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Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death

What you are entitled to if your loved one died from a medical mistake in PA

Medical Malpractice case

The relationship between you and your doctor is built on trust. Doctors, hospitals, and all health care professionals have a legal and ethical duty to treat your injuries or illnesses properly.

If things go wrong, seriously wrong, and a family member dies due to the negligence or failure to act by someone in the health care profession, you may have the basis to file a claim for medical malpractice.

Promptly hiring a qualified, experienced medical malpractice attorney should be a priority for you. The sooner an attorney investigates your claim, the better. Medical records can get lost, changed or filtered over time. It's best if you can get your medical records before the Risk Manager for your hospital or Doctor. You have deadlines you must meet in Pennsylvania medical malpractice cases so proceeding with this as soon as you can is in your best interest.

What is Medical Malpractice?

In a nutshell, medical malpractice is when a hospital, clinic, or other medical professional fails to provide proper treatment to their patients, and the patient is injured or dies.

The statistics on medical malpractice are staggering. Every year in the United States, over 100,000 patients are either seriously injured or die as a result of infections they got while in the hospital, improperly performed or unnecessary surgeries, and other errors in their medical treatment.

Common Medical Errors That Lead to Death

There are many ways medical errors can lead to a patient dying. Some of the most common are:

A proper investigation will benefit you regardless of what your lawyer learns.

How to Protect You and Your Family

While it's impossible to totally keep you and your family from becoming victims of medical malpractice, there are several steps you can take to reduce the risk.

Do Research. Unless it's an emergency, before you visit any doctor, hospital, or clinic, conduct some basic research. Such as the Pennsylvania Hospital Performace Report, to check to see if the doctor or hospital has been involved in any serious medical malpractice cases. You can do this by contacting your state's Department of Licensing, or the department in your state that handles medical licenses, or the local branch of your American Medical Association, (AMA). Even if the AMA does not have the data, they can direct you to the proper place to get it.

Don't just pick a doctor out of a telephone book because his office is close to where you live. Ask your family, friends, and/or co-workers who their doctors are.

Keep Good Records. Set up a file each year for every member of your family. File all prescription records, anything you receive in the form of paperwork or pamphlets from your doctor, etc. This way you will have accurate documentation in the event of an accident.

Obtain Your Records. If you or a family member requires a hospital stay, once they are released from the hospital, obtain a copy of the patient file. This can be done by visiting or writing to the Records Department of the hospital. They will charge you for copying these records, but in the event of an accident or the death of your loved one, these records may prove invaluable.
You may also want to periodically request a copy of your medical records from your personal doctors every two years or more frequently if you see your doctor often.

Conclusion

If you suspect your family member died due to what you feel was a medical error, promptly seek out the advice of a qualified medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.

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