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Recovery from wrongful death lawsuits can help you move forward

No one wants to imagine a day when a loved one will have to go into surgery. Unfortunately, this is something most of us will experience at some point in our lives. We trust that the Pittsburgh medical professionals in charge of our loved one's procedure will take good care of them and live up to their duties as health care professionals. In most cases, that's exactly what happens. However, in a few cases, medical professionals and hospital staff behave negligently on the job, causing injury to their patients. One mistake can cost a patient his or her life. In these cases, victims and their families may be able to file a successful wrongful death suit against those responsible.

New study says that lawsuits do not lead to "defensive medicine"

You often hear doctors or hospitals complain that the prospect of being sued by patients causes them to practice "defensive medicine," i.e., to order more tests and drive up costs that would otherwise be avoided if they were not worried about medical malpractice lawsuits. A recent study by the Rand Institute published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine says that is not true. The study looked at thousands of patients who were treated in the Emergency Room in three states (Georgia, South Carolina and Texas) that had recently changed their law to make it much harder to sue a doctor or a hospital, and they compared the number of tests ordered to a similar group of patients in states that made it easier to sue doctors. If physicians truly where practicing "defensive medicine," then you would expect that the number of tests and medical costs to go down after the state passed laws to reduce the threat of a lawsuit. However, this new study showed that the change in the law did not cause doctors to order less tests; instead, the number of tests ordered was generally the same both before and after laws were passed which made it harder to sue doctors.

How do I file a successful wrongful death suit?

Every year, people in the Pittsburgh area are killed in tragic road accidents. Families are left devastated, unsure of where to turn. Fortunately, the legal system allows families to file wrongful death suits that allow them to obtain compensation for their losses. While the damages recovered cannot bring back a lost loved one, they can at least help the families recover financially.

The changing world of medical malpractice in Pennsylvania

Medical malpractice can come in many forms. Wrong or missed diagnoses, improper surgical procedures or medication errors are just some of the more common examples that cause serious injuries or even death to victims in Pennsylvania. Resulting complications can often be life-altering such as with a traumatic brain injury. People who have suffered such an injury may never be the same and the need for long-term care can become a new reality for families.

The changing world of medical malpractice in Pennsylvania

Medical malpractice can come in many forms. Wrong or missed diagnoses, improper surgical procedures or medication errors are just some of the more common examples that cause serious injuries or even death to victims in Pennsylvania. Resulting complications can often be life-altering such as with a traumatic brain injury. People who have suffered such an injury may never be the same and the need for long-term care can become a new reality for families.

The evolution of medical malpractice

As the world of medical insurance evolves, patients, healthcare workers and organizations in Pennsylvania and around the nation will be watching to see if changes will also be coming to the world of medical malpractice. Medical errors account for the third largest number of deaths in America according to recent statistics. From traumatic brain injury to medication errors and beyond, the range of injuries is great and the consequences can be severe.

The evolution of medical malpractice

As the world of medical insurance evolves, patients, healthcare workers and organizations in Pennsylvania and around the nation will be watching to see if changes will also be coming to the world of medical malpractice. Medical errors account for the third largest number of deaths in America according to recent statistics. From traumatic brain injury to medication errors and beyond, the range of injuries is great and the consequences can be severe.

Malpractice cost remains of high concern to hospitals

Pennsylvania residents, like their counterparts around the nation, can grapple with the concerns about medical malpractice every time they seek care or fill a prescription. With more and more awareness about the true numbers of deaths that occur from medical errors every year, such concern is warranted. Consequences of errors can be minor or serious and result in brain trauma, loss of limbs, permanent disability or even death.

Malpractice cost remains of high concern to hospitals

Pennsylvania residents, like their counterparts around the nation, can grapple with the concerns about medical malpractice every time they seek care or fill a prescription. With more and more awareness about the true numbers of deaths that occur from medical errors every year, such concern is warranted. Consequences of errors can be minor or serious and result in brain trauma, loss of limbs, permanent disability or even death.

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