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Fact Sheet About Medical Malpractice

The New England Journal of Medical reports that the vast number of patients injured due to medical negligence do not sue. Yet the effects of medical malpractice can be physically, mentally and emotionally damaging – and yes, even deadly. The following are statistics compiled about medical malpractice throughout the United States:

  • 60% of all patients who sue are female, with the median age being 38 years old.
  • 80% of claims involved injuries that caused significant or major disability.
  • about 1% experience complication due to negligence.
  • 2.9% of people injured by medical malpractice file claims.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Stewart L. Cohen

Stewart L. Cohen

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Harry M. Roth

Harry M. Roth

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Medical Malpractice Incidents

As our town is home to a number of hospitals and medical clinics, it is unfortunately a given that many Scranton residents will someday be the victim of medical malpractice. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you obtain financial compensation for your injuries so you can focus on your recovery, and not how you will pay your medical bills.

Common Types of Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice

Doctors and nurses do not intend to harm their patients. But whether due to negligence, inattention, inadequate knowledge or failure to follow physician’s orders, malpractice happens and it can cause serious and life-altering injuries. Injuries at the hands of a doctor or nurse can take many forms, but there are some common types of medical malpractice injuries:

Birth injuries

Birth injuries can occur for a number of reasons, including failure to diagnose the mother with a condition that can harm the fetus and/or the mother, such pre-eclampsia or placental abruption; failure to diagnose the fetus with a medical condition in-utero, or; birth complications that result in loss of oxygen to the infant.

Incorrect or missed diagnosis

All too often, physicians don’t pay attention to or take patients’ concerns seriously and either fail to make a diagnosis or make the wrong diagnosis entirely. The result is unnecessary pain and suffering as the disease progresses, and the patient loses valuable treatment time.

Surgical injuries

An artery or organ nicked during surgery, medical equipment and supplies left inside the patient’s body or failure to follow sterilization requirements can result in further injury or infection.

Medication errors

Medication errors can occur when a doctor prescribes and/or a nurse administers an overdose of a medication, or when there is failure to check whether the patient is allergic to a prescribed medication or if it will cause an adverse reaction to other prescribed medication.

Substandard care

An unclean environment, failure to properly sterilize equipment and exposure to toxins or bacteria can compound a patient’s condition or cause new infections entirely.

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People expect their physician to make them better, not worse. Throughout 40 years of practice, the Scranton medical malpractice attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., have seen the damage caused by the negligence of medical professionals. Our experienced attorneys can help you obtain financial compensation for your injuries.
Contact Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. to Handle Your Medical Malpractice Case Today. Our attorney sare prepared to work zealously on your behalf to recover the compensation you deserve.

Investigating Medical Malpractice Requires Resources

An effective investigation into any medical malpractice claim requires an investment of time, money and resources. It also requires experience and knowledge of often complex medical issues, and the ability to understand how medical negligence could have resulted in your injury. The medical malpractice attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have the knowledge and resources necessary to aggressively investigate your case. We have an attorney who is also a licensed doctor, as well as a paralegal who is a nurse practitioner. This makes us uniquely situated to review your medical records and understand the nature of your injury and its causes.

Any medical malpractice case requires a thorough review of your medical history, including all of the notes, treatment plans, medical imaging, lab reports and any other information pertaining to the treatment you received leading up to, during, and immediately following your injury. Not only will we review this information and talk to your doctors and all those involved in your care, but we will forward these records on to an independent medical expert to review and provide his or her opinion on whether mistakes were made during your care.


A medical malpractice case also requires testimony from all those involved in your care, from the physician who first made the diagnosis to those providing the care that ultimately led to your injury. Friends, family and subsequent medical professional you have met will need to testify as to how the injury suffered has negatively impacted your health and your life. The physician will also be examined and every step of his care will be questioned and challenged by our own expert testimony to prove that his care resulted in your injury.

The attorneys at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have the knowledge, experience and aggressiveness necessary to win your medical malpractice case. Take Advantage of our free Medical MalpracticeConsultation Today. Contact us immediately for help working on your case.


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