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Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice
Mistakes happen in all walks of life-and they sometimes even happen in doctors' offices and hospitals. If you've been injured in a medical setting because of a healthcare provider's actions or inaction, you may be entitled, under Pennsylvania law, to file a lawsuit against the medical provider. Talk to a medical malpractice attorney to better understand your legal options.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to follow the medical standard of care, or generally accepted procedure for addressing specific symptoms or treating specific health issues.
A medical malpractice claim allows you to collect compensation for your injuries. To be successful, your med mal attorney must prove to a judge or jury that:
- The doctor or medical professional treating you made a mistake
- You were harmed as a result of that mistake
In determining whether a mistake was made, the court will look at the medical standard of care (also known as the standards of good medical practice). In other words, what is the generally accepted method of treating patients in your area with similar medical problems? For example, the standard of care for a 90-year-old stomach cancer patient in Pennsylvania would not necessarily be the same as the standard of care for a 45-year-old stomach cancer patient in Oklahoma.
How Long Do You Have to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Every state has a statute of limitations, or time period in which you can file a civil lawsuit against another party. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations on medical malpractice is two years.
If you and your medical malpractice lawyer are unable to negotiate a settlement with the party responsible for your injuries, you need to file a personal injury lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out. If you do not file a lawsuit within this time period, you give up your right to sue.
Find & Hire Local Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Attorneys
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