Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Injured by Medical Negligence? Our Attorneys Can Help
Physicians are human; they make mistakes. But if that mistake is due to carelessness, lack of skill or failure to follow the accepted standards of practice and the profession, it could result in a catastrophic injury to a patient. If so, then health care providers, including physicians, hospital and staff could be found liable for the damages caused. Medical negligence can result in wrongful death, new or worse injuries or permanent health conditions that could have been prevented with proper care. However, doctors rarely tell patients what went wrong. Our medical malpractice lawyers can get your medical records and other evidence. Even if we cannot represent your case, we will get you answers about what happened to you or your loved one.
Our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers can help you hold negligent doctors and medical staff accountable for the injuries they cause. Our law firm has the resources and experience necessary to investigate catastrophic medical negligence cases. In one case, our attorneys obtained a verdict of $15 million for a child who suffered kidney failure as a result of medical malpractice.
Negligence, Causation and Harm: Requirements for Medical Malpractice Cases
Not all medical mistakes are grounds for a malpractice lawsuit. You may be able to prove that your doctor made an error in your treatment, however this alone is not enough for a case. In order to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice, you must prove these four things:
- Doctor-patient relationship. You must show that you went to the doctor or medical institution as a patient for treatment. This is usually easy to prove, although you may have an added burden if a consulting doctor is at fault.
- Negligence. Doctors and other healthcare professionals have a duty to provide all patients with a reasonable standard of medical care. Therefore, in order to have grounds for a medical malpractice case, you must show that your doctor did not provide the same care that another, capable doctor would have. Misdiagnosis, medication errors and unnecessary or botched procedures may all add up to negligence. Our attorneys work with medical experts who can testify about current treatment standards and protocols.
- Causation. Even if a doctor is negligent, medical malpractice cases often hinge on whether or not this negligence caused actual harm. This means that the doctor’s actions must directly cause an injury or wrongful death. In some medical malpractice cases, such as those involving delayed diagnosis of cancer, medical negligence allows a condition to worsen, possibly beyond hope of treatment.
- Harm. The last requirement for medical malpractice cases is that the injury caused by the medical negligence resulted in material damages. This could mean a physical injury, such as disfigurement, preventable amputation, infection or wrongful death. You may also suffer non-physical damages such as lost wages, mental suffering and additional medical bills in your case as well.
What are the Most Common Examples of Medical Malpractice?
Doctors are responsible for your health, so any negligence on their part has the potential to cause catastrophic injuries. Some common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose cancer or any other condition
- Surgical errors
- Failure to order the necessary medical test
- Incorrect diagnosis or failure to treat a medical condition
- Failure to properly administer anesthesia
- Emergency room negligence
- Failure to refer a patient to a specialist
- Medication errors
- Preventable brain injury
- Preventable birth injury
Medical professionals, hospitals in Pennsylvania and the insurance companies that represent them aggressively defend against medical malpractice lawsuits. If you or a loved one was injured due to negligent medical care, it is important to trust it to a Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney who has the resources to investigate claims and prepare cases.
Looking for Answers About Your Injury? Call Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today
Our medical malpractice lawyers consult with experts in a wide range of medical fields to compile compelling cases. We prepare every medical malpractice case thoroughly, as if it is going to trial. This approach helped us achieve a record of success in obtaining favorable results for our clients, whether their cases go to trial or settle out of court.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries due to negligent medical treatment, we are here to help. Contact our law firm today to speak with a knowledgeable, Philadelphia or New Jersey medical malpractice attorney. In addition to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we have law offices in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. We offer free initial consultations and always handle cases on a contingency fee basis. That means you will not have to pay us unless we get results for you.