A doctor who has specialized in treating eye ailments in a largely older patient base has been on trial after facing serious allegations. The 62-year-old doctor is accused of bilking Medicare of an estimated $105 million for alleged misdiagnosis of a relatively rare eye disease. While this trial is not taking place in Pennsylvania, it may highlight the vulnerability of some patients who place their blind trust in their medical providers.
Pennsylvania residents usually place inherent faith in those whom they entrust with their medical care. While it is not a common occurrence, one incident of hospital negligence can have life-long repercussions. One such alleged incident resulted in the loss of a patient's limb.
Doctors study for years and work hard to build a solid reputation as a quality care provider. Therefore, it may be unlikely that an individual doctor would voluntarily make allegations that a hospital would allow policies to remain in place that could lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit without a valid reason. While one particular doctor who has done so is not located in Pennsylvania, the story may be of interest to patients here.
College students are so busy with trying to fit in classes, homework, a social life and possibly jobs that they may not give much thought to their health. However, a busy lifestyle and crowded living conditions may leave them more susceptible to coming down with a serious illness. Families in Pennsylvania with loved ones in college may be interested in what one student endured after an apparent misdiagnosis.
In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, older individuals often develop health conditions that require special care. However, many of these conditions are treatable, and patients can still live a long life when their needs are properly met. One family recently endured the heartbreak of losing a loved one after what they claimed was negligence on the part of the hospital. A jury agreed with them and they won their medical malpractice lawsuit.
Medical negligence claims for injuries to the eyes are common in Pennsylvania and other states. The status of one's eyesight is a critical health issue for people moving into their elder years. With good medical attention, however, most older citizens can expect to enjoy reasonably effective eyesight for the duration of their lives. Unfortunately, in a small number of cases, patients come forward with complaints of surgical error and other forms of medical malpractice against their eye doctors.
If a doctor's negligence causes the patient to suffer an increased risk of harm, that is a compensable element of damages in a medical negligence case in Pennsylvania and other states. In a recent finding of medical malpractice by a federal District Court Judge, the court ordered the defendant doctor to pay his former patient the sum of $672,681.67. The patient was 24 years old in 2013 when the doctor negligently treated her for post-partum bleeding just seven days after her child's birth.
Young couples in Pennsylvania often have big plans for their future. This often includes the number of children they intend to have. Unfortunately, any future plans for expanding their family were dashed for one out-of-state couple after a doctor failed to provide alternatives to a hysterectomy after a women suffered heavy bleeding following a cesarean section. A federal judge recently ruled against the doctor who performed the procedures in the medical malpractice lawsuit that followed.
For many women living centuries ago, the birth of a child often had serious consequences, sometimes resulting in either the death of the mother or the child, or both. Due to advances in medical knowledge and technology, the birth process is much more likely to be successful than it was 100 years ago. As a result, many in Pennsylvania may overlook the inherent dangers of labor and delivery. These dangers, however, can be magnified by medical malpractice. For example, a recent out-of-state case concerned claims that negligence caused severe disabilities to the baby.
For many people in Pennsylvania, the delivery of a child is fairly straightforward. Often, even if there are complications in a pregnancy or delivery, skilled doctors or other health care providers can take appropriate action in order to ensure a safe delivery for both the child and the mother. Unfortunately, parents in another state claim that medical malpractice caused their son's birth injury.