Medical Malpractice Cases: Assessment

Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Rachel Olszewski
Rachel Olszewski

Does This Medical Error Story Sound Familiar?

Suppose you have gone to your doctor time and time again complaining about the same symptoms, but your doctor dismisses it as fatigue. Then, all of a sudden, your symptoms which were once simply annoying, become intolerable. You are rushed to the hospital only to find out that your symptoms were not fatigue at all, but rather a life-threatening condition such as cancer – which would have been detected much earlier had your doctor performed the right tests. Now, your life is in jeopardy. Could you be the victim of medical malpractice? More than 225,000 people die and more than one million are injured each year as a result of failure to diagnose, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical errors and adverse effects associated with medical treatment. Chances are that you or someone you know has suffered from medical malpractice.

How do you know if you have a medical malpractice case?

A medical malpractice attorney will inform you that to confirm a medical malpractice case you will want to consider several questions:1. Have you suffered an unexpected outcome from a medical procedure resulting in severe or permanent injury or the death of a family member?2. Have you suffered a severe, debilitating or fatal illness as a result of a failed diagnosis, incorrect diagnosis or delayed diagnosis?3. Have you received an “adverse event letter” from the medical facility that was treating you?

What Is Your First Step if You Suspect a Medical Malpractice Case?

If you have answered “yes” to any of the questions above you may very well have a medical malpractice case. You will want to go directly to an experienced malpractice attorney who can help you decide whether you have a viable malpractice case.

What Should You Consider When Selecting a Medical Malpractice Attorney?

There are several factors to consider when selecting a medical malpractice attorney. The first consideration is to select a lawyer who has experience in the medical malpractice field. You want to select an attorney with a proven record.The attorney you select will need to have:

  • Access to available medical experts that they can employ for your case.
  • The knowledge and resources to successfully acquire and decipher the many medical records that will be required to investigate your case.
  • The ability to handle the complexities of a medical malpractice case.
  • Most importantly, the attorney you select will need to be well-versed in the investigative process as it specifically relates to medical malpractice.

If you or a family member has suffered at the hands of a medical professional, do not hesitate. Hire qualified malpractice lawyers who can effectively advocate for you and your loved ones.

Rachel Olszewski
Rachel Olszewski

Rachel D. Olszewski, an attorney at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., is a dedicated advocate for clients who have suffered unjust harm. Following the legacy of her esteemed family members, Rachel specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, and criminal defense. She is actively involved in professional associations and serves on the board of the Luzerne County Bar Association Charitable Foundation. Rachel is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
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