When you go to the doctor, you trust them to use their best efforts to help you get well. Unfortunately, not all doctors deserve your confidence. Sometimes, patients are left in worse condition after medical treatment than they were before. If you believe you or a loved one suffered medical malpractice, contact an experienced attorney right away.
A Hershey medical malpractice lawyer at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers could bring legal action to make the doctor pay for their mistake or carelessness. You could get money for your pain, emotional suffering, and out-of-pocket expenses. Managing Partner Rich Godshall and the rest of our team have a winning record of aggressive representation in these cases. In one case, we recovered a $1,300,000 pre-trial settlement for a client injured when a doctor cut a nerve in her shoulder while performing a routine biopsy on her skin. Contact us to discuss your situation and learn how we can fight for you.
Strict Time Limits on Medical Mistake Cases
The law at 42 Pennsylvania Statutes §5524 gives an injured victim two years to file a lawsuit. The clock starts ticking when the person discovers their doctor caused their condition. Sometimes, you know something is your doctor’s fault, like if they operated on the wrong part of your body. Other times, it could take a while before their mistake is apparent.
Some people may think they received poor medical treatment but decide to wait and see if they feel better or their condition improves. Waiting is a mistake. See another doctor immediately if:
- You have harmful side effects from treatment
- Your symptoms don’t improve
- New symptoms develop
- You have a feeling that something is wrong, but can’t put your finger on it
- Your doctor’s behavior makes you wonder if they’re hiding something
It’s crucial to get another opinion as soon as possible. Having a diagnosis and treatment options can give you more peace of mind than wondering why you still feel sick.
Once you learn that your original doctor’s poor treatment caused your condition, get in touch with one of our respected attorneys in Hershey immediately. We will review your medical records and start taking steps to make your doctor pay for the harm they caused.
Situations That Could Lead to a Medical Malpractice Claim
Medicine is not an exact science; everyone will react differently to a treatment. However, a good doctor will pay close attention to how their patient responds to treatment and make adjustments. They will note any important changes and remain alert during surgery to avoid careless mistakes. A doctor who fails at any of these tasks may have committed malpractice.
If you feel your doctor harmed you, consult a medical malpractice attorney in Hershey. We handle cases involving:
- Surgeons performing the wrong operation
- Surgeons leaving an object in the patient’s body
- Failures to diagnose a serious condition like cancer
- Prescription of the wrong drug or the wrong dosage
- Unnecessary surgery
- Poor prenatal care
- Clumsy delivery, causing birth injuries to the mother and child
- Not getting the patient’s informed consent to surgery or treatment
Many other situations could also be medical malpractice, so it’s always wise to talk with a legal professional about your situation. Additionally, doctors aren’t the only ones you could sue for medical malpractice. Depending on the circumstances, you might also have a case against a nurse, pharmacist, hospital, nursing home, or any other licensed professional or healthcare facility involved in your care.
Medical Malpractice Case Process in Hershey
If you believe a doctor or other healthcare professional might have caused your injuries, your Hershey lawyer can submit your medical record to an expert. Pennsylvania law requires an expert opinion that you did not receive appropriate medical care for a malpractice lawsuit.
If the expert agrees that your medical care was inadequate, your attorney will file a medical malpractice lawsuit describing your injuries and demanding monetary damages. The doctor, hospital, or other party named in the suit then files an answer denying the claim. Even though the other side’s legal papers will deny that you received poor care, they often begin negotiating as soon as they receive court papers.
At Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers, our local medical malpractice attorneys will take a hard line and not back down until you get the money you deserve. We will negotiate a settlement or present a compelling case to the jury to get comprehensive payments for your losses.
Consult a Hershey Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
A Hershey medical malpractice lawyer at our firm has the knowledge and skills to build a winning case. Speak to a well-known attorney like Rich Godshall or Christine Clarke about your situation. You will not pay us anything until we recover compensation on your behalf, so call today for a free consultation.