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Every day, people all over Pennsylvania literally place their lives in the hands of doctors and other healthcare professionals. Physicians take the Hippocratic Oath to practice medicine ethically, but there are occasions in which these extremely well-educated human beings still remain susceptible to error.
These types of mistakes can have significant and often tragic consequences. It is important for victims of these errors and the families who have lost loved ones because of medical mistakes to know that they have a limited amount of time to take legal action, and the level of investigation involved in these cases makes it imperative to seek help as soon as possible.
Were you the victim or did your loved die because of medical negligence? You should immediately contact an experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney.
Ciccarelli Law Offices represents clients all over Chester County as well as Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, and Delaware County. These are extremely complex legal claims, but our firm will keep you fully informed about the status of your case and fight to get you every last dollar of financial compensation.
We will put your needs first and make sure that any settlement offer accounts for every one of your future needs. Call (610) 719-3190 right now to schedule a free, no obligation consultation that will let our firm review your case and see how we may be able to help.
Lawsuits involving medical errors need to have all four of the following elements:
Several errors can be the subject of these types of lawsuits. :
Pennsylvania law places certain limits on the amount of time that individuals are allowed to file these types of claims. The statute of limitations for any type of medical malpractice claim is two years from when the victims knows or should have known about the injury.
There is also a "statute of repose" on medical malpractice claims that do not involve a foreign object that limits claims to seven years after the date of the action that constituted malpractice. A statute of repose is an absolute limit, whether or not the victim has any reason to know about the injury. For instance, if a person has an injury from a medical error but it does not become apparent for eight years, he or she would not be able to recover. This is why it is important to act quickly.
If the victim was a minor, then he or she has either seven years from the date of the alleged breach of duty or after he or she reaches 20 years of age, whichever is later.
The compensation that victims seek in these types of cases is referred to as damages. There are different categories of compensatory damages, some of which are easier to quantify than others:
The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Statistics — This website for the unified state court system of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has research and statistics concerning the number of medical malpractice case filings, jury verdicts, and non-jury verdicts.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) — This is the nation’s largest philanthropy organization devoted entirely to health and health care. The website contains a newsroom and blog as well as information about grants, financials, and annual reports.
National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) — This independent not-for-profit organization partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. You can find news, event listings, and educational links on this website.
If you sustained an injury or your loved one was killed because of a doctor or other medical professional’s negligence, you should seek the help of Ciccarelli Law Offices. Our knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys work as a team and handle malpractice cases on a contingency basis, which means that we do not charge anything unless our clients obtain a financial award.
Our firm serves all of Chester County, including such communities as West Chester, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Square, Malvern, and Philadelphia. We will provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (610) 719-3190 to take advantage of a free consultation.