You may have trusted what your doctor told you. Here’s a person who went through medical school and has sworn an oath to provide the best possible care. The idea that a doctor could be negligent, or make a mistake that could cost a patient his/her health or even his/her life, is hard to conceive. But unfortunately, everyone makes mistakes and can be careless at times, and doctors are no exception. I’m Melissa Scartelli, a PA Medical Malpractice Lawyer; let me tell you about a case we just had.
Joseph M. Shimko, a teenage patient, visited the Geisinger-Kistler Clinic in South Wilkes-Barre on June 17, 2013 with complaints of knee pain and hemorrhoids. Shimko was diagnosed with hemorrhoids and prescribed a suppository. In February 2014, Shimko’s mother called the office to ask for a prescription refill. A doctor told staff to try ans coordinate with Shimko and his family to make an appointment with a specialist. That’s when, according to the complaint, the ball was allegedly dropped, and Shimko’s family was never notified, resulting in Shimko ending up in an urgent care facility on Aug. 31, 2014, where he received a totally different diagnosis for his problem – a cyst at the base of his tailbone. Shimko had surgery to remove the cyst, which became infected. He went on to have numerous procedures throughout the next year, and has become permanently disfigured due to all the surgeries, resulting in lifetime pain and disability.
Our firm, Scartelli Olszewski, was able to obtain a $10 million dollar verdict from the jury, to help Shimko with a lifetime of medical procedures, discomfort, pain, and the humiliation of being disfigured.
If caps are placed on settlement amounts for Medical Malpractice cases, medical institutions can factor a certain amount of negligence and mistakes into their budget. We as lawyers, and as human beings, have a moral obligation to make sure that those whose negligence causes death and injury, are held accountable. The best way to prevent more people from being hurt or killed by Medical Malpractice, is to hit negligent doctors and medical institutions in the wallet. Many of these big hospitals and care providers are huge profit-makers, and if they aren’t fearful of losing A LOT of money for medical negligence, they will have less of an incentive to avoid injuring and killing patients.
If you think you may be have injured due to Medical Malpractice, come talk to us for free, and hold the responsible parties accountable so they don’t do it to anyone else in the future.
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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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