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Traumatic brain injury linked to ADHD by researchers

The serious nature of traumatic brain injury is likely no surprise to most people, but researchers recently uncovered evidence of a new side effect.  Coupled with the already well known and understood risks of serious blows to the head, doctors might be able to better treat and handle future victims. Many people in Pennsylvania who suffer a serious brain injury do so through no fault of their own, such as in a car accident or through negligent medical care.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- ADHD -- is often thought of as a disorder that affects children, although many adults also suffer from it. A recent study found what appears to be a link between adult sufferers of ADHD and those who have suffered some sort of traumatic brain injury. According to one of the researchers, adults with ADHD are two times more likely to have had a traumatic brain injury than those who do not have ADHD.

Single-vehicle auto accident kills 1, injures another

One person is dead and another injured following a single-vehicle accident on Pennsylvania State Route 374. Police have not stated if the driver displayed any negligence in the auto accident, and, at this time, it does not appear that he will face any criminal charges related to the wreck. However, a lack of criminal liability does not indicate that a driver cannot be found liable in a civil suit.

The wreck happened in the early hours of the morning at approximately 4 a.m. For reasons that are not yet clear, the 24-year-old driver somehow lost control while attempting to navigate a curve. After the vehicle left the roadway, it struck a nearby tree and then came to a rest after flipping over.

Suit blames doctors for failure to diagnose preeclampsia

Regular visits to the obstetrician are a necessary aspect of being pregnant, and these visits often provide value opportunities for Pennsylvania doctors to head off any potential complications that could threaten the life or well-being of the mother or child. In another state, a family claims that the failure to diagnose a pregnant woman's preeclampsia resulted in the preterm birth of a child and the mother's subsequent death. The family has since filed a medical malpractice claim against the hospital and several of its employees.

The woman's husband points to several troubling symptoms that his late-wife experienced prior to going into early labor. While at prenatal visits, she presented with high blood pressure, severe pain, serious nausea and vomiting. Despite what he says were all clear signs of the potentially fatal complication, the couple's concerns were dismissed again and again, and the doctor refused to have her evaluated at a hospital.

Families play crucial role in seeking justice for wrongful death

Mourning a loved one's death can be an exceptionally difficult period of time for virtually every family in Pennsylvania. That already painful process can be further complicated when that death was caused by a serious auto accident or an act of medical malpractice. While we understand that nothing can ever truly erase the impact felt by a loved one's loss, we do believe that a wrongful death suit can be an appropriate choice for grieving families to make.

Contrary to popular belief, a car accident does not have to be catastrophic or severe to result in a fatality. Even minor wrecks can cause injuries or trauma from which a victim simply cannot recover. Unfortunately, some serious threats on the road -- such as drunk, speeding or simply negligent drivers -- cannot be avoided no matter how cautiously a person drives, and all too often it seems as though the liable driver walks away from the wreck while the other driver does not.

Standard of care pivotal point in most medical malpractice suits

While it might be fairly obvious to a patient how he or she was wrongly injured by a medical professional, proving liability in a Pennsylvania court can be somewhat more involved. When seeking recourse by means of a medical malpractice lawsuit,  establishing financial liability often comes down to successfully demonstrating that the accepted standards of care for treatment were not met. Failing to abide by these standards can occur in a variety of circumstances, including the actions of a negligent or careless provider.

After being wrongly injured by a medical professional, most victims require further care from different health care providers. That secondary care is often crucial in medical malpractice claims for establishing what the standard of care should have been in the first place. Without different provider's testimony of what that original standard should have been, establishing negligence and liability is virtually impossible.

Surgeons at same facility face medical malpractice claims

At least five different people claim that they were all injured by the negligent acts of various surgeons at a single facility. Although these incidents occurred in a hospital outside of Pennsylvania, they are sadly not unique occurrences that are isolated to a single area. Instances of medical malpractice can occur to almost any patient receiving care at any hospital or outpatient facility.

The surgeons in question apparently had significantly high complication rates -- some of the highest in the area. That statistic appears to be supported by the five separate medical malpractice lawsuits that they are currently facing. Each suit, filed by different patients, claims that they suffered further pain and injury following procedures that were performed by surgical staff at the facility.

Widow blames doctors for failure to diagnose renal failure

A quick discharge from the hospital can be nice when patients in Pennsylvania are well on their way to recovery, but an early discharge for patients who are not yet ready can be disastrous. While virtually no one wants to stay in the hospital for longer than necessary, certain illnesses and injuries necessitate a longer stay. In some instances, a failure to diagnose a certain ailment can lead to an early discharge.

A now-widowed mother claims that her late-husband was prematurely discharged from the hospital after doctors failed to diagnose his Addisonian crisis, also commonly known as acute renal failure. In a medical malpractice suit filed by the widow, she claims that he originally sought care for kidney stones in Sept. 2011, when it was discovered that he was also suffering from an adrenal tumor. In Oct. 2011, he was admitted to the hospital to have the tumor removed.

Medical malpractice suit filed after patient develops infection

Whether a surgery is considered to be medically necessary or elective, the safety of patients in Pennsylvania should be held to the highest standards across the spectrum of surgical procedures. A failure to adhere to the accepted standards of care when operating on a patient can lead to serious post-op infections or debilitating complications. When injury or illness arises quickly after a surgery, it could be an indication of possible medical malpractice.

Buttock augmentation and tummy tucks are not necessarily uncommon elective procedures, and many people are likely familiar with or possibly know someone who has undergone at least one of them. When a patient sought to have these procedures performed by an out-of-state doctor, she was probably expecting that her surgeries would be handled with the utmost care and safety possible. However, in a medical malpractice suit filed against the attending doctor, she claims that he failed to exercise necessary infection control, which she claims led to a devastating infection.

Pennsylvania police attribute fatal auto accident to speeding

Three people are dead and two more injured following a tragic car wreck that was likely the result of unsafe speeds. Although it was a single-vehicle auto accident, Pennsylvania police are trying to track down another car that might have been racing the wrecked vehicle. Authorities hope that, by finding the driver or passengers of the second vehicle, they will learn more about the events that led up to the wreck.

Video footage of the wreck showed two vehicles traveling near one another at approximately 75 mph. While police suspect that the two cars might have been racing one another, they have also said that it is possible that both vehicles might have just happened to be speeding around the same time. As the two vehicles approached a curve, one of the drivers lost control and the car soared off the road and struck a tree. According to reports, the car was torn in two.

Neurosurgeon arrested after being accused of medical malpractice

When graduating from medical school, the vast majority of Pennsylvania doctors take what is known as the Hippocratic Oath, which states that they will adhere to certain ethical standards as they heal patients, rather than harm them. An out-of-state neurosurgeon apparently did not take the oath too seriously and is currently facing criminal charges for what authorities say were acts of assault on the operating table. For these alleged acts of medical malpractice, he lost his license to practice medicine back in June 2013.

The neurosurgeon in question performed many spinal operations on patients at a hospital, although he reportedly displayed a pattern of neglect and reckless behavior in the operating room. Two deaths have been directly linked to operations that he performed prior to the suspension of his license. At least six other patients were maimed or seriously injured, although it is possible that other patients may also have suffered from his negligent actions.

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