Visiting the doctor for a checkup, going to the hospital for urgent treatment, or getting any form of medical care from a healthcare provider are universal experiences. You should be able to expect that your provider will treat you with the utmost care. While most medical professionals meet this basic standard, some act recklessly or carelessly with their patients. This can cause serious physical harm.
If you were hurt because a doctor, nurse, surgeon, or specialist did not give you adequate care, speak with a Bensalem medical malpractice lawyer about your legal options. Filing a lawsuit over a medical mistake can be a complicated process—let a seasoned attorney take the lead while you focus on getting better. Our team has handled hundreds of these types of cases, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands. In one recent case, we obtained a $1.3 million pre-trial settlement for a client who suffered severe side effects after a doctor cut a nerve in her shoulder during a simple biopsy. Founding partner Jon Ostroff’s team also recovered $8.8 million for a child that was born with cerebral palsy due to medical negligence at the time of delivery. Call today, we are ready to get to work for you.
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice in PA?
Pennsylvania civil law lays out what is considered legally “negligent” behavior by a medical provider. Doctors are not legally liable for every poor outcome a patient may have. State law only allows a medical malpractice claim to proceed if a doctor causes harm by failing to meet the “standard of care” that applies to their specific circumstances.
The “standard of care” for a doctor is the behavior that could be expected from a reasonable medical professional with the same level of experience dealing with the same or similar circumstances. If a doctor does something that another doctor would see as inexcusably reckless or careless, an injured patient may have grounds to file suit with an attorney.
Suppose you wish to sue a doctor for negligent care. In that case, you must acquire a “certificate of merit” from another qualified medical professional that confirms a doctor’s negligent conduct directly hurt you. A Bensalem medical negligence attorney can explain how this rule works in more detail and help connect you with medical experts who could support your claim.
Types of Compensation for Healthcare Malpractice
Fortunately, Pennsylvania is not one of the many states that set limits—or “caps”—on how much money you can recover through a medical malpractice claim. It is possible to recover compensation for all adverse effects caused by a doctor’s misconduct, including:
- Additional medical bills
- Lost work wages
- Lost ability to work because of long-term injury
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of life’s pleasures
- Emotional and psychological anguish
A medical malpractice lawyer in Bensalem can further explain what damages you could factor into your settlement proposal or lawsuit, given the unique facts of your case.
Talk to a Bensalem Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
It can be overwhelming to accept that your doctor failed to properly diagnose and treat your injury or illness, or delivered your child in a negligent way. This is especially true if your condition worsened due to their misconduct. In situations like this, you deserve fair compensation from the doctor(s) responsible for harming you. This can help ease your life going forward and ensure that you receive the treatment you need.
A Bensalem medical malpractice lawyer can explain all your options in detail during your free initial consultation. You pay nothing until we recover money for you, so do not hesitate to reach out to Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers today.