When Pottsville residents visit their health care professionals, they expect that their doctors and nurses will care for them properly and improve their health. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as many patients suffer injury at the hands of those who are supposed to protect it.
There is no shortage of mistakes that can be made in the health care setting. From surgical errors, to a missed diagnosis of a serious illness, patients can experience a wide variety of issues.
Recently, this blog has the legal issues involved when a doctor error occurs. For example, there are laws around the country, including in Pennsylvania, that govern the admissibility of a physician’s apology in a medical malpractice action. The statute does not allow an apology to be admissible as evidence of liability, but it does not exclude statements that admit negligence.
Ultimately, the admissibility of an apology is just one of many issues that may arise in a medical malpractice action. There can also be complex issues of whether the physician’s care violated the duty of care, and how that violation caused the patient harm.
For example, in a case involving a missed diagnosis, there can be questions of whether the doctor should have diagnosed the illness at the time in question, and what impact that missed diagnosis had on the patient’s health. These are fact intensive questions, and typically require expert testimony to prove these issues in court.
Our firm understands this complex issues, and we work closely with our clients to protect their interests and advocate for a successful result. For more information on our firm’s services, please visit our medical malpractice webpage.