Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Pennsylvania
If you or a loved one have been victims of a hospital, lab or doctor’s error we would like to discuss your case with you and answer any questions you have. Our law firm is fully committed to helping accident victims recover the full value of their losses and move on with their lives. Every client we serve benefits from prompt and direct access to the founding attorney, so the guidance you receive is that of a seasoned professional with an outstanding reputation for results and integrity.
When you entrust your health and well-being to health care providers, you expect just that: health care. Unfortunately, when pressures on health care providers cause them to make mistakes, it is the people who put their trust in them that suffer.
If you or a family member have been injured, or if a family member lost his or her life because of a medical error, it is imperative that you speak with our medical malpractice lawyers today.
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The Cases We Take On
For 30 years, McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt has been fighting for the rights of people injured because of errors occurring in medical care situations. Turn to our experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice law firm for answers and help with regard to any type of medical-related injury or death. We can help answer the questions that come to mind when the unthinkable happens:
- Birth trauma/injury: Will your child pay with their life or a lifetime of struggle for a doctor’s mistake? Or for a hospital’s errors in the emergency room?
- Dental malpractice: Did you suffer permanent tooth damage from your dentist? Did you have the wrong tooth pulled?
- Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis: Was your loved one’s life cut short after a family doctor misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose a critical illness such as cancer or meningitis? Did you complain of symptoms, only to be ignored?
- Hospital-acquired infections: Have you received an infection after staying in the hospital?
- Hospital negligence: Was another type of caregiver other than a doctor or nurse to blame for your loved one’s death by error in a hospital? Did a radiology error cause your misdiagnosis?
- Medication and prescription errors: Were you given the wrong prescription medication?
- Nursing home abuse: Does your loved one have unexplained bruises or more serious injuries? Have your visits given you a sense that they are not being cared for as you want them to be?
- Surgical errors: Was your operating room the scene of a surgical error or an anesthesia error? Was surgical material or an instrument mistakenly left inside you or a loved one after receiving an operation?
- Prisoner medical malpractice: Were you denied adequate medical care in prison?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to give our law office a call.
The Consequences of Medical Malpractice
According to a 2016 study published in The BMJ medical journal, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts found that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the US. Another study, published in the Journal of Patient Safety, says that this number is even higher — accounting for more than 400,000 deaths every year.
However, the consequences of medical errors aren’t just limited to these worst-case scenarios. Medical errors can range from diagnostic errors during pregnancy which result in birth injuries, to hospital-acquired infections. Whatever the cause of a medical error, it can lead to lifelong impacts on patients — and be sufficient grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
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Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Pennsylvania?
Be aware that only certain individuals are eligible to file a lawsuit involving the wrongful death of a loved one. In Pennsylvania, the claim is originally to be filed by an officially chosen descendant or a legally appointed personal representative of the victim’s estate should the descendant also be deceased. They are not filing for the money themselves but on behalf of the victim’s beneficiaries, who unless otherwise stated are the “real parties of interest” and include spouses, children and parents only.
After six months, if the personal representative has not filed, it falls to other beneficiaries. If the PA medical malpractice claim is not made within two years of the death of the victim, beneficiaries and all other parties forfeit the right to file a wrongful death claim.
Medical Malpractice Awards
Our attorneys aren’t afraid of a confrontation. We have taken on some of the most powerful pharmaceutical manufacturers, hospitals, medical device companies and insurance providers on behalf of clients, helping to recover over $200 million in personal injury lawsuits.
Some of our most notable malpractice victories have included:
- $13.3 million verdict in a birth injury lawsuit. The OB/GYN failed to promptly deliver 26-week pre-term twin infants in the face of infection, resulting in lifelong neurological damage.
- $7 million settlement for a 46-year-old man injured during surgery. He suffered aortic artery damage, resulting in nerve damage and necessitating extensive surgical repair.
- $3.25 million for a 16-year-old patient who suffered cardiac arrest while in treatment for leukemia.
- $2.5 million settlement for a 28-year-old woman who required emergency surgery and had permanent medical issues after a doctor failed to diagnose a huge disc herniation which evolved into cauda equina syndrome (swelling of the nerves at the end of the spinal cord).
- $2 million settlement on behalf of the family of a 55-year-old man sent home from the emergency room with a misdiagnosis of gastritis (stomach irritation).
- $1.8 million jury verdict when a hospital’s delay in transfer to a better-equipped facility resulted in the delivery of a child with cerebral palsy.
- A total recovery of $1.65 million in a jury verdict against an operating physician, rehab center internist and physiatrist for a 66-year-old patient who developed an infection from knee replacement surgery and subsequently developed compartment syndrome in rehabilitation.
- $1.5 million settlement on behalf of the family of a patient who died after the urologist failed to diagnose bladder cancer.
- $1 million settlement for failure to timely deliver a baby under significant fetal distress.
- $850,000 for a 76-year-old patient who did not receive resuscitation according to the standard of care, after he was admitted to the hospital in a state of cardiac arrest.
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When to Consult with an Experienced Malpractice Attorney
Most medical errors are avoidable, and some may cause serious injury or a worsened future outlook for a patient’s condition. The best course of action if you feel that an error has caused harm to you or a loved one is to consult with skilled attorneys like those at McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt as soon as possible. With 30 years of experience in medical malpractice, McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt is well suited to evaluate the situation and help determine if the injury suffered involved acts of medical negligence or professional malpractice.
McEldrew Young Purtell Merritt welcomes clients from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania communities near and far. To schedule a meeting for a free consultation, fill out our form or call us directly at 1-800-590-4116.