When a patient requires treatment from a healthcare provider, nothing is more important than ensuring the highest-quality care. Unfortunately, some doctors and other healthcare professions fail to meet the standard of care when treating patients.
If you’ve been the victim of malpractice the medical malpractice lawyers in Newtown at Cordisco & Saile LLC can advocate for your legal rights to recover compensation. Just call us at 215-642-2335 to get started.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional does not provide a reasonable level of care for a patient and causes injury and damages. For example, if a patient comes into an emergency room complaining of chest pains, it would be reasonable for the medical professionals in the ER to rule out heart attack before sending the patient home. If they fail to do so, then they may be liable in a malpractice case if the patient suffers a heart attack and related damages.
Types of Medical Malpractice
With many different types of medicine, doctors, conditions and diseases in the United States, the types of medical malpractice that a healthcare professional may commit are vast. Some types of medical malpractice are listed below.
- Birth injuries
- Surgical errors
- Medication errors
- Delayed diagnosis
- Anesthesia errors
- Air bubbles in blood
Within each category, a variety of errors may be possible. For example, within surgical errors, acts of medical malpractice might include performing surgery on the wrong patient or wrong body part, using defective medical equipment, failing to sterilize the surgical area properly, leaving a surgical object in the patient, or other acts of surgical negligence.
The Parts of a Medical Malpractice Case
If you believe you have been a victim of malpractice, review it with our medical malpractice lawyers in Newtown because if you have a valid case, you have the right to take legal action to recover damages. In order to do so, you will have to build a solid case that addresses certain legal questions.
The first step in building your case is to prove that the doctor or healthcare provider against whom you’re filing suit had a duty to provide you with a high level of care. This is usually the easiest step in the process.
The second step is to prove that a violation of that duty of care occurred. During this step, you’ll have to prove that the doctor in question made a medical error or acted outside of the scope of what would be accepted by the majority of medical professionals. Expert medical testimony may be required to establish negligence.
Next, you’ll have to prove that the doctor’s violation of duty of care, or negligence, caused you harm. In order to win a medical malpractice case, you will have to prove that your injuries would not have been sustained but for the actions of the doctor or healthcare professional.
If you can prove all of the above, then the doctor in question will be liable for your injuries. If liable, you have the right to recover both economic and noneconomic damages. In Pennsylvania, you have two years to file a medical malpractice claim for damages following the discovery of the injury or the act of malpractice.
Contact Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Newtown Today
Filing a medical malpractice case and recovering damages is a complex legal process and requires a thorough understanding of a variety of legal procedures. The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC, can help prove negligence and liability. To schedule a free case consultation, call us today at 215-642-2335.