How can I learn if my doctor or prospective doctor has been sued for a medical malpractice?
If your doctor was sued for malpractice your state licensing board should have a record of it. You can submit a request for the information.
Is it important to get an autopsy in a medical malpractice case in which the doctor is accused of negligence resulting in the death of a patient?
Yes, an autopsy is necessary in such a malpractice case. It is important to show that the doctor’s negligent actions were the direct cause of the patient’s death, and one of the only ways to accomplish this is to have an autopsy.
I heard objects can sometimes be left inside of a patient during surgery. What objects are most often left behind?
With so many objects being put to use during certain surgeries, it is possible that, occasionally, one is going to get left behind. Objects which may unfortunately be left inside a patient can include almost anything, for instance, clamps, gauze, and towels. However, the object most commonly left inside a patient is the sponge. Sponges are used frequently during surgeries and can become easily obscured within incisions.
A member of my family has died and I now need the advice of a personal injury attorney in Pennsylvania. Can you tell me what documents to bring to our meeting / how I can prepare?
Losing a loved one is the hardest thing to deal with and you have our sincerest sympathies. To help make your meeting with a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney go as smoothly as possible in this trying time, do your best to collect some or all of the following:
- An original death certificate, which can be provided by the funeral home
- A bill from the funeral home
- If an autopsy has been performed, let us know and we can look into it
- Some basic information on any doctors the loved one has visited in recent years
- Some basic information on family members
- A copy of your loved one’s will, if one was made
- Any and all of your loved one’s medical records
There is more information you can bring but this is a fine start. If you have any questions regarding these materials and anything else you’d like to bring to your meeting, call you Pennsylvania personal injury attorney. He or she will be glad to offer guidance.
How will I afford a lawyer to handle my medical malpractice case?
Many clients worry about how they will pay for legal representation in their medical malpractice case. In reality, you do not take on any financial risks – Stuart Carpey explains how the arrangement works.