Top Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers & Attorneys
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Medical Malpractice is professional negligence it’s subdivision of the tort law. At Lowenthal & Abrams, our New Jersey and Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys have fought for our victims for over 40 years our family.
Our team is led by top award-winning Philadelphia Medical Malpractice attorney Dennis Abrams, who has successfully settled many medical malpractice Philadelphia cases and claims and won substantial verdicts for his clients.* Dennis is recognized as one of the best malpractice lawyers in Philadelphia, PA.
What Is Medical Malpractice Tort Reform?
Medical malpractice tort reform is a body of legislation designed to improve the medical malpractice system. Recent reports indicate that, while medical malpractice costs continue to rise, the system has not improved patient safety or provided for equitable compensation of injured patients. Tort reform combats these issues. It includes strategies to limit medical malpractice costs and damages, deter medical errors and while ensuring fair compensation for injured patients.
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 medical malpractice lawyers know how to cross-examine the doctor who hurt you and will get to the truth about how you were injured.
What is Medical Malpractice in Philadelphia?
Philadelphia 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
- Directly caused your serious damages.
Medical Malpractice is when a doctor or physician omits something in the patient’s treatment or act in a way that changes the outcome of the practice and leaves patients injured or hurt by the doctor. These cases and claims are challenging and require top-notch medical malpractice lawyers who have substantial litigation experience. Our Philadelphia malpractice 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 specific circumstances.
So how do you know if you have a medical malpractice case?
- 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 a X-ray when the standard calls for one, but you were not made worse because of this, the lack of an X-ray 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 medical negligence resulting from doctor, nurse and hospital negligence, including:
Contact us to find out how we can help you and your family.
Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse or other medical professional fails to meet the required standard of care, by performing a negligent act that results in injury to the patient. Some examples of medical malpractice are misdiagnosis, unnecessary surgery, mistakes made in surgical technique or dispensing of pharmaceutical drugs. The best way to determine if you have a medical malpractice case is to contact us for an honest assessment. Our consultations are free, and there are no fees unless we obtain compensation for your injuries.
How Long Do You Have to File a Medical Malpractice Suit?
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 medical malpractice lawyer to make your case or claim, the better. If you do not file suit in time, you are completely barred from suing.
How Long Do Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Take?
Malpractice cases vary, some can take years and some just a few months. It all depends on the situation of the case and whether it will be settled outside of court or sent to trial. The cases that are settled out of court will generally take a shorter time than those that get resolved in court. However, an average timeline for a medical malpractice is one or two years.
How To Find A Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Attorney?
To find a medical malpractice attorney near you, check your local directories such as Yelp, Google, and Bing. They will give you a substantial list of lawyers and attorneys in your area. You can check the ratings and read the reviews left by clients and people who have experiences with the law firms. Choose the best Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer that you think works best for you.
How to File Medical Malpractice Claim?
Let Lowenthal & Abrams help you if you believe that you or a loved one have been a victim of medical malpractice in Philadelphia, PA 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 medical case with you and our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers will 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.