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Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

Jury Awards Plaintiff $47 Million After Malpractice Incident Caused Disfiguring Injuries

A premature birth can force doctors to deviate from the typical childbirth plan. However, all medical personnel in birthing centers must still provide a high level of care and follow the correct procedures to protect the child’s health and well-being. In a recent case in Johnstown, a jury determined that a doctor failed to live… Read More »

One Missed Step During a Pittsburgh Gallbladder Surgery Results in $2 Million Malpractice Award

Any surgery carries risks, but patients have a right to expect that the medical professionals operating on them will act according to a certain recognized standard of care that minimizes those risks. Unfortunately for Denise Westwood of Pittsburgh, who underwent surgery to remove her gallbladder, a fairly common procedure led to ongoing complications, and she… Read More »

Surgeons Must Provide Informed Consent Information to Their Patients Directly, Not Through Nurse or Other Employee

Unless it is an emergency, surgical patients in Pennsylvania must be informed of the nature of the surgery as well as the risks and alternatives in advance of their surgery by the surgeon personally, not his or her nurse or other employee.  This is according to a recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that… Read More »

How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

If you have been injured due to negligence by a healthcare provider, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. But how do you start? Although any private citizen can file a lawsuit without legal representation, a claim of medical malpractice is complex and requires a substantial body of evidence. Your first step should… Read More »

What is the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania?

The statute of limitations is the law that sets time limits for people in various situations to take legal action. Parties who fail to take legal action within the statutory period lose their right to sue forever. Each state has its own statute of limitations for causes of action that take place within its boundaries…. Read More »

How Does the Discovery Rule Work in PA Medical Malpractice Cases?

All personal injury claims in Pennsylvania are subject to a statute of limitations, which requires that plaintiffs file a legal action within two years of the injury event or lose their rights to make a claim forever. However, there are certain circumstances that can toll the statutory period, operating as a “time-out” to stop the… Read More »

Why Do Surgical “Never Events” Continue to Happen?

Dr. Ken Kizer, former CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF), coined the term “Never Event” in 2001 to refer to medical errors that should never happen but do, alarmingly often. The surgical Never Events Dr. Kizer and his group cited were: Surgery performed on the wrong body part Surgery performed on the wrong patient… Read More »

What Constitutes Medical Malpractice In Pennsylvania?

Doctors are only human, and all humans make mistakes. This is why determining what is actually medical negligence can be confusing. You have the right to expect healthcare providers to perform their jobs professionally and to the best of their abilities. When a physician is negligent, however, the consequences can be life-altering. It is important… Read More »