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October 3, 2022
Drunk Doc? Some Burned Out Medics Are Working Impaired

Drunk Doc? Some Burned Out Medics Are Working Impaired

A new report shows a growing number of burned out physicians are turning to drugs or alcohol, according to an article in Changing America. The 2022 State of Mental Health: American Healthcare Workers Report revealed a mental health crisis in the healthcare industry, in part fueled by the pressures of the pandemic, and causing a […]

July 25, 2022
Q&A: Are medical mistakes always considered malpractice?

Q&A: Are medical mistakes always considered malpractice?

Medical malpractice is almost inevitable in today’s society, according to an article in Psychiatry Advisor. But what, specifically, constitutes “medical malpractice?” Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients, providing compensation for damages and deterring future unsafe practices. However, to qualify as medical malpractice, it must occur within a formal physician-patient relationship, and four elements […]

February 28, 2022
Deadly Medication Errors

Deadly Medication Errors

More Americans die each year as a result of medical errors than because of breast cancer, AIDS and car accidents combined, according to an article in Medical Xpress. While that statistic is concerning in itself, the total number of medical errors could be far greater. If a medical error doesn’t cause severe harm or death, […]

September 20, 2021
How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?

How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?

When healthcare treatment results in injury, it can be devastating. Being unable to sue the responsible party makes it all the worse. But that is what could happen if you wait too long to pursue a medical malpractice case in Pennsylvania. Medical malpractice laws are governed by individual states rather than the federal government. In […]

July 19, 2021
Will Medicine-Dispensing Robots Cut Down on Errors?

Will Medicine-Dispensing Robots Cut Down on Errors?

A medical device company hopes to use prescription-dispensing robots to reduce deadly errors, according to recent news reports. The company, RescueDose, is one of several developing robots to combat the deadly and disabling effects of human error. Such errors can be caused by fatigue, staff shortages, inadequate training, and other reasons. The World Health Organization […]

May 3, 2021
Diagnostic Errors Are Growing

Diagnostic Errors Are Growing

With almost 70,000 diseases and only 200 presenting symptoms, it’s no wonder that diagnostic errors are common, but medical misdiagnoses are not easily tracked or managed and could lead to devastating consequences, according to an article in The Doctor Weighs In. In fact, medical misdiagnosis is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. […]

November 13, 2020
With Daylight Savings Comes… Medical Mistakes?

With Daylight Savings Comes… Medical Mistakes?

If you feel as if things were thrown off by changes in Daylight Savings Time, you are not alone. New research shows that medical errors increase in the days following Daylight Savings Times clock adjustments, according to a recent article on OptometryTimes.com. A 2020 study recorded incidents, as reported by Mayo Clinic Health System healthcare […]

September 25, 2020
Did Coronavirus Delay Cancer Diagnoses in Pennsylvania?

Did Coronavirus Delay Cancer Diagnoses in Pennsylvania?

Diagnoses of some common types of cancer dropped in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent article in The Philadelphia Inquirer. As health systems restricted most nonurgent medical services in the early months of the pandemic, screenings dropped as much as 96%. This analysis came from a study by Quest Diagnostics. […]

Jurisdiction: Where Can a Corporation Be Sued and Why Does It Matter?

Jurisdiction: Where Can a Corporation Be Sued and Why Does It Matter?

One of the determinations to be made before filing a lawsuit is where can each of the parties be sued so as to determine where a lawsuit is best filed. Recently, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held that general jurisdiction by consent my be established where a defendant’s only contact with Pennsylvania is the defendant’s […]

April 11, 2018
Transplant Plaintiffs: Lift Time Limit on Medical Liability Suits

Transplant Plaintiffs: Lift Time Limit on Medical Liability Suits

When something like a needle or a sponge is left in a patient after surgery, it can take years for the person to feel the effects. Normally, medical professional liability claims must be filed within seven years of an operation. But when an object is mistakenly left inside a patient and causes injuries, a claim […]