Medical malpractice occurs more often than most people realize. Mistakes made by medical professionals can lead to significant health problems in the future.
A disorder left untreated may progress beyond treatment. Our society places a lot of trust in our medical professionals. When these professionals break that trust, they must be held accountable for their mistakes.
As an injury victim, it is your right to receive compensation and justice for the injuries that you received. When you have been injured by the actions of a medical professional, speak with a medical malpractice attorney.
Your attorney will explain what rights you have and what types of compensation you can receive.
Types of Medical Malpractice
When you think of medical malpractice, most people think of surgical errors. This is because of the many horror stories that makes the news. Medical malpractice, however, is much more than surgical errors. In fact, most injuries do not relate to surgical errors at all. The most common types of medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Undertreatment of a condition
- Overtreatment of a condition
- Surgical errors
- Bed sores
- Infections after a surgical procedure
- Cross contamination
- Prescription errors
- Misreading test results
- Pharmacy errors
- Chiropractic errors and injuries
- Birth and delivery errors and injuries
Other actions taken by a medical professional may also result in an injury and medical malpractice. If you believe your injuries are a result of the medical care you received, speak to a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer.
Injuries related to delivering a baby are the leading cause of medical malpractice. Injuries to the mother and to the infant are included in this type of medical injury. Injuries that occur during the delivery of a baby can lead to life-long medical issues for the infant or the mother.
There are several reasons that a birth injury can occur.
- Failure to induce labor when necessary
- Failure to conduct a C-section in a timely manner
- Improper use of delivery assistance tools
- Failure to respond to fetal distress
- Injuries to the mother during birth
- Uncontrolled bleeding for the mother after delivery
- Failure to check for infections
Other events can occur during labor and delivery that lead to injury of the mother or infant. If you believe that your birth-related injury was a result of medical care, contact a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer.
Why You Need A Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical malpractice is a difficult personal injury to prove. Doctors and their insurers like to claim that an injury is just a result of risks associated with medical care. The insurers often say that no medical care is 100 percent guaranteed to be successful. So, they deny the claims for malpractice.
The truth is malpractice happens more often than the medical and insurance industry likes to admit. To protect your rights as a malpractice victim, it is critical to hire a malpractice attorney. When you have an attorney managing your case, you will have the following benefits:
- Your attorney will manage all interactions with the insurer
- You will have access to expert witnesses regarding your injury
- The law firm will conduct a complete investigation of your injury
- Your attorney will make sure that you get all the medical care you need
- Your lawyer will negotiate a fair settlement for your case
- Your attorney will take the case to trial if necessary
Forms of Compensation Available for Medical Malpractice
As an injury victim, you have the right to receive compensation for your losses. Compensation can include financial and non-economic losses. There are several forms of compensation that are available to you based on the facts of your case. The compensation you receive may include one or more of the following types:
Medical Care Costs
All medical care costs associated with the injury will be included in your compensation package. This will include any future medical care you need to treat the injury, If you require long-term care for your injury, your attorney will seek compensation for these expenses.
All medical malpractice cases will include the costs associated with treating the injury as part of the compensation package.
Loss of Income and Future Earning Capacity
If you have missed work due to your injury, you have the right to claim your lost wages, If you missed employer contributions and other benefits due to missing work, you have the right to claim these losses as well.
If your injury prevents you from returning to work, you may be able to claim lost future earnings. If you can only return to work part-time or at a lesser capacity, you can claim these damages as well. Your attorney will explain to you what types of lost income you can claim as part of your compensation package.
There are some types of expenses that are related to your injury that may qualify for compensation. If eligible, your attorney may seek compensation for the following types of expenses:
- Costs for over-the-counter supplies and medications necessary to treat your injury and recommended by the doctor
- Costs for in-home assistance if necessary
- Costs for household services if they were necessary during your recovery or in the future
- Costs for special transportation if required during your treatment period
- If the injury has left you permanently disabled, you can recover costs for retrofitting your home to accommodate the disability
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering are a very personal type of loss. Each accident and injury are very different, as is the outcome of those injuries. The type of compensation received for pain and suffering is different for each person based on the facts of their case. Pain and suffering compensation may also include the following types of compensation:
- Mental Anguish
- Loss of Consortium
- Loss of Companionship
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
- Loss of Services
Each of these types of losses is different and based on the actual facts of your case. Your Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney will explain to you all of the types of compensation you are entitled to under the law.
On rare occasions, the court will award punitive damages to the injured party. Punitive damages are used to punish the responsible party and are only used when the court believes an injury was caused by an intentional act.
Sadly, some injuries lead to the death of the injury victim. When this happens, it is called wrongful death. Certain family members can seek compensation for wrongful death. If you have lost a loved one due to the injuries caused by a medical practitioner, speak with a Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney today.
We Are Here To Help
You do not have to face the hardships of trying to collect compensation on your own. Our law firm represents clients who have been injured by a medical care provider during their treatment. Our attorneys are available 24/7/365 and will gladly come to your hospital room or home to provide you with legal advice and representation.
Time is of the essence. The Statute of Limitations does apply to medical malpractice cases. Do not delay seeking legal representation. You could lose your right to file a claim for compensation. Our attorneys are ready to answer your questions. Schedule a free consultation today.