that driver not gotten behind the wheel. One Pennsylvania family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a taxi driver charged with killing a man in one such accident.
Whenever any patient goes in to receive medical care -- may that appointment be a basic checkup, a more extensive bit of treatment, or a surgery -- they are not thinking about the potential errors that could be made. No one is considering the possible negligent or irresponsible actions that can be taken by medical professionals. This is because, for the most part, we expect the best. Medical professionals are highly trained, after all. So in our minds, the possibility of a mistake being made is incredibly small.