The Patient Advocate

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against UPMC In Pittsburgh Tuberculosis Case

Attorney Brendan Lupetin has filed a class-action lawsuit against University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on behalf of a patient that was exposed to tuberculosis by a UPMC emergency room nurse in on October 31, 2017.

The hospital, after discovering in March 2018 that the nurse was infected with TB believes that patients were exposed during the period of October 28, 2017 – February 28, 2018. The hospital informed 4,700 patients of the potential exposure that they needed to be tested for tuberculosis.

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The Real Cost of a Pedicure: Hidden Dangers Lurking in Nail Salons

Nail salons can be the source of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other infectious agents including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Patrons can contract these biologic hazards from salons that re-use utensils and instruments without properly cleaning them between patrons or ineffectively clean equipment. Bacteria and fungus from unclean nail tools can contribute to other serious conditions such as thrombophlebitis, osteomyelitis, and sepsis which require extensive and expensive medical attention to treat or cure.

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Eight Steps To Avoid Cervical Cancer (Updated)

Modern medicine offers many therapeutic treatments to women diagnosed with invasive cancer. Prevention, however, is far better than cure. The best protection a woman has against cervical cancer is to develop a trusting relationship with a gynecologist and follow the guidelines listed in this article.

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New Recommendations to Monitor Coffee Roasters for Potential Lung Disease

Bronchiolitis obliterans is commonly referred to as “popcorn lung” because several popcorn factory workers died when they developed the disease after occupational exposure to alpha-diketones from the butter flavoring. However, popcorn processors are not the only factory workers at risk to be exposed to hazardous levels of alpha-diketones at work. Preventing environmental exposure to airborne alpha-diketones is crucial because, the symptoms of bronchiolitis obliterans can be quite severe—even fatal—many patients who develop severe bronchiolitis obliterans require a lung transplant.

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Contaminated Water At Summit Elementary School

Pittsburgh attorney Brendan Lupetin of Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin has been retained to represent the children of Summit Elementary School in a lawsuit against the Butler Area School District after high levels of lead and E. coli bacteria were found in the school district’s well water.

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Lawsuits Filed In Cases of Death in Mold Outbreak at UPMC Hospitals

A deadly mold outbreak at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital campuses Montefiore, Presbyterian and Shadyside in Western Pennsylvania has been linked to contaminated bed linens from Paris Healthcare Linen Services. The contaminated sheets and linens were distributed by Paris Linen’s DuBois facility in Clearfield County; the same location which provides linens to all UPMC hospital campuses. The attorneys of Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin are currently (as of October 31, 2017) representing four families in cases against the UPMC hospital system and Paris Companies in which multiple transplant patients have died as a result of a fungal infection.

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Misplaced NG Tubes Pose Serious Threat to Patient Wellbeing

Misplaced nasogastric (NG tube) and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes can result in Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawsuits because of the serious injuries and even death that result to patients. The lawyers of Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin are well versed in handling such cases and feel it is important to discuss this ongoing threat to patient safety.

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Docusate Recall – Children’s Laxative Contaminated WIth Burkholderia Cepacia

This law firm is warning parents about the recall of Docusate, a laxative used to treat constipation in children and infants. The FDA has confirmed the product has been contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), a bacteria linked to an ongoing outbreak. To date, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed 58 cases of B. Cepacia, from 8 states, including Pennsylvania, linked to Docusate products.

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Prevention of Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism can be prevented by assessing a patient’s risk for developing DVT. Since major surgery is a risk factor, patients already at high risk for DVT undergo preventative measures before the surgery. Our attorneys have experience in cases in which pulmonary embolism was either poorly managed or even preventable.

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Failure to Prevent, Diagnose, or Treat Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary Embolism is an emergency that kills 100,000 Americans and endangers 900,000 more annually. It is critically important that doctors assess all hospitalized patients for their risk of developing pulmonary embolism and take preventative measures. Prevention, prompt diagnosis and proper treatment of this potentially deadly condition are the keys to saving lives. Failure to diagnose, prevent and/or treat pulmonary embolism may constitute medical malpractice.

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