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December 11, 2008
Many of the cases we handle here at our firm involve the failure of emergency room staff and physicians to act promptly to diagnose or treat life-threatening conditions in emergency departments. Some of the conditions we see incorrectly diagnosed and/or treated include, stroke, heart attack, aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, life-threatening infections and abdominal catastrophes.
Yesterday, MSNBC (12/10, Johnson, Potts) reported, "The nation's emergency care system is 'a ticking time bomb,' with demand far outstripping the capacity of hospital emergency departments already crippled by a widespread shortage of doctors and nurses, according to a national report on the state of emergency medicine. The annual report card by the American College of Emergency Physicians gave the nation a D- grade for Americans' access to emergency care, saying the emergency care system was "fraught with significant challenges and under more stress than ever before."
Patients who present to hospitals in the midst of an emergency illness place their life in the hands of persons who they have a right to assume are competent and able. Our job as medical malpractice attorneys is to get compensation for persons injured when emergency department staff make preventable mistakes. We investigate how and by whom departments were staffed at the time of an incident as well as the training and background of staff. We use expert physicians and nurses to define the standard of care owed patients presenting to an emergency department with the symptom complex demonstrated by our client.
October 2, 2008
The Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County inducted Attorney Deborah Maliver as a new member at the Academy's 20th Annual Masters of Trial Advocacy Retreat at Nemacolin Woodlands.
September 19, 2008 Columbus, OH
Other topics presented included Hospital Acquired Infections by Paul Farrell, Huntington, WV, Negligent Laparoscopy by Anthonios Tsarouhas, Akron, Case Selection in Light of Good Business and Ethical Practices by Jeff Goldberg, Chicago, Basic Criteria for Identifying Current Drug Cases: What Med Mal Attorneys Should Know, But Don't by Janet Abaray, Cincinnati and Rick Schulte, Dayton, Pre-emption: What you Don't Know Can Hurt You by Janet Abaray, Cincinnati, Cross-examining the Defense Experts by Gary Fox, Miami FL, Negligent Gastric Bypass by Michael Warshauer, Atlanta, GA and The View from the Other Side of The Knife: A Surgeon's Perspective by Dr. Ronald I. Kaplan, Esq., Atlanta, GA.
June 25, 2008 - New Release
The Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, a select group of trial attorneys who have as their mission the preservation of the jury trial system and assistance to its courts, elected the following attorneys to membership at the June meeting:
John A. Bass, Grogan Graffam, Bernard C. Caputo, Caputo Cox Schwarzwaelder & Melton, Samuel J. Cordes, Ogg Cordes Murphy & Ignelzi, Matthew L. Kurzweg, Kurzweg Law Offices, Deborah S. Maliver, Biancheria & Maliver, Anthony C. Mengine, Chiurazzi & Mengine, M. Brian O'Connor, Matis Baum Rizza & O'Connor, Bruce E. Rende, Robb Leonard Mulvihill, David J. Rosenberg, Weber Gallagher, John G. Wall, Burns White & Hickton
The Academy of Trial Lawyers is a community of lawyers concerned with excellence and the excellence cultivated within the Academy in turn serves the larger community which relies upon the skilled civil trial lawyer to avoid and to resolve disputes.
Founded in 1960, the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) is the official organization for professionals who focus on the important issues where law and medicine converge. The ACLM is a professional community of physicians, attorneys, dentists, healthcare professionals, administrators, scientists, and others with a sustained interest in medical legal affairs. The ACLM is the organization of healthcare and legal professionals whose diverse education, training, and experience enable the College to promote interdisciplinary cooperation and an understanding of issues where law and medicine converge.
Through its medicolegal resources, the College: educates and assists healthcare and legal professionals, advances the administration of justice, influences health policy and improves healthcare, promotes research and scholarship, and facilitates peer group interaction.