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Harrisburg Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Serving the Injured in Pennsylvania Since 1888!
We all expect competence when treated by doctors and other health care professionals, yet an alarming number of patients still 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 wrongful 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 attorneys 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.
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 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.
- Surgical mistakes, including use of improperly sterilized equipment, anesthesiology errors, and operation on wrong body part or patient
- Misdiagnosis or diagnosis errors, including failure to properly analyze lab results, failure to monitor changes in a patient's progression, and misinterpretation of MRIs, x-rays or test results
- Hospital negligence and emergency room errors, including 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, and discharge from hospital before it's safe for the patient to return home
- Birth injuries occurring before, during, or directly after delivery, including failure to administer an emergency C-section, brain damage, facial paralysis, Cerebral palsy, and Erb's palsy
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Medical negligence cases can be very difficult to prove, which is why it is essential to entrust your case to an experienced attorney who can thoroughly investigate your case from all angles. If you have been injured, or if your child has sustained a serious birth injury due to a preventable medical error, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.
Metzger Wickersham is standing by to offer you a free case review to help you understand your rights and options. Call (888) 286-2850 to get started.
Proving Negligence in a Medical Malpractice Case
In order to successfully pursue a medical malpractice case, the injured party must prove that their health provider treated them with substandard care (treatment that's considered to be below the normal standard of care in the medical profession). The injured person must also prove that their injuries were in fact caused by the substandard medical care. Most of the time, expert physician witnesses must be hired to build a strong case.
A Medical Negligence Lawyer at Metzger Wickersham Can Evaluate Your Case
It is important to realize that a medical procedure or treatment can be unsuccessful, but that doesn't necessarily mean that malpractice has occurred. Because medical malpractice cases are so complex, it's best to contact a skilled injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and determine if a lawsuit is warranted. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a health care provider, get in touch with our law firm today. Victims of birth injuries, surgical mistakes, misdiagnosis and other medical injuries need an experienced attorney in their corner.
We're available 24/7 to handle your legal emergencies. Call (888) 286-2850 today! We operate on a contingency-fee basis, meaning if you don't get paid, you don't owe us a single legal fee.