Medical Malpractice
Medical Malpractice

When you walk into the office of a medical professional, you come in trusting them to help to the best of their ability. Medical professionals are not miracle workers, but they are expected to do their best and care for their patients correctly, without causing additional harm. This doesn’t always happen, whether that be because they weren’t giving a patient the attention they needed, they were overworked, or had more patients than they could handle.

With over 20 years of experience as medical malpractice lawyers, we have handled some of the most difficult and devastating cases in Pennsylvania. Medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death and injury in Pennsylvania and the United States.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice liability is based on the laws of negligence. Medical malpractice is a legal cause of action that occurs when a healthcare professional deviates from their professional standard of care, which causes injury or even death to the patient. When it results in death, it becomes a type of medical malpractice called wrongful death.

As a general rule, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional does not demonstrate a fair, reasonable, and competent degree of skill when providing medical care for a patient. Medical professionals who can be potentially liable for malpractice include, but are not limited to:

  • Physicians
  • Surgeons
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists
  • Chiropractors
  • And more

What Are Examples of Medical Malpractice?

We have helped secure maximum recoveries for medical malpractice victims and their families. Our experienced lawyers have advocated on behalf of injured patients and wrongful death claimants in state and federal courts and alternative dispute resolution forums, such as arbitrations and mediations. We conduct thorough investigations and carefully prepare complex medical malpractice cases to obtain the best possible results for our clients. We’ve represented medical malpractice victims and their loved ones in thousands of cases in various of areas of malpractice, including:

  • Anesthesia Errors
  • Birth Trauma / Birth Injuries
  • Cancer Cases
  • Diagnosis Delay / Misdiagnosis / Failure to Diagnose
  • Doctor and Hospital Mistakes
  • Infections
  • Emergency Room Negligence
  • Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) Cases Against the U.S. Veterans Administration
  • Impaired Physician
  • Medication Errors
  • Obstetrical and Gynecological Malpractice
  • Orthopedic Malpractice
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiology Errors
  • Retained Sponge Cases
  • Surgical Mistakes
  • Wrong Site Surgery
  • Informed Consent

Who’s Responsible for Medical Negligence?

Depending on the cause of the medical professional’s negligence, the one at fault can be any number of people. For example, if the medical professional made a mistake or error out of personal negligence, not exhaustion or being spread too thin, they would likely be responsible. In another example, if a hospital is understaffed and the medical professionals are overworked and exhausted, the supervisor would be at fault for the mistakes the medical professionals make.

In either case, we would recommend filing your suit against the hospital itself. Medical professionals are not likely to be able to compensate you and cover your bills as you need. Also, the hospital is typically considered responsible for its medical professionals as its employees, like most businesses.

What Should You Do If You Suffer Medical Negligence?

If your medical provider is negligent in their care for you, you should seek proper medical attention to heal any issues caused by your earlier medical care. After you have been treated, ask for a record of the second medical professional’s opinion, and contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C. immediately.

Scartelli Olszewski, P.C.’s medical malpractice attorneys strive to secure maximum recoveries for medical malpractice victims and their families. You deserved better medical treatment, and now you deserve to be compensated for what you didn’t receive. We can help and are ready to help. Contact us today.