People in Pennsylvania who are concerned about their risk of experiencing a medical error may focus primarily on things like having a diagnosis be missed or incorrect or perhaps having an object left inside of them after a surgery. Certainly these are serious problems that deserve attention but they are far from the only dangers posed to patients today.
When Pennsylvanians like you head in for surgery, you expect your care to be smooth and free of mistakes. Unfortunately, that isn't necessarily always going to be the case. Phillips, Phillips & Smith-Delach, P.C., are here to help you if you find yourself having issues before, during, or after your surgery.
When most people in Pennsylvania think about acts of medical malpractice they might first think about things like incorrect diagnoses being made or not even made at all. When it comes to surgeries, leaving items like sponges or scalpels inside a patient's body is another form of medical error that is all too often heard about. While these are indeed valid forms of medical mistakes, they are far and away not the only examples of such errors or negligence.
You go to see a doctor in Pittsburgh expecting for him or her to be able to determine exactly what is wrong with you. Yet we here at Phillips, Phillips, and Smith-Delach, LLC can attest to the fact that physicians are far from infallible. Often, medical errors originate during the diagnostic process. This begs the question of what sort of information to doctors rely on when diagnosing you?
Medical providers are educated and knowledgeable, but even the brightest of doctors can sometimes make mistakes. You may find yourself in the same boat as many people in Pennsylvania who have been recently diagnosed with cancer and wonder if there could be a mistake. Or you may belong to the group of people who believe they do have cancer but have been told by their practitioner that they do not. Unfortunately, the reality is that cancer misdiagnosis is much more common than you may think.
For people living in Pennsylvania, certain times of the year bring about an increased risk of contracting Lyme disease. While this condition can usually be treated effectively if caught early, it is commonly misdiagnosed by doctors due to its similarity to many different ailments. Failure to properly treat Lyme disease can lead to a host of serious complications, which can greatly impact the life of the sufferer.
A Pennsylvanian resident going into surgery will likely be briefed on all of the potential outcomes of their procedure. This can include both the ideal scenarios in which everything goes well, and the less desirable ones in which some things go wrong.
When people are prescribed a medication by a medical professional, they often receive their drugs from a local community pharmacy or through the mail from a mail-order pharmacy. At Phillips, Phillips & Smith-Delach, P.C., we understand that prescription errors can result in serious injuries and even kill a surprising number of people each year.
In the previous blog post, we discussed how some oral surgery patients suffered from endocarditis, a very serious complication, after their surgery. That story forces the question: What complications are possible following a surgery?
Proper dental care is crucial for your health. Your mouth is full of bacteria that occur naturally. In very rare cases, it is possible that the bacteria in your mouth will invade your bloodstream. That can lead to serious issues, and that is what seems to have happened to 15 oral surgery patients of a nearby state.