Doctors who are reckless or careless while treating patients should pay for any injuries and losses a patient suffers because of that misconduct. However, there are many restrictions on civil claims against medical professionals that do not apply to other personal injury cases. Navigating them all without guidance from an experienced attorney can be challenging for anyone to manage.
To recover compensation for a healthcare professional’s negligence, working with a Blue Bell medical malpractice lawyer is a must. At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, our legal team has a track record of winning these types of cases. For instance, we recovered a $1,300,000 pre-trial settlement for a client injured by a doctor’s malpractice when he cut a nerve in her shoulder while performing a routine biopsy on her skin.
What Does Medical Malpractice Look Like?
A person whose medical condition worsens after going to the doctor can only file a lawsuit against the doctor who treated them if they can prove that doctor violated a “standard of care.” The “standard of care” for any doctor is the level of care that another doctor with the same education, training, and experience would have provided if they were put in the same situation.
As our skilled Blue Bell attorneys can attest, various situations may warrant a medical malpractice claim, including:
- Ignoring a patient’s concerns and failing to diagnose their illness correctly
- Prescribing the wrong type or dose of medicine for a patient’s condition
- Operating on the wrong area of a patient’s body
- Not ordering the right tests based on a patient’s condition or misunderstanding test results
- Not checking a patient’s medical history to see if a particular treatment might be dangerous for them
- Leaving surgical tools or other objects inside a patient’s body after surgery
A seasoned attorney at our firm can review your situation during a free initial meeting and offer advice about pursuing a medical negligence lawsuit or settlement.
Special Rules for Malpractice Lawsuits in Blue Bell
Pennsylvania sets additional rules for medical malpractice cases to prevent “frivolous” legal claims. For example, anyone who wants to file a malpractice claim must obtain a “certificate of merit,” which is a written and signed statement from a qualified medical professional confirming that you have valid legal grounds for a lawsuit.
Additionally, most people have a statute of limitations of two years after discovering their injuries to start filing a claim. The Pennsylvania statute of repose also holds that, regardless of when injuries were discovered, all lawsuits based on medical malpractice claims must be filed no more than seven years after the malpractice occurred. As our Montgomery County medical malpractice lawyers can explain, there are exceptions to these rules in some situations—for example, if you were hurt because of something left inside your body after surgery.
Get in Touch with a Blue Bell Medical Malpractice Attorney
If your doctor did not treat you with care and respect, you have a right to be upset. However, if your doctor’s lack of care directly led to a new injury or worsened a pre-existing condition, you might have a right to file a lawsuit over it, too.
Consult a Blue Bell medical malpractice lawyer before trying to pursue a case on your own. At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, our attorneys know how to handle these types of claims successfully, and we will fight like hell to recover the compensation you deserve. Call today to get started.