The Patient Advocate

New Bill Approved By Congress That Allows Active Duty Military Members To Sue For Medical Malpractice

Bi-partisan legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate that would partially repeal the Feres Doctrine and allow active duty military to sue under the FTCA when they are injured or killed from medical malpractice. This bill passed Congress on 12/17/2019 and is expected to be signed into law by the President. If this bill becomes law, for the first time in almost 70 years active duty military would be allowed to seek redress from the Department of Defense (DOD) when they are injured and killed due to medically malpractice in military hospitals.

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Ellwood City Hospital Emergency Room & Inpatient Services Suspended

As of November 27, 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has suspended all emergency room and inpatient services at Ellwood City Medical Center Ellwood City Medical Center in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. The closure of all but outpatient services at Ellwood City Medical Center is related to undisclosed violations of Pennsylvania regulations intended to protect the safety of patients.

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Declares Pennsylvania’s Seven Year Limit On Medical Malpractice Cases Unconstitutional

On October 31, 2019, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Yanakos v. UPMC and declared Pennsylvania’s statute of repose unconstitutional. Before the Court, UPMC argued the statute of response complied with Article I, Section 11 of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The Court found UPMC proved the statute of repose was related to the important government’s interest of controlling the rising costs associated with medical insurance and medical care. However, UPMC failed to produce evidence of how the statute of repose actually achieved this government interest.

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US News – Best Lawyers®: 2020 “Best Law Firms”

Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin has been recognized as a Tier 1 law firm in Pittsburgh, PA for Medical Malpractice by US News – Best Lawyers® in the 10th Edition of “Best Law Firms” released on November 1, 2019.

The firm has also been recognized in previous editions of US News – Best Lawyers® for work in both medical malpractice and personal injury law.

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Death From Cervical Cancer: Is The End Is In Sight?

A recent review of studies measuring the success of HPV immunization in reducing HPV infection, Genital Warts, and Cervical Intraepithelial shows a dramatic reduction in the instances precursors to cervical cancer in a wide range group of women from 13-29 years of age, as well as instances of genital warts among boys and young men. When a majority of population has been immunized, the virus is not able to propagate and be transmitted to the unvaccinated portion of the population.

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Multiple Studies Show The Benefits of HPV Vaccination Over the Past Five Years

Human Papillomavirus, better known as HPV, is a sexually transmitted infection that affects approximately 79 million mostly young Americans. In recent years, health care providers and researchers have led a concerted effort to stop the spread of HPV and for good reason – not only is HPV the most common infection among Americans, HPV infection causes several types of cancers, including cervical cancer, anal cancer, and cancers of the throat, base of the tongue and tonsils. According to the CDC, every year in the United States, HPV causes 33,700 cases of cancer in men and women.

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Attorney Jerry Meyers Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Best Lawyers

Each year, attorneys around the United States have an opportunity to nominate their peers to be recognized in Best Lawyers for their achievements in their field. In addition, a single attorney will be chosen as “Lawyer of the Year” for their location and specific practice area. This year, Jerry Meyers was selected “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Personal Injury Litigation for the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Jerry was also recognized as a “Best Lawyer” for his work in Medical Malpractice Law (Plaintiffs) and Personal Injury Litigation (Plaintiffs) in Pennsylvania.

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6 Steps to Take After You’ve Been In A Car Accident

Every 4 Seconds There’s a Car Accident in Pennsylvania. This means that you have a 1 in 41 chance of being involved in a car accident – and you need to be prepared for what to do when a car crash happens.
Follow these 6 steps after your car accident, and you will significantly improve your chances of a positive recovery.

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What Damages are Available for Medical Malpractice?

There are various types of medical malpractice cases ranging from surgery on the wrong body part, to misdiagnosis of a disease. If a case of medical malpractice is proven to have caused harm to the patient, the patient is entitled to be compensated the amount of money damages that fairly and adequately compensates the them for all the physical injuries and financial damages he or she has sustained.

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Neil Armstrong Died of Medical Malpractice, Family Settled for $6M

Neither celebrity or character protect patients from medical malpractice. Note that this matter was settled privately and it is only because of hard working reporters that the public now has been informed. Since most serious cases are settled under confidentiality restrictions there is an ongoing silence about many careless acts resulting in many catastrophically injured patients.

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