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Medical Malpractice in Philadelphia

Medical Malpractice is an area well known by many Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys. Medical malpractice statutes and laws aim to protect patients from medical treatment that deviates from an appropriate standard of care. These cases typically arise when a patient has been injured due to the actions of a healthcare professional. Medical malpractice is governed by Pennsylvania state law and each state varies. But the basics are the same: the healthcare professional owes a duty of competence to the patient and a duty to abide by the appropriate standard of care in the industry. In order for there to be a duty, however, there must be a relationship between the injured party and the medical professional. This is usually a doctor-patient relationship and not the relationship a doctor may have with another person if the doctor is an innocent bystander to a medical emergency.

Most Pa personal injury lawyers are highly skilled in this area of law. Talk to a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney to discuss your potential malpractice actions.

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Fake Dentists Rooted Out: 2 Bryn Mawr Women Arrested

With medical and dental costs rising, many patients seek alternatives. Sometimes, we hear of stories where people seeking plastic surgery go to unauthorized dealers, thinking that something as simple as a Botox injection can be performed by anyone.

But that's not true. Medical and dental work requires a professional, and it involves state licensing. This is for safety reasons. When patients suffer serious medical conditions or even death as a result of this reckless practice of medicine or dentistry, there's not only potential civil liability but also possible criminal liability.

A team of imposter dentists have been arrested for running a sham operation where they performed dental work after-hours at a local dentist's clinic, reports The Philadelphia Daily News.

Synthes Lawsuit for Bone Cement Death

Two patients died on the operating table during spinal surgery. The deaths were allegedly linked to an illegal clinical trial of bone cement promoted by Chester County's Synthes Inc.

The families of the two victims, Ryoichi Kikuchi and Barbara Marcelino, both 83-years-old at the time of death, have filed Synthes lawsuits for the bone cement deaths, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. Both had surgery at the John Muir Medical Center in Northern California and died after doctors injected the bone cement into their spines.

Man Settles Medical Malpractice Lawsuit for Towels Left in Body

This story happened in New Philadelphia, but it could have easily happened in our old Philadelphia. A New Philadelphia, Ohio man won a $275,000 settlement in a medical malpractice lawsuit against the federal government for having towels left in body after surgery at a veterans hospital.

Robert Sanner, 47, had surgery at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland to have a cancerous kidney removed, reports The Times-Reporter. But something didn’t feel right, and Sanner returned twice to the hospital complaining that he felt sick.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that too many doctors are overtesting for cervical cancer in the wrong women or by using the wrong test. The government study indicates that doctors are not following medical industry guidelines when they perform checks for the cervical cancer-causing HPV virus. By not following these guidelines, the Associated Press reports that too many women are getting unnecessary tests.

According to the AP, 60 percent of doctors are wrongly administering a routine Pap-plus-HPV test to detect cervical cancer. Industry guidelines say that this test combination should only be given to women 30 years of age or older; however, 60 percent of the doctors polled by the CDC are giving this test combination to women much younger.

Denise King Files Injury Lawsuit Against PA Hospital

West Philadelphia jazz singer S. Denise King has filed an injury lawsuit in Common Pleas Court, claiming a jolt during an MRI exam prevents her from learning any new songs. According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the suit seeks in excess of $50,000 and says King's "ability to perform new music has been impaired to her professional detriment, embarrassment, and financial loss."

Denise King said she experienced "shocking sensations" while going through a magnetic resonance imaging procedure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in November 2008.  The procedure was stopped around the beginning of the MRI when King felt "the sensation of strong electric shocks." She claims the experience left her with an inability to learn new music.

Could X-rays Potentially Cause Leukemia In Philly?

Even though the risk is still minute, a recent study revealed that exposure to three or more X-rays in childhood could potentially double the odds that youngster could develop a form of leukemia. According to, the study does not confirm that X-rays do directly increase the risk of leukemia, but researchers are suggesting that medical physicians not order X-rays if they aren't necessary.

Each year nearly 3,317 children from birth up until the age of 14 have leukemia, which is a type of cancer that affects bone marrow and blood. Leukemia can generally be treated, but has a larger potential to be fatal.

The Ohio woman that filed a lawsuit against a Bridgewater plastic surgeon in Pittsburgh federal court officially ended the dispute last week, where Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys were finally able to come to a settlement.

The Beaver County Times reports that the details of the settlement were unavailable but that the plaintiff had been seeking in excess of $300,000 once she was informed that she allegedly received a different type of breast implants than the ones she had requested.

PA Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Decrease

At a time when personal injury attorneys seem to thrive off malpractice claims, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that PA medical malpractice suits have taken an interesting turn within the past decade. Many people in the Keystone state might be surprised to hear that Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys have seen a drop in medical malpractice lawsuits statewide with 2,632 reported medical malpractice lawsuits in the year 2000 and only 1,533 in 2009.

Woman Files Lawsuit Against Mt. Lebanon Police‎

A Pennsylvania woman is now suing the city of Mt. Lebanon after an incident in which she claims paramedics and police officers in the city failed to properly treat her while she was having an epileptic seizure.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 23-year-old Jessica Yochum had a seizure last February at a restaurant where she worked. Emergency medical workers arrived to treat her and were informed that she was having a seizure. But according to the complaint, the emergency medical workers did not act with proper care and did not let the seizure run its course.

ER Doctors Do Excessive Testing to Avoid Malpractice Lawsuits

Just about every ER doctor in Pennsylvania probably fears the idea of a medical malpractice lawsuit. And because of his this fear, Associated Press reports that there's the trend in emergency rooms to overtest patients when they have harmless chest pains, head bumps or non-threatening stomachaches.

The problem with this trend is that testing for an unlikely illness or providing treatment for an illness that is not necessarily needed can end up being very costly for the patient. When visiting the ER, the doctor will perform tests that aren't necessary and even surgeries that may not be necessary just so the physician can avoid a potential lawsuit.