The Brod Law Firm's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area medical malpractice lawyers have over 30 years experience in this area of law. Our Personal Injury Attorneys represent victims who sustained injuries as a result of negligence on the part of a doctor, hospital, or other health care provider. Simply put, If the doctor or other health care provider did not offer or provide adequate or routine care to the patient in violation of the legal standard required by the professional in that field and this causes injury, the victim is eligible to receive monetary compensation.
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We are convenient to all areas of Philadelphia and nearest to Northwest Philadelphia, Lafayette Hill, Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy, Germantown, East Oak Lane, West Oak Lane, Northeast Philadelphia, Glenside, Jenkintown, Cheltenham and Willow Grove. Our Bala Cynwyd office is right off City Line Avenue, convenient to the Schuylkill Expressway into center city.
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Philadelphia Surgical Mistakes Lawyer
Despite training and other precautions, our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area medical malpractice lawyers report that surgical mistakes are fairly common in America. Surgical mistakes can range from easily identifiable, such as a doctor performing surgery on the wrong part of the body, to difficult to recognize. They can also involve incorrect administration of anesthesia and the failure of the doctor or medical staff to recognize patient distress.
Some common injuries resulting from surgical mistakes include paralysis, spinal and brain injuries and unnecessary amputation. Our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area medical malpractice attorneys have litigated a range of medical malpractice cases, including cases where the injuries the victim received were severe, and even fatal.
It is important that clients be aware that not all unsuccessful surgeries in Pennsylvania are the result of medical malpractice. Usually, our medical malpractice lawyers must assess many factors before deciding that an injury is a result of medical malpractice. Usually, malpractice cases can be identified because the resulting injuries sustained by the victim are complications not normally associated with the surgery.
If you question the care you or a loved one received during surgery, we encourage you to contact the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area medical malpractice lawyers at The Brod Law Firm today.
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Philadelphia Hospital Negligence Lawyer
It is the responsibility of the hospital to provide adequate care for its patients. Unfortunately, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, medical malpractice lawyers are often retained because hospitals fail to provide this basic care. If a hospital is negligent and a victim suffers injuries as a result, the victim is eligible to receive monetary compensation.
Medical staff including doctors, dentists, nurses, clinical technicians and any other hospital employee are responsible to provide adequate care. Under law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, medical malpractice attorneys and their clients can hold hospitals liable for negligence or mistakes made by hospital staff.
Despite continuing medical education and training, the Medical Institute recently reported that medical errors are responsible for at least 44,000 deaths each year in the United States. This number is probably higher, but many cases go unreported. At the top rated Brod Law Firm in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area our medical malpractice lawyers are committed to assessing your malpractice case and helping you receive the compensation you need to move forward from your injuries.
The Brod Law Firm reminds you that not all unsuccessful medical treatments or patient injuries are the result of hospital negligence. However, if you question the care you or a loved one received from a hospital, we encourage you to contact the top rated medical malpractice attorney Gary Brod at The Brod Law Firm today. We remind you that medical malpractice lawyers can help you receive compensation you might otherwise not receive if you or a loved one was a victim of negligence.
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Philadelphia Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer
Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer is more common than most patients know. When a doctor fails to recognize early signs or falsely diagnoses cancer, the physical and emotional trauma that a victim experiences can be disastrous. At The Brod Law Firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, our medical malpractice lawyers have successfully litigated many cancer misdiagnosis cases and garnered awards for our clients.
The most common form of this malpractice is the failure to diagnose cancer in its early stages. Commonly, doctors fail to diagnose breast cancer, colon and rectal cancer, skin cancer, prostate cancer and hemopoietic cancer. When the victim is not informed of his or her condition until after the cancer is terminal, severe psychological and physical damage is sustained. Juries in Pennsylvania are aware of the damage misdiagnosis can inflict upon the victim. The medical malpractice lawyers at The Brod Law Firm want to ease the effects of these injuries as much as possible by assisting and supporting our clients throughout the entire litigation process.
Another mistake physicians can make is to misdiagnose cancer. This occurs when the doctor gives the victim a diagnosis of cancer when the patient does not have the disease. In these instances, the victim can be subjected to unnecessary medical testing and even undergo painful medical procedures, such as chemotherapy. These cases have occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and our medical malpractice attorneys encourage you to call us today if you have been the victim of this unfortunate circumstance. Our personal injury lawyers will work with the victim to ascertain compensation for the medical procedures and for the physical and mental pain and suffering caused as a result of a false diagnosis.
If you or a loved one is a victim of cancer misdiagnosis, we encourage you to contact the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers at The Brod Law Firm today. Medical malpractice attorneys can help you receive compensation if you or a loved one was a victim of misdiagnosis.
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The Parties in a Medical Malpractice Claim
In a medical malpractice lawsuit, the defendant will always be the physician or organization that committed the wrongful act. Pennsylvania law defines a health care provider as “a person, corporation, facility or institution licensed, or otherwise authorized, by the Commonwealth to provide health care services, including physicians, coordinated care organizations, health care facilities, dentists, nurses, optometrists, podiatrists, physical therapists, psychologists, chiropractors, or pharmacists, and officers, employees or agents of the person acting in the course and scope of employment or agency related to health care services.” 034 Pa. Code § 127.3
The plaintiff in a malpractice case is the patient who files the lawsuit. Usually, the individual who has been allegedly injured by the defendant becomes the plaintiff, but in cases where a fatality occurs, any person who is legally entitled to act on the patient's behalf can fulfill that role.
Characteristics of a Medical Malpractice Claim
Filing a malpractice claim can be complex. Solely proving that a medical professional or provider made a mistake oftentimes isn't enough to create a viable case that will stand in the court of law. In order to increase the chances of a successful malpractice lawsuit, several elements must be proven through testimony and evidence with the help of legal representation.
