Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Recent studies estimate you are almost as likely to die from a medical error as you are from heart disease or cancer. Medical errors kill more than 1,000 people a day in the United States and cost the nation a whopping $1 trillion annually. Medical malpractice cases are complicated and expensive to pursue. While not all medical errors are grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit, you need an experienced medical malpractice attorney to review your medical records and determine if you have a case. Powell Law has a number of experienced medical malpractice attorneys, including Attorney James F. Mundy, one of the most experienced malpractice lawyers in Pennsylvania.
There are many different types of medical errors that may rise to the level of malpractice, including misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, birth injuries, surgical errors, medication errors and malfunctioning medical devices. Whether you have a viable case depends on proving that the care rendered by your doctor or hospital fell below the accepted standard of care; that the actions of the doctor or hospital caused your injuries; and that you have sustained damages as a result of your injuries. Those damages include economic harm, such as loss of past and future wages, and past and future medical bills. You can also seek non-economic damages, commonly known as pain and suffering. Those damages compensate you or your spouse for such things as emotional suffering, loss of life’s pleasures and loss of consortium. In some cases, you can also seek punitive damages if your attorney can show that a defendant acted with “reckless disregard.” Those damages are intended to punish a defendant and deter the defendant from engaging in similar dangerous conduct in the future. Because the injuries resulting from medical malpractice can often be devastating, damages for economic losses, as well as pain and suffering, can sometimes reach into the millions, primarily because of the high cost of the medical care you will need in the future. You need an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to evaluate your case and tell you what it’s worth.
Under no circumstance should you talk to representatives of the defendant’s insurance company, the hospital’s risk manager or anyone else seeking to settle your case before you’ve had the chance to talk to a medical malpractice lawyer at Powell Law. If they are offering to settle your case in exchange for you releasing them from any future legal action, it’s because they know something went horribly wrong. You can also rest assured that anything they offer you will be far less than what your case is actually worth.
If you believe you or a family member has been the victim of medical malpractice, you should contact an attorney at Powell Law right away. Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations requires medical malpractice lawsuits be brought within two years of the date of the injury, or you forfeit your right to sue.
While you can choose to pay your attorney on an hourly basis, most medical malpractice lawsuits are handled on a contingent fee basis, which means that any fees are paid only after the case ends in a jury verdict or out-of-court settlement. If you don’t win, you don’t pay any fees. Most of our clients choose the contingent fee arrangement. Your attorney at Powell Law will explain the details and answer any questions you may have when you come in for an evaluation of your case.
If you believe you might have a medical malpractice claim, contact us TODAY for a FREE evaluation of your case. Remember, you don’t pay any fees unless we win.