In addition to the specific categories listed on the Types of Cases page, our attorneys have successfully handled cases involving medication errors, hospital protocol/staffing errors, nerve injuries, prosthetics, HMOs, dental malpractice, bed sores, anesthesia errors, gastric bypass, and more.
Cases in This Category
Cases that fall under this category could involve the following:
Delayed Diagnosis / Undiagnosed
Delayed diagnoses or undiagnosed issues can be catastrophic. In this form of medical malpractice, a doctor or health care provider is unable to reach a conclusion for a patient’s symptoms in an adequate amount of time, or not at all. This could happen due to:
- Not ordering proper tests
- Incomplete testing
- Misreading test results
- Misplaced results
- Results are not reported
While delayed diagnoses, or undiagnosed issues, are not always a case of medical malpractice, it is important that the patient is clear and accurate with the description of symptoms. Patients must be able to prove that they have taken every possible step to pursue a diagnosis of symptoms or illness.
Failures of Health Care Providers
When seeking medical attention for illness or symptoms, you put your life, or that of a loved one, in the hands of others. While this works out the majority of the time, there are times when a health care providers fail to do their job properly. This includes failure to:
- Monitor conditions
- Follow up with additional visits
- Order appropriate tests
- Order the proper procedure
- Apply the proper treatment
- Recognize special conditions
- Prescribing the wrong, inappropriate, or dangerous medications
Again, as the patient, it is important to remain vigilant, remaining in the know and asking questions when there is something you do not understand.
Wrong Operation / Wrong Patient
This is one of the very most negligent forms of medical malpractice. Avoidable mistakes such as mixing up documents, where one patient’s records has the data of another’s, while rare, does happen and often with disastrous results.
Neglect can come in several forms, from physical or mental abuse of a nursing home patient to not providing proper care in a reasonable amount of time to a person in the ER or on hospital stay.
Sometimes patients are exposed to bacteria, virus, or other dangerous conditions that can result in complications that are outside the scope of the initial visit.
An overall increase in the number of illnesses and diseases coupled with understaffing in today’s hospitals can increase the level of dangerous conditions including:
- Improper use of medication
- Biological hazards
- Trip or fall hazards
- Defective equipment
We Can Help
Harry S. Cohen & Associates, PC. has highly skilled trial attorneys with decades of experience handling medical malpractice lawsuits. We have brought suit against physicians, hospitals and HMOs in the Greater Pittsburgh area, Northern and Central Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. We have obtained record setting verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our cases have helped forge the most favorable law for medical malpractice victims and their families. If you think you have been the victim of medical malpractice, please contact us for a free consultation. We are here for you.