The last thing anyone wants to think about when they seek medical care is that they will be harmed due to the negligent or careless actions of a medical professional. Unfortunately, medical mistakes are relatively common in this country. If you have been injured due to a medical mistake, you may need help from a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer. At the Weitz Firm, we want to discuss some important information about these cases you need to know.
1. How do you know if you have a medical malpractice case?
Most individuals do not have the experience necessary to completely understand whether they have been the victim of medical malpractice. In general, it is best to get a free consultation with the Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney about your case. You have been the victim of medical malpractice if a healthcare professional owed you a duty of care, fell below the acceptable standard of care while treating you, and caused your injuries and damages.
2. How long do you have to file a medical malpractice case?
Every state sets a statute of limitations, or time limits, in which a person must file a medical malpractice claim. Pennsylvania law states that an injured patient has two years from the date of the alleged medical malpractice to file a lawsuit. However, this two-year date is “tolled,” or extended, until the victim actually knows or should have known a mistake occurred.
Regardless of when a medical error is discovered, no medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed more than seven years after the alleged mistake was committed.
3. Do you need an attorney for these cases?
Even if you think you have clear evidence that a medical professional made a mistake and caused you harm, that does not mean that you will be able to prove medical malpractice in a court of law. These cases are very complex. Doctors and medical facilities have insurance carriers in legal teams who will work on their behalf to protect their reputation. An attorney will be necessary to ensure that all elements of a medical malpractice case can be proven. They will do this by gathering evidence and enlisting help from trusted medical professionals who can provide expert testimony on your behalf.
4. What kind of compensation is available?
There are various types of economic and non-economic damages available for victims of medical malpractice. While the amounts will differ from case to case depending on various factors, the following compensation may be awarded:
Now is the time to act. A qualified Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney from the Weitz Firm is ready to investigate your case and secure the compensation you are entitled to. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 267-587-6240.