It is true that our healthcare system is one of the best in the world. However, we are humans and thus, mistakes will happen. Some mistakes are minor, some missing paperwork, a forgotten prescription perhaps? However, there are big errors that are easy to spot and can cause irreparable damage to the patient. Some of these errors are so plain to see, we can't believe a doctor or other medical professional would make them.
The abundance of medical treatments and prescriptions available to treat a wide variety of medical ailments are more advanced than ever before. While this is generally a positive thing, it does leave room for the potential of abusing or over-prescribing a type of medicine or treatment plan. Recently, questions were raised by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette when certain medical statistics came to light that raised red-flags about the treatment prescribed by physicians. Patients have also come forward to discuss their personal experiences with a type of back treatment called spinal fusion surgery.
Technology is at the center of many of our lives in Pittsburgh today. Much of technology has improved our quality of life, and this includes technology utilized in the medical device and drug industry. Many medical devices have been invented within the last several decades that doctors and patients use to treat various ailments. However, sometime these devices do not perform as they should, or the device is mishandled by hospital or medical staff.
When you are injured by a doctor, hospital or other medical professional, your injury or illness can make everything feel uncontrollable. Your health may have suffered greatly and you might be unsure of what to do next or who to trust. The reality is that you can help yourself or a loved one who was injured from a preventable medical mistake.
When it comes to our doctors and medical care takers, we trust them with our lives every time we ask medical advice, are prescribed treatment and are operated on. Most treatment and other medical decisions affecting patients are beneficial or neutral in the treatment of a disease or ailment. However, once in awhile, a medical decision by a medical caretaker like a doctor or nurse can have a negative affect that can cause further injury. If it is believed this could be the root of a loved one's illness or injury, read on.
Many medical malpractice suits settle out of court and the settlements are not made public. However, recently a Pennsylvania judge ruled against disclosing a recent PA woman's settlement because the public's right to know outweighed the defenses concerns. With that, it was released that the woman suing a Pennsylvania hospital for medical malpractice won because of an error on behalf of hospital and staff. This settlement, while large, is a bitter-sweet moment for the family after a horrifying error caused the death of the woman's unborn twins.
Have you ever actually read those medical waivers you sign before a doctor or hospital administers care? Of course not, it's all a bunch of legal mumbo-jumbo, and if someone needs medical care, it's likely they need it sooner rather than later. Regardless of what the administrative forms are telling you, it's the hospital's duty to administer them prior to treatment. In the same way, it is a doctor's duty to explain his treatment plan and address any and all complications that could arise from such care.
A newborn child is so tiny and precious. With all of the advances in modern medicine today, infant mortality and injury is down to a small percentage in the U.S. However, because of the inherently dangerous act of giving birth, birth injuries still happen. Some of these injuries are not avoidable, simply something unavoidable went wrong during the birth that caused the injury. But, these injuries are avoidable when a Pennsylvanian child is in the care of a doctor or hospital staff member.
Most people trust their doctors unequivocally, and for good reason. However, unsettling claims have been made about a group of doctors accused of Pennsylvania medical malpractice in relation to unnecessary and dangerous surgeries performed at UPMC hospital. The suit alleges that a dozen doctors practicing at UPMC recommended and performed overly complex surgeries that cost more than less aggressive treatments. Some of the surgeries resulted in serious and life-long injury for the patients.
When it comes to the health and well-being of yourself and your family, only the best in medical care is desired. So if you or a loved one has suffered injury, and it is believed to be connected to faulty medical care, there are ways to make it right. It first begins by correcting the problem a medical provider may have made in the first place. The next step comes when an injured person and their family attempts to prove negligent behavior by a medical provider that directly resulted in personal injury.