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Medical Malpractice in Lancaster County, PA – Steps to Take if You Suspect Malpractice
Many patients blindly trust their medical providers, such a family doctors, specialists, etc. This often leads to poor outcomes when medical mistakes occur, and they do occur. According to Hospital Safety Grade, over 400,000 people in the U.S. die each year from preventable hospital errors.
If you or a loved one suspects medical malpractice in Lancaster County, it’s critical to get a second opinion. Simply relying on what a single medical provider tells you can have devastating consequences, especially in cases of misdiagnosed heart attack, stroke or cancer.
In the event of death, having a private autopsy performed can help prove the actual cause of death. Oftentimes, the reported cause of death on a death certificate is not accurate or may omit a key factor. Pennsylvania law allows family members to seek a private autopsy.
Our medical malpractice law firm accepts cases in Lancaster County, including Lancaster, Ephrata, Elizabethtown, Millersville, etc. For 8 consecutive years (2016-2023), our firm has achieved the Best Law Firm rating by U.S. News & World Report in the area of Medical Malpractice Law. Call 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.
Time Limit to File Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Lancaster County
Under Pennsylvania medical malpractice law, patients and their families are required to file a lawsuit within a specific time deadline. In the vast majority of cases, a 2 year deadline applies.
However, when that 2 year deadline starts ticking may vary and depends on factors such as, whether the patient died as a result of the medical negligence, or in the case of a medical misdiagnosis, when the patient learned of the misdiagnosis.
It is important to note that the law often changes. In 2019, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in favor of patients in a case on the statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases. It’s crucial to discuss medical malpractice cases and statute of limitations issues with an experienced attorney.
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Can Lancaster County Hospitals Be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?
In Pennsylvania, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care facilities, etc., can be held liable for negligence of an employee, such as a doctor or nurse. However, the defendants in a case will vary, depending on the circumstances.
Hospitals in Pennsylvania typically do not employ doctors directly. Rather, doctors tend to be like independent contractors. The one exception is emergency room doctors; they tend to be employed directly by the hospital. If an emergency room doctor committed negligence, the hospital would be liable.
In some medical malpractice cases, hospital policies and procedures will be at issue. For example, a patient is admitted to a hospital in Lancaster for stroke and is eligible to receive tPA, a life-saving blood thinner. Hospital policy requires tPA to be administered within 1 hour of being identified as eligible for the drug. However, the patient receives the drug 3 hours after eligibility is determined. In this instance, the hospital could be held liable for breach of its own policies.
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