Archive for the ‘Delaware County Med-Mal News’ Category

$3.8 Million Delaware County Medical Malpractice Verdict

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Late last month, a Delaware County medical malpractice case ended in a $3.8 million verdict in damages to a husband whose wife allegedly died because of malpractice committed at Riddle Memorial Hospital.

The patient, Janice Heffner, died of a blood infection after being admitted to the hospital with stomach pain that the hospital attributed to constipation.  Mr. Heffner’s lawsuit alleged that the doctors were negligent because they failed to treat his wife with the urgency that her condition demanded even as she got sicker during her hospital stay.

The attorney for one of the doctors said the verdict would not be appealed.

Allegations of Inadequate Staffing not Making Many Friends for Philadelphia’s Friends Hospital

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Magellan Health Service, the company that handles mental health care for low income patients in Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware Counties has announced that it will no longer approve services at Friends Hospital.

A Delaware County Official has said that this drastic move comes after Magellan learned that staffing levels at Friends are inadequate.  Last year state and local officials raised concerns about oversight of patients at the facility after a patient committed suicide, which in the opinion of state officials, could’ve been prevented.

Philadelphia will still refer patients for inpatient care at Friends but will not approve emergency psychiatric services.

If you, or a loved one, have been hurt by inadequate staffing levels or negligence at Friends Hospital then you may be entitled to damages for your injuries and you should seek the advice of an experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer.