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What Constitutes Medical Malpractice In Pennsylvania?

Doctors are only human, and all humans make mistakes. This is why determining what is actually medical negligence can be confusing. You have the right to expect healthcare providers to perform their jobs professionally and to the best of their abilities. When a physician is negligent, however, the consequences can be life-altering. It is important to seek the advice of a proficient medical malpractice attorney to assist you with financial recovery.

Medical malpractice is defined as the “improper, unskilled or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.” Medical care is required to meet the standard of care of a reasonable person in that same position. Failure to meet this standard of care can result in an injury that is minor or serious, temporary or permanent. Common examples of medical malpractice include:

  • Negligent failure to properly diagnose a patient’s condition
  • Surgical errors made during an operation
  • Improperly filling a prescription or dispensing medication
  • Failure to monitor the effect of the anesthesia on a patient during surgery
  • Hospital mislabels medication that results in an overdose
  • Failure to detect and respond to signs of fetal distress, causing a newborn to suffer significant birth injuries

Unfortunately, mistakes in the medical field are common. The purpose of medical malpractice lawsuits is to not only protect the victims and their families, but also to make our healthcare services safer.

Determining who is liable for medical malpractice can be a complex process. Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare professionals may be liable for medical malpractice. An experienced personal injury attorney can review your individual circumstances and help determine all of the potentially liable parties in your case. 

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to medical malpractice, contact a Pittsburgh personal injury lawyer at Rudberg Law Offices, LLC to obtain the help you need.

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