Today it is quite rare for a patient to complain of abdominal pain in a clinical or emergency setting, receive treatment for a gastric ailment, get released, and then suffer disabling injuries or death from a ruptured appendix and the resulting infections. Nevertheless, medical negligence continues to occur both in the diagnosis of appendicitis and the treatment of the condition through conventional or laparoscopic appendectomy.
If you need advice about personal injury or wrongful death claims related to misdiagnosed or ineffectively treated appendicitis, contact a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer at the Pittsburgh law firm of Richards & Richards. Founding attorney Veronica Richards worked as a nurse practitioner and hospital administrator before beginning her law career. She now has more than 25 years of legal experience and has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in medical malpractice since 2004. Our firm's clients benefit from her ability to make an accurate assessment of the strength of a case on liability and damages issues.
Types of Appendicitis-Related Errors
The following are examples of situations where negligence on the part of a Pennsylvania physician, surgeon or hospital employee might have played a significant role in catastrophic complications of appendicitis:
- Laparoscopic surgery mistakes involving unintended cuts or damages to vital organs, tissues or ducts
- Failure to monitor the patient's risk of aspiration and resulting brain damage during and following an emergency appendectomy
- Misdiagnosis due to confusing the symptoms of pneumonia and appendicitis, especially in children
- Negligent care during the postoperative recovery period
The defendant in a medical malpractice lawsuit related to appendicitis could be a surgeon, a family doctor, a pediatrician, an emergency physician, an anesthesiologist or the hospital itself. In some cases, several of these might be held to account for separate incidents of negligence related to the misdiagnosis.
Contact a Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Richards & Richards, LLP, is a trusted resource for those who have been harmed by medical professionals in Pennsylvania. To learn more about our ability to help you, contact our office in Pittsburgh for a free consultation.