An Existing Relationship Between Doctor and Patient
The first step in identifying if a case is viable is proving whether both the patient and the physician had a shared understanding of the duty owed. This means that the physician in question was hired by the patient and was legally obligated to practice on them. For example, one cannot sue a medical professional because they overheard them giving inaccurate health advice at a birthday party; they have to be seeing and treating you. Questions concerning the relationship between a doctor and patient arise in situations when the physician at fault didn't directly treat the patient.
Being unhappy about a procedure isn't enough to support a strong malpractice case. It's important that the patient pinpoints the exact instance of medical negligence. In doing so, one must address the medical standard of care all doctors are expected to abide by, and explain how the doctor's alleged negligent act (or failure to act) doesn't meet that standard. The medical standard of care refers to the quality of service and attention a competent doctor provides for patients. Although, doctors aren't expected to be perfect, they are required to be “reasonably skillful” and “careful.” When a patient can prove that their physician made the mistakes a competent doctor wouldn't make, that's when they have a viable case. In Pennsylvania the law requires that a medical expert in the appropriate specialty be present to establish the medical standard of care, and confirm the defendant deviated from that standard. Of course, the defendant health care provider will also have their expert to try to support their defense.
Proof Medical Negligence Caused the Injury
Since many people who fall victim to malpractice are already sick or injured, it's required of the patient to prove that negligence caused the injury or fatality in those circumstances. With the help of an attorney, the patient must establish a correlation between what the doctor did and the patient's worsening condition. However, proving this can be tough. If a patient has diabetes, and they're trying to prove the negligence of a medical professional, they're going to have to prove that the negligent act (or failure to act) injured or killed the them, not the diabetes. Usually, the patient has a medical expert explain how the doctor or medical provider in question affected their condition.
The Injury Resulted in Damages
It's still not enough to prove that the doctor performed a negligent act. Determining that medical negligence led to damages is what qualifies a patient for compensation. There are three types of damages: economic, non-economic and punitive damages. Economic damages consist of the amount of money you lose from being injured. That would include medical bills, days missed from work, and any circumstance that prohibits you from making money. Non-economic damages would be intangible losses like pain and suffering, humiliation, loss of the ability to enjoy the pleasures of life, and disfigurement. Punitive damages, also known as exemplary damages, are awarded when the medical professional or organization committed wrongful acts that prove to be malicious, fraudulent, or reckless. These damages are usually granted to set an example to the public and to punish the defendant.
Statute of Limitations in Pennsylvania
Each state has a law that regulates the amount of time an individual can file a civil lawsuit for medical malpractice. If you file a claim outside the window of time designated by the state, your case will not be reviewed or considered in a court of law. In the state of Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations is fairly short, allowing a patient two years to file a claim. But the countdown doesn't begin until the patient has learned, or should have reasonably learned, that they have an injury, this is called the discovery rule.The bottom line, is that when you realize that you have been injured due the wrongdoing of a medical provider, you should contact an experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney to investigate and your case and file a claim as soon as possible. It is important that anyone having a potential claim realizes that the attorney needs enough time to complete their investigation of your case which involves having a medical expert review the medical records for your treatment. Don't run out of time and rob yourself of receiving the compensation you deserve.
Limitations Regarding Minors
If a minor has been injured due to malpractice, the two year countdown starts when they turn 18, so essentially, a claim regarding children can filed at anytime before the child turns 20 years old.
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Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Malpractice claims usually aren't simple. They require a competent attorney to help you identify acts of negligence and how you can receive the proper compensation for your injuries. Attorneys at The Brod Law Firm are dedicated to getting you the best possible result. Because we make it our top priority to know our cases thoroughly, leaving no allowance for error, we can deal from strength, not weakness. We prepare each case from the beginning as if it would have to be tried in a Philadelphia courtroom. Philadelphia medical Malpractice Lawyer Gary Brod begins meticulous and painstaking preparation of his cases for trial from the first day he meets his clients. He hires the most qualified medical experts, does in-depth and detailed investigation and researches every point of law about the case. The defendant and the defendant's insurance company know of our years of experience and successful track record and will see how well prepared we are.Over the years, this approach has rewarded our seriously injured clients with major verdicts and settlements.
What to Do if You Believe You are a Victim of Philadelphia Medical Malpractice
At The Brod Law Firm we want all of our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area medical malpractice clients to receive fair compensation. Our lawyers recommend that you take several important steps if you believe that you have received insufficient care from a hospital or medical provider. First, question the doctor. If he or she is unable to give you a good answer for the unexpected results or injuries, it is possible that medical malpractice has occurred. To strengthen your case for court in Pennsylvania, our medical malpractice lawyers also encourage you to document every conversation you have or have had with your medical provider. It is important to document the risks your physician did or did not inform you of. Under no circumstances should you sign any documents or agree to any interviews that could potentially be used against your case in the future.
Finally, contact The Brod Law Firm to consult with one of our expert Philadelphia, Pennsylvania medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers regarding your case. Remember, time is of the essence and it is possible that your attorney can gain valuable information soon after the injury that he or she might not be able to gather later.
At The Brod Law Firm our medical malpractice attorneys work for victim rights. Call now for the results you deserve to speak to one of our expert medical malpractice lawyers in Philadelphia. Don't settle for less than you deserve. Insurance companies have trial lawyers. Shouldn't you have an experienced medical malpractice trial lawyer on your side? Call Gary Brod anytime at 888-435-7946 (888-HELPWIN) for an immediate free no obligation telephone consultation and explanation of your legal rights. We have the option of an online or easy phone sign-up process and we can begin work today. We want to hear your story and would be honored to review your case and to fight vigorously for you.