Medical Errors Resulting in Serious Personal Injury in Philadelphia, PA Deserve Special Attention
If you or a loved one had an unexpected outcome or complication after medical care or treatment, you may have been the victim of medical malpractice in Pennsylvania. Medical malpractice could be caused by a negligent act of a healthcare provider, such as a surgical error. It could also be caused by a negligent omission, such as failing to diagnose cancer or delays in an emergency department. Virtually any type of healthcare provider could be liable for medical malpractice, including a nurse, CRNA, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, practice group, or hospital. Our medical malpractice attorneys in Philadelphia, PA, know that victims could suffer a wide array of injuries due to medical errors, including brain injuries, spinal cord damage, or other catastrophic injuries.
This is why our experienced attorneys at Law Offices Bernard M. Gross, P.C. have dedicated their practice areas to help victims and families recover the compensation they need for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. We know how devastating medical errors can be for victims. This is particularly true for birth injury cases, where an innocent baby could have his or her life completely affected by a reckless mistake. This is why we offer a FREE consultation to learn what your legal rights and remedies may be under Pennsylvania law.
Why Medical Malpractice Cases Are Different
Unlike other types of personal injury cases, medical malpractice cases are often some of the most complicated and challenging to handle. This is for several reasons. First, medical errors often result in serious, catastrophic, and sometimes even fatal injuries or damages. This is particularly true of birth injuries. This means that a party’s damages need to be proven through voluminous exhibits and expert opinions.
Second, most defendants are healthcare providers who refuse to admit fault as it could affect his or her license. Sometimes their insurance policy even requires the insurance company to give consent to settle a case. This can make it more difficult for a defendant to resolve a case.
Third, expert testimony is almost always required to establish the standard of care and how the defendant(s) deviated from that standard of care. This adds both a layer of complexity and cost to a victim.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
Our medical malpractice attorneys in Philadelphia, PA, handle many different types of medical negligence cases involving healthcare provider mistakes or errors. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice cases include the following:
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Birth injuries
- Wrong site or wrong patient surgery
- Nursing malpractice
- Pressure sores or ulcers
- Delay in treating a stroke or heart attack
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Misdiagnosis of a condition
- Prescription errors or medication mistakes
- Premature discharge from a hospital emergency department/in-patient visit, and
- Many other types of medical negligence.
Common Birth Injuries Due to Negligent Healthcare
One of the most horrific forms of medical malpractice is a birth injury. Most birth injuries are avoidable with proper monitoring, testing, and evaluation by healthcare providers. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Mistakes before, during, and immediately after the labor and delivery of a baby could result in life-changing and life-threatening injuries. This includes some of the most devastating types of personal injuries, including:
- Cerebral palsy (CP)
- Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Brachial plexus nerve injuries
- Significant scarring and disfigurement
- Bacterial meningitis and infections
- Organ injuries
- Hypoxic or anoxic injuries
- Wrongful death, and
- Many other common birth injuries that our medical malpractice law firm in Philadelphia, PA can recover for you.