Venango County medical malpractice attorneys make sure that medical professionals, hospitals, and medical clinics are held accountable for negligent practices and their successful medical malpractice claims have achieved substantial recoveries for injured patients. Patients seeking medical care are entitled to medical treatments and diagnoses that conform with the appropriate medical standard of care and when they receive negligent medical care instead, the results can lead to serious health complications and sometimes death.
Questionable medical care
Patients often do not know for sure that they have received negligent medical care and unfortunately, this often results in legitimate malpractice claims not being made. When medical malpractice is suspected, it is important to speak with a medical malpractice attorney. Only in rare circumstances is medical malpractice immediately obvious and when it is not obvious, medical professionals are not typically going to volunteer that they provided negligent medical care. This is why hiring an experienced attorney is important when it comes to discovering and proving medical malpractice.
Indications of medical malpractice
Some indications of medical malpractice include the following:
- Treatment or procedure results that were significantly different than what was anticipated and what the medical professional discussed with the patient.
- The patient’s condition did not improve or worsened even though the treatment or procedure was supposed to improve the condition.
- Medical treatment resulted in an entirely new and unexpected complication.
- Medical professionals’ comments about the patient’s prior care given by another professional that indicates something in the initial care or treatment was not appropriate.
- After seeking medical care a number of times and having concerns and complaints brushed off by medical professionals, a patient finally receives testing and diagnosis related to those concerns and complaints.
Proving medical malpractice
Proving medical malpractice is not easy and only experienced medical malpractice attorneys should handle these cases. Just because a mistake was made or treatment did not turn out as expected, does not mean that malpractice occurred. In order to prove malpractice, the following elements will need to be established:
- The medical professional owed the patient a duty of care
- That duty of care was breached because the care provided fell below the appropriate medical standard of care
- The patient suffered injuries
- Those injuries were caused by the negligent medical care
Medical malpractice investigation
When it comes to medical malpractice cases, thorough investigations are critical and copious amounts of highly technical material must be sorted through. Medical records need to be reviewed, witnesses need to be interviewed, and expert witnesses are typically necessary for consultation, conducting independent medical examinations, and expert testimony.
Medical malpractice recovery
In Pennsylvania medical malpractice cases, recoverable damages may include medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Punitive damages may be awarded in medical malpractice cases when it can be proven that the defendant’s conduct was egregious. In medical malpractice cases resulting in a patient’s death, a wrongful death claim and/or survival action may be available to compensate loved ones and the deceased’s estate.