Each medical malpractice case is unique. There is no set timeline for how long your case will take. To reach a final settlement or verdict in your case, it can take months to years. However, at Kline & Specter, PC, we understand that the serious injuries sustained because of medical malpractice are a costly burden to you and your family.
A significant number of medical malpractice cases are due to misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of a medical condition. Lack of a correct diagnosis can lead to incorrect or delayed treatment, worsening of a patient’s condition, and in severe cases, resulting in death.
In a decision that included important rulings on medical costs for victims of medical malpractice, Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld a $10.1 million verdict against Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The recent ruling stemmed from a case in which a Philadelphia Common Pleas jury in late 2015 found for a mother and her son, whose delayed diagnosis for meningitis at the CHOP emergency room resulted in deafness and developmental and learning delays.
The birth of your child should be one of the most important and celebrated moments in your family’s life. However, a birth injury can instead cause your child and family unforeseen pain and loss. When you suspect that your infant has been harmed during birth because of the negligence of medical professionals, there are important steps you can take to protect your child and your legal case.
Any time that you or your family visit a physician or other medical provider, you should have an expectation that you will be given proper care. A medical provider should do no harm and, therefore, diagnose you correctly, and only give you care that will help improve your condition. However, there are far too many cases in which doctors fail to diagnose or misdiagnose a patient’s illness. In other cases, the physician or another medical provider may make a mistake that has serious and long-lasting repercussions.
Kline & Specter was among the winners when the The Legal Intelligencer recently announced the its Litigation Departments of the Year for 2016. The Philadelphia-based law firm won in the category for Medical Malpractice. The nation’s oldest legal newspaper selected firms as the best in Pennsylvania in nine categories, with the winners mostly large firms for practices including general litigation, insurance, labor and employment, class action and professional liability.
The National Practitioner Data Base has kept the records of medical malpractice actions for the last 26 years. The NPDB enables hospitals and other healthcare providers to check doctors’ backgrounds for medical malpractice actions filed against them.
Preventable injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease, cancer, and chronic lower respiratory disease claim more lives than injuries that could have been prevented. Throughout our lives, we are exposed to unnecessary risks. Learn what you are most at risk for.
A new study by patient safety researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published recently showed that the third leading cause of death in the United States is now medical errors. These medical mistakes claim 251,000 lives and account for 9.5 percent of all deaths each year in the United States.