You may be wondering right now if you’re the victim of medical malpractice and need a medical malpractice lawyer. Maybe you recently had surgery and are now experiencing pain and discomfort. Maybe you feel like your doctor was rushed and gave you treatment that is having no effect or is making your condition worse. Either way, you suspect that something is not ‘right’ with the treatment you received or are currently receiving. Could you really be the victim of medical malpractice? You’re probably confused, frustrated, and scared. You’re thinking, “These are skilled professionals and they’re making good money to do their job and heal me. They’ve gone through years of school – how could they make a mistake that could hurt me?” How common is medical negligence anyway? What does a medical malpractice lawyer say about this?
First, let’s answer the question of: What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a legal cause of action that occurs when a medical or health care professional deviates from standards in his or her profession, thereby causing injury to a patient.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Believe it or not, deaths caused by medical negligence are only eclipsed by heart disease and cancer. Annual deaths caused by car accidents are fewer than deaths caused by medical negligence. So the idea of you having a medical malpractice case is not as far-fetched as you may have thought.
It costs you nothing to talk to a medical malpractice lawyer. It could cost you everything to sit and do nothing. Don’t let the idea of spending money get in the way of your decision to consult with a medical malpractice lawyer. If a medical malpractice lawyer thinks you have a case, he/she will represent you for free and not charge you a cent until they settle or win your case, at which point, a fee will be deducted from the settlement amount, not your own pocket.
You may feel like you need time to think it over; maybe you’ll get better on your own, maybe you’ll change your mind, maybe suing a doctor or a hospital isn’t a good idea. You may be considering all of these things. But consider this: Pennsylvania has a two year statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice case. That two year period starts when your injuries become noticeable to reasonable degree. Evidence grows cold, and memories fade, so the sooner you look into filing a claim with a medical malpractice lawyer, the better. Another thing – if a doctor or hospital caused you injury due to their negligence, they need to be held accountable, or there is a strong risk that they might do the same thing to someone else in the future. Holding someone accountable for causing you injury isn’t only your legal right, but your moral obligation, and your duty as a citizen, to help better the lives of those around you.
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Peter Paul Olszewski, Jr., a shareholder and managing partner at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., brings 37 years of litigation experience. He is a renowned trial lawyer in Pennsylvania, specializing in medical malpractice, personal injury, and criminal defense. Peter's notable achievements include securing multi-million-dollar verdicts and serving as District Attorney and Judge. He is committed to community involvement and is actively engaged in various legal associations.
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