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A doctor's failure to treat an ailment may be medical malpractice

Many Pittsburgh residents can tell when something is not quite right in their bodies. They may feel different or may experience symptoms that are uncommon to their existing conditions. When abnormalities in their health arise, individuals often get in touch with their doctors so that they can investigate the causes of their new found medical problems.

What is informed consent?

Going to the doctor's office can be an overwhelming experience for a Pittsburgh resident. Not just because they will have their body examined for injuries and illnesses but also because they may be subjected to what seems like an endless pile of paperwork to fill out. Often when individuals visit their medical professionals they must fill out forms related to their current states of health, changes to their contact and insurance information, and releases related to their medical records.

Medical malpractice: a review of potential surgical mistakes

Although some Pennsylvanians may live their entire lives without ever having to have surgery, others may be plagued with medical conditions that require multiple operations. Surgery is often invasive, painful and may involve a lengthy recovery even if a doctor performs the procedure with superlative expertise and care. In some situations, though, medical malpractice may occur when health care professionals make damaging surgical mistakes.

Can I sue a hospital for medical malpractice?

When it comes to preparing a civil pleading to seek one's negligence-based damages, a victim may consider all of the people who could have contributed to the hazards that led to their harm. In a case of medical malpractice those people may include doctors, nurses, hospital staff members and others who work as medical or support personnel. However, there is one "person" that may not jump out as a possible medical malpractice defendant - the hospital where the medical malpractice happened.

Misdiagnoses can seriously hurt Pennsylvania patients

The diagnosis of a serious disease can strike apprehension into the heart of a Pittsburgh resident. For example, a person recently diagnosed with cancer may fear that they will not live long enough to see their children grow up or that they may not be able to accomplish all of their life's dreams before they pass on. However, thanks to modern medicine and the regulated practices of medical professionals many people who are diagnosed with serious diseases often fully recover and continue enjoying their lives long into the future.

How can a victim in Pittsburgh prove medical negligence?

Negligence occurs when a person fails to meet a particular standard of care and another person is harmed by that conduct. In the context of medical negligence, it is often the conduct of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals that is alleged to have caused or created harm for Pittsburgh residents. This post will offer an overview of the general elements of a medical negligence case, but readers are asked to discuss their medical malpractice questions with legal professionals who provide counseling and advocacy in this area of the law.

Lawsuit alleges doctors disregarded patient's health directive

It is not uncommon for Pittsburgh residents to take proactive steps to prepare for the future. One way that many people plan to protect themselves and their estates is to create estate plans. While many readers are likely familiar with wills and maybe even trusts, others may be unfamiliar with medical directives.

A doctor's mistake may cost you more than your health

For many Pittsburgh residents, going to the doctor is a necessary part of maintaining their health, and ensuring that their ailments are addressed and remedied in a timely manner. Whether a patient has the ability to choose his or her own medical practitioners, or receives care from doctors who are available when the patient's needs arise, should not impact the quality of care the individual receives. In order to practice medicine, doctors must pass rigorous courses of study and sit for examinations that demonstrate their ability to provide medical care for those who seek their services.

When a misdiagnosis becomes a case of medical malpractice

Going to visit the doctor is a necessary evil for many Pittsburgh residents. Few enjoy stepping onto the scale, having their bodies poked and prodded, and then hearing about all of the things they should be doing to take better care of their physical systems. Often, trips to the doctor result in patients receiving clean bills of health or accurate diagnoses for the symptoms that present themselves and require intervention to resolve. From time to time, though, a patient may be dismissed by a doctor without a necessary diagnosis or with the wrong diagnosis to a serious medical condition.

Medical malpractice losses can be significant and costly

Medical accidents, and situations of medical negligence can be costly, painful, and life-altering. Pittsburgh residents who have to endure the difficultly of suffering medical malpractice injuries or losses can attest to the many challenges that accompany such an event. Aside from the very difficult process of healing from a doctor's or hospital's error or mistake, comes the financial toll of extra medical bills and lost earnings, the emotional stress of experiencing a hardship and the individual losses one feels from becoming the victim of a preventable harm.