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
November 09, 2017

Sepsis Medical Malpractice When you check into a hospital, your usual expectation is that you will be treated, and then be released in better health. However, for thousands of patients each year across the United States, that is not the case. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that for patients who die in hospitals, one in three contracted sepsis during their hospital stay.

With more than 1.5 million cases each year in the United States and more than 250,...

Tags: Medical Malpractice
October 17, 2017

Cerebral palsy is not one distinct condition, but an umbrella term for a variety of disorders that affect a child’s ability to move and develop muscle tone. These disorders are caused by damage to the baby’s developing brain during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or immediately after birth. When the medical professionals you trusted with the birth of your child fail to provide an appropriate level of care, you have the right to hold the negligent parties responsible for your child’s injuries.


Tags: Medical Malpractice, Cerebral Palsy, Birth Injury
October 10, 2017

A recent article in JAMA Surgery reported that seven procedures account for 80 percent of the deaths, complications, and costs associated with the nearly three million emergency surgeries performed each year.

Seven deadly surgeries

Researchers found upon reviewing 421,476 patient records for 2008-2011 that seven procedures related to the digestive system and abdominal region were responsible for the majority of deaths and...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, Surgical Malpractice
October 02, 2017

The recent $57.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson over its defective vaginal mesh devices did more than produce a large award for a plaintiff who suffered permanent injury. It also raised awareness among many more women across the country who may endure permanent and severe pain as a result of having the products surgically implanted.

“More women who suffered silently are realizing now that this is the issue,” said Kline & Specter, PC, attorney Kila Baldwin, lead plaintiff’s counsel in the...

Tags: vaginal mesh, lawsuit
August 08, 2017

A Cesarian section is often medically necessary to avoid complications during labor and delivery and to provide a safe birth for both mother and child. A C-section may be safer than a vaginal birth for many reasons, among them:

Complications During PregnancyFailure or Delay in C-Section

  • You previously had a C-section delivery or other surgery involving your reproductive system
  • You have an infection, such as genital herpes or HIV
  • You are pregnant...
Tags: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury
July 25, 2017

Surgery on the incorrect part of a patient’s body – or “wrong-site surgery” – is rare, occurring just once in 112,994 operations, according to a study cited recently by The Washington Post...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, Wrong Site Surgery
June 27, 2017

Pennsylvania Informed Consent On June 20, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled 4-3 in the case of Shinal v. Toms that doctors have the duty to obtain informed consent from patients and cannot delegate that duty to their staff.

The case arose in November 2007 when Megan Shinal saw Dr. Toms, neurosurgeon and Director of the Department of Neurosurgery at Geisinger Medical Center, for removal of a recurrent, non-malignant tumor from the pituitary region of Shinal’s brain. The growth of the...

Tags: Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury