If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice in Lehigh County, contact an Allentown medical malpractice lawyer at Munley Law for a free consultation
If you or someone you love suffered an illness, injury, permanent damage, or other serious complication due to a medical error in the Lehigh Valley, you may have a medical malpractice claim. An Allentown medical malpractice lawyer at Munley Law can help you determine if you have a case. Our experienced legal team will investigate and determine the cause of your injuries, and identify the person or group responsible.
We understand that medical mistakes can be absolutely devastating. When you go to a hospital for an operation or other procedure, you put your life in the hands of the medical professionals responsible for your treatment. You’re in an incredibly vulnerable position. While most doctors and healthcare providers take great care to ensure patient safety, negligence can happen anywhere. Medical negligence may include anything from a clerical error on a patient’s medical records, to a botched surgery, to a missed or incorrect diagnosis that results in further harm to the patient.
Since 1959, people in the Lehigh Valley and throughout Pennsylvania have turned to Munley Law for help. We have been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1993, and have earned the highest client and peer review ratings from Martindale-Hubbell. Our client victories speak for themselves. For a free consultation with an Allentown medical malpractice lawyer, chat live, fill out our contact form, or call (855) 866-5529 today. We do not collect a fee unless we win your case.
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We represent the victims of medical negligence throughout the Lehigh Valley, including the following Allentown healthcare facilities:
- Lehigh Valley Health Network
- Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest
- Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg
- Lehigh Valley Hospital 17th Street
- Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital
- Easton Hospital
- Good Shepard Rehabilitation
- Sacred Heart HealthCare System
- Luke’s University Health Network
Some doctors and facilities have a higher rate of medical errors than others, but negligence can happen anywhere. No matter where you received treatment, you have the right to seek justice if you suffered from medical negligence.
What constitutes medical malpractice?
Doctors and other healthcare providers must adhere to certain standards of care. The “standard of care” refers to the knowledge, skills, and care exercised by other professionals or specialists in a given field. When medical professionals don’t meet this standard of care, or are negligent in providing medical treatment, you may have a medical malpractice case. To successfully win a medical malpractice lawsuit, an attorney must prove a healthcare provider was not only negligent, but that the negligence caused harm to the patient. Medical malpractice in Allentown can lead to serious personal injury, illness, disability, and even death. At Munley Law, we have the resources and experience needed to help you obtain compensation for your suffering.
When you or a loved one is ill or suffering from a medical emergency, you depend on medical professionals to accurately diagnose your illness and provide you with the best care. When an Allentown doctor, hospital or other healthcare provider misdiagnoses or fails to diagnose your illness, or makes a surgical mistake or a medication error, the results can be devastating. We understand that medical negligence can change your life, cause irreversible damage, diminish your quality of life, and possibly result in wrongful death. You shouldn’t have to bear these burdens alone. Our personal injury lawyers fight aggressively for our medical malpractice clients to win them full and fair compensation for their injuries.
The statute of limitations for medical malpractice cases
In Pennsylvania, a medical malpractice suit must be filed within 2 years after the injury occurred. Contact Munley Law Allentown medical malpractice lawyers to ensure that you have every chance to get the compensation you deserve.
Medical error fatality statistics
- According to a study by Johns Hopkins, medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Patient safety experts calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year result from medical error.
- According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people annually in the U.S.
Types of Allentown medical malpractice cases
- Allentown surgical errors– Surgical errors occur more often than you may think. Serious injuries have occurred during surgery from the improper administration of anesthesia, damage to internal organs, unnecessary surgery, an allergic reaction to medication, and infections. There have even been cases of wrong site surgeries, wrong patient surgeries and surgeons leaving instruments inside of patients, causing serious infection. If you’ve been injured by medical negligence during surgery in Allentown, contact an Allentown medical malpractice lawyer at Munley Law.
- Allentown medication errors – Providing the wrong medication or a wrong dose of medication to a patient can cause serious injury or illness. Medication errors can occur anywhere in the distribution or administration of medications, including prescribing, packaging or repackaging, dispensing, administering or monitoring.
- Anesthesia errors Anesthesia errors can be extremely dangerous. Even a small error can result in permanent injury. If an anesthesiologist fails to do a complete pre-op patient evaluation and history or inform the patient of the risks involved, the resulting injuries can be tragic. Other anesthesia errors can include an error in the dosage of anesthesia, the administering of the wrong medication, failing to monitor the patient, improperly intubating, failure to recognize complications or using defective equipment. Injuries can include infection, brain damage, paralysis, stroke, coma, tracheal damage, asphyxia and more.
- Misreading medical tests or lab results – Serious injury and illness can occur from the misreading of medical tests, such as x-rays, MRIs, CT-Scans, biopsies, mammograms, cancer screenings, blood pressure tests, amniocentesis, ultrasounds and more.
