We rely on doctors and other medical professionals to be there for us when we need them. Sadly, far too many medical professionals are reckless and careless when treating their patients, sometimes leading to injuries with life-changing consequences.
Filing a lawsuit against a negligent doctor, nurse, or medical specialist is a complicated process. You need help from a skilled Lewisburg medical malpractice lawyer with a track record of success—like the team at Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers.
Our winning attorneys include Founding Partner Jon Ostroff and Christine Clarke, whose experience in malpractice and defective pharmaceutical device lawsuits prepares her to take on any medical injury case. In one case, our firm recovered $8.8 million for a child born with cerebral palsy due to medical negligence during the delivery. We are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
When is a Doctor at Fault for an Injury?
A big part of what makes “medical malpractice” lawsuits so complicated is that “negligence” has a different meaning for doctors than it does for others. A doctor is not legally negligent just because a patient doesn’t get better right away, or even if their condition worsens. Instead, they must have violated the professional “standard of care” to be considered negligent. This means they must have done something so irresponsible that no other doctor with the same experience and training would have done the same thing in the same situation.
There are many ways a healthcare professional could be reckless or careless, from misdiagnosing an illness they should’ve recognized, to giving someone the wrong type or dosage of medicine, to incorrectly reading test results and giving someone the wrong treatment or diagnosis. In more extreme cases, a mistake during surgery might lead to a patient suffering permanent harm or having a surgical tool left inside their body. No matter the circumstances that led to your mistreatment, guidance from our Lewisburg attorneys is key to holding the negligent healthcare provider accountable.
Getting Paid for a Healthcare Professional’s Negligence
If your lawyer can prove a doctor hurt you because they violated the standard of care, you can demand money from that doctor, their employer, and possibly others for your losses. This may include compensation for your:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of life’s pleasures
- All medical bills, including costs of necessary medical equipment
- Lost work wages and/or ability to work
- Emotional and psychological trauma
Fortunately, Pennsylvania state law doesn’t limit how much money you can seek for specific losses caused by a doctor or other healthcare provider. As your medical negligence lawyer in Lewisburg can explain, though, there are caps on “punitive damages.” These are damages that a court might make a particularly negligent or malicious doctor pay. There is also a “periodic payment rule” for cases that recover more than $100,000 total, which you can discuss with your medical malpractice attorney.
Contact a Lewisburg Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
Under state law, it is possible to make a negligent doctor pay for all the losses you suffer because of their mistreatment. Without support from skilled legal counsel, though, your odds of getting the money you need are slim to none.
A conversation with a Lewisburg medical malpractice lawyer from Ostroff Godshall Injury and Accident Lawyers will give you the information you need to make the best choice for your case. Call today to learn more in a free consultation.