Different states have variable definitions of what they consider medical
malpractice. In Pennsylvania, medical malpractice happens when a doctor
or other medical professional is negligent.
Medical negligence occurs when a healthcare practitioner breaches the
standard of care, which is the generally accepted practice used by medical professionals
in the same geographic area for patients suffering from a particular illness
Believe it or not, according to the Medical Malpractice Center, there are
between 15,000 and 19,000
medical malpractice suits against doctors every year in the United States alone. Those numbers
only cover the cases of medical malpractice where patients or their families
took legal action against the doctors; they don’t account for the
number of cases that went either unreported or were overlooked by the
people involved. Medical malpractice can take many forms, including the
- Negligence affecting pregnancy and childbirth
- Mistakes in prescribing and administering medication
- Hospital negligence
- Surgical errors
In 2016, Johns Hopkins scientists suggested medical errors should rank
as high as the third-leading cause of death in the United States after
heart disease and cancer. However, they were unclear exactly how many
deaths were caused by malpractice.
If you’ve been injured by a medical professional in Pennsylvania,
you will need to prove that the doctor’s breach of care directly
led to your injury or illness in order to have a viable case. You must
also file the suit within two years of the incident or discovery of the
malpractice. For example, if you don’t find out about the malpractice
until you see a different physician who points out the problem, you may
still have time to file for damages, even if it is more than 2 years after
the incident occurred.
Because of the deadlines placed on patients, it’s important to seek
out the help of a skilled medical malpractice attorney in PA. The lawyers at
Metzger Wickersham are familiar with cases involving
personal injury caused by irresponsible or negligent doctors. We believe you deserve justice
and compensation for any injuries resulting from a doctor’s breach
of care. Our attorneys are backed by extensive resources and decades of
collective legal experience. Let us take a look at your case and recommend
the best course of legal action to take in your situation.
Call us at (888) 286-2850 or
fill out our online form to schedule your free case evaluation today.