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.
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.
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.
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.
In interesting news, Penn State-University Park recently hosted a speaker who advocates for patient safety in the area. The speaker, Sorrel King, told the story of her 1 1/2 year old daughter who died as a result of medical error. According to a news article released by Penn State, King's daughter Josie died due to dehydration and an incorrectly administered drug while being treated at a hospital in Baltimore. As a result of her daughter's death, King wrote a book and started a foundation to advocate for patient safety and help facilitate changes in the health care industry. As King noted in her speech, she felt that her daughter's death was due to a lack of effective communication, and not from doctor/nurse mistakes.
When you hear about leading causes of death in the United States, what do you think of? Maybe car accidents, cancer, or other related illnesses? Well, it may surprise you to know that medical errors in hospitals are responsible for between 200,000-400,000 deaths per year. Some of these errors include hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, wrong operations, and diagnostic errors. These numbers don't even include deaths from medical errors committed in a hospital, but occur after the patient has been discharged.
Are you knowledgeable about medical errors? Do you know what warning signs to look for? Well, luckily for you, a recent article by Becker's Healthcare just listed the top 10 things you need to know about medical errors. Some of them include things like the most common preventable medical errors (spoilers: they include infections and medication errors). Medical errors are occurring on the state level to varying degrees. For example, about 25% of Massachusetts residents have experienced a medical error in the past five years, according to a Harvard research study.
Medical professionals do an awesome job keeping us safe and healthy, all while promoting good lifestyle choices. However, they are also humans and can make mistakes just like everyone else. This is especially true when they are working very long hours! Unfortunately, sometimes these mistakes can lead to very serious health issues.