The Patient Advocate

Green Onions Suppliers Face Suit

Originally Published December 2, 2003 By Robert Baird, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Staff Writer A federal lawsuit was filed Monday in Pittsburgh against four companies accused of distributing green onions to a Chi-Chi’s Restaurant in Beaver County. The lawsuit was filed on

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Eight Steps To Avoid Cervical Cancer

Checklist: Protecting Yourself From Cervical Cancer The best protection a woman has against cervical cancer is to develop a trusting relationship with a gynecologist and follow the guidelines listed below: Regular Exams. Visit a gynecologist at least once a year

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Deadly Hospital Mistakes Are Doomed To Be Repeated

Originally Published October 24, 1993; Section: NATIONAL; Edition: TWO STAR; Page: A-1; Memo: MEDICATION ERRORS; Day 1: THE OVERVIEW; TOMORROW: Many hands, many mistakes. Contributing to this series were Tim Dunham, Post-Gazette technology systems editor, and Clark Hallas, who served

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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Increased Risk of Bile Duct Injury

An injury to the bile duct occurring during the course of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, which injury results in recurring problems with the potential for permanent liver damage should be considered a case of possible medical negligence until proven otherwise. In general, when appropriate surgical safeguards are employed in the performance of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy there is no unintended injury to the bile ducts. Unintended injury to the bile ducts when it occurs is often a result of doctors having failed to employ those safeguards deemed appropriate for the performance of such a procedure.

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Karen Tirimacco, Quadriplegic Awarded $1.15 Million

Originally Published December 28, 1995; Section: OBITUARY; Edition: SOONER; Page: A-13 Sharon Voas, Post-Gazette Staff Writer Twenty years ago, Karen Tirimacco faced a bright future. The honors student at Duquesne University was about to graduate and be married and planned

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Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums Soar

Originally Published Sunday, January 21, 2001 Excerpt from an article By Christopher Snowbeck, Post-Gazette Staff Writer The insurance companies blame the higher premiums on what they call overly sympathetic juries hearing medical malpractice cases in Philadelphia. Misplaced Blame? But Jerry

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Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law

The Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law (PaMVFRL) defines an individual’s rights when injured in a car accident. Because no one plans on being injured in an auto accident, before purchasing automobile insurance, you should know how the law affects

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