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The Weitz Firm, LLC, has earned the reputation as one of Philadelphia’s most effective boutique medical malpractice firms. Attorney Eric H. Weitz 25 years of litigation experience to deliver superior results for clients who have suffered harm at the hands of a negligent doctor, hospital or other health care professional. Represents clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and around the country.

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Doctors and hospitals owe their patients a duty to take reasonable steps to protect them from preventable harm. But the truth is, medical malpractice happens all the time. Common forms of malpractice include:

  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose an illness or injury
  • Prescribing or administrating the wrong medication or an inappropriate dosage
  • Surgical errors, such as leaving a tool inside the patient’s body
  • Unclean hospital facilities causing disease to spread
  • Sending patients home without first finding out what is wrong with them

Most of the time, especially in emergency situations, patients and loved ones must rely on their doctors’ judgment, and medical negligence may not be obvious until after the fact. If a doctor or hospital has negligently harmed you, you could be entitled to full financial compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills and other damages — but you need an experienced and aggressive medical malpractice lawyer’s help to get it.

Mr. Weitz is a successful litigator who has won multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. He understands that the best way to advocate for victims of medical malpractice is to take dangerous hospitals and doctors to court and ensure maximum compensation.

How do you know if you have a medical malpractice case?

Determining whether or not you have a medical malpractice case is not easy and you should not do it on your own. There are many factors that go into whether or not malpractice was committed.

  • Was the standard of care up to par?
  • Was there an injury?
  • Were there damages due to the injury?

Remember, medical mistakes happen in a variety of ways: surgical errors, medication errors, diagnosis problems, infections, and more. Because of this, you should always seek help from a qualified attorney when determining whether or not to proceed.

I signed a consent form, does this prevent me from filing a claim?

Signing a consent form does not necessarily mean you cannot file a medical malpractice claim. When you sign a consent form, it is usually after a doctor or surgeon explains the possible complications and risks that come along with a procedure, course of treatment, or medication.

When you sign a consent form, you are acknowledging that you understand the risks and wish to undergo the procedure anyway. However, there are times when a medical malpractice case can still be brought. This can happen if:

  • A known risk was not on the consent form.
  • The full probability of a complication was not explained on the form.
  • The care you received before, during, and after the procedure was negligent.

How long do I have to file a claim?

In all states, there is a statute of limitations that places time limits on how long you have to file a medical malpractice claim against a healthcare provider or facility. Under Pennsylvania law, a person has two years from the time of injury to file a claim.

Now, that time frame can become a bit complicated because many medical mistakes are not discovered until well after they happened. In that case, the two-year countdown does not begin until the injury is discovered. This, however, also comes with other time limits. A claim must be filed within seven years after the incident that caused the injury took place.

If you have been injured due to a medical mistake, you need to act quickly to beat these time limitations.

Who can face a medical malpractice lawsuit?

Generally, the people who face a medical malpractice lawsuit had direct care over a patient who was injured due to a mistake. This usually includes doctors, surgeons, nurses, or other medical staff. It can also include dentists, optometrists, psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, and pharmacist technicians. The agencies and organizations these people work for can also face lawsuits. Nursing homes and nursing home staff can also face medical malpractice claims.

If there was a criminal case involved, can I still file a medical malpractice lawsuit?

Yes, you can. Medical malpractice cases are civil, not criminal. Even if a person is found not guilty criminally in a case, they can still face a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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We are a boutique law firm that keeps an exclusive client list. To schedule an appointment with Mr. Weitz to evaluate your case, please call 267-587-6240, or fill out our online intake form. Our office is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Date published: 2018-04-20
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