Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyer
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At the Quinn Law Group, our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney is a skilled, experienced, and justice-driven advocate for patients and families. A negligent healthcare provider must be held to account. If you or your close loved one was harmed due to medical negligence, we are here to help. For a free consultation with a top Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer, please do not hesitate to contact us at our Philadelphia law office today.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is a legal term used to describe the failure of a healthcare professional to provide proper medical care to a patient. To be clear, an adverse patient outcome is not always medical malpractice. To prove medical malpractice in Pennsylvania, the patient must demonstrate that the healthcare professional had a duty to provide a certain standard of care, breached that duty, and as a result, caused harm to the patient. Notable examples of medical malpractice include:
- Doctor misdiagnosis;
- Delayed diagnosis;
- Nursing care mistakes;
- Surgical errors;
- Medication errors; and
- Birth injuries.
Understanding the Medical Malpractice Laws in Pennsylvania
For the most part, medical malpractice claims fall under state law. If you or your loved one was a victim of medical negligence in Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Chester County, Delaware County, or elsewhere in Southeastern Pennsylvania, it is crucial that you understand how the law operates. Here are three essential things to know about Pennsylvania’s medical malpractice laws:
- You Must Prove All Elements of a Malpractice Claim: To pursue a medical malpractice claim in Pennsylvania, the patient must prove all elements of the claim, including (1) a duty owed by the healthcare professional to provide a certain standard of care, (2) a breach of that duty, (3) causality, and (4) damages. The patient must also prove that the harm was a direct result of the healthcare professional’s negligence. A comprehensive investigation of an incident by a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer is a must.
- A Certificate of Merit is Required to Proceed: Under Pennsylvania law (231 Pa. Code § 1042.3), a certificate of merit is required to proceed with a medical malpractice claim. This certificate is a statement from a medical expert that confirms that the claim has merit and that the medical professional’s actions were below the acceptable standard of care. In other words, you need to get support from an expert at the outset of your case.
- There is a Two-Year Statute of Limitations (Limited Exceptions Apply): State law (42 Pa.C.S. § 5524) requires that medical malpractice claims must be filed within two years of the date of the alleged malpractice. However, there are limited exceptions to this rule, such as when the injury was not discovered until after the two-year period has expired. In such cases, the statute of limitations may be extended. Be proactive: You do not want to rely on an exception.
Know the Compensation Can You Pursue in a Medical Malpractice Claims
Unfortunately, medical malpractice can cause severe harm—and in the worst cases, even death—to a patient. It is crucial that victims are able to effectively navigate the legal claims process. The corporations that provide medical malpractice insurance policies are known to be aggressive. They fight to limit payouts—either by reducing settlement offers or denying liability outright. Our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney fights hard to help injured victims secure the maximum financial compensation, including for:
- Emergency medical treatment;
- Additional medical bills and expenses;
- Ongoing or long-term rehabilitative care;
- Lost wages and diminished earning power;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental distress;
- Disability or disfigurement; and
- Wrongful death.
Why Rely On Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyer Sean E. Quinn
Medical malpractice cases are complicated. As a nationally-recognized trial lawyer, Sean E. Quinn has the specialized experience needed to protect patients and their families. We are proactive and devoted to personalized representation. When you contact us at our Philadelphia office, you will be able to connect with a Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney who can:
- Listen to your story and answer questions about a malpractice claim;
- Investigate the matter, ensuring you have evidence to prove liability and damages;
- Consult with the right expert witnesses to build your malpractice case;
- Represent you in any medical malpractice settlement negotiations; and
- Devise a customized legal plan of action to maximize your financial recovery.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Top Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Attorney
At the Quinn Law Group, our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer fights aggressively to help patients and families get justice and the maximum financial compensation. Negligent medical providers and medical malpractice insurers must be held to account for patient harm. Contact us today to set up a no-cost, no-obligation review and evaluation for your case. From our Philadelphia law office, we are well-positioned to handle medical malpractice claims throughout the region.