The Patient Advocate

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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Vaccine Against Cervical Cancer Approved

Merck & Co., Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline are developing the vaccine now approved by the Food and Drug Administration so that the vaccine can be widely distributed as a prophylaxis for protection against Human Papilloma Virus. At least two types of

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Lawyers: Verdict’s Just Right

Attorneys say Tyrone Hospital trying ‘to threaten and terrify a community.’ Altoona Mirror, March 8, 2006 by Phil Ray and Greg Bock HOLLIDAYSBURG – Lawyers for a 10-year-old boy suffering from cerebral palsy say a civil court verdict of more than

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Evaluation of a Birth Injury Case (Part 2)

(Read Part 1 Here) Any attorney contemplating a birth-injury case must anticipate the defenses, both legitimate and illegitimate, that can be raised in such claims. Indeed, an intelligent decision to undertake a birth-injury claim cannot be made without an examination

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