Fact Sheet About Medical Malpractice
The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania keeps track of different types of cases that pass through the state’s court system and publishes statistics regarding these claims. The following are some of these statistics recently published in regard to medical malpractice claims filed in Pennsylvania in the past few years:
- 127 medical malpractice cases went to a jury trial in 2014 alone.
- This is a significant increase from the 110 medical malpractice jury trials that concluded in the previous year.
- Eight of the 2014 jury verdicts awarded the injured plaintiff over $1 million, with one patient receiving over $5 million and another over $10 million.
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Medical Malpractice Incidents
As you can see, viable medical malpractice claims can be extremely valuable, especially if you have an experienced attorney who understands the Doylestown court system and how to represent injured patients at trial. Getting the jury on your side is imperative to win your case and a qualified attorney should always be familiar with the types of individuals who may be on a medical malpractice jury in the area.
Common Causes of Medical Malpractice Injuries
Claims alleging medical malpractice can arise in a wide variety of ways. Doctors have the legal responsibility to provide a certain level of care to all patients and, when they fail to do so, a patient should be able to recover for any injuries they suffered as a result. Some of the common reasons behind medical malpractice claims include the following:
If you go to a medical professional with a medical issue, you should be able to trust that they will perform all of the necessary tests and will ask all of the relevant questions to properly diagnose any health conditions from which you may be suffering. If a doctor does not correctly diagnose your issue in a timely manner, you may suffer many unnecessary complications and health problems due to lack of proper treatment.
Surgeons can be negligent in a number of ways, including performing procedures when fatigued or impaired, having unqualified surgical assistants, not properly preparing for the surgery, performing the wrong procedure, not ensuring adequate postoperative care, and much more.
Proper care for a mother and child during pregnancy, labor, and delivery are imperative to the health of both patients. If a medical professional fails to provide adequate, prepare for any possible complications, diagnose any potentially dangerous birth defects, properly monitor the vital signs of the patients, and more, unnecessary and serious injuries may be sustained.
Numerous medications are administered in doctors’ offices and hospitals on a regular basis. Unfortunately, doctors and nurses may write the wrong prescription, may administer the wrong type of medication to the wrong patient, may issue the incorrect dosage, and much more.
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Even with the high level of care generally administered to patients in hospitals and medical centers in Doylestown, mistakes do happen and patients suffer additional injuries as a result. The experienced attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC. have extensive experience protecting the rights of injured patients. We are your Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Attorneys.
Investigating Medical Malpractice Cases Requires Resources
Determining whether a medical professional simply made an honest mistake or whether they failed to meet the required standard of care requires extensive investigation in most cases. For this reason, anyone who has suffered injury should be sure to seek representation by a law firm with the resources necessary to thoroughly investigate their claim and gather the necessary evidence to prove your case in court.
Many medical malpractice cases rely on a number of witnesses for success. Such witnesses can include other medical professionals and experts who are able to give a professional opinion on whether the misconduct constituted medical malpractice. You will also need witnesses who were aware of the facts of your case to testify to your experience and your condition before and after the malpractice occurred.
Medical malpractice cases also involve a large amount of evidence that can be presented to the jury to convince them that you were the victim of medical negligence. Specific types of evidence vary from case to case depending on the type of negligence that caused your injury.
At the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, we understand how much research and investigation is necessary to prevail in a medical malpractice case in Doylestown, PA, and our attorneys have the financial resources to build a strong case in your favor.
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