We visit our healthcare providers when we’re at some of our lowest points, and for that reason, we count on their knowledge and training. Because their patients rely upon them, the law requires healthcare professionals to uphold a standard of care for their patients. But even still, mistakes by medical professionals happen every day in Stroudsburg and across the state of Pennsylvania. These mistakes can result in severe injury, and even be deadly.
You don’t know have to navigate the aftermath of a medical mistake, or deal with the financial consequences, alone. The Stroudsburg medical malpractice lawyers at Munley Law are here to help you hold a negligent healthcare provider responsible for their actions. We will consult with medical experts to find out what caused the mistake, and use that information to bring a legal claim.
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Every personal injury case is different. The first step toward getting the compensation you are legally entitled to for your injury is to speak with an experienced Stroudsburg personal injury lawyer. We will evaluate your unique situation, answer any questions you may have, and help you determine the next steps to take.
Calling is also completely free. Working with Munley Law, you don’t pay for anything out of pocket. We only get paid if you recover, and we are paid from the money that we recover for you.
Medical malpractice claims take time to build, and critical evidence often gets harder to collect as time passes, so the sooner you call our experienced medical personal injury lawyers after an accident, the greater your chances of getting compensation for your injuries. Call or chat today.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Put simply medical malpractice, or medical negligence occurs when you or a loved one is injured by a medical professional’s failure to adhere to a professional standard of care. There are several general types of medical malpractices cases:
- Misdiagnoses or Delayed Diagnosis: misdiagnosis, or delayed diagnosis, is a serious problem in the medical industry. An estimated 40,000 to 80,000 people die each year from these types of errors. These errors can range from a failure to recognize clinical symptoms or order necessary diagnostic testing to misinterpreting or mislabeling lab results.
- Negligent Treatment: negligent treatment, or a failure to treat, is likely what you think of when you think about medical malpractice. This type of malpractice generally refers to a medical provider’s negligent treatment once a diagnosis is reached. For example, this would include a medical provider’s decision to discharge a patient from the hospital too early or a medical provider failing to treat a certain condition according to professional standards.
- Prescription Drug Issues: these cases generally refer to a medical provider’s failure to properly monitor and prescribe medication. These cases often arise when a Stroudsburg doctor prescribes you medication that you are allergic to or that interacts negatively with other medicine you’re taking. A more recent subset of these types of cases includes attempts by skilled medical malpractice lawyers to hold doctors responsible for prescribing addictive medication when they should have known that doing so was a risk to the patients.
- Surgical or Procedural Errors: finally, surgical or procedural error cases target mistakes a surgeon, or someone working with one, makes while performing surgery. These cases could challenge a medical provider’s failure to perform the proper procedure, failure to close the incision properly, or even a surgeons’ failure to properly clean and remove all medical supplies from within the incision before finishing surgery.
In technical terms, if you are injured by the unreasonable actions of medical professionals who treat you, you are bringing a negligence claim. In Pennsylvania, there are four elements of a negligence claim: duty, breach, causation, and damages.
- Duty: this means that the defendant, the person who did wrong, owed you a duty not to cause harm. Generally, under the law, your medical providers owe you a duty as a patient.
- Breach: to prove breach, you must prove that the medical professional failed to act according to a specific standard of care. In medical malpractice cases, the standard of care usually must be established by a medical expert. Basically, this means that you must prove that a reasonable medical provider would have acted differently, and that would have avoided your injury.
- Causation: causation is simple in theory, but often a complex factual and legal issue. You must prove that the breach of a duty, what the medical provider did, caused your injuries. This can sometimes be difficult when it comes to medical negligence. That’s where expert witnesses come in.
- Damages: you must also prove that the breach of a duty caused you financial or emotional damages. This is where we must prove the amount of money involved.
Experienced medical malpractice lawyers know how to build a successful negligence case. Many different parties may be liable, including a specific medical provider, the doctor responsible for managing your care, and even the hospital. At Munley Law, we can help you decide who you can hold responsible.
Why Do I Need A Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
Responding to, and moving forward from, a medical mistake is difficult. While, after discovering a medical mistake, you may think you don’t need (or want) to deal with a lawyer, you should always speak with an experienced malpractice lawyer before making any decisions. Stoudsburg malpractice lawyers can at minimum explain your options and what you might be able to recover, and help you make the best decision for you and your loved ones.
