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Medical Errors Can Cause Big Problems

Recent reports suggest that medical errors in Pennsylvania are on the decline. However, some people are wondering whether this statistic tells the entire story.  Although some studies show that medical errors have declined by about half since 2005, it is important to recognize that there are some outlying factors.  For example, some hospitals file considerably lower numbers of reports than others.  This suggests that they may be under-reporting accidents and errors. Pa lawmakers are also looking into whether it's unreasonably hard for patients to file  cases in certain areas of the state.  All of this information also impacts how insurance companies can become involved when corresponding personal injury claims are filed. 

Pharmacy Errors and You

Pharmacists are likely your first line of communication in the medical community.  They fill your prescriptions, answer your questions, and are the cornerstone of drug stores across the country.  However, filling all of those prescriptions sometimes leads error.  Some studies state that pharmacy dispensing errors account for about 20% of the medication errors that impact patients overall.  Although pharmacists work very hard to minimize these mistakes, sometimes they do happen.  When they do, the consequences can be harmful and even life-threatening. Here are some times to avoid medication errors:

Text Message Refills and Your Prescriptions

In the wake of modern technology, there are many ways to make our lives simpler, easier, and more efficient.  One of these new ways is through the use of digitally sending requests such as prescription refills.  Some companies are offering customers, and pharmacists, the option to text in their prescriptions and refill requests.  However, sometimes the concepts that are supposed to make things easier can sometimes lead more complications. 

Chronic Pain and Workplace Performance

One of the main problems surrounding symptoms of chronic pain is how it influences every aspect of your life.  Chronic pain is often not a disorder that changes its symptoms or decreases across situations.  Due to this, chronic pain can lead to problems in other aspects of your life, such as socially, athletically, and in workplace performance.

UPMC Lawsuit Includes Linen Company

A little while ago, our blog highlighted the recent lawsuit that hit UPMC involving mold and the impact it had on organ donation (our original blog post can be found by clicking this link).  According to updated news reports, the same families of the organ transplant patients are now also including UPMC's linen provider in the lawsuit.  The linen service was added to the lawsuit after the same type of mold that killed the transplant patients was also found at the linen plant. The families' position is that the mold from the hospital (and their linens) resulted in mold in the transplant patients' lungs, which ultimately caused their deaths.  The linen plant has issued a statement regarding their position on the matter as well.  

Facebook Undermines PA Woman's Personal Injury Lawsuit

Sometimes, what you post on social media can really influence the validity of your legal claim.  Recently, a Pennsylvania woman discovered this fact when she went to pursue a lawsuit against doctors whom she felt misdiagnosed her.  According to the report, published by McCall.com, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ruled that the woman failed to sue doctors within the two-year statute of limitations for such cases.  The woman's original argument was that physicians misdiagnosed her Lyme disease as multiple sclerosis. 

Slipping On The Winter Ice?

Slip and fall injuries tend to increase during the winter months, due to an increase in bad weather, such as sleet, ice, and snow.  These falls may lead to long-lasting and/or painful injuries, such as broken bones, concussions, and loss of consciousness.  Extended damage from such an injury may include chronic pain and nerve damage.

Tort Reform Hurts Doctors and Patients

How much do you know about the current state of medical malpractice insurance and insurance reform?  Well, recent reports show that medical malpractice premiums and claims per doctor are at their lowest rates in 40 years.  However, many patients still  feel that they have not received proper compensation for medical errors made during their care. This is related in large part to tort reform. 

Nursing Home Residents Have Trouble In Hospitals

It is not uncommon for elderly nursing home residents to be in poor health or in need of medical assistance. In some of these situations, an emergency room visit may be essential for that patient.  However, an emergency room visit may also lead to infection in the nursing home later on.

UPMC Sued For Transplant Deaths

Over the past year, UPMC was under fire for conditions in the transplant program in their hospital.  A recent lawsuit was pursued by the family of a transplant patient from Ohio who died during a mold outbreak.  The patient, who had received a heart transplant, was one of at least three patients who died soon after receiving the new organ.  The CDC weighed in on the occurrences and reported that a specially ventilated room in the hospital's cardiothoracic intensive care may have caused the mold issues.  

Medical malpractice is hard to prove in the legal world, but negligent doctors and hospitals should be held accountable when failing to properly diagnose or implement improper treatments that lead to severe injuries. Pain, suffering, medical bills (both past and future) and a lost earnings are just a portion of the hardships that patients have to endure as a result of medical malpractice. If you feel that you or a loved one has been a victim of hospital negligence that led to severe injury, please contact our law office at 814-946-4100 for a consultation with Attorney Doug Stoehr.

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