Pennsylvania medical malpractice claims typically follow injuries to patients. Typical causes of these injuries are failure of physicians to properly diagnose diseases, conditions and initial injuries; surgeries performed on the wrong site; and other acts of obvious medical negligence. A few medical errors are not easily detected immediately. One of them is anesthesia error.
Manufacturers have considerable responsibilities for their products when they put them on the market, including in Pennsylvania. To be competitive, they must ensure their products can do what they are advertised to do while also being safe for consumer use. Manufacturers are also obliged to provide proper warnings about any risks associated with their products. Manufacturers should also ensure that their products are free from any known or hidden defects that can injure users. Manufacturers of baby and children's products have even more responsible for safety.
The Jerry Sandusky criminal trial and civil settlements brought to the public’s attention a series of crimes that one man had perpetrated against dozens of innocent victims. The number of victims and the lengthy timeline of abuse were overwhelming for many Americans following the trial. They also served as an important reminder that child sexual abusers are often enabled and empowered by those who suspect inappropriate behavior but fail to intervene.
Nursing homes in Pennsylvania typically advertise their long-term care facilities as places where senior citizens with medical needs will feel at home and cared for. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities provide many other services for residents as well, including recreation. Unfortunately, too many nursing facilities also have higher rates of certain accidents that make their environments more dangerous to their residents, as a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted in September.
Harsh winter weather can cause a lot of drivers, including Pennsylvania motorists, to alter their usual routes. However, as evidenced by a recent truck accident, it is not only their route that drivers should be altering but also their level of alertness.
One of the major stories currently making news has to do with contested sexual assault allegations. Recently, Rolling Stone Magazine did a feature story about a young woman identified as “Jackie,” who is or was a student at the University of Virginia. She alleged in an interview that she had been gang raped by a group of men in a fraternity house.
Because commercial trucks are so much larger and heavier than other motor vehicles, they pose a threat whenever they are on roads and highways in the United States, including in Pennsylvania. For this reason, truck drivers must be certified to be on the road. Part of their training includes watching out for others on the road. When they feel to meet this responsibility, the results can be tragic as one accident north of Reading recently showed.
The discussion we began last week focuses on proving negligence in a civil lawsuit against a nursing home. While most nursing homes in the United States offer high-quality care from a competent and compassionate staff, this is not always the case.