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Category: Medical Malpractice

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Among Health Care Professionals

We know that people self-medicate with various substances all the time. Sometimes we know these individuals personally, either our friends or family. What we often don’t consider is the percentage of those in the health care industry who abuse drugs and alcohol. Doctors, nurses, and others in the medical field are under high amounts of stress, often overworked, see tragedies every day, and, unfortunately, enough of them decide to cope with substance abuse. A drink now and then isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but a problem arises when[...]

Western PA Nurse Charged with Killing 4 Patients

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Heather Pressdee, a registered nurse in the Western Pennsylvania area, has been charged with killing four patients by administering fatal doses of insulin. Witnesses say that Pressdee mocked people with intellectual disabilities and told her colleagues that a man with a brain injury didn’t deserve to live. Over the last three years, Pressdee moved between several facilities where 17 different patients with serious but not life-threatening health conditions suddenly died of insulin overdoses. Doctors and nurses who worked with her voiced concerns that[...]

What You Need To Know About the Safety of Anesthesia

Thanks to advancements in science, technology, and the medical field, undergoing surgical operations is safer today than at any other point in history. The use of anesthesia, in particular, has created an environment in which even major procedures can be considered routine. However, this does not mean that anesthesia is without its own risks. Every patient has the right to information regarding the safety and efficacy of a procedure, surgery, treatment plan, or medication. Benefits, drawbacks, and potential side effects of any treatment should be clearly and effectively[...]

The Difference Between Medical Negligence and Malpractice

At Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco, we understand that there is a good deal of legalese in any type of personal injury case. Nowhere is this truer than in a case involving medical malpractice. Words like “malpractice” and “negligence” may be used interchangeably in conversation, but they actually have very specific definitions in personal injury law. Below, we’ll examine the difference between medical negligence and malpractice. (more…)

Can Poor Bedside Manner Lead To Malpractice?

Pitfalls in bedside manner can lead to malpractice lawsuits, as patients can feel disrespected or ignored. When health care providers are rude or dismissive to patients, it can shatter trust and cause serious medical errors. In some cases, poor bedside manner may cause injury or death. Preventing these kinds of lawsuits is critical for both patients and health care providers. However, improving bedside manner is not always easy. It requires time and effort to change long-standing habits and attitudes. But it is worth it, as better bedside manner[...]

How To Start a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

If you were harmed by the negligent, reckless, or wrongful actions of a health care provider in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania, you may be owed compensation. Medical malpractice lawsuits create a legal avenue for you to recover that compensation. The process of starting a medical malpractice lawsuit can be complicated, though. Some strict requirements and deadlines must be met, which can be difficult for victims of medical malpractice who are already dealing with the aftermath of a serious medical error. At Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco, we pride[...]

Is Personal Injury the Same as Medical Malpractice?

It’s not unusual to hear the question: Is personal injury the same as medical malpractice? This is an understandable query, as a personal injury can result from medical malpractice. While the terms “personal injury” and “medical malpractice” do not mean the same thing, there can be some overlap. (more…)

How Common Is Emergency Room Malpractice?

Taking a trip to the emergency room is a scary experience. Whether you suffered a fall, ingested a toxic substance, or experienced a sudden onset of troubling symptoms, you need to know there’s a place where you can be treated both promptly and effectively. But not every patient who visits the ER receives the level of care they deserve. How common is emergency room malpractice?    If you or a loved one suffered emergency room negligence in the greater Philadelphia area, our experienced attorneys are ready to discuss your[...]

Is Medical Malpractice Difficult To Prove?

Medical malpractice is notoriously one of the most difficult types of cases in personal injury law. Proving medical malpractice requires knowledge of complex medical topics, strong relationships with experts in the field, and many other resources we will discuss further below. Even with over three decades of experience practicing medical malpractice law in Philadelphia—a city with some of the largest, wealthiest, and most reputable medical institutions in the country—the attorneys at Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco still believe there is no such thing as an “easy” medical malpractice case.[...]

What Happens When Your Doctor Misreads Your Test Results?

When you start experiencing unexplained symptoms, pain, or health concerns, your first stop may be your primary care physician. You trust your doctor to listen to your concerns and, when necessary, to send you for testing or to see a specialist. Many specialists have their own tests they like to run when meeting with new or established patients, as well.  Test results are often an essential component of correctly diagnosing a disease or illness. When your doctor misreads your test results, you could be at risk for additional[...]

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