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Is my hospital acquired infection considered malpractice?

The term, "malpractice" often refers to situations where medical professionals have provided patients with some manner of improper care or treatment. Many people associate medical malpractice with things like wrongly prescribed medications or doctors operating on a patient's incorrect body part. However, it's important to know that malpractice can occur anytime when health care professionals are careless or negligent in their actions that adversely affect patients.

You may be a victim of malpractice if you were admitted to a hospital without an infection and came out with one. Nosocomial infections are a specific type of infection that patients can acquire while in hospitals or other health care facilities. In most cases, a patient must first meet several criteria before an infection can be classified as nosocomial.

Hold your medical team responsible in Pennsylvania

A birth injury can result in your own injuries or an injury that leaves your child with permanent disabilities or temporary pain and suffering. Whatever kind has affected you, it's your right to discuss your case and your right to compensation for the mistakes made.

A birth injury in Pennsylvania can be described as severe mental or physical disabilities to children. Birth injuries could also, in some cases, describe injuries you suffered as a mother during the birthing process. Things like hemorrhaging. going into shock due to a delayed Cesarean section or poor suturing could leave you in trouble, while being too rough with your child or failing to make sure your child received enough oxygen could result in long-term brain damage, cerebral palsy or other illnesses.

Your infant’s weight at birth may factor into birth injuries

Many soon-to-be parents are anxious about their child's pending birthday. As parents, we naturally want to do everything possible to reduce the chance of harm to our children. We attend childcare classes, and some of us read books and watch videos in an effort to prepare for our new responsibilities.

Despite our best efforts, expectant parents can only do so much. We can't be in the delivery room and actually guiding our child down their mother's birth canal. We don't have the requisite skills to delivery our child if it is being born feet first. We rely on medical professionals with years of specific training to do all of the things that we would do ourselves if we had the knowledge.

Medical issue to blame for crash in Pennsylvania

When you visit your favorite store or cafe, you aren't thinking about getting hurt. You probably think you're safe, sitting by the window, watching cars drive by. You may be visiting with friends, spending time with your kids or just going about your daily business. In some cases, sudden accidents can result in a crash that impacts a building or causes a vehicle to go up onto the sidewalk. In that moment, pedestrians are at risk, and your life could be in danger.

That's what happened in this case involving a man who suffered a medical issue while driving in Pennsylvania. The 54-year-old man's vehicle went over the curb and over a sidewalk before it collided with a building. It went through the windows, entering the building from the street.

Understanding what happens in wrongful death claims without wills

Pennsylvania recognizes that a victim has suffered a wrongful death when someone else's negligence or recklessness caused him or her to die. Relatives of the decedent are permitted to seek compensation from those responsible for the wrongful deaths of their loved ones. This civil litigation can be extremely complex for a variety of reasons.

In nearly all cases where a wrongful death has occurred, the victim's family was not prepared for the premature loss of their loved one. This is especially true in criminal wrongful death cases. An example of this might be when a drunk driver kills a motorist. Generally, the deaths of these victims are completely unexpected. Additionally, many of these types of wrongful death victims die without first having created valid wills.

2 killed, several injured in drunk driving crash in Pennsylvania

Losing a loved one in a car accident is difficult, especially when you're also dealing with injuries from the crash. If you've been through a crash like this one, then you understand how a drunk driver can impact your life in one tragic instance. The parents of two teens will now face the struggle of losing their children as they fight for their own lives in ICU.

Two teens were killed in a crash in Exton on February 14, and the driver who was allegedly responsible has now been charged. According to a story out of Exton, Pennsylvania, the teens were siblings who were driving a minivan through Exton at around 7:00 p.m. They had been traveling on Route 100 when another driver, who was allegedly drunk at the time, struck their vehicle with his GMC pickup truck.

Could vacuum extraction have caused my child’s birth injuries?

We rely on medical professionals to provide all of the care that may be necessary and appropriate when delivering our infant children. Most of the time, doctors and their nursing staff are successful in their application and implementation of accepted medical procedures. However, even the most well-intentioned procedures can have adverse effects if they are not necessarily required.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a vacuum extraction is a procedure that is used sometimes in situations where a mother is experiencing difficulty during delivery. Typically, a health care professional using the vacuum extraction method will attach a cup with a handle to the infant's head. The cup is attached to the vacuum pump that provides suction and helps the care provider guide the child through the mother's birth canal. This is usually done in conjunction with the mother's contractions and her own efforts to push the baby.

Get help for medical negligence in Pennsylvania

Going through surgery is hard; you may have incisions that need to heal, or you could have adhesions that develop and cause you pain while you recover. Some post-operative problems can be normal; some seeping is usually expected, and pain is usually a normal occurrence. Other post-operative issues aren't normal; struggling with cardiac arrest following a procedure, having a stroke or suffering severe pain due to hemorrhaging can all cause major injuries to you as a patient.

After surgery, you need to be closely monitored. Your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure should be taken regularly. If you suffer from diabetes, asthma or other chronic conditions, the staff should be working with you to control your condition. Although uncommon, it's possible for you to have a reaction to anesthesia or the stress of surgery, so medical providers need to be on the lookout for any odd behavior or health patterns.

How could seat belt syndrome affect my Pennsylvania car accident?

Even a minor car crash can leave victims requiring extensive medical treatments. As Pennsylvania motorists, we have come to expect that fractures, lacerations and contusions are all common injuries associated with vehicle collisions.

Surprisingly, there is also a host of injuries car crash victims suffer from devices intended to protect them during collisions. Often referred to as "Seatbelt Syndrome," the significance of these secondary injuries from seatbelts are sometimes overlooked. Seatbelt Syndrome refers to a series of ancillary injuries that occur when the occupant of a crash vehicle is thrown around against restraining devices from the impact of the collision.

Pennsylvania medical negligence: Bone cancer and your rights

If you or a loved one have suffered from ongoing bone aches, pains and joint troubles in Pennsylvania, you probably have gone to the doctor over your issues. If you went to the emergency room or clinic for treatment and were turned away or misdiagnosed, it's possible that your current condition has gotten worse than it should have. In some cases, pain and joint trouble can be a sign of bone cancer; if you weren't tested at the time and have now discovered you have cancer, you may be a victim of medical negligence.

There are several kinds of bone cancer that can develop in the bones, tissues surrounding the bones or in the joints. These include osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma and Ewing's sarcoma. These cancers have simple, common symptoms like pain and swelling. The pain and swelling can be worse at night or during activity, leading many people to think it's simply wear and tear. As the cancer persists, other symptoms, like fatigue, night sweats, shortness of breath, unexplained weight loss, stiff or tender bones or broken bones may appear.