- Misdiagnoses – When a doctor or healthcare provider makes the wrong diagnosis for a patient’s illness, the outcome might be fatal. Misdiagnosis of an illness can cause a treatable condition to progress to a much more serious stage, where treatment may be impossible. Or, a patient may undergo rigorous treatment or a risky operation unnecessarily. Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnoses account for a large percentage of medical malpractice complaints.
- Failure to diagnose – Medical conditions that are not diagnosed in a timely manner can cause irreparable harm to a patient. When a doctor misses a patient’s illness, it can delay important treatment and lead to a much more serious illness and possibly be fatal.
- Failure to treat in a timely manner – When an illness or injury is not treated in a timely manner, it can lead to further harm to the patient. This can include the failure to perform required medical tests, the failure to refer a patient to a specialist, or a delay in treatment.
- Failure to diagnose cancer – For any type cancer to successfully treated, it must be quickly and accurately diagnosed. The misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose of lung cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, bone cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia, lymphoma or other cancers, can greatly impact your outcome. Failure to diagnose cancer can forever alter your life or that of a loved one.
- Allentown hospital infections – Hospital acquired infections in Allentown can be dangerous if undiagnosed and untreated. A patient can suffer from septic shock or an untreated an infection can become fatal. The most common hospital acquired infections include staph infections, MRSA, pneumonia, surgical site infections, bloodstream infections, respiratory infections and urinary tract infections. Hospitals have a responsibility to provide patients with a clean and safe environment. While it may be impossible to prevent all infections, they should be quickly diagnosed and treated to limit harm to the patient. If you or a loved one suffered from a hospital infection, contact a medical malpractice attorney at Munley Law for a free case review.
- Allentown emergency room errors – Failure to perform necessary tests, failure to properly monitor a patient, delayed treatment or complete failure to treat a patient may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit in Allentown. Contact an Allentown medical malpractice lawyer at Munley Law to discuss your options and legal rights.
- Birth injuries – Medical negligence during labor and delivery or as part of prenatal care can cause serious harm to both mother and child. Whatever the cause, if the birth injuries were the result of medical negligence, contact an Allentown medical malpractice lawyer for a free case review. Examples of common birth injuries include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Uterine rupture
- Placental abruptions
- Shoulder dystocia
- Hypoxic encephalopathy and other brain injuries
- Vacuum extractor injuries
- Fractures during birth
- Paralysis birth injuries
- Lack of Informed Consent – A patient has the right to understand the risks associated with their medical care. When a medical professional fails to warn of those risks, and injury occurs, you may have a medical malpractice suit.
- Failure to advise a patient of diagnosis – A doctor or healthcare provider has a duty to inform a patient of their diagnosis and options for treatment. If a doctor fails to inform their patient about a diagnosis and the patient suffers harm as a result, this may constitute medical malpractice.
- Allentown nursing home abuse/nursing home neglect – Nursing home abuse and neglect can be heartbreaking for a family who trusts that a loved one is being well taken care of. Nursing home malpractice can include serous injuries and harm resulting from medication errors, bedsores, falls, malnutrition and dehydration, physical abuse and wrongful death.
- Allentown medical equipment malfunction – When serious injury or harm is the result of defective medical equipment, user error, or negligence, you may have grounds for medical malpractice lawsuit in Allentown. Malfunctioning medical equipment can result in misdiagnoses, faulty implants, such as pacemakers and hip implants can cause serious injury, or a defective defibrillator can fail to restart a heartbeat.
- Allentown medical negligence wrongful death – If you suspect that your loved one’s wrongful death resulted from medical negligence, contact Munley Law immediately. We will review the details of your situation at no charge and help you determine what to do next.
Experienced medical malpractice attorneys in Allentown
Munley Law represents victims of medical malpractice throughout the Lehigh Valley, in cities including Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. For more than 55 years, we have devoted ourselves to obtaining justice for individuals and families who have suffered devastating losses through someone else’s negligence. We have won millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. While no amount of money can undo the pain you have experienced, it can help alleviate your medical bills, lost wages, and other costs, and bring you some peace of mind.
At Munley Law, we will fight on your behalf to make sure you receive proper compensation. We review medical records, interview potential witnesses, obtain expert testimony, negotiate settlements and go to trial when needed. If you or someone you love has been the been injured due to the negligence of a physician or healthcare facility, contact an Allentown medical malpractice lawyer at Munley Law for a free consultation today.
How much does it cost to hire an Allentown medical malpractice attorney?
The personal injury lawyers at Munley Law know very well the physical, emotional, and financial stress you feel at this time. Our job is to relieve some of that stress, not add to it. So, we do not charge a fee for our services unless we win your case. You pay nothing upfront, nothing out of pocket. And, the initial consultation is FREE, so you can feel comfortable reaching out to us with no obligation.
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