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The Ongoing Saga of Preliminary Objections to Complaints on the Basis of Unidentified Agents, Servants, Employees, Physicians, etc.

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

For those of us who practice in the world of medical negligence, it is almost routine to receive Preliminary Objections from the defense moving to strike all allegations that contain references to unidentified agents, servants, employees, attending physicians, nursing staff, and other support staff. Despite what seems to be clarity in the law, the preliminary… Continue Reading

Drug Shortages are Forcing Treatments to be Rationed

Posted in Personal Injury

A NY Times article published on January 29, 2016 addressed the increasingly problematic issue of drug shortages. According to the article authored by Sheri Fink, in recent years, shortages of all sorts of drugs “have become the new normal in American medicine.” Ms. Fink notes that The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists currently lists inadequate… Continue Reading

Medical Errors in Hospitals are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

Posted in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

The Journal of Patient Safety discussed recent studies which have shown that preventable medical errors are responsible for between 200,000 and 400,000 patient deaths per year in U.S. hospitals. These errors include facility acquired infections, medication errors, omissions in treatment, communication errors between health care providers, nerve or vessel injuries, wrong operations, injuries to organs… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Drivers Should Be On the Lookout for Deer during Fall Breeding Season

Posted in Personal Injury, Vehicle Accident

According to a recent news release published by the Pennsylvania Gaming Commission, deer-vehicle collisions in Pennsylvania increase annually during the fall season due, in large part, to the fall breeding season. During the fall breeding season, deer tend to be moving around more than usual and they are not paying close attention to their surroundings… Continue Reading

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to Update Truck & Bus Driver Training

Posted in Legal Updates, Litigation, Personal Injury

An initial meeting was held in late February 2015 to update classroom and behind-the-wheel training requirements for professional truck and bus drivers. The Advisory Committee for this meeting was formed by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In December 2014, the FMCSA initially announced that they would be forming a… Continue Reading

Defendants Not Entitled to “Limitless” Access to Plaintiff’s Facebook Account

Posted in Legal Updates, Personal Injury

In previous posts, I have written about the ever-evolving status of Facebook discovery in Pennsylvania. To briefly summarize, Pennsylvania Courts have generally held that the party seeking discovery of Facebook contents must make a threshold showing of relevance that an individual’s Facebook account is likely to contain relevant information before conducting further discovery. Such a… Continue Reading

Court Rules that Sentinel Event Report to JCHAO is not Privileged

Posted in Legal Updates, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury

UPDATE – Since I originally wrote this piece, the defendant in this case filed a motion for reconsideration and, in June, the Court granted that motion, ultimately reversing the previous decision regarding the sentinel event report. Continue to visit our blog for further updates on the developing law regarding the discoverability of JCHAO sentinel event reports, as… Continue Reading