Most doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals study for years and work diligently to ensure patient care meets a high standard. In fact, clinics, doctor’s practices and hospitals, as well as other healthcare settings, have processes in place to ensure patients get the right level of treatment for their needs.
Despite this, errors can and do occur in healthcare settings. When they do, the results can be devastating. Wrongful actions by doctors and other healthcare professionals can lead to infections, wrong site surgeries, misdiagnosis, missed cancer diagnosis, hospital injuries and even fatalities.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Pennsylvania law allows patients who have been injured through the wrongful or negligent action of healthcare practitioners to seek compensation for their medical costs, lost wages and other damages suffered.
To pursue a medical malpractice claim in the West Shore of Harrisburg, PA, you must be able to show evidence of malpractice, not just a negative medical event. You must be able to show that a physician or healthcare practitioner of the same level and experience as the one who caused your injury would have acted very differently. In other words, you must be able to prove that the professional deviated from standards of care. You must also establish there was a doctor-patient relationship when you were injured and that substandard treatment led to injuries that resulted in losses.
What Can a West Shore Medical Malpractice Attorney Do?
The standard for proof in medical malpractice cases is high, and most hospitals, clinics and medical professionals are protected by professional bodies and talented attorneys. You need a qualified attorney to find witnesses, to gather evidence and to prepare a strong case for you. Your attorney can advise you, represent you in your claim and help determine the right level of compensation for your injuries.
He or she can also find expert witnesses to strengthen your case. Expert witnesses are often important to these cases because they can confirm in a legal setting that a medical professional in the same position as your doctor would not have made the same decision or chosen the same treatment. This testimony is important to establish malpractice.
When Should I Contact a West Shore Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
When you experience a negative medical event, it can be hard to determine whether malpractice played a role. Few medical professionals will simply state they made an error or acted out of the standard norms expected in their profession. If you have suffered a serious injury after visiting a doctor or hospital, contact a medical malpractice attorney to find out if you have a claim.
Contact KBG Injury Law to schedule your consultation online. We have more than 30 years of experience in Central PA and multiple offices to better serve clients like you. Your consultation with us is free and comes with no obligation. You get an opportunity to learn whether you have a claim at no cost.