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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Due to Covid, hospitals, doctors and specialists in Pennsylvania are treating increased numbers of Covid patients and patients with other medical conditions, like stroke or heart attack patients. Given the strain on the medical care industry, mistakes have occurred in hospitals, emergency care centers, and medical doctor offices.
Medical Malpractice in Treating Non-Covid Patients
Patients who would usually seek care at an emergency room are now seeking treatment from their family doctors or specialists. This is due to fear of contact with coronavirus patients or being turned away from a hospital due to lack of hospital beds. Some patients may be released from a hospital due to misdiagnosis of a major condition. Patients in these situations often suffer catastrophic events. Emergency care including surgery may be necessary for patients suffering a stroke, heart attack or pulmonary embolism. Failure to get proper care often results in death or serious, permanent disability.
If you or a loved one believe you received negligent medical care or treatment due to coronavirus, contact us today. It’s critical to seek help from a medical malpractice law firm to identify the legal and medical issues as soon as possible.
The Morris Wilson Knepp Jacquette law firm achieved a Best Law Firm rating by U.S. News & World Report in the areas of medical malpractice law and personal injury law from 2016 until the rating was discontinued in August 2023. Our goal in every medical malpractice case is to help our clients achieve financial security as they face future medical care, therapy, or other rehabilitation bills. Cases are accepted across Pennsylvania. Call us for a FREE CONSULTATION. (610) 825-0500
Amended Law Helps Patients File Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Claims, Effective January 1, 2023
As of January 1, 2023, a change to Pennsylvania's Rules of Civil Procedure will give patients the ability to choose where to file their medical malpractice lawsuits. Previously, patients were required to file medical malpractice claims in the county where the negligent conduct occurred. In January, cases may be filed in any county where 1. the defendant can be served (i.e., does business, has an office, etc.), 2. the negligent conduct took place, or 3. a relevant transaction or event took place.
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Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Law
Under Pennsylvania medical malpractice law, medical treatment providers, including hospitals, doctors, specialists, nurses, etc., must provide care that meets the accepted standard of care for the given specialty or area of practice. For example, a family doctor will be held to the standard applicable to family doctors.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital or other medical provider does not give the proper care or treatment or where that treatment is inadequate, and an injury occurs as a result.
When a medical professional is negligent in providing treatment, and an injury results from that negligence, Pennsylvania’s Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act (MCARE ACT) allows the injured patient to seek compensation for any damages caused by that negligent conduct.
Examples of Medical Malpractice Cases
Medical malpractice cases vary greatly in terms of injuries and causes. In many medical malpractice claims, common factors are present.
Examples of medical malpractice:
- Failure to take a full medical history
- Failure to perform a complete medical exam
- Error in diagnosing a condition such as stroke, heart attack, etc.
- Error in providing the proper or timely treatment or surgery
- Carelessness in sanitation or infection prevention
- Carelessness in prescribing or administering medications
- Carelessness in providing nursing care
- Administrative errors which cause delay in treatment
- Breach of hospital procedures
Types of Medical Malpractice
Most medical malpractice cases fall under one of three common types: failure to diagnose, improper treatment, and failure to warn a patient of known risks. Regardless of the type, you should not hesitate to contact a trusted medical malpractice attorney from Morris Wilson Knepp Jacquette, P.C. We will work tirelessly to build the possible case on your behalf and pursue the justice you deserve.
- Failure to diagnose: If another doctor would have discovered a patient’s illness or made a different diagnosis which would have led to a better or more positive outcome than the one achieved, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice case.
- Improper treatment: This occurs when a doctor treats a patient in a way that no other competent doctor would.
- Failure to warn a patient of known risks: Patients should be warned of potential risks associated with a treatment or procedure – should a doctor fail to uphold their duty and inform a patient of the risks, the doctor may be held liable for medical malpractice.
Speak with a Skilled Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Attorney!
Pennsylvania medical malpractice cases are very complex, involving multiple issues of fact, law and medicine. Our Board Certified trial attorneys have extensive experience and have obtained favorable results in some of the most complicated types of medical malpractice cases. We have developed a particular area of expertise in cases involving injuries to children at or near the time of birth. We have access to world renowned medical experts who assist us in pursuing these cases on behalf of injured persons.
Last updated: October 19, 2023
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Roxborough Memorial Hospital
Temple University Hospital
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Crozer-Chester Medical Center (Upland)
Delaware County Memorial Hospital (Drexel Hill, Upper Darby)
Springfield Hospital (Springfield)
Taylor Hospital (Ridley)
Abington Hospital (Abington, Lansdale)
Bryn Mawr Hospital (Bryn Mawr)
Einstein Medical (East Norriton, Elkins Park)
Holy Redeemer Hospital (Meadowbrook)
Lankenau Hospital (Wynnewood)
Suburban Community Hospital (Norristown)
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Phila., West Chester, East Norriton, Meadowbrook, Doylestown, Langhorne, Sellersville, etc.)
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