Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Pennsylvania
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We all expect competence when treated by doctors and other health care professionals. Yet, an alarming number of patients fall victim to medical negligence. Research shows that hundreds of thousands of preventable medical errors occur in the United States each year, many of which cause patients unnecessary pain and suffering, and sometimes even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered a new or aggravated injury due to negligent medical treatment, you may have a medical malpractice case. At Metzger Wickersham, our skilled Harrisburg medical malpractice lawyers are backed by the resources of a large firm and decades of collective experience. We are passionate about helping our clients close this difficult chapter in their lives.
Please note: When in the best interest of the client, medical malpractice cases may be referred to other law firms.
Contact Metzger Wickersham to find out if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries.
What Are Examples of Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice may occur when a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, or other medical professional fails to treat a patient with competent care. Sometimes doctors use poor judgment, make mistakes during surgery, fail to diagnose illnesses, or they mistake the symptoms of one illness for another. This can place patients at a great risk for harm. There are many types of medical malpractice, and each case requires careful and thorough investigation.
We have seen cases dealing with the following types of medical negligence:
- Use of improperly sterilized equipment
- Negligent amputation
- Leaving surgical tools inside patient's body after a procedure
- Anesthesiology error
- Operation on wrong body part or patient
- Operating room fires
Misdiagnosis or Diagnosis Errors
- Failure to properly analyze lab results
- Failure to monitor changes in a patient's progression
- Misinterpretation of MRIs, x-rays or test results
- Failure to order a biopsy
- Delayed diagnosis
Hospital Negligence and Emergency Room Errors
- Administration of wrong medication
- Delayed or improper administration of medication
- Improper use of a medical device
- Misdiagnosis of heart attack, stroke, blood clot or other serious medical condition while under hospital care
- Discharge from hospital before it's safe for the patient to return home
Birth injuries Occurring Before, During or Directly After Delivery
- Failure to administer an emergency c-section
- Lack of oxygen during birth
- Bruising on the face or head
- Fractures to the arm or collar bone
- Umbilical cord entrapment
- Brain damage
- Facial paralysis
- Cerebral palsy
- Brachial plexus & Erb's palsy
Even if you have sustained an injury which you feel to be the fault of your health provider, medical negligence cases can be very difficult to prove.