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Fact Sheet About Medical Malpractice

A wise sage once said, “To err is human.” Even doctors and medical professionals make mistakes. Unfortunately, when they do their patients are the ones who suffer additional pain and/or loss of chance of survival (notwithstanding the financial costs). According to a 2006 study conducted by the New England Journal of Medicine, in medical malpractice cases:

  • The average age of the victim was 38 years old;
  • The victim was more likely to be female than male; and
  • The average award for a medical malpractice incident occurring in an inpatient setting was $363,000 (for malpractice occurring in an outpatient setting the average award was $290,000).

Patients who are injured by their medical providers’ mistakes need compensation for their losses: fast. Oftentimes a medical malpractice incident will cause significant financial turmoil for the patient and his or her family, this coming at a time when the patient’s and his or her family’s emotions are raw. At Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., we understand the struggles that injured patients face and are committing to helping them recover from their medical malpractice accident.

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Christopher M. Placitella

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Common Causes of Medical Malpractice Injuries

Medical malpractice can take many forms: in fact, “medical malpractice” occurs any time a doctor or other medical professional renders substandard care and a patient is injured as a result. Common types of medical malpractice injuries that can lead to lawsuits include:

Failure to Diagnose

Failing to diagnose an obvious disease or disorder in a timely manner so as to give the patient the best possible opportunity for success;

Surgical Errors

Performing a surgery or procedure on the wrong side of the patient’s body or removing the wrong limb or organ (such as amputating the patient’s left arm when the patient’s right arm was to be amputated);

Anesthesia Errors

Failure to properly administer anesthesia which can lead to a variety of negative consequences such as blindness; and

Failure to obtain consent

Failure to obtain informed consent from a patient before completing a procedure;

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Losses in a medical malpractice case can include pain and suffering, the cost of the medical procedure itself (along with any follow-up procedures that are necessary), and other such expenses. The skilled Wilkes Barre medical malpractice team at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. are dedicated to helping medical malpractice victims recover the maximum amount of compensation possible for their injuries. Contact Our Law Firm to Handle Your Medical Malpractice Case Today

Investigating Medical Malpractice Cases Requires Resources

Because of the complex, scientific nature of the evidence medical malpractice cases are notoriously difficult to investigate and pursue. The heart of your medical malpractice case boils down to this: Did you receive substandard medical care and did this medical care cause you injury? Proving these necessary propositions takes time and money: fortunately, your medical malpractice attorney can help.

Your attorney will need to consult with one or more medical expert witnesses who are familiar with how certain procedures, tests, and/or care are administered in the Wilkes Barre area. These experts will be the primary source of testimony in support of your claim: These individuals will be able to look at your medical records and determine if the care you received fell below the standard of care you should have received. These experts can also be helpful in establishing a necessary causal link between your care and your injuries. Finally, these experts can help you in determining the amount of compensation you will need in order to fully recover or the amount of compensation you and your family will require as a result of your limitations. Your own testimony and the testimony of your friends and family members can help explain the emotional and mental toll your injuries take from you.


The testimony of your witnesses will be corroborated by objective evidence and exhibits. Medical records, test results, x-rays, photographs, and other such documents will help your witnesses tell the story of your medical injury in a way that is understandable and convincing to the judge or jury.

Locating and preserving these witnesses and evidence is not always easy. That is why it is vital to retain the services of an experienced and resourceful medical malpractice attorney. Our 40 years of experience means that we know the sort of witnesses and evidence your case will need to have the best possible chance of success – and we have the time and resources to conduct an efficient investigation and identifying these important witnesses and documents.

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Over 40 Years of Outstanding Results and Hundreds of Millions Recovered for Our Medical Malpractice Victims and Others

Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. doesn’t just talk about how it can help medical malpractice victims: we back it up with the results our firm has been able to achieve on behalf of our injured Pennsylvania clients. Some of our notable successes include:

$3.25 Million

$3.25 million in damages for a patient blinded because the patient’s medical team failed to properly administer anesthesia;

$3 million

$3 million in compensation for a woman who suffered a stroke because her physicians failed to properly diagnose the condition at a time where effective medical assistance could have been provided; and

$7.5 million

$7.5 million for the family of a newborn infant who developed cerebral palsy as a result of the delivery team’s errors during childbirth.

While results in prior cases do not guarantee similar results in your case the following listing of recent case victories should hopefully provide you with the assurance that we are experienced and know how to get you the compensation you deserve.

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