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Delaware County Medical Malpractice – Medical Professionals Liable
Medical malpractice claims may be filed against a variety of medical professionals, including:
- Family doctors,
- Specialists (anesthesiologists, dermatologists, radiologists, etc.),
- Surgeons, and
- Nurses and nurse practitioners.
In addition, hospitals, medical centers and medical offices may also face liability for medical malpractice of an employee.
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.
Medical Malpractice in Delaware County – Injury or Harm Required
Under Pennsylvania law, medical malpractice or medical negligence occurs when a medical treatment falls below the accepted standard of care for the given specialty or area of practice.
However, in order to prevail in a medical malpractice lawsuit, that conduct or medical treatment must cause injury to the patient. Without an injury, there is no viable claim.
For example, a family doctor in Delaware County orders a diagnostic test which reveals a cancerous growth. The radiologist alerts the family doctor, who notifies the patient 1 month later. However, the 1-month delay has zero impact on the patient’s treatment and prognosis. Here, even though the family doctor committed medical negligence by failing to notify the patient of the test result, that failure caused no harm.
On the other hand, let’s say the family doctor failed to notify the patient of the test result. A year later, the patient sees a specialist for severe symptoms and obtains the results of the earlier diagnostic test. The latest test reveals that the cancerous growth has increased in size and spread to surrounding tissue. As a result, the patient’s treatment requires extensive surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and the prognosis has worsened. Here, the family doctor’s failure has certainly harmed the patient’s treatment course and prognosis.
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The Statute of Limitations in Delaware County Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
In Pennsylvania medical malpractice cases, including those filed in Delaware County, patients typically have two years from the date of the negligent conduct to file a lawsuit. However, in medical malpractice cases, patients may not uncover the negligent treatment until months or years later. In these instances, the law makes an exception and allows the patient to file a medical malpractice lawsuit within 2 years of reasonably discovering the malpractice.
Using the example above, the two-year clock would start ticking on the date the patient discovered the earlier test result that showed a cancerous growth. The clock would not start ticking on the date the family doctor received the test result from the radiologist.
It’s important to note that statute of limitations issues are often complex, and laws often change. It’s crucial to have an experienced medical malpractice lawyer review your case to determine the applicable time period. Learn more about statute of limitations in Pennsylvania medical malpractice cases.
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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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