Have you been injured because a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional made a mistake? Has medical negligence changed the course of your life forever? Don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC to learn about your legal rights and options.
You may be able to recover compensation from the negligent doctor or hospital that caused you to get hurt. We can help you fight to get every dollar you need and deserve.
Your first consultation is free and there’s no risk in asking for our help, so give us a quick call or reach out to us online today. We’re always available to take your call, day and night, 365 days a year.
Why Should I Call a Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
You didn’t ask to get hurt. In fact, you visited a doctor because you knew you needed expert assistance. That doctor was negligent, and now you’re forced to live with the consequences. You can demand compensation for your injuries.
Unfortunately, Pennsylvania laws don’t make it easy for victims of medical negligence to get the money they deserve. Insurance companies and hospitals will make it even harder to get money in your hands. The best decision you can make is to call an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney for help with your medical malpractice case.
At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, we’ve been dedicated to helping victims of medical malpractice in and around Philadelphia, PA for more than 30 years. Today, our skilled attorneys have more than 80 years of combined experience. When you call us for help because you’ve been hurt, you can benefit from our experience and proven record of success.
Call us today, because:
- Insurance companies will fight you every step of the way and do anything to deny or devalue your claim for damages
- Doctors, nurses, and negligent healthcare providers will point fingers, making it tough to establish fault and liability, and
- We’ll work with medical experts as we build your case so that your damages are calculated properly.
Pennsylvania medical malpractice tort laws aren’t designed to work in your favor, but an attorney can help you achieve the best result. Call our Philadelphia medical negligence attorneys to discuss your case today.
Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?
Medical professionals receive special education and training. Under Pennsylvania state law, they have to use a special level of care when treating and caring for patients. Simply put, doctors and healthcare providers have to use a level of care that reflects the education, knowledge, and experience someone in their position should have. Lives depend on it.
Medical malpractice – or medical negligence – occurs when a medical professional deviates from accepted standards of care. You may have a legitimate medical malpractice lawsuit if:
- You sought the care of a medical professional (e.g., doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, etc.)
- That medical provider owed you a duty of care
- The medical provider failed to satisfy that duty of care, and
- You’ve suffered harm or an injury as a result.
It’s important to work with an attorney who has experience handling medical malpractice cases. A thorough investigation will be necessary to determine the cause(s) of your injury and identify anyone who may have contributed. At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, our lawyers can seek money from anyone who played even the slightest role in allowing you to get hurt.
What Are The Leading Causes of Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania?
Medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. That’s 10 percent of all deaths across the country. Every year, between 200,000 and 250,000 people suffer a wrongful death because their healthcare provider was negligent or made a mistake. Millions more are harmed, suffering brain injuries, birth injuries, disfigurement, paralysis, lost limbs, and more.
Why do these mistakes happen? What are doctors and healthcare professionals doing (or failing to do) that cause so many people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to get hurt?
Leading causes of medical negligence injuries include:
- Surgical errors
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failing to order diagnostic tests
- Prescribing or administering the wrong medication
- Charting and intake errors
- Relying on faulty medical devices
- Inadequate staff communication, and
- Anesthesia errors.
Any deviation from the accepted standards of care can be considered medical negligence. Don’t hesitate to consult with our experienced medical malpractice lawyers in Philadelphia for legal advice after you’ve suffered an injury.
Who Is Responsible For My Medical Malpractice Injuries?
There’s a team of medical professionals working on your case. There’s an administration that develops and employs policies. Under Pennsylvania state law, you can potentially recover compensation from any of them if they contributed to your injury.
The following parties might be liable for damages after you’re injured because of a medical mistake:
- Physician assistants (PAs)
- Nurse practitioners
- Specialists, including OBGYNs and oncologists, and
- Hospital staff and administration.
Anyone who is negligent and allows you to get hurt can be on the hook for damages that result. Don’t risk leaving valuable money on the table. Call Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC for help with your medical malpractice lawsuit.
What Compensation Can I Get If I’m Injured Because of a Medical Mistake?
The cost of medical care has skyrocketed in recent years. However, medicine hasn’t become safer for patients. People are still getting hurt at alarming rates. Money is going to pad the pockets of hospital administration, and not to increase training and safety protocols for patients.
In 2012, Forbes reports that more than $3 Billion was spent on medical malpractice claims, for an average of one payout every 43 minutes. Damages from a medical malpractice lawsuit can help to compensate for:
- Medical expenses
- Temporary and/or permanent disability
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, our attorneys have been fighting on behalf of the hard-working people of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. In this time, we’ve developed relationships with some of the best medical experts in the tri-state area. When we take your case, we can rely on those experts for critical insight into the more technical and detailed aspects of your case. They can help us understand your injuries, who is likely to blame, and, ultimately, what your case is worth.
Is There a Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages in Pennsylvania?
For most personal injury matters, there is not a set limit on how much money you can recover if you win your case. Medical malpractice cases are different. Pennsylvania, like many other states, has a cap on damages for medical malpractice matters.
Unlike other states, though, Pennsylvania doesn’t limit economic or non-economic damages. So, there’s no limit to how much you can get for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Pennsylvania does limit punitive awards in medical malpractice cases.
Punitive awards, which are only available if a doctor’s actions were outrageous or dangerous, are limited to two times the amount of actual damages awarded in your case. Actual damages reflect how much you’re compensated in economic awards, or the money you’ve received to reimburse you for your actual (and projected) financial costs.
What’s the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Cases in Philadelphia?
There’s a limit on how long you’ll have to pursue compensation after you’re harmed by a medical error. Generally speaking, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits is two years from the date you got hurt.
You may have additional time to file a lawsuit if:
- There was a reasonable delay in discovering your injury
- You were under the age of 18 at the time of your injury
- The medical professional fraudulently concealed facts relevant to your negligence case, or
- There was a foreign object left in your body after surgery.
Even though the statute of limitations can be tolled, your case will still be subject to a statute of repose. This means that your right to file a lawsuit will expire seven years after the date of your injury.
Call For Your Free Consultation Today
You may be entitled to compensation from a negligent medical professional if they made a mistake while you were under their care. The medical malpractice attorneys at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC can help you fight to maximize the financial award you receive. Contact our medical malpractice law firm in Philadelphia to schedule a free consultation. We’ll review your case, explain your rights, and answer any questions you may have.