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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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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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Patients Treated At UPMC Jameson May Have Been Exposed To Improperly Cleaned Ultrasound Probes

More than 200 patients treated at UPMC Jameson Hospital may have been exposed to improperly cleaned ultrasound probes.  Hospitals must follow strict procedures for the cleaning and disinfection of ultrasound probes and similar instruments that doctors insert inside patients’ bodies.  Regrettably, when hospitals fail to properly train and supervise their employees, bugs can remain on or inside medical instruments due to improper cleaning.

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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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Superbug Reaches Pittsburgh Hospital

Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) has had at least one patient to have contracted the CRE Superbug. Legal allegations are pointing at the endoscopes and potentially substandard cleaning instructions by Olympus Corporation.

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