Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Attorneys with Toughness and Integrity
When your doctor, hospital or other medical professional is negligent and hurts you, it is called medical malpractice. At Lowenthal & Abrams, our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys have fought for victims of malpractice for over 40 years.
Our team is led by award winning attorney Dennis Abrams, who has successfully settled many cases and won substantial verdicts for his clients.* Dennis is recognized as one of the best malpractice lawyers in PA.
Our Team Includes Medical Professionals
Our Pennsylvania medical negligence team includes an attorney who is a medical doctor and another who is a nurse. This means that we can review your records in house and quickly determine if you have a case. Our attorneys know how to cross examine the doctor who hurt you and will get to the truth about why you were injured.
What is Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania?
Medical malpractice is a complex area of the law which requires your lawyer prove that the doctor, medical professional or hospital:
- Violated the medical standard of care and
- Directly caused your serious damages.
These cases are challenging and require top notch medical malpractice lawyers who have substantial litigation experience. Our attorneys have that experience and will get to the truth on your behalf.
What is Required for a Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania?
Not every mistake is medical malpractice. Medical mistakes are only considered malpractice under a specific circumstances.
- Did the doctor owe you a duty of care?
A duty of care means that the doctor, nurse, hospital, has an obligation to you. If you go to a doctor or hospital for treatment, you are owed a duty of care.
- Was the standard of care violated?
The standard of care is the level at which a doctor, nurse or other medical expert is supposed to treat you. For example, if someone is showing symptoms of a heart attack, the hospital has procedures it is supposed to follow. If the hospital does not follow the procedures, it did not follow the standard of care. Proving this factor requires a medical expert.
- Were you injured?
You must have suffered actual, physical injuries. If the doctor violated the standard of care, but you did not suffer an injury, you do not have a claim. Keep in mind, the injury needs to be relatively serious to support your case.
- Did the violation hurt you?
If your doctor made a mistake, the injury you suffered has to be directly related to the violation of the standard of care. If a doctor failed to order an xray when the standard calls for one, but you were not made worse because of this, the lack of an xray is irrelevant to your case. But if your doctor sent you home in the middle of a heart attack because he failed to order the right tests, and your heart attack was worse because of this, then the violation of the standard of care can be directly related to your injury.
Medical Malpractice Numbers are Terrifying
Statistics show that between 210,000 and 440,000 people die each year due to preventable mistakes in hospitals. These numbers do not count the errors made in doctors offices, by radiologists, at out-patient clinics and so on.
Given the number of doctors, nurses and hospitals in the Philadelphia area, it is fair to assume that those who live here are at risk to suffer debilitating or life ending errors at the hands of careless medical professionals.
Malpractice Claims We Handle
Medical malpractice in Pennsylvania covers many types of injuries. We handle all kinds of negligence resulting from doctor, nurse and hospital negligence, including:
Contact us to find out how we can help you and your family.
Limited Time to Sue for Medical Negligence
One thing you need to know is that you have a limited time period in which to sue if your doctor made a mistake. This time period is called the statute of limitations. In Pennsylvania and New Jersey that is a two year period. In New York, the time period is two and a half years. There are exceptions for children, and also for people who did not discover the malpractice right away. The discovery rule, as it is called, can be an uphill battle, so it is best that you contact us as early as possible. Also, the more time you give your lawyer to make your case, the better. If you do not file suit in time, you are completely barred from suing.
Let Lowenthal & Abrams Help You
If you believe that you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice in Pennsylvania please contact the attorneys at Lowenthal & Abrams. We handle major claims and have won substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients. We provide aggressive representation to each and every client and are never afraid to go to court when the insurance company won’t offer the compensation you and your family deserve.
When you contact us, we will discuss your case with you and give you our honest opinion. There is no charge for the consultation and no fee unless we obtain compensation for you. Our number is 888-979-7298.