July 03, 2018

Are Unfavorable Results a Form of Medical Malpractice All medical procedures come with some level of accepted risk. Unfavorable results may be one of these. However, not achieving ideal results does not automatically indicate negligence. Sometimes, even tragic outcomes are simply unavoidable.

Unfavorable results may occur regardless of the steps taken by a medical professional. There are factors beyond the control of even the most attentive and adept physicians. But when unfavorable results...

April 02, 2018

 The incident occurred almost five and a half years ago when a doctor at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown wrapped a child’s head with ACE Bandages to treat swelling after she was born prematurely. The procedure, said the doctor, John O. Chan, was something he had learned during his medical training in the Philippines. It went horribly wrong. The unusual procedure left the child with a deformed scalp and unable to grow hair on most of her head.
 Dr. Chan acknowledged in testimony during a recent four-day trial that the wrapping technique is not normal...

Tags: Medical Malpractice
February 11, 2018

When on trial in a personal injury case, it is important not only to win a verdict but to ensure that it’s conducted in a manner that protects against a possible – and often probable -- appeal later on.

Take, for instance, the birth injury case that resulted in April 2017 in a $41.6 million verdict against the federal government for its employment of an obstetrician whose poor use of forceps resulted in a child suffering permanent intellectual and physical disabilities. Not only was the verdict believed to be the largest ever in a ...

Tags: Personal Injury, Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice
February 11, 2018

A recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Superior Court may substantially change the future of litigation over Risperdal, the anti-psychotic drug linked to gynecomastia, the growth of female-like breasts in boys and male adolescents. A panel of the court decided to allow juries to consider punitive damages in trials over the medication made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The decision will require re-evaluation of cases already tried and could mean potentially larger verdicts in those still coming to trial. It may also encourage J&J to settle many or all of the thousands of pending cases. Without the threat...

Tags: Product Liability
February 05, 2018

Medical malpractice lawsuits are generally lengthy and complicated legal cases. For the average lay person, they can seem shrouded in mystery, and many common misconceptions about medical malpractice cases have arisen over the years.

At Kline & Specter, PC, we want to help our clients understand their legal rights and pursue the right course of action for their families. Here we address three of the most common misconceptions about medical malpractice cases.

1. A bad medical outcome always makes an actionable medical malpractice case.

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Tags: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury
January 29, 2018

Anesthesia is one of the marvels of modern medicine. However, mistakes made in administering anesthesia cause thousands of injuries each year and can result in death.

Types of Anesthesia

anesthesia error - medical malpractice in PennsylvaniaAnesthesia is commonly administered in operating rooms, surgical centers, dental offices, and other medical clinics. In general, you can receive three different types of anesthesia:

  • Local anesthesia to numb a...
Tags: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury
January 11, 2018

A recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Superior Court may substantially change the future of litigation over Risperdal, the anti-psychotic drug linked to gynecomastia, the growth of female-like breasts in boys and male adolescents. A panel of the court decided to allow juries to consider punitive damages in trials over the medication made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The decision will require re-evaluation of cases already tried and could mean potentially larger verdicts in those still coming to trial. It may also encourage J&J to settle many or all of the thousands of pending cases. Without the threat...

Tags: Product Liability
November 20, 2017

Surgical Residents MalpracticeA recent study published in JAMA Surgery titled “Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Involving Surgical Residents,” analyzed a decade of medical malpractice cases involving surgical interns, residents and fellows. The results of the study showed that lack of supervision of these doctors by more experienced doctors led to serious injury and even death for patients.

Of the 87 medical...

Tags: Medical Malpractice
November 11, 2017

Civil actions often end with jury verdicts or settlements that provide an injured party with monetary compensation. But in some cases they bring about change – such as safety improvements or revamped policies and regulations -- that helps ensure there won’t be future victims.

Such was the case with litigation involving a mentally ill inmate at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Delaware County. Thirty-five-year-old Janene Wallace, of Upper Darby, committed suicide on May 26...

Tags: Civil Rights, Civil Rights Settlement

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