When people seek medical care in the form of diagnosis and treatment, most patients justifiably presume that medical professionals will provide competent effective medical care. Unfortunately, sometimes medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, anesthesiologist and others, provide substandard medical care that result in more harm than good.
Seeking Compensation for Victims of Medical Negligence – Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Everyday all over Pennsylvania people seek medical care in doctor’s offices, medical clinics, urgent care centers and hospital emergency rooms. When people seek medical care in the form of diagnosis and treatment, most patients justifiably presume that medical professionals will provide competent effective medical care. Unfortunately, sometimes medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, hospital personnel, anesthesiologist and others, provide substandard medical care that result in more harm than good. At the Pennsylvania law firm of Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP we understand that medical malpractice litigation requires substantial litigation resources, extensive experienced and tenacious advocacy for patients injured by substandard medical care.
Our Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to helping patients and their families deal with stress, pain and loss caused by medical errors. Most of our Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys are Board Certified by the National Board of Civil Trial Advocacy, and seven or our attorneys have been named Pennsylvania Super Lawyers by Philadelphia Magazine. Our impressive record at trial provides an advantage when negotiating with medical malpractice carriers. Virtually all of our medical malpractice cases settle because of our reputation for successfully seeking verdicts.
Although most medical professionals are competent and dedicated, medical malpractice is more common than you might expect. It is estimated that approximately 225,000 people per year die as a result of medical errors or omissions according the National Institute of Health, but only two percent of those who are injured by a medical professional file claims for financial compensation. Medical malpractice lawsuits are more difficult to successfully litigate than other types of personal injury claims so many medical malpractice victims do not receive compensation for subsequent medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering as well as impairment of one’s enjoyment of life and family relationships.
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Our experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice law firm handles the full spectrum of claims based on substandard medical care including the following:
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Medical malpractice can be defined as a failure of a medical professional to exercise the accepted standard of medical care for similar medical professionals. Successful litigation of a medical malpractice lawsuit is complicated by the fact that not all bad medical results are the product of medical negligence. This means that to prevail in a medical malpractice lawsuit it must be established that any medical error or omission actually impacted the medical outcome. Many medical malpractice lawsuits in Pennsylvania involve the failure to diagnose life-threatening diseases or medical conditions like cancer. When patients are admitted with significant pre-existing medical conditions, it can be difficult to distinguish the medical outcome from the natural outcome of the underlying medical condition or disease process. Because cancer is often fatal, medical malpractice insurance carriers frequently argue that any delay in diagnosis had no impact on the medical outcome because the patient would have died even if the primary physician or oncologist had conducted the appropriate diagnostic procedures in a timely fashion.
Medical malpractice claims are substantially more challenging to litigate than other types of personal injury lawsuits. When medical malpractice occurs in a hospital, it is likely to involve multiple doctors and or nurses. Most hospitals define the relationship with doctors including those in emergency rooms as independent contractors so that multiple health care professionals and the hospital must both be named in the medical malpractice lawsuit. Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawsuits require an analysis of medical records and the testimony of medical experts. An effective medical malpractice lawyer must understand the medical profession so that the attorney can properly prepare medical experts and present complex medical issues to a jury or judge in an understandable and persuasive manner.
While we know that a medical malpractice lawsuit cannot give you back impaired mental or physical functioning or replace the loss of someone you love, it can provide the financial compensation necessary to obtain a lifetime of supportive care following catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. One of the most devastating types of medical malpractice claims in Pennsylvania is a birth injury like cerebral palsy. These injuries can result in substantial physical or mental impairment that can permanently impact a child’s life. These injuries may entail a lifetime of medical care and supportive care as well as an inability to be financially self-supporting. When you are face with the staggering lifetime of expenses associated with this type of injury, it is important to obtain the substantial financial compensation that you need to obtain the highest quality of medical care and to preserve the highest quality of life.
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Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys Fighting for Patients’ Injured by Substandard Medical Care
Our dedicated Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers are committed to representing our clients with commitment, personal attention and compassion. Our experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys have an extensive background in handling cases involving medical malpractice errors. Our law firm provides meticulous review of medical records, comprehensive and current knowledge of the law, effective negotiation and persuasive courtroom advocacy. Our knowledgeable team can carefully analyze your medical malpractice claim often in conjunction with a medical expert so that we can advise you regarding the potential merit and value of your medical malpractice claim.