One of the most important relationships in every persons life is the doctor patient relationship. You trust that treatment provided by your doctors and other medical professionals will meet or exceed the applicable standard of care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
You may be surprised to learn that according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. This puts it right behind heart disease and cancer. Medical mistakes injure thousands of people each year. Anyone can become a victim of medical malpractice, even members of the medical profession. Some studies show that evenings, weekends and holidays are when most medical malpractice injuries occur. Medical malpractice rates are also higher in the first two weeks of July, when new residents begin their residency. It is estimated that twice as many medical mistakes are made in that period of time.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers are not all the Same
It is crucial to consult an experienced medial malpractice lawyer if you suspect that you or a loved one has been seriously injured because of negligent medical treatment. The Wieand Law Firm is proud to stand up for the rights of medical malpractice victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
We will investigate whether a medical mistake was the cause of your injury or the wrongful death of a family member. Our ultimate goal is to ensure victims of medical malpractice are fairly compensated for their pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages and other damages. For a free legal consultation call us at 1(800) 481-5206.
Did you Doctor’s Negligence Cause a Serious Injury?
Medical malpractice can be either a negligent act, or failure to act, by a health care provider. The plaintiff has the burden of proving his/her medical malpractice claim by a preponderance of the evidence. To do so, a plaintiff usually retains medical experts who will offer expert testimony at trial. A plaintiff’s expert must opine within a reasonable degree of medical certainty that the treatment provided fell below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and that the patient suffered injury or death as a direct result of this treatment.
A patient is entitled to be compensated for his/her damages if a medical provider’s negligence caused an injury or damages. However, it is important to remember that experiencing a bad outcome isn’t always proof of medical negligence. If you suspect that you were hurt due to negligent medical care, call an experienced med mal attorney for legal advice regarding your claim.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Medical mistakes or breaches of the standard of care vary widely among different medical fields and treatment providers. Some examples of the malpractice cases we handle include:
•Avoidable birth injuries
•Failure to diagnose
•Medication and pharmaceutical errors
•Neck and back injuries
•Hypoxic/Ischemic brain injuries
•Nursing home injuries
•Emergency room errors / Urgent care
•Nurse midwife errors
•Nursing home abuse
•Shoulder dystocia after childbirth
Statute of Limitations on Medical Malpractice Claims
Every state has enacted a statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the general rule is that you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit within two years from the date you discover or should have discovered medical negligence. However, there are limited exceptions to this two year rule. An experienced malpractice lawyer can help you determine when the statute of limitations will expire in your case.
What Damages Are Recoverable?
The impact of medical malpractice is often physically, financially and emotionally devastating to the victim. The cost of medical treatment can spiral out of control after a catastrophic injury. Often, the stress of exorbitant medical bills is compounded due to the victims inability to work because of his/her injuries. The Wieand Law Firm understands the emotional and financial strain medical malpractice victims go through. Thats why we fight so hard for our clients.
People who were injured by medical mistakes can recover monetary compensation for their injuries and economic damages, including:
- Past present and future medical expenses related to the incident;
- Past present and future income loss; and
- Compensation for pain, suffering and emotional distress.
Hire a Med Mal Attorney with Experience!
The law firm that handles your case can have a major impact on the outcome. Attorney Brent Wieand of the Wieand Law Firm has been selected as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” for four consecutive years. He is an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Philadelphia that fights hard to get justice and maximum financial compensation for clients.
For a free and confidential case consultation, call the Wieand Law Firm at 1 (800) 481-5206. We are proud to serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.