When someone is injured through another person's negligence, Pennsylvania law provides that the injured may be compensated through a personal injury lawsuit. These lawsuits are important ways to help the injured pay for medical expenses and other damages, but they can also be important in a more abstract way: They can serve the cause of justice by holding a party responsible for his or her negligence. This is particularly important when the responsible party could potentially go on to injure more people. That is the case in medical malpractice cases, when a careless doctor may go on to injure other patients.
In order get this accountability, individuals can file a medical malpractice action against the doctor or hospital involved in the case. However, individuals should understand that the lawsuit may take some time to unfold before any compensation is recovered.
For instance, as discussed last week in this blog, there are requirements that must be met before a malpractice action can even be filed. This includes obtaining a certificate of merit and filing the suit in the correct county.
After the lawsuit is filed, the case can take some time as the parties exchange information in discovery and potentially engage in settlement talks. Each of the steps along the way is vital to the overall success of the case, however, and therefore they must be approached with care and diligence.
Our firm understands the process of a malpractice case well, as we have represented many clients who seek accountability from their doctor after suffering a serious injury. We assist our clients at each step and advocate vigorously on their behalf. For more information on our firm's services, please visit our webpage on medical malpractice.