This post follows up on our immediately preceding entry chronicling a recent investigation into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and critics’ calls for change in the agency’s medical care system (please see our December 3, 2013, post).
Reporters from national broadcasting and publishing company Cox Media Group recently concluded an investigation into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs focusing on hospital negligence cases.
In a recent opinion piece published by the online newspaper Trib Live regarding the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that occurred at the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System, Veterans Affairs officials are tasked to "do the right thing and reprimand or fire those responsible."
What a director of a national union representing registered nurses calls “probably the single biggest issue facing nurses nowadays” could be having an adverse effect on the quality of patient care across the country.
A medical negligence lawsuit filed recently in neighboring Ohio is certainly instructive in Pennsylvania and elsewhere concerning the injuries that befall patients when care falls to a substandard level.
Pennsylvania has recently joined 30 other states in passing what is called the "I'm Sorry" law as concerns medical malpractice. The law was purportedly put in place to protect doctors or medical providers who apologize to a patient after an adverse event takes place. The law would prevent an apology from being admitted into evidence in a medical malpractice case because jurors may view it as being an admission of negligence.
The ECRI Institute is an international nonprofit group that conducts research into best practices for improving medical industry safety and patient care outcomes.
As we have noted in prior select posts, Pennsylvania does not impose a ceiling on the monetary amount that a plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit can recover for injuries suffered as a result of a doctor’s negligence.
Robert. J. Szczerba, a Forbes contributor, presents a wealth of statistical data from diverse sources in a recent media piece that underscores the supreme irony inherent in patients’ visits to medical facilities across the country, including in Pennsylvania.
Although individual culpability certainly looms large in many instances of negligence in Pennsylvania hospitals and other facilities across the country, it is more often “a series of errors” involving multiple parties that is implicated in injuries visited upon patients.