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How can Pennsylvania nursing homes protect against falls?

With the winter season in full swing, many Erie residents may have slipped on an icy sidewalk or a snow-covered walkway in the past few months. For elderly residents, falls can be a particular threat year-round, because falls can occur anywhere and at any time. Those with loved ones in a nursing home may wonder how these facilities, which are tasked with caring for the elderly, can help prevent falls among their residents.

Was famed comic's death the result of medical malpractice?

Residents of Erie were likely shocked by the unexpected celebrity deaths of last year, including that of pioneering comic Joan Rivers. Last August, Rivers sought medical attention for a throat procedure. However, during the surgical procedure, complications arose and the comedienne ultimately passed away. Now, accusations of medical professional negligence have posed more questions about the famed figure's death. Recently, Rivers' daughter Melissa filed a

What are the signs of medical negligence in a nursing home?

To the untrained eye, it may appear easy to spot a subpar Pennsylvania nursing home. Areas that are visibly dirty or unkempt, staff who don't appear to be supervising residents or security that seems lax are all "red flags" that are often caught by families or visitors. Still, unfortunately, there are many more indications that

Psychological malpractice and patients' well-being

Most people probably associate medical malpractice with a hospital or nursing home, but the reality is that malpractice can occur in a variety of settings. One such setting is the arena of mental health. Much has been reported in the news lately regarding Americans' mental health, and with ongoing issues such as an uncertain economy many Pennsylvanians may be struggling with their well-being. For those who seek professional help, they may be interested to know more about

How can surgical errors be prevented?

Going in to surgery can be a highly nerve-wracking experience for any Pennsylvania resident. There are often preparations that must be made beforehand, as well as the intensity of the surgery itself, followed by a recovery period which may be taxing. One of the biggest fears any surgical patient is likely to have is being the victim of a surgical error or other form of

Falls in Pennsylvania nursing homes may be signs of neglect

There are countless types of medical negligence that can affect any type of patient in Pennsylvania. From someone who is just in the emergency room for a few hours to the long-term resident of a group home, those who can be impacted by negligence or

How long do you have to file a medical malpractice suit?

When someone is injured by a doctor's negligence in Pennsylvania, he or she may eventually reach the point of considering a malpractice suit. Malpractice is a term used to describe misconduct in several different professions, from medicine to law to dentistry. When malpractice occurs in a hospital or other medical setting, the stakes are often even higher than they are in other professions. As a result, a victim of a medical professional's negligence may consider seeking damages for the injuries they've suffered.

Woman dies after wrong blood transfusion at Pa. hospital

There are certain types of medical malpractice that, while fortunately rare, can cause calamitous and deadly damage when they do occur. Nowadays, it is thankfully uncommon that a hospital patient undergoing a procedure will receive the wrong type of care. Still, even with all of the modern technological advances that have occurred in medicine, there is room for human error or a doctor mistake.

Pennsylvania malpractice cases down from early 2000s

Thanks to a few well-publicized cases, in the United States there is often a perception that lawsuits are always on the rise. However, at least in Pennsylvania, medical malpractice cases seem to be heading in the opposite direction. According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, there has been a decline of over 43 percent in malpractice cases filed across the state from the early 2000s.

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