What Type of Medical Malpractice Cases Are Filed in Pennsylvania?

Medical malpractice cases are often filed for the following reasons.

Failing to Obtain Informed Consent

Patients have the right to make decisions about their own care. The exceptions to this are decisions made during an emergency or when a patient is incapacitated. Otherwise, your doctors and healthcare providers have a duty to discuss your diagnosis and their treatment plans. It’s especially crucial that they explain alternatives and risks.

When healthcare professionals fail to keep you informed, it can be considered medical malpractice.

Misdiagnosis and Underdiagnosis

Both of these errors often give rise to medical malpractice claims. Your treatment must be based on a correct diagnosis. Patients can suffer when given the wrong treatments. In fact, misdiagnosis can lead to a life-threatening medical crisis.

Failing to diagnose your condition also leads to serious consequences for patients. For example, you might have all the signs of prostate cancer, but the doctor tells you that nothing is wrong. By the time you realize you have cancer, it may be difficult or impossible to treat.

When medical professionals harm patients, that’s medical malpractice.

Surgical Errors

The list of problems that can go wrong during surgery is long. Some errors begin before the surgery when staff fails to offer the right preoperative care. Medical professionals sometimes also fail to:

  • Note that you have pre-existing conditions that could affect your surgery
  • Follow standard protocols
  • Protect you from infections
  • Properly monitor you post-surgery

You have to give complete trust to your doctors and surgeons. When they fail, sometimes a medical malpractice case can help compensate you for your suffering.

Anesthesia Errors

Patients might be given local or general anesthesia during medical procedures, including surgery. Anesthesiologists must consider many factors about the patient before administering any anesthesia. Still, they make mistakes like:

  • Improper use of equipment
  • Dosage errors
  • Keeping patients under for too long
  • Failure to monitor patients
  • Failure to handle complications that arise during anesthesia
  • Insufficient instructions to the patient

Mistakes with anesthesia can cause lifelong and life-threatening consequences. As an injured patient, you deserve compensation to help with current and future care.

Medication Errors

Patients can be harmed when healthcare providers make the following errors:

  • Prescribing the wrong dose
  • Ignoring patient allergies and interactions
  • Incorrectly administering drugs to patients
  • Giving patients medications that conflict with other meds the patient is taking

We all take medication at some point. We rely on trained medical personnel to follow standards of care. When they fail, they have committed medical malpractice.


Medical professionals work long shifts, sometimes with little opportunity to rest. While you might sympathize with them, fatigue is not an excuse for committing medical malpractice. You and your family are hurting. Seeking compensation for your injuries is not a personal attack on your doctor, nurses, and other staff.

Thousands of Medical Malpractice Cases Are Filed in Pennsylvania Every Year

Many more instances of malpractice are never pursued. Medical malpractice claims like the ones in this article are complicated. Often, many parties are involved in the chain of treatment.

Powell Law features James F. Mundy, Esq., as an attorney who has successfully litigated medical malpractice cases for several decades. Since 1956, our practice has evolved litigating personal injury claims, including medical malpractice cases, and building a body of knowledge and expertise that unquestionably provides our clients with an incomparable advantage. Powell Law has an established 115-year-old reputation throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact Powell Law at call (570) 961-0777. The consultation is FREE.

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