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Erie, Pennsylvania Hospital and Surgical Error Lawyers

Erie, PA Personal Injury Lawyers Protect The Rights Of Those Injured Due To Hospital Or Surgical Error

We trust our doctors and surgeons. We believe that when we go to the hospital, we will receive proper care and medical treatment. Unfortunately, sometimes this just doesn’t happen.

Hospitals make mistakes. Doctors performing surgeries sometimes make errors. And when that negligence — when that failed to protect the patient’s safety and well-being — results in harm to the patient, the at-fault party must be held accountable.

At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., we make sure that happens. Our skilled injury attorneys take on hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies to protect your rights and recover full and fair compensation for the injuries and other losses you have sustained due to their negligence.

Injured Due To Hospital Or Surgical Error? Recover Just Compensation For Your Injuries And Other Losses

If you or a loved one has sustained an injury due to a hospital or surgical error, you may hold the at-fault party responsible for their negligence. In filing a personal injury claim, you may seek to recover compensatory damages, which include any of the following:

  • Cost of medical treatment
  • Hospital bills
  • Expenses for surgical procedures
  • Cost of rehabilitative treatment
  • Future anticipated medical expenses resulting from the hospital or surgical error  
  • Cost of prescription medications 
  • Cost of diagnostic testing, lab work, and imaging
  • Mental anguish 
  • Emotional pain and suffering 
  • Loss of income  
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of one’s enjoyment in life 
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of earned vacation time 
  • Loss of earned sick time 

When some damages do not have an exact financial value, such as the loss of one’s life enjoyment, the Pennsylvania court will consider various aspects of your personal injury claim to assign a value to that loss.

Pennsylvania’s Legal Deadlines For Filing Injury Claims Based On Hospital Or Surgical Error 

The legal deadlines established by each state for filing civil claims are known as “statutes of limitations” and they vary depending upon the type of claim that is being filed. Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims — such as claims of injury due to hospital or surgical error — is two years from the date the injury occurred. 

If the injured party was unaware that the injury occurred at the time, then the two-year timeframe begins at the point in time when the injured party became aware or should have been aware that the injury occurred due to medical negligence. In Pennsylvania, medical malpractice claims may not be filed more than seven years from when the injury occurred, regardless of whether the injured party was aware or should have been aware that the injury was caused by medical negligence. Pennsylvania makes one exception to this deadline, which is when a foreign object has been left inside of a patient.

Schedule A Free Case Evaluation To Determine The Merits Of Your Claim Of Hospital Or Surgical Error 

When you believe that your injury was the result of a hospital or surgical error, questions abound — do you have the basis for a medical malpractice claim? What evidence do you need to support a claim of negligence? Can you recover compensation for the suffering you have endured? How much time do you have to file a claim in Pennsylvania?

At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., we understand the questions and challenges you face if you have been harmed due to hospital or surgical error. Our legal team has extensive experience navigating the complexities of medical malpractice claims, with a track record of recovering just compensation for our clients. Make the most informed decision possible regarding your claim of hospital or surgical negligence — schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team.

The medical malpractice attorneys at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. are results-driven. We protect the rights of those who have been harmed due to hospital or surgical error, take on the insurance companies, and hold the at-fault parties accountable for their actions. Before you make a decision regarding your case, schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team today. 

About Erie, Pennsylvania

Erie, Pennsylvania is the county seat of Erie County and is not only the fourth-largest city in Pennsylvania — Erie is also the largest city in northwestern Pennsylvania. The city of Erie is located on the south shore of Lake Erie. Erie is known as “Gem City” and is also referred to as the “Flagship City”. The local economy in Erie includes various industries such as technology, manufacturing, health care, service industries, higher education, and tourism.

Frequently Asked Questions About Hospital And Surgical Errors In Erie, Pennsylvania

FAQ: I was injured due to a surgical error and I received an initial settlement offer. Should I take it?

No. An initial settlement offer is just that — it is the first offer that you have received. Initial settlement offers are not necessarily the best offers and in most cases are far below the compensation you rightfully deserve for your injuries and other losses. Medical bills will likely continue to climb, and these quick offers will not cover all of the expenses you have incurred for your injuries. So resist the temptation to accept the first offer that comes your way. Instead, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney so that you can determine the level of compensation that you are eligible to recover.

FAQ: What happens if I didn’t realize that my injury was due to the hospital’s error at the time — can I still file a claim?

Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations for filing medical malpractice claims in the state’s civil court is two years from the time the incident occurred or two years from the time that the patient realized the harm occurred or should have been made aware that the harm was inflicted. In Pennsylvania, medical malpractice claims cannot be filed in the state’s civil court more than seven years after the hospital or surgical error took place, regardless of when the patient became aware of the harm.

Personal Injury Case Results

$1,250,000

Car accident

At approximately 50 mph, a young woman’s vehicle collided with a truck. Both vehicles were totaled. Client suffered multiple injuries including complex fractures and a myocardial contusion.

$700,000

Motorcycle Fatality

Client’s husband was killed in a motorcycle accident caused by a careless driver. His underinsured motorist carrier originally denied coverage, based on a policy exclusion, and then offered only half the coverage.

Criminal Defense Case Results

Charges Dropped

DUI, Lane violation & Careless driving

Late at night, a driver turned right at a stop light and crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic. His BAC was over the legal limit. He was charged with DUI, a lane violation and careless driving.

Not Guilty

Sex Offense

An instructor at a local high school was accused by a student of indecent assault on the last day of school. After four days of trial, the jury acquitted the instructor of all charges.

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