Resolution of medical liability claims often occur as the result of an agreement. Settlements between Allegheny County plaintiffs and defendants frequently are dependent upon the actions of the defendants' insurer. Consequently, some medical malpractice cases are in limbo until secondary issues are resolved.
After reaching the highest court in Pennsylvania, litigation in a cancer case has taken a turn back to its roots in Mercer County. The dispute over the failure to diagnose a woman's breast cancer was decided in 2001, two years after the patient and her husband filed a complaint against the woman's gynecologist, her radiologist, the doctors' employers and Sharon Regional Health System.