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Doctors and other healthcare providers enjoy a special position of trust and respect in our society. That position of trust carries immense responsibility. Doctors, nurses, and other medical providers must take every precaution and exercise great care when dealing with a patient’s health and life.

Unfortunately, mistakes among healthcare providers are inevitable. Some of those mistakes are fatal. Anywhere from 44,000 to 98,000 patients die in hospitals each year from medical errors that could have been prevented, according to estimates from two major studies. Medical mistakes claim more lives each year than car accidents (42,450) or breast cancer (42,300).

If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of a doctor, nurse, dentist, x-ray technician or other healthcare provider, contact the Scranton medical malpractice attorneys of Munley, Munley & Cartwright by submitting our online form today.

Under PA’s medical malpractice laws, doctors or other healthcare providers may be found liable for malpractice if they fall below or act outside of the applicable standard of reasonable medical practice. Medical malpractice takes many forms, including negligence in the operating room or misdiagnosis during an initial visit. Wrong site operations are one common mistake. A wrong site operation means the correct surgical procedure is performed, but on the wrong organ or body part. Other times, a procedure is performed on the wrong patient. There have been numerous examples of doctors removing perfectly healthy organs from patients or amputating the wrong arm or leg. In other cases of negligence, foreign objects such as medical tools or sponges have been left inside patients, resulting in damage to internal organs.

Common physical injuries that result from malpractice include:

  • Disfigurement;
  • Loss of limb(s);
  • Loss of one or more of the five senses;
  • Damage to internal organs;
  • Cerebral palsy; and
  • Erb’s palsy.

Mental harm may include:

  • Emotional trauma;
  • Mental anguish;
  • Loss of love and affection; and
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.

In cases of medical malpractice, the negligent health care provider may not be the doctor or a nurse. It is possible that the responsible party is a lab or x-ray technician with qualifications for operating advanced medical equipment or interpreting test results.

Only an experienced Scranton medical negligence lawyer who knows Pennsylvania’s intricate medical malpractice laws, the rights of individuals, and the court system can effectively prove your physical or mental injury case under state laws. Munley, Munley & Cartwright’s Scranton medical malpractice lawyers will evaluate your case thoroughly and explore all potential sources of recovery. We will help you decide your best course of action, and we will develop the best legal strategy for demonstrating your claim.

Our offices are conveniently located in Scranton and throughout Pennsylvania. We have the benefit of a local presence in the legal communities where medical malpractice matters are litigated. Our goal is to provide exceptional legal services to our clients.

If you or a loved one have been harmed due to medical negligence, you could be eligible to receive compensation for the damages caused to you and your family. The lawyers at Munley, Munley & Cartwright are experienced and successful medical malpractice litigators -- we fight to protect the rights of patients. Contact us online now for a free claim evaluation or by calling 1 (800) 318-LAW1.

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