Answering Your Medical Malpractice Questions
When doctors or other medical staff cause you to suffer a serious and avoidable injury, they may be liable for the consequences, even if they do not admit it. When you are trying to learn more about your rights and what you can do to protect yourself, you may have questions that we at Fanelli, Evans & Patel, P.C., can answer for you.
What does medical malpractice look like?
Malpractice can take many different shapes or forms. Anesthesia errors, birthing injuries, surgical errors, wrong prescriptions, dosage errors, and delayed or missed diagnoses can all leave a victim with a lifetime of consequences.
What is the most I can receive in compensation?
Pennsylvania does not have any upper limit to economic or noneconomic damages for malpractice claims. This means that a victim and their attorney can pursue all of the losses they experienced due to their injuries.
How long do I have to file a claim for my injuries?
There is not an endless amount of time to file a claim for injuries. In Pennsylvania, a victim has two years from their injury date to file a claim, but they should still act as soon as possible. It is easier to collect evidence to support your claim while still fresh, so be sure not to wait longer than necessary.
Who can I file a claim against?
The most common defendant in medical malpractice claims is a doctor, but they are not the only possible defendant. The defendant is liable for the malpractice and can include a nurse, anesthesiologist or other staff members. If a piece of testing equipment was the reason behind your missed or delayed diagnosis, the equipment manufacturer may be liable for making it, or the hospital may be liable for purchasing faulty equipment.
Do I need a lawyer for my claim?
Hospitals often have large legal teams available to defend themselves and their staff from exactly this type of lawsuit. These firms know how to avoid liability and reduce any money they have to pay. Let an experienced attorney help you pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you believe you are the victim of medical malpractice, defend yourself with an experienced attorney. Call our offices in Pottsville, Wyomissing and Sunbury at 570-221-6541, or send us an email to schedule your initial consultation today.