Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice
Few areas of personal injury law are as complex as medical malpractice. At Young Ricchiuti Caldwell & Heller, LLC, we can address any questions or concerns you may have, including the following common questions.
Do I Have A Claim?
It happens frequently in these cases: You know something isn’t right, but you can’t pinpoint what, exactly, went wrong. Expert review is usually necessary to establish whether you were a victim of malpractice.
If you have suspicions, it’s important to seek legal help. Our lawyers will work with qualified medical experts to review your records. You can expect an honest explanation of your options.
If you do have a strong claim, we will invest the effort and resources it takes to hold the negligent parties accountable. Our attorneys have obtained outstanding results – numbering in the millions of dollars – for victims and their loved ones.
Who Was Responsible?
Sometimes, it’s not just an individual doctor or nurse who contributed to your suffering. The hospital or health care facility may also have been negligent – perhaps, for example, by:
- Hiring poorly qualified staff
- Credentialing physicians with disciplinary or licensure problems
- Failing to respond to prior reports of malpractice
- Failing to provide adequate training
- Failing to implement or enforce protocols for protecting patients
By conducting a thorough investigation from the outset, our lawyers will identify every party who’s responsible for the harm you have suffered.
What Kind Of Compensation Can I Get?
In Pennsylvania, two types of damages are available in medical malpractice cases:
- Compensation for your economic losses, including medical bills and lost wages
- Compensation for noneconomic losses such as pain and suffering
We understand that your losses go far beyond the initial financial burden of a serious injury or complication. We will pursue full compensation that takes into account both the short- and long-term implications.
How Long Do I Have To Bring A Lawsuit?
In general, the statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases lasts two years. However, determining what exact time frame applies – and when the clock starts ticking – requires an analysis of your individual circumstances. This deadline may be different for minors. Speak with one of our attorneys to find out how long you have to take action.
Get Professional Legal Guidance On Your Situation
For help with questions about your specific situation, please call 267-546-1004 to schedule a free initial consultation. We work with clients across Southeastern Pennsylvania from our office in Philadelphia, and we can come to you if needed.