Here are just a few reasons you shouldn’t try to navigate a medical malpractice case alone:
Lawyers with experience in malpractice cases can help resolve a dispute before it really starts
Of course, lawyers are familiar fighting cases in court. But, sometimes, the best option is to resolve a dispute well before a formal lawsuit. Whether you’re fighting with an insurance company, a hospital, or a specific medical provider, getting a lawyer involved early can help get the case resolved faster. Sometimes, lawyers can do this just by being involved in negotiations. After all, people are sometimes more forthcoming if they know that you are armed and ready to take a dispute to court.
Medical malpractice lawyers can investigate your claim and gather evidence
Medical malpractice cases are incredibly complex. Yes, legally, but also factually. There are many different actors who can be held responsible. And it is our burden as the plaintiff—the victim—to prove what happened. That means that we must gather evidence to establish: what medical decision or procedure caused your injury? How? Who was at fault? Why?
- A lawyer can identify and interview witnesses. We’ll find witnesses with information, interview them, and preserve their testimony for use in court.
- We’ll also gather documents and other physical evidence.
- Furthermore, in Stroudsburg medical malpractice cases, you will almost always need at least one expert witness. This is usually a medical expert who can testify to the specific mistake that your healthcare professional made and who can explain why it was negligent—a violation of the standard of care—for the medical professional to behave the way they did.
Lawyers will represent you in court and in negotiations with other parties
You should never have to fight against hospitals and medical professionals, or their insurance companies, alone. These parties usually have deep pockets, which means they will be well represented. You should be, too.
At Munley Law, we have experience working with, and against, many of the repeat players in this space, especially in the Stroudsburg area. We can make sure these powerful entities don’t overpower your interests in any negotiations or informal discussions. We can also make sure that you aren’t accidentally waiving any coverage from your insurance or limiting your recovery against other parties, for example, the hospital or an individual doctor.
And, if it comes time to fight in court, Munley Law’s attorneys are nationally recognized for their skills in the courtroom. We’re ready to put those skills to work to get you the compensation you and your family need to recover. In this technical and highly convoluted area of the law, let our lawyers help lead you through to get the compensation you deserve.
Medical malpractice lawyers can help you estimate how much money you could recover and help you weigh your options
After an injury caused by medical negligence, you and your family will undoubtedly have questions, and it’s completely common to not know whether, and how, to seek compensation. A lawyer experienced in medical malpractice law can help. At Munley Law, during a free consultation, we can help you estimate how much money you could be entitled to, and we can help present your options plainly.
Why Choose Munley Law for Your Personal Injury Case?
With so many personal injury law firms to choose from, how do you know who you can trust to fight for you and your family? Consider these factors that set Munley Law apart:
Track Record – Munley Law has earned national recognition for our large settlements and verdicts. Our entire staff works diligently to make sure you get the maximum compensation owed to you.
Experience – When it comes to complex personal injury cases, experience counts. Each of our partners has decades of experience representing individuals and families who have suffered serious injury or been denied benefits. Because we are a family firm, we often work closely together on our cases to achieve the best possible results for you.
Industry Leaders – Our board-certified personal injury lawyers at Munley Law are among the highest-rated and most respected legal advocates in the country. Other lawyers regularly look to us as the industry experts. All our credentials (including Best Lawyers in America, Best Law Firms, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and Million Dollar Advocates Forum) reflect the fact that we are an exceptional law firm.
Resources – At Munley Law, we utilize resources that are typically available only to big law firms. We work closely with our network of experts and in-house medical personnel to build your case.
Client Satisfaction – Perhaps the best testament to our success is the satisfaction of our past clients. We understand that the time after any injury or accident is incredibly difficult, not only for you but for your family. Our lawyers aren’t here to treat you like just another case; we want to understand what happened, and what you and your family need, and help you get it. Our goal is, always, to get you the recovery you deserve. Be it through an informal negotiation, a settlement, or a verdict, we’re here to fight for you. We’ll keep you informed, and let you make the decisions. Learn what former Munley Law clients have to say about their experience with our firm.
Our No-Fee Promise – We do not collect a fee unless we win your case. If we do not produce results for you, you owe us nothing. At no point will you ever pay anything out of pocket; even if we win, our fee comes out of the money we recover for you.
If you suffered an injury as a result of medical negligence, Munley Law is ready to fight for your rights. Contact our Stroudsburg medical malpractice lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.
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