Every year, tens of thousands of Americans are injured by medical errors such as surgical mistakes, medication errors or failures to diagnose an illness or condition. Many of these errors form the basis for medical malpractice lawsuits.
If you have been injured by a medical error, it is important to have your case evaluated by a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. The lawyer will review the facts to determine whether you may have a viable claim. If so, the lawyer will work with you to devise a strategy for moving forward.
In order to prepare for your initial meeting, you may wish to review the following frequently asked questions about medical malpractice:
What is medical malpractice? Malpractice requires more than just a simple mistake. The plaintiff in a medical malpractice case must show that the medical professional caused injury by failing to abide by the “standard of care” that other professionals would follow under similar circumstances.
Who can be sued? Any medical professional whose negligence contributed to your injury can be named as a defendant in a medical malpractice case. Note that defendants may be held to different standards of care – for example, a nurse will be held to a different standard than a physician.
What evidence is required? Your lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation of your case, usually by reviewing your medical records and interviewing witnesses. In all but the most obvious cases, your lawyer will also enlist expert witnesses to help prove your case. These experts will testify to the standard of care and show how the defendants’ errors caused your injuries.
What is my case worth? Every malpractice case is different, and it is nearly impossible to tell what the damages will be at the outset. Generally, though, a plaintiff’s damages depend on a number of factors including the severity of the injury, the plaintiff’s pain and suffering, and the extent to which the injury interfered with the plaintiff’s work.
Why should I pursue a case? You have a right to seek justice for the harm that has been done to you. In addition, bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit can help prevent similar mistakes from occurring in the future.
Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Victims Pursue Justice and Compensation
If you or someone you loved has suffered harm as a result of medical negligence, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to ensure your rights are fully protected. Contact McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC today to schedule your initial free consultation with one of our skilled Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers. Call us at 215-569-8488 or 302-888-1221, or contact us online.