In Pennsylvania, before performing surgery, the surgeon must obtain the patient’s informed consent to the procedure. The patient’s consent must be “informed,” in other words, important information must be explained to the patient. This includes the risks, benefits, alternatives, and identity of the surgeon performing the procedure. In this case, our client died following a heart catheterization, which was performed by a surgeon who had never met the patient.
Jaime Jackson recently settled a case against an area hospital involving the death of a child following a small bowel obstruction. The boy had been experiencing stomach discomfort and vomiting so his parents brought him to the hospital emergency room. The doctors at the hospital performed a CT scan. Based on the results, they decided to transfer him to another hospital. The child also arrived through the emergency room at this hospital, however, the CT scans performed at the previous hospital were never communicated onwards.