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Yearly Archives: 2012

Medical Malpractice Screening Panels

By Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC |

Recently, the constitutionality of medical malpractice screening panels was challenged in a New Hampshire case that originated in 2006. In that case, a woman sought treatment at the emergency room for uncontrollable back pain. While she was admitted to the hospital, she unfortunately died. Her family sued the hospital for failing to obtain a… Read More »

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Cerebral Palsy Patient Wins Appeal in Indiana

By Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC |

Yesterday, the highest court in Indiana found in favor of minor boy with cerebral palsy – allowing him to proceed against the Indiana Patient Compensation Fund for money damages associated with his spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. Spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, as opposed to spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, is a brain disorder that effects two… Read More »

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The Importance of Timely Cancer Detection and Diagnosis

By Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC |

A cancer diagnosis often comes with feelings of shock, sadness and fear. When a patient learns that a cancer could have diagnosed sooner – to the point of being able to cure a now incurable cancer – those emotions can turn to anger and frustration. Unfortunately, cancer misdiagnosis is a common medical error. It… Read More »

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Are Patients Always Told About Serious Medical Errors?

By Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC |

Patients place great trust in their doctors and often entrust doctors with their lives. In the most recent Gallup poll regarding public trust in professionals, 70 percent of respondents rated medical doctors as having high or very high honesty and ethical standards. Patients feel justified in trusting their doctor because the doctor is the… Read More »

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Does My Doctor Practice Safe Medicine?

By Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC |

“If I had only known my doctor had a history of making mistakes!” That is one of the most common tales we hear from our clients these days. When we tell clients that we have sued a particular doctors ‘X’ number of times, they often wish they would have known beforehand and made a… Read More »

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Pitocin Linked to Child’s Cerebral Palsy

By Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC |

An Illinois jury recently awarded a 13-year old boy $14.4 million dollars due to brain damage that was caused by health care provider negligence. The child is afflicted with cerebral palsy and suffers from a seizure disorder. He will require constant aid and attendant care. This is an all-too-common story in today’s medicine. Even… Read More »

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What Do I Do If I Am In a Car Accident?

By Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC |

Whether you drive a car, truck, or motorcycle you do not plan on being involved in a motor vehicle accident. So, when an accident occurs, it is easy to become overwhelmed and frustrated. Many people have not given thought as to what they should do after an accident takes place, until it is too… Read More »

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Medical Malpractice Tragedy Ends With $17.9 Million Settlement

By Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC |

A medical misdiagnosis caused a New York mother of three to become legally blind in one eye and a quadruple amputee. In September of 2008, Tabitha Mullings presented to the Brooklyn Hospital Center Emergency Room with complaints of kidney pain. The hospital diagnosed her with a kidney stone, prescribed some pain killers, and sent… Read More »

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Autonomy of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority In Jeopardy?

By Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC |

Last week, we reported on the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority’s poster campaign, which was aimed at giving healthcare providers and patients information on how they can be more engaged with each other. The future of the Authority, which collects reports of medical errors and near errors in an attempt to prevent mistakes in the… Read More »

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New Court of Special Appeals Decision: Yiallouros v. Tolson

By Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC |

The Court of Special Appeals recently issued an interesting opinion regarding the basis of expert witness testimony. The full opinion is available here: Yiallouros v. Tolson. In that case, Yiannis Yiallouros (plaintiff) filed suit in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County against John Tolson (defendant) seeking damages for injuries he sustained as a result… Read More »

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