Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Process Attorney
Understandably, people who have been harmed by a doctor’s negligence or a hospital’s mistake want to know what they can expect in their medical malpractice case. At LawMD, many of our lawyers are doctors as well as skilled trial lawyers. We put our combination of medical and legal knowledge to work for you.
Doctors are trained to practice good bedside manner by listening to their patients and addressing their concerns. Our lawyers use this same approach in the cases we take on. We start by explaining the steps involved in your case, so you’re never left wondering what comes next.
The Pennsylvania Med Mal Statute of Limitations
As with other types of cases, medical malpractice lawsuits are governed by a statute of limitations, which limits the amount of time in which a victim of medical malpractice has to file a claim. Under Pennsylvania law, the statute of limitations for a medical negligence case is two years from the date of the injury or when the plaintiff should have known about the injury. The statute also states that patients can’t file a medical malpractice case more than seven years after the injury, regardless of when they became aware of the medical error. The statute of limitations is longer in cases involving children injured by a medical mistake.
These strict time limits are just one of the reasons it is so important to contact a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer as soon as you suspect you have been harmed by a doctor, hospital, or other health professional.
Investigating the Facts in Your Case
The next step in your case is finding out exactly what happened. Our physician-attorneys are skilled at examining medical records, interpreting diagnostic reports, and identifying areas of concern in your treatment plan.
We also listen to you and the important people in your life. You are the best judge of your health and feelings, which is why we take the time to really listen to what you have to say. We work closely with our clients to begin building a case designed to get the maximum compensation available. We also talk to spouses, children, and other people who know you well. Documenting your side of the story is an important part of building your case.
Locating an Expert Medical Witness
Like many states, Pennsylvania requires plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases to submit a certificate of merit from a qualified medical expert. This affidavit must be filed with the court within 60 days of filing the lawsuit.
In some medical malpractice cases, it is possible to settle a case well before the trial stage. However, the decision to pursue a settlement negotiation must be carefully weighed against a number of factors. At LawMD, we always consult our clients when it comes to considering the possibility of settlement. It is a complex decision that demands careful consideration.
In some situations, the defendant in the case won’t discuss settlement until the case has been filed. Because medical malpractice cases are almost always defended by insurance companies, it is important to work with lawyers familiar with insurance company tactics. Our lawyers have spent their careers taking on huge hospitals and their insurers. We know how they operate, we know their weaknesses, and we know how to fight back.
Discuss Your Case with a Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Process Attorney
If you believe you have been injured by a doctor’s mistake or a hospital’s negligence, the lawyers at LawMD can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys will review your case for free and help you take the next steps in your case. Call 888-MY-LAWMD ( 888-695-2963 ).