Archive for the ‘Medical Malpractice Lawyers’ Category

Are Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Just for the Young?

Friday, April 6th, 2012

When a doctor is negligent and commits malpractice, the victim is certainly not always young. Mistakes occur on elderly patients too. However, that is not the issue. The issue is whether the elderly person may file a medical malpractice lawsuit if he or she believes that malpractice has
occurred.

The short answer is yes. The law does not define a certain age where one is too old to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Pennsylvania medical malpractice law applies to everyone from birth through death.

However, the reality of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit may be different for an older person than for a younger person. Damages may be limited for older patients because they have a shorter life expectancy than younger people and likely do not have the same earning capacity as younger
people. Thus, the cost of filing a lawsuit may exceed the potential recovery in some cases.

In the end, each case is unique and it is important to consult with an experienced Pennsylvania
medical malpractice lawyer
, regardless of your age, if you are considering filing a medical  malpractice claim.

Why Would a Hospital Refer a Patient to a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

The title of this post is not the beginning of a joke, but a serious question. Some hospitals in Maryland have begun doing just that – referring patients to medical malpractice attorneys after a mistake has been made.

MedStar Health reports that their approach is to talk to the patient about what happened, work toward a solution and, if appropriate, offer a settlement. If the patient does not agree to settle then the hospital takes the unusual step of providing the patient with the name and contact information for a medical malpractice lawyer.

MedStar, and other Maryland hospitals that use this system, say that it helps settle cases quickly and saves on legal expenses for all parties. Opponents of this system express concerns that the limited number of lawyers on the hospital’s list may have conflicts of interest.

Do you think such a system would benefit those hurt by medical malpractice in Pennsylvania or should those hurt by a doctor’s error find their own Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer? Please leave a comment and let us know.

Should I See a Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Attorney Before or After I Get a Second Opinion About my Cancer Misdiagnosis?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

If you think that you have been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis then the most important thing that you can do is to see a new doctor as quickly as possible. You need to get an accurate diagnosis so that you can start an appropriate treatment plan and get the pain relief and other care that you might need.

That appointment, that second opinion where you might learn the true nature of your illness, is your priority. You can make an appointment with a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer before or after that appointment. When you call a Pennsylvania malpractice attorney, you can discuss when you should meet to discuss your potential case.

However, in the meantime do not wait to call another doctor. Do not wait another day to get the diagnosis, treatment and relief that you deserve.

Was it Really Medical Malpractice That Caused my Injury?

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Determining whether a bad medical outcome was a negligent mistake amounting to medical malpractice or a potential risk that could not be avoided is not easy.  However, it is important to investigate and determine the answer.

Typically, determining whether a bad outcome was medical malpractice requires the skilled help of a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer. However, asking yourself the following three questions can be helpful even before you contact an attorney:

  • Were you informed of the possible outcome prior to treatment?
  • Did you notice anything out of the ordinary before, during or after the treatment?
  • Has another doctor expressed confusion or concern over your outcome and mentioned that something may have gone wrong?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then it is worth considering whether medical negligence was responsible for your injury.

Is it Time to Get Help?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

You’ve been hurt by what you believe was a mistake made by your doctor. Your condition was not diagnosed and you believe that the failure to diagnose was a result of your doctor’s malpractice. Now you are in pain and facing a difficult, potentially limited, future.

Is it worth it to talk to a Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney?

Consider:

  • What a potential recovery could mean to your family and to your peace of mind.
  • What a potential recovery could mean to future patients and their families.
  • Whether you should bear the financial burden of what happened to you.
  • Whether the doctor should be held accountable for his actions.

Then, you can decide for yourself whether it is worth consulting a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer to find out more about your potential legal options.