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Survival Statute of Limitations Faces Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently heard arguments on the following question: In medical professional liability claims, when does the statute of limitations applicable to survival actions begin to run? At issue is whether the statute of limitations begins to run before or after the time of death. The case arose out of Dubose v. Quinlan, […]

Self-Driving Ambulances in Pennsylvania: Medical Innovation or Future Liability?

Soon, your rush to a Pennsylvania hospital might be driverless. Possible? Not just possible, but likely, according to a Pittsburgh expert in emergency medicine. Autonomous Ambulances: Good for Patients? As Uber tests self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, this question comes up: If self-driving cars, what about self-driving ambulances? Dr. Paul Porter, Allegheny Health Network Emergency Medicine […]

Hospital mix ups put newborns at risk

When you went to the hospital or birthing center for the delivery of your child, you were probably nervous about the well-being of your baby. The arrival of your child was a significant event, and the hospital stay likely brought joyful visitors and tender moments of bonding. However, for the staff of nurses and doctors, […]

Did your flu shot make you sick

With the approaching of flu season again, more and more people are going to be receiving flu shots. Almost everyone is encouraged to get a flu vaccination in order to prevent the spread of the influenza virus with very limited exceptions such as infants and those with serious allergies to flu vaccine. One reason many […]

Medical mistakes mount in hospitals during the summer months

Going to the hospital during the summer months may be a bad idea as medical errors increase starting in June and ending in September. If you are planning an elective procedure, choose a time other than the summer. What makes summer the most dangerous time for you to be hospitalized? Human errors rise in the […]

Medical malpractice cases are helping improve patient safety

There is reason to be optimistic in the field of medical malpractice. Check out this article in the Wall Street Journal, highlighting the fact that insurers and medical specialty groups are reviewing thousands of medical malpractice lawsuits that have either been tried or settled. One of the reasons for the review is to identify issues […]

New surgical sponges include barcodes for tracking

Pennsylvania residents who need to undergo surgery can understandably be nervous. This nervous feeling may relate to many things from concerns about what may be discovered during an operation to medical errors that may be made in the process. While no patient wants to think about the potential of becoming the victim of medical negligence, […]

Study reveals that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the us

According to a recent article published by the British Medical journal, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Martin Makary and Michael Daniel assess its contribution to mortality and call for better reporting, because medical error is not included on death certificates or in rankings of cause of death. […]

A look at medical errors in pennsylvania

When you or a family member in Pennsylvania becomes sick or injured, the last thing you should have to worry about is the safety of your medical care. However, in today’s society, this concern is a valid one. Many a medical error has been known to leave patients with serious injuries. In some cases, patients […]

Study communication failures among medical staff often prove deadly

From kitchens and warehouses to industrial plants and office settings, the simple reality is that no single place of employment is immune to breakdowns in communication. However, while breakdowns can be time-consuming and inefficient, the fallout from something like a misplaced order or a failure to complete a report on time is generally limited in […]