Medical malpractice diminishes trust.
When you place your care, or the care of those you love, in the hands of a doctor, nurse and/or medical facility, you trust and hope that you will receive competent, quality treatment. So, when something goes wrong, you need to understand why. It’s not until you have that understanding that you can determine how to set things right. If, in fact, the person or entity caring for you was negligent in any way, then you need to get yourself a good lawyer.
There is an accepted standard of care that the medical community, itself, defines, follows and upholds. When that standard is not met and medical workers instead cause harm or injury, then the person(s) issuing care are negligent. Negligence can happen at any point in the process, from diagnosis (or lack thereof) to treatment. When negligence occurs and is documented, you can file suit for damages such as:
- Pain and suffering (past and future)
- Medical expenses (past, present and future)
- Wage loss
- Loss of enjoyment of life and/or emotional distress
- Loss of future earning capacity
In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is generally two years. However, the sooner you focus on a plan for recovery, the better.