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When you put your life in the hands of a doctor or another medical professional, you expect that the medical team will have your best interests in mind. Unfortunately, 195,000 patients die in hospitals each year because of preventable mistakes.
But knowing who you can turn to when these mistakes occur can be the difference between a successful personal injury claim, and piling medical debt.
If doctors failed you, and you’re ready to secure the financial compensation you deserve for your medical malpractice claim, contact Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys at 570-399-0406 or online for a no-obligation, free consultation.
Most Common Reading Medical Malpractice Claims
Reading medical malpractice claims result from a variety of situations. Some of the most common medical malpractice cases that our personal injury lawyers see are:
- Birth injuries
- Surgical mistakes
- Hospital negligence
- Misdiagnosis/ Cancer misdiagnosis
- Failure to Inform of Risks
Reading Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy Lawyers
It is estimated that of every 1,000 infants born in the United States, 6 to 8 of those babies are born with a birth injury. A birth injury, or birth trauma can occur just due to the natural birthing process, or because of the use of force during labor and delivery.
Some of the most common causes of birth injuries include:
- Size of baby
- Position of baby
- Preterm labor
- Prolonged or difficult delivery
- Maternal obesity
- Instruments used during the delivery process
While some of these labor difficulties may result in bruising and broken limbs for the baby, they can also result in very serious and sometimes fatal injury. Sustained injuries during labor may include:
- Traumatic brain injury and severe brain damage
- Fractures and dislocations
- Cerebral palsy
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy was often believed to be caused by lack of oxygen during the birthing process after a relatively healthy pregnancy. However, scientists now believe that those cases of the disorder are only a small percentage.
However, if you have had a healthy pregnancy with no indication of your newborn having cerebral palsy, but did have a long and difficult delivery, you may have a medical malpractice claim for baby birth injury.
Medical professionals who work in hospitals and aftercare facilities receive extensive training to ensure patient success and safety. However, when doctors fail, or a patient is ill with hospital acquired infections, the healthcare provider needs to be held accountable.
Common surgical mistakes include paralysis, spinal and brain injuries and unnecessary amputation. However, in some cases during medical procedures, patients may also be left with surgery devices inside of them such as sponges, scalpels, etc.
When these medical errors occur, accident victims need to know what options they and their families have.
Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys can utilize medical records and surgery notes to determine if medical negligence occurred during a surgery or in the aftercare which resulted in serious injury or wrongful death.
Hospital Negligence Lawyers and Medical Mistakes
In Reading PA and nearby Philadelphia, there are numerous hospital facilities in which patients may secure treatment. Some of the most prominent facilities are:
- Tower Health
- Reading Hospital
- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Reading
- St. Christopher’s
- Reading Hospital and Medical Center: Temple Brandan
- Surgical Institute of Reading
- Reading Cancer Center
- St. Joseph Medical Center
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
- Tuttleman Center
- Nazareth Hospital
- Roxborough Memorial Hospital
- Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – Jefferson Health
- Penn Hospital Medicine
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Unfortunately, even in the best hospitals, medical negligence can still occur. When a medical provider makes medical errors that result in injury or wrongful death, the victim or their family is able to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death case.
Parties that can be held liable for negligence in a hospital setting or a medical mistake include:
- Clinical technicians
- Any hospital personnel who is expected to provide adequate hospital care and treatment
In many cases, the hospital will absorb the burden of the negligence for the at-fault provider.
Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with a track record of securing Reading PA injury victims compensation for medical provider negligence.
Misdiagnosis and Cancer Misdiagnosis
Studies suggest that in the United States, 12 million people are affected by medical diagnostic errors each year with approxinately 40,000 to 80,000 people dying annually from complications due to misdiagnosis.
Some of the most common forms of misdiagnosis occur in the early stages of cancer. This can result in the patient progressing with the disease far more quickly than they otherwise would have with a proper diagnosis, or being told they have cancer when they do not. Both of these scenarios can result in physical and emotional trauma that can be fatal to the patient and devastating to the family. Unfortunately, despite medical advances to diagnose cancer early, misdiagnosis still occurs.
Common forms of misdiagnosis for cancer include:
- Breast cancer
- Colon and rectal cancer
- Skin cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Hematopoietic cancer
A Reading medical malpractice attorney from Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys can help you or your loved ones through the medical malpractice lawsuits process, and work to hold the medical providers accountable.
Failure to Inform of Risks
Patients are to be given and provide informed consent before undergoing any care or treatment by medical providers. However, this doesn’t always occur.
When a patient is not informed of all of the risks and potential complications or long term effects of a medical procedure or treatment, the patient and their family need to contact a malpractice lawyer.
We put a lot of faith in medical teams to provide us with the care needed to recover and move forward after a diagnosis or injury. But when a doctor fails to provide all relevant information to the patient and their family, a Reading medical malpractice lawyer can help.
