What Types of Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Cases Can Be Filed?
If you or someone you care about requires medical care, you expect those in charge to make you and your family feel better, not worse. While doctors are unable to control everything, if they are negligent or breach their duty of care to a patient, that patient can file a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawsuit.
Medical malpractice occurs when a physician fails to properly treat a medical condition and the negligent act or omission causes a new condition or aggravates an existing injury. Medical malpractice can happen in a variety of ways, and the signs of medical malpractice are often subtle. Common types of medical malpractice cases filed in Pennsylvania can include birth injuries, misdiagnosis, surgical malpractice, and more.
Common Types of Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Cases
If a surgeon makes a mistake during surgery, you may have a medical malpractice claim. However, doctors are not the only source of surgical errors. The hospital and other staff members can make mistakes before, during, and after surgery. When you are injured due to a mistake or negligence, you need to hold the party who caused your injury accountable for his or her actions. For example, if the surgeon mistakenly operates on the wrong arm or the hospital staff fails to provide the proper care in post-op, you should contact our office immediately.
Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis is by far the number one cause of malpractice claims in an outpatient setting. When a medical provider fails to diagnose your condition properly, you can suffer severe injuries and permanent damage. Some doctors fail to diagnose conditions because they dismiss the patient’s complaints while others simply do not administer the necessary tests to determine what is making the patient ill. More healthcare workers than just physicians can make medical errors; other medical professionals who can contribute to a misdiagnosis include those responsible for reading and interrupting medical tests, such as a radiologist. While not all errors are deadly, medical misdiagnosis causes 20% of fatal illnesses.
Prescribing the wrong medication and/or prescribing medication when it is not needed can both constitute Pennsylvania medical malpractice. If you were the victim of a medication error, you may have received the wrong medication or an incorrect dosage, or the medication may have been administered incorrectly. Your medical team must also sufficiently screen you for allergies before administering drugs. If they don’t and you are injured, you can file a lawsuit to recover damages.
Birth injuries include conditions such as cerebral palsy, brain damage, and paralysis. Hospitals, nurses, doctors, and midwives may all be potentially liable in a birth injury lawsuit if the mother and/or the child are harmed during prenatal care, childbirth, or postnatal care. Childbirth malpractice can include injuries resulting from failure to properly monitor a fetus, failure to perform a C-section, and more. Negligent prenatal care can include things like failing to diagnose preeclampsia or Rh incompatibility in the mother.
Do You Need a Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Attorney?
Medical malpractice claims are complex, and you need an attorney who knows the intricacies of Pennsylvania medical malpractice law. The experienced trial lawyers of Lopez McHugh have been investigating and winning Pennsylvania medical malpractice cases for decades. We have the resources and skill to hold hospitals and medical providers accountable when they hurt those in their care. Contact us today for more information on how we can help.