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Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Bucks County, PA – What to Know
Under Pennsylvania law, medical professionals such as doctors, specialists, etc., can be held liable when negligent conduct causes harm or injury to a patient. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to adhere to the appropriate standard of care, and that action or inaction causes the harm. Establishing the applicable standard of care and proving how that standard was breached are critical to the success of every medical malpractice case, whether it involves a stroke misdiagnosis or hospital error.
Since 2016, the Morris Wilson Knepp Jacquette law firm has achieved the Best Law Firm rating by U.S. News & World Report in the area of Medical Malpractice Law. We accept cases in Bucks County, including Levittown, Doylestown, Quakertown, Croydon, Bristol, Fairless Hills, etc. Call for a FREE CONSULTATION. (610)825-0500
Defendants in a Bucks County Medical Malpractice Case
Any medical provider may be held liable for medical malpractice. This includes not only medical doctors, but also:
- nurse practitioners,
- physician assistants,
- physical therapists, and
In addition, medical offices and large organizations like hospitals may also be held liable.
For example, a nurse practitioner at an emergency room hospital fails to diagnose a serious infection. When recording the patient’s treatment notes, the nurse fails to document critical information, such as the patient’s visible symptoms and follow up treatment plan. The patient dies days later due to sepsis. When questioned about the failure to document the treatment, the nurse states that she was unclear on how to enter the information into the new computer system. In this instance, the patient’s family would have a viable case against not only the nurse practitioner, but also the hospital.
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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Steps in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit: Pleadings, Discovery & Resolution
Medical malpractice lawsuits in Bucks County will follow the same course as any other civil lawsuit. During the pleadings stage, the parties file their respective documents to assert their claims and defenses.
During discovery phase, the parties exchange documents and evidence and also depose witnesses. In medical malpractice actions, witnesses typically include the patient, patient’s spouse/family members, the defendant(s), hospital employees, if applicable, and medical experts hired by each side.
Resolution of a medical malpractice lawsuit will typically be via settlement, arbitration or mediation, or trial. The parties can agree to settle the matter at any time, either privately or with the court’s aid via a settlement conference. Arbitration or mediation typically occur after discovery, before the case is tried. Both sides will agree on the arbitrator or mediator, usually an experienced attorney. The difference between an arbitration and mediation is that the former functions like an informal mini-trial where both sides present their cases and arguments. The latter is simply a meeting between the two parties who will discuss their respective cases with a mediator who will try to negotiate a settlement. In medical malpractice cases, it’s critical to prepare the case for trial. In fact, it’s best to assume that every case will be tried, rather than resolved by way of a settlement, arbitration or mediation.
About Morris Wilson Knepp Jacquette
Our medical malpractice lawyers provide client-centered representation and devote tremendous amounts of resources, time, and attention to our clients’ cases to provide them the best chance at maximum compensation. 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. Call us for a FREE CONSULTATION. (610) 825-0500
Related Medical Malpractice Articles
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Medical Malpractice Victims (Oct. 31, 2019 Court Case) (November 5, 2019)
- Effective January 2023, Amended Law Helps Patients File Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Pennsylvania (November 30, 2022)
- Medical Malpractice Lawsuits & Jury Verdicts in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester and Bucks Counties (July 22, 2022)
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Cases Also Accepted Across Pennsylvania
Chestnut Hill Hospital
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Roxborough Memorial Hospital
Temple University Hospital
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
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.)
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Shriner's Hospitals for Children
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