Philadelphia Injury Lawyer Blog

The Pearce Law Firm, including well-known Philadelphia injury lawyer Edith Pearce, is dedicated to the personal care of each individual case. We believe in educating our potential clients on the variety of cases being filed in the state of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The blog posts below feature accidents and events that may lead to potential law suits. Whether you need a personal injury lawyer to represent you due to car or truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, dog bites, or head injuries, The Pearce Law Firm works on your behalf to provide you the compensation you deserve.

Archive for Medical Malpractice

State Appeals Court Upholds $1.85 to Victim in Medical Malpractice Settlement

April 5, 2011

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has just granted review in a medical malpractice suit in which a patient had argued that his doctor did not provide enough information to make an informed decision about treatment. In this case, Jandre v. Physicians Insurance Company, the appeals court upheld a $1.85 million dollar settlement to the victim.

The medical malpractice victim, Thomas Jandre suffered stroke-like symptoms back in 2003. Upon visiting the emergency room, Mr. Jandre was diagnosed with a mild form of bell’s palsy, a condition that is not life threatening. According to reports, hospital records show that the doctor did not perform a carotid ultrasound to rule it out the stroke, as is standard procedure. However, a physical exam did not reveal signs of ischemic stroke.

Unfortunately, eleven days later Mr. Jandre suffered a massive stroke. Mr. Jandre alleged that his doctor failed to disclose information necessary for him to make an informed decision. During the trial, two physicians testified that a caratid ultrasound would have revealed blockage of an artery. If this was done during the emergency room visit, immediate surgery would have stopped the blockage and prevented Mr. Jandre’s massive stroke.

Even through Mr. Jandre’s physician was not negligent in diagnosing him, the court ruled that he was still in violation of the state law that required a doctor to help a patient make informed decisions. This was due to the fact that Mr. Jandre’s physician did not inform him of the test that could rule out a blockage/oncoming stroke completely.

This case was one of several that actually caused a Supreme Court to clarify the application of a statute. Medical malpractice cases can be some of the most difficult to navigate whether in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, or in any of the 50 states. Laws may be different from state to state, and new clarifications sometimes need to be made. If you’re looking for a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer, it is imperative to go with a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer you can trust. Find out more.

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How Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers Fight Medical Malpractice

November 2, 2010

In our last post we recounted the terrifying ordeal actor Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly endured in 2007 when his infant twins nearly died after being administered the wrong medication during a hospital stay. Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys say similar scenarios occur in Philadelphia hospitals and medical facilities across the country every day. Nationally, medical errors kill more than 100,000 people every year and another 90,000 die from infections acquired during hospital stays, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To make the numbers understandable, Quaid, a jet pilot, told AARP Magazine, “That’s the equivalent of 20 jet airliners full of passengers gong down every week.”

While transparency has improved, Philadelphia personal injury lawyers experienced in medical malpractice litigation note that there have been incidents of hospitals, doctors and health care workers attempting to cover up evidence of medical errors to avoid medical malpractice suits. In his AARP interview, Quaid said the two things that most angered him about his children’s near-fatal medical malpractice experience were:
1. The hospital’s failure to immediately inform him when his children’s health deteriorated.
2. Being met by the hospital’s legal team when he arrived at the hospital during the crisis.

Doctors take a vow to do no harm. When medical errors or negligence do harm to a patient, it is called medical malpractice. When a patient is killed or injured by negligent medical care, Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys will first evaluate the merits of the case and claim to determine whether a legal claim of medical malpractice can be substantiated. The Pearce Law Firm charges no fee for this initial consultation, and potential clients are placed under no obligation. Should you choose to go forward with a suit, we take on most Philadelphia medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis, collecting a percentage of the funds collected only if we obtain compensation for you. Clients pay no up front fees.

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Nearly Killed Actor Dennis Quaid’s Twins

October 28, 2010

Since November 19, 2007, when his healthy infant son and daughter were nearly killed by hospital negligence, actor Dennis Quaid has been campaigning hard to pressure hospitals to ramp up efforts to prevent medical errors and medical malpractice in Philadelphia and across the U.S. Hospitalized for treatment of a routine staph infection, Quaid’s twins were just 12 days old when a hospital nurse inadvertently administered a massive overdose of the blood thinner heparin, placing the babies at severe risk of bleeding to death. Twice nurses had mistakenly administered an incorrect but similarly packaged drug, a frequent and often fatal medical error.

Quaid and wife Kimberly rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles where they found doctors hovering over their tiny infants in a room splattered with blood. Recalling the chilling event to AARP Magazine, Quaid said,

“Initially, I felt this really couldn’t be happening. Then I felt fear — and helplessness. They were bleeding out of every place where they’d been poked and prodded. We were in shock.”

An anxious day and a half later, the Quaids’ babies responded to rescue efforts and neurologists found no evidence of brain damage or impaired motor function. The Quaids are pursuing a medical malpractice suit against the drug manufacturer, Baxter Healthcare Corp., for negligent product packaging. In a settlement agreement reached with the hospital, Cedars-Sinai has implemented multi-million dollar patient safety improvements that include drug bar coding and computerized physician-order entry.

His horrific medical malpractice experience compelled Quaid to embark on a mission to persuade hospitals in Philadelphia and across the country to step up efforts to prevent medical malpractice. While stumping for changes in hospital procedures and drug packaging, Quaid discovered that the same error that nearly killed his twins had proved fatal to three Indianapolis infants in 2006 — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Next time: How Philadelphia personal injury lawyers fight medical malpractice

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Woman Awarded $7.7 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

September 28, 2010

A New Jersey woman was awarded $7.7 million to settle a medical malpractice lawsuit just before the case went to trial. The woman was 17 when she went to her physician complaining about numbness in her leg. The doctor ordered an MRI, but the results were misread and failed to diagnose the tumor growing on her spine. Two years and numerous doctors’ visits later, a second MRI did show the tumor, now wrapped tightly around the woman’s spinal column. At 23, the misdiagnosed cancer patient now faces life in a wheelchair. Had the initial MRI been read correctly and the tumor detected in its early stages, the woman would have had a 95% chance of complete recovery and would, most likely, have lived a normal life.

Philadelphia physicians urge their patients to get annual checkups and regular health screenings so that cancer and serious diseases can be detected in their earliest stages when the opportunity for recovery is greatest. Cancer researchers have found that when discovered early, many forms of cancer can be successfully treated, posing little future risk to patients. Successful early removal of many cancerous tumors can effectively eliminate nearly 100% of future cancer risk. But when cancer goes undetected or misdiagnosed, malignant cells can metastasize and spread cancer throughout the body, virtually assuring an early, often painful and debilitating, death.

Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer or any serious disease in its early, treatable stages is medical malpractice. Medical malpractice suits typically involve numerous medical personnel and entities that contributed to the lack of prompt and effective care. In the New Jersey case, the woman’s personal injury attorney named the woman’s primary physician, orthopedic doctor, neurologist, spine and orthopedic center and radiologist as parties to the medical malpractice lawsuit.

Medical malpractice suits are complex and lengthy requiring expert investigation and litigation by an experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney. Contact Edith Pearce with The Pearce Law Firm.

Posted in: Medical Malpractice