Medical Malpractice Attorney

Because most of us are not well-educated in medicine, we often rely on doctors, surgeons, dentists, therapists, and other medical professionals to heal us without looking into the details much ourselves. While this may work fine in most scenarios, physicians are liable to make mistakes just like anyone else. Even worse, some deliberately cut corners and act in other ways that are not in the best interest of their patients. Though it can be traumatizing to discover you have been a victim of medical negligence, I have built my practice around bringing justice to others just like you. 

How Do You Know If You Have a Case? 

Before filing a malpractice suit, there are many factors to consider. Below, I will discuss a few of the elements I analyze before moving forward. 

The Relationship Between You & the Doctor or Hospital

In order to be held liable for malpractice, the party at fault must have a clearly defined relationship with you. A common practice in the hospital industry is to hire doctors who are independent contractors. This way, the hospital cannot be found responsible for wrongdoing on the doctor’s behalf. Likewise, it may be difficult to sue the doctor in such scenarios if you do have an explicit agreement with them. Additionally, if the malpractice occurred under the care of a consulting physician, liability can also be unclear. Still, it is best to examine how you and your doctor’s relationship impacts liability under the guidance of an experienced attorney, as there are many gray areas. 

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The Aftermath 

Malpractice and poor care are two different things. While it can be frustrating when your doctor fails to meet your expectations, their inability to heal your illness or live up their promises do not warrant a malpractice suit in and of themselves. Even small oversights can be overlooked if they did not lead to any harm. Yet if your doctor’s mishap created a new injury, made you endure physical pain, increased your medical bills, or caused you to lose wages from time off work, the situation is entirely different and certainly deserving of legal attention. 

The Information Available at the Time

If your doctor made the best decision possible with the facts they had access to, then it may be difficult to prove your case. However, if you demonstrate that other doctors would have taken different actions in the same scenario, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. 

Filing a Malpractice Claim 

Typically, you have two years to file a medical malpractice claim. However, there are certain circumstances that fall outside of this limit. In order to see if your case meets the state’s requirements, it is highly encouraged that you have your case evaluated by a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney. I have personally been advocating for victims of medical malpractice for more than 42 years, and I’d love to do the same for you. All of my medical malpractice cases are worked on contingency, which means I don’t get paid unless I recover financial compensation for you. Furthermore, all initial consultations at my firm are offered free of charge. 

Common Types of Medical Malpractice 

  • Birth injuries 
  • Misdiagnosis of cancer and other serious illnesses 
  • Surgical mistakes
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Improper treatment
  • Prescribing incorrect medications or dosages 
  • Failure to disclose known risks and side effects of a medication or procedure 

Medical Malpractice Attorney in Scranton, PA

As a victim of medical malpractice, you’ve already been through enough. I understand that you may not want to tackle a lawsuit on top of everything else, but you must take a stand against injustice. A malpractice suit can not only provide the financial compensation you need in order to attain a full recovery — it can also lead to the enforcement of safeguards that prevent your experience from happening to others. Contact my office today to schedule your free consultation and take the first step toward making the medical community a safer place for everyone.