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Independent contractor doctors limit hospital liability

If you or a loved one were to be injured by the medical negligence of a doctor in a hospital setting, your resulting medical malpractice lawsuit would likely seek to collect compensation not just from the doctor, but from the hospital itself.

WAKING UP DURING SURGERY CAN INDICATE MALPRACTICE

Imagine waking up halfway through a surgery. You can hear what's going on around you, and feel pressure if not pain. But you're paralyzed, and can't communicate that you're awake. This terrifying scenario unfortunately is not something out of science fiction. It's called anesthesia awareness, and it happens to patients every year. 

AUTOPSIES CAN PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

If your loved one has died from what you suspect may be medical malpractice, an autopsy can help determine what really happened. However, often medical professionals do not want to order an autopsy. They may be confident that they already know the cause of death, be unwilling to incur the expense of the procedure, or may simply be afraid that an autopsy could uncover evidence that could be used against them in a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

TOO LITTLE TOO LATE: DELAYED DIAGNOSIS IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

The term "medical malpractice" can summon images of dramatic mistakes: surgeons amputating the wrong limb or leaving instruments in a patient's body cavity; improper use of forceps during childbirth leading to brain damage; medication errors that result in death. But medical malpractice can also involve doctors arriving at the correct diagnosis so late that the patient suffers harm. 

How likely are patients to receive a wrong or delayed diagnosis?


Although going to the doctor is not the most enjoyable time for most residents in Pennsylvania, it is often required to receive the necessary care and treatment for an illness or disease. For most patients, much trust is put in a doctor, surgeon or medical staff. Because he or she has medical education, training and experience, patients expect them to properly diagnose and treat them. However, this unfortunately does not always occur.

What are the most common medical errors?


Going to the doctor may not be the most joyful experience for Pennsylvania residents, but it is a necessary step to take to ensure the health of individuals. If a patient is seriously ill or injured in an accident, medical care is often required for his or her survival. No matter the reason, a patient is being seen by a medical professional, trust is placed in the doctor, surgeon, nurse and medical staff. Failure to provide the medical duty of care could result in medical errors, thus harming or even killing the patient.

Placing cameras in PA operating rooms to prevent medical errors


Surgery can be a scary event to go through for any Pennsylvanian. Even if it is a simple or standard procedure, patients in Pennsylvania and all around the nation have many concerns going into it. Moreover, if complications occur during the procedure, the health and well being of the patient may be put at risk. While some complications are considered unpreventable, if a doctor or medical staff makes a surgical error during the process, this could be considered life threatening. Additionally, many of these occurrences are thought to be preventable, making it important for patients and loved ones to address this possibility.

Medical negligence and protecting rights of injured patients


Residents in Pennsylvania seek medical attention for various reasons. Whether it is for an illness, injury or necessary surgeries, patients not only rely on medical professionals to diagnose and treat them but they also trust the judgments and actions these medical professionals. When a doctor fails to comply with the necessary standards of care, this could result in harm to a patient or death of a patient.

Forceps delivery and the risk of birth injuries


The birth of a child is a very exciting experience for parents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the nation. Even before the baby is delivered, soon-to-be parents have countless concerns about both their babies' development and possible issues the newborn could suffer after his or her birth. Pregnant mothers are also frequently concerned about the birthing process, hoping for a safe and easy delivery.

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