According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more people die each year from errors caused by medical care providers than car accidents, gun violence, and opioid addiction deaths combined. This ridiculously high number does not even count injuries caused by medical errors.
It is our belief that when a patient has been injured by a medical care provider that the provider should be held fully accountable. As patients, we place a lot of trust in these care providers, and when an injury occurs, that trust is broken.
Rosengard Law Group’s Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys fight to serve the injured, and secure a compensation package that is fair and complete.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice happens when a medical professional provides medical care that is outside the acceptable standard of care.
Doctors are not the only care providers that can be held responsible for medical malpractice. Any care provider that gives direct care to a patient can be held responsible for a medical error. This includes:
- Nurses and Nursing Assistants
- Test Technicians
- Physical Therapists
- Dentists and Orthodontists
In some cases, the hospital or clinic management may also be held responsible for malpractice if their policies led to the patient being harmed.
What Is Not Medical Malpractice
It is very important to understand that a poor or undesired outcome to medical treatment does not mean that malpractice has occurred.
Every medical treatment does have risks, and no treatment is guaranteed to be 100 percent successful.
The medical care provider must have acted outside the accepted norms when treating the patient, which in turn caused harm.
What Are The common Types of Medical Malpractice in Philadelphia?
Medical malpractice can occur in many ways. However, there are some errors that are more common than others.
Failure to Diagnose or Misdiagnoses
If the medical care provider misdiagnosed a medical condition that led to harming the patient, the care provider could be held responsible.
If the care provider misreads tests or symptoms and misdiagnoses the disorder, and this leads to harm, medical malpractice has occurred.
Doctors have an obligation to conduct the right testing and correctly interpret the results.
Overtreating or Undertreating a Condition
Care providers that over-treat a condition can cause harm to a patient. Sometimes a headache is just a headache and needs nothing more than a pain reliever.
The same applies to under-treating. A medical condition should receive the appropriate standard of care for its severity. Under-treating a condition can lead to harming the patient.
Any errors caused during surgery are considered malpractice if those errors cause harm.
Communicable Diseases and Infections
Medical professionals have an obligation to all of their patients to protect them from communicable diseases and infections.
Medical professionals must keep their facilities clean and use proper sterilization techniques.
Birth Injuries to Infant or Mother
Injuries during birth are one of the most common forms of medical errors. The injury can occur at any time during the birth process or afterward for the mother.
Injuries sustained by the infant during birth can lead to life-long medical issues. Injuries to the mother may lead to serious conditions such as infertility.
The most common cause of birth-related injuries is the improper use of birth assisting equipment.
Other injuries can occur as a result of a medical error. If you believe you have been injured by a medical care provider, consult with a Rosengard Law Group, Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer.
Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Cases Can Be Difficult To Prove
Although it is very apparent to the victim that their medical care provider has injured them through the care they provided, the insurance company may not be so agreeable.
The first reaction of every insurance company when a medical malpractice claim is filed is that it is not a valid claim. The insurer will say that there are risks associated with treatment, and the injury is a result of those risks.
Having an attorney represent your claim will prevent the insurance company from denying the initial claim. Your attorney will have the resources to prove that malpractice occurred.
Through the use of expert medical witnesses and knowledge of the medical industry, your attorney will work hard to build a solid case to show how a medical error occurred.
Compensation Available To Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Victims
When you have been injured as a result of another person’s action, the law guarantees you the right to receive compensation for your losses.
Every case will qualify for different types of compensation, and for different amounts of compensation — the amount and types you receive will be based on the facts of your case.
Some of the types of compensation you may qualify for include:
All medical expenses associated with your injury will be covered in your compensation package. This part of your compensation will also include any anticipated future expenses associated with treating your injury.
Lost Wages and Benefits
All of the wages you lost as a result of your injury will be included in your compensation package.
If you cannot return to work, or if you can only return art-time, the lost future wages will also be a part of the compensation package.
Any approved expenses, such as over-the-counter medical supplies or medicines, can be a part of your compensation package.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering are a unique type of non-economic damage. The figure for this type of compensation is based on several factors and will be different for each case.
Other forms of compensation may be available to you based on state laws and the facts of your case.
Your Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer will discuss compensation with you during one of your meetings.
In the event that the medical error has led to the death of your loved one, you may be entitled to receive compensation under wrongful death.
Our compassionate attorneys understand that this is a very difficult time in your life and that compensation is not the first thing on your mind.
However, seeking compensation for a wrongful death will allow your family to get through this difficult time without facing financial difficulties, so you can concentrate on recovering from your loss.
Schedule A Free Consultation With A Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you have been injured by a medical care provider, you are encouraged to speak with an attorney about the event. Call us now at 833-323-4448
Hiring an attorney to manage your medical malpractice claim will protect your rights as an injury victim.
Rosengard Law Group will make sure that you are treated fairly by the insurance company and receive the treatment you need to make a recovery.
Having an attorney manage your case will also ensure that the insurance company treats you with dignity and provides you with a compensation package that is fair.
You placed trust in your medical care provider when you sought treatment. It is only right that they are held responsible for their actions if their care caused you harm.
There is no reason to delay, speak with a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer today.