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Erie, PA Misdiagnosis Of Illness Lawyers

Leading Personal Injury Lawyers Hold Doctors Accountable For Misdiagnosis Of Illness In Erie, Pennsylvania

Receiving a medical misdiagnosis of illness can cause irreparable harm to a patient. Early diagnosis of many illnesses affords the patient sufficient time to receive proper medical treatment that can address or eradicate the illness, and improve the patient’s outcome.

When a medical professional provides negligent care, resulting in a misdiagnosis of illness, they can be held accountable for their actions. Under personal injury law, the injured patient may file a claim of medical malpractice and recover compensation for their injuries and other losses.

Holding doctors, hospitals, and other medical professionals accountable is not an easy task. Insurance companies will fight your claim or — at best — offer you a measly settlement that is well below what you rightfully deserve.

At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C., we don’t let insurance companies, doctors, or hospitals stand in the way of recovering full and fair compensation for our clients. With dedication, compassion, and skill, our medical malpractice attorneys fight on your behalf and don’t stop until justice has been served.

Filing A Claim Of Medical Malpractice For Misdiagnosis Of Illness In Pennsylvania

When you or a loved one has been harmed due to a misdiagnosis of illness, you may file a medical malpractice claim in the state of Pennsylvania. Your claim must satisfy the following criteria set forth by the state in order to be considered valid:

  • Violation of standard of care for patient 
  • Negligence was the cause of the patient’s injuries 
  • Injuries suffered by the patient must result in significant damages 

Proving a misdiagnosis of illness was negligent, and that this misdiagnosis caused the patient significant harm can be challenging to prove in the court of law. But do not be discouraged. Speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney regarding your case. The legal team at Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. offers a free case evaluation — we will assess the merits of your medical malpractice claim, explain the process, and discuss the level of compensation you may recover. Schedule your free case evaluation today.

Pennsylvania Victims Of Medical Misdiagnosis Can Recover Compensation For Their Injuries And Other Losses

If you or a loved one received a misdiagnosis of illness due to your medical provider’s negligence, you are protected under personal injury law. Injured parties may file a claim of medical malpractice to recover compensation for their injuries and other losses. These compensatory damages may include any of the following:

  • Cost of medical treatment
  • Expenses for surgical procedures
  • Hospital bills
  • Cost of rehabilitative treatment
  • Cost of prescription medications 
  • Cost of diagnostic testing, lab work, and imaging
  • Future anticipated medical expenses resulting from the hospital or surgical error  
  • 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 

Pennsylvania’s Statute Of Limitations For Filing Claims Of Medical Misdiagnosis Of Illness  

Every state has its own statute of limitations, which are the legal timeframes for filing claims in the state’s civil court. In Pennsylvania, the statute of limitations for filing a claim of medical misdiagnosis of illness — considered a medical malpractice claim — falls under the domain of personal injury law.  

Pennsylvania allows two years for injured parties to file personal injury claims in the state court. In the case of a medical malpractice claim, the clock starts on this timeline at the point in which the injury took place or the point in which the injured party became aware that the injury occurred. The state may also consider the start of this timeframe to be the point in time in which the injured party should reasonably have become aware that harm was inflicted.

Pennsylvania limits the time an individual may file a medical malpractice claim to seven years from the time the injury occurred. This deadline holds regardless of when the injured person became aware or should have been made aware that harm was inflicted due to negligence.

The one exception to this time limit is in situations where a foreign object has been left inside of a patient.

Questions Regarding Whether You Have The Basis For A Claim of Medical Diagnosis? Let Us Help.

When you realize that you received a medical misdiagnosis that has serious implications for your life going forward, you may feel angry, sad, overwhelmed, and helpless. Let us help.

At Purchase, George & Murphey, P.C. our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling medical misdiagnosis claims. Our knowledgeable team skillfully navigates the complex process of filing a claim of medical malpractice and is dedicated to fighting on your behalf to recover the compensation you deserve for the harm you endured. 

We understand that the aftermath of a misdiagnosis can leave your head spinning. We offer a free case evaluation to victims of medical misdiagnosis so that you can make the most informed decision possible in your situation. A member of our team will meet with you to explain how a medical malpractice claim works, assess the merits of your case, answer your questions, and discuss the level of compensation you may be eligible to recover. Schedule your confidential consultation today and take the first step towards holding the at-fault parties accountable for the harm they inflicted.

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 Misdiagnosis Of Illness In Erie, Pennsylvania

FAQ: How do I know if I have the basis for a medical malpractice claim?

Determining whether your case meets the criteria to file a claim of medical malpractice can be challenging. It is best to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess the merits of your case and advise you of the best steps to take.

FAQ: What happens if I don’t file my claim before the deadline runs out?

It is important to meet the statute of limitations for filing a claim of medical misdiagnosis. If your claim is not filed within the legal time limits, the Pennsylvania court will dismiss your case and you will be unable to recover any compensation.

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