Doctors take a solemn pledge to help and protect their patients. Yet each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are harmed by a serious medical error. Some of these errors are the fault of the doctor, while others are the fault of a nurse, a staff member, or a medical facility.
Doctors should be healers and hospitals should be places of healing. If you or a loved one has become injured or ill due to the negligence of a medical professional or medical facility, the time to act is now.
At the Law Offices of Jeffrey H. Penneys, I devote a large portion of my legal practice to helping the victims of medical malpractice. My legal team and I work our hardest to investigate claims and pursue compensation, whether through private settlements or through litigation.
Common Types of Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice
There are literally thousands of different types of medical malpractice. However, some are more common than others. I have experience with a wide range of claims and lawsuits, including:
- Hospital errors.
- Pharmacy and medication errors.
- Birth injuries.
- Surgical errors.
- Testing errors.
- Misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis.
- Monitoring mistakes.
- Failure to treat.
- Failure to refer to a specialist.
- Anesthesia errors.
- Defective medical devices.
- Wrongful death due to medical malpractice.
Note that there are many more kinds and subsets of medical malpractice than those listed above. If you believe that any medical professional or organization did not provide you with appropriate care, and that your treatment left you injured, you should speak with a PA medical malpractice attorney today.
You May Have a Case Even if You Signed a Medical Consent Form
Many patients and their families are under the wrong impression that when you sign a medical consent form, you sign away your rights to pursue a medical malpractice claim. However, this is not at all the case.
A medical consent form simply outlines the possible risks and complications of your procedure or treatment. When you sign the form, you acknowledge that you understand these risks. A medical consent form does not give a doctor or hospital an excuse to act negligently or to ignore the accepted standard of care.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitation in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a medical malpractice claim. If you were a minor at the time of your injury, you have two years from the date of your 18th birthday to file a claim.
However, if you did not discover the cause of your injury right away, which sometimes happens in the case of medical malpractice, you have two years from the date of your discovery to file your case. This may happen if, for instance, you discover than an object was left behind during a previous surgery and that the object was causing you pain and health complications.
Hire an Experienced Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Attorney Today
It can be extremely difficult to know if your medical provider met the accepted standard of care during your treatment and if you have a valid medical malpractice claim. That’s what I’m here for. During a private, confidential case evaluation, I will review the evidence in your case and explain whether you have a medical malpractice claim under state and federal law. I can also answer your legal questions regarding PA medical malpractice, standards of care, and statutes of limitation.
It all starts with a call. Contact me today at 1-800InjuryLaw (1-800-465-8795) to speak with a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney and to schedule a meeting. In addition, you can use our contact form if it’s more convenient and I will get back with you within 24 hours.