Be it an over the counter prescription or a dosage prescribed after a hospital treatment, when patients experience medication errors, the results can be catastrophic.
Medication errors are a medical malpractice issue that can be easily avoided when a provider carefully reviews patient records and checks on the prescription dosage. But, if you or a loved one suffered illness because of medication errors, a Reading medical malpractice lawyer from Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys can help.
Medical Negligence FAQ
If you or a loved one suffered at the hands of a negligent medical provider, Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys can help. Take a look at our frequently asked questions and call us for a consultation.
What Percentage of Malpractice Suits are Successful?
It is no question that malpractice cases are incredibly complex. In fact, it is estimated that physicians win 80% to 90% claims with weak evidence, 70% of the toss-up cases, and 50% of the cases with strong evidence of medical negligence.
This is why it is so critical to have a law firm by your side as soon as possible to best preserve the integrity of your claim.
How Do I Know if I Have a Malpractice Case?
Unfortunately, it’s not often very clear that medical negligence occurred. In rare cases, the doctor may admit a mistake, however, that does not mean he or she acted with negligence. If it can be proven that your doctor or another medical professional acted with a reasonable duty of care to avoid harm to you or your loved one, you may not have a claim. This is the difference between an honest error, and a doctor failing a patient.
The best way to determine if you have a medical malpractice case is to contact a Reading medical malpractice lawyer to review the facts of your case.
What is Venue in a Medical Malpractice Case?
Adopted by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 2003, medical malpractice suits in Pennsylvania can only be filed in the county where the malpractice occurred.
Unfortunately, even if your provider practices medicine in another county, you can only file a claim against them in the county where your specific event occured. This was done to limit the amount of malpractice suits medical facilities and providers faced and combat their rising insurance prices for malpractice coverage.
This means that you need to secure legal representation from a Reading medical malpractice lawyer who has experience in Berks county.
Can I Afford to Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
Most injury law firms work on a contingency fee basis which means that you are only charged a percentage of the winnings secured in the settlement or verdict. At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, our medical malpractice lawyers never collect more than you earn, and charge you nothing up front.
This means that if we don’t win your malpractice suit, you don’t owe us anything. For most malpractice victims, they can’t afford to go without a medical malpractice lawyer.
Is Nursing Home Abuse Medical Malpractice?
If the elderly individual is receiving medical care in a nursing home, it may be considered malpractice. However, just being in a residential facility where abuse has taken place is not always the same as medical negligence.
Instead, the family or victim of nursing home abuse would file a different injury lawsuit to hold the facility accountable.
If you are unsure if you have a nursing home or malpractice claim, contact Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys.
I Provided Consent for a Procedure But Something Went Wrong. Can I Sue?
Even if you provided informed consent for a procedure, if negligence occurred, you still can sue for malpractice. You and your legal team will just need to prove that the healthcare provider did not act in a reasonable manner which led to your resulting injuries or illness.
If however, no injuries or damages were sustained, you will not be able to recover compensation.
Will My Medical Malpractice Suit Go to Trial?
Less than 10 percent of all malpractice claims go to trial and are instead settled out of court. However, that does not mean your claim won’t go to trial so you need to be mindful of selecting a medical malpractice lawyer who has experience with taking malpractice claims to trial if need be.
Is There a Cap on Financial Awards I Can Recover?
In Pennsylvania, there are no caps on compensatory damages a malpractice victim may recover. This allows the victim to recover the most compensation needed to recover.
How Do Medical Malpractice Attorneys Prove Negligence?
As with any personal injury claim, in order to prove negligence in a medical malpractice claims, a medical malpractice law firm will need to illustrate the following elements existed in your doctor-patient relationship:
- There was a professional duty owed to the patient and the healthcare employee was to avoid harm or behavior that could impact you.
- There was a breach in the duty of care and the healthcare provider ignored that duty and acted in a negligent matter.
- The breach caused an injury to the patient.
- The injury resulted in damages such as further injury or illness, extensive medical bills, disability, lost wages, etc.
Unfortunately, proving that medical negligence occurred can be difficult especially without a law firm equipped with experienced medical malpractice attorneys.
At Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys, our law firm has some of the nations highest regarded medical malpractice lawyers who have earned accolades from Best Lawyers in America, top client and peer ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.
Our firm has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for injury victims including compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
However, in order to recover the compensation you need to move forward, patients and their families have two years from the date of the alleged negligence to file a claim. Though two years may seem like ample time, the more time that passes, the less evidence you may be able to collect, hurting the strength of your claim, and limiting the amount of compensation you may recover.
To secure a free consultation with Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys medical malpractice lawyers, contact our firm at 570-399-0406 or visit us online. Your initial consultation is always free so you have nothing to lose.