Is medical malpractice a specialized area of personal injury law?

By VSCP LAW

Let’s start with this inquiry: would you hire a math teacher to help your child learn how to play the piano? No! Just as there are specialists in education, so, too, are there specialists in law. Thus, for a medical malpractice lawsuit in Pennsylvania, you should hire a Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer. And not just anyone. You need to hire an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Here’s why.

YOU WILL BE ABLE TO FILE THE LAWSUIT AND YOU’LL BE ABLE TO RETAIN CRUCIAL EVIDENCE

In every medical malpractice case, time is of the essence. If your Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer does not act efficiently and swiftly, critical information could be permanently lost or worse: You could lose the opportunity to file a lawsuit at all! You need to hire an experienced attorney who appreciates the time-sensitive nature of your medical malpractice claim.

Statute of Limitations

Pennsylvania law allows you two years from when you knew or should have known that your injury was the result of the defendants’ medical mistake. In the case of a deceased party, Pennsylvania law allows you two years from the official death date to file a wrongful death medical malpractice lawsuit. Again, if you miss this crucial deadline, you lose the right to file a lawsuit.

Retaining Critical Evidence

An experienced medical malpractice attorney knows what actions must be taken early in the process such as ordering medical records including hospital intake forms, nurses’ logs, doctors’ notes, lab results, diagnostic orders and test results, etc.

Other examples of evidence that needs to be gathered in a timely fashion include witness statements, photographs and videos, and physical objects that are related to the medical malpractice claim such as prescription bottles and medical devices.

The presence or absence of these crucial forms of evidence could dictate whether your lawsuit is successful or not.

YOUR LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS IS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY

Despite aggressive advertising to the contrary, many attorneys do not actually have experience working on medical malpractice cases. Many law firms list “medical malpractice” on their websites because they want people to come to them with medical malpractice cases, but they don’t actually have any significant experience trying these types of complicated cases. Make sure you find a personal injury who practices the very specialized medical malpractice area of law.

YOUR COMPLAINT WILL INCLUDE ALL NECESSARY CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION

An experienced medical malpractice attorney evaluates the case with knowledge of all possible causes of action and claims for damages. For example, here are the various forms of compensation you can collect in a medical malpractice case in the context of a birth injury. Also, there are special statutes in Pennsylvania that apply to certain cases. An experienced medical malpractice attorney knows which statutes apply to your case and how to craft your claim in the way that puts you in the best position to win.

If you believe you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a medical error, contact the experienced medical malpractice specialists at VSCP Law.

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