A medical malpractice lawsuit against a Pennsylvania Veterans Affairs hospital ended recently with a verdict in favor of a veteran who is now permanently disabled after VA doctors refused to listen to his pleas for help with his post-traumatic stress disorder. The judge ruled that VA doctors negligently treated the veteran and caused him to become addicted to drugs. The details of the case are likely frustrating to anyone who believes that military veterans deserve the best possible medical treatment.
It seems like medical personnel at Pittsburgh nursing homes should be able to recognize when an elderly resident has a head injury and take steps to treat the affected person. But after a woman in another state died two weeks after she injured her head in a fall, state investigators are accusing nursing staff at the woman's assisted-living facility of neglecting her injury until it was too late.
Terry G. Bollea, better known as the professional wrestler and reality TV star Hulk Hogan, is suing Laser Spine Institute, a chain of for-profit, high-volume, doctor-owned surgery centers. Bollea is suing for medical malpractice and is seeking $50 million in damages for lost work opportunities during the 19 months he was a patient at Laser Spine Institute.
In the Pittsburgh medical community, there are types of surgical errors that are so injurious to patients yet seemingly so easy to prevent that they are called "never events." In an unfortunate irony, surgeons and medical staff regularly commit never events against their patients. As a result, patients are harmed by such things as foreign objects left in their bodies or body parts that should not have been operated on, due to the medical malpractice of doctors and nurses.
The most recent data about nursing homes provided by an online report provides a grim picture of facilities in the Pittsburgh area. The data, released by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, found that nursing homes in Pittsburgh averaged nearly 13 safety deficiencies over three years, more than any other city in Pennsylvania. This suggests that nursing home abuse and neglect are all too common in local facilities.