The Patient Advocate

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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The Three Most Important Things to Do Right After a Slip or Trip and Fall

In the moments following a serious slip or trip and fall accident you are not thinking clearly. The last thing on your mind is how you will support your personal injury claim or lawsuit. What you do next can make or break your personal injury claim. The success of a slip or trip and fall lawsuit depends in large part on the evidence surrounding the fall and what the injured persons does in the hours or days afterward.

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Proving Medical Malpractice

The bare minimum required to prove a medical malpractice claim requires a patient to establish: 1. The healthcare provider undertook and had a duty to care for the patient; 2. The healthcare provider violated that duty i.e. deviated from the standard of care and was negligence; 3. The healthcare provider’s negligence was an actual cause of harm to the patient; and 4. Harm in the form of injury or death.

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Is an Autopsy Important for my Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Case?

Pennsylvania medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits often hinge on the results of an autopsy. This is because the exact cause of death is the starting point for your medical malpractice lawyer to figure out what mistakes were made that led to the outcome. Successful prosecution of a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit becomes nearly impossible if the cause of the patient’s death is unclear or unknown.

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Delayed Diagnosis of Spinal Infection

Osteomyelitis and discitis are infections of the spine. These diseases are rare, but can lead to serious and permanent neurological injuries, including severe pain, paralysis or difficulties walking. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of discitis or osteomyelitis is often delayed by health care providers, because the primary symptom of discitis and osteomyelitis is the very non-specific complaint of back pain.

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The Eight Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice

We have compiled a list of the eight most common types of medical malpractice, based on our experience handling medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania for over 40 years. These include injuries in childbirth, surgical errors, medication & prescription mistakes, and more. Read on for the full list and details about each.

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Identifying Medical Malpractice Under Pennsylvania Law

As important as it is to know what medical malpractice is, it is also important to know what medical malpractice is not. The fact is, that most healthcare, even a poor outcome, is NOT medical malpractice. Also, in our experience, most doctors and nurses have the best intentions for their patients. But because the stakes are so high in medicine, it is common for patients or their families to wonder if a poor outcome was preventable.

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