Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor, dentist, anesthetist, nurse, chiropractor, or other medical professional who fails to meet the standard of care. A recent study by Johns Hopkins estimated that each year in the United States more than 250,000 deaths occur because of medical errors. Medical malpractice claims can arise from any interaction with a medical professional.
Frequently Asked Questions
- The existence of a provider-patient relationship;
- The doctor was negligent (or that a competent provider (i.e., doctor, dentist, anesthetist, nurse, chiropractor, and the like) under the same circumstances would have acted differently); and
- The provider’s negligence caused your injury.
Importantly, in almost every medical malpractice case, expert testimony is required. That means another medical professional with experience in the field must provide a sworn statement that the medical care provided was negligent and that it caused the victim’s death or injuries. Expert testimony serves another important purpose: helping the jury to understand what happened, what the medical professional did wrong, and how that caused the victim’s death or injuries. Medical malpractice claims can arise from any interaction with a medical professional. Some common causes of medical malpractice include negligent obstetrical care leading to birth injuries, negligent emergency room care, misdiagnoses, mishandled surgeries, and failure to warn of known risks posed by prescription drugs or medical treatment. One common misconception is that consent forms prohibit a person from bringing a medical malpractice case. That is not true. Negligent care by a medical professional is malpractice, and a patient harmed by malpractice can often still seek to recover.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Cannella Snyder LLC prepare every case for trial. We consult with industry-leading physicians and combine their expertise with our extensive legal experience to determine the best litigation strategy for each case.
All Cannella Snyder’s medical malpractice cases are handled on a contingency basis. That means you pay nothing out of pocket to retain the firm or for expenses incurred during the case. We get paid only if there is a recovery. If there is, we receive a percentage of the recovery and recoup the expenses we paid. At Cannella Snyder, there are no upfront costs or consultation fees. And if there is no recovery, you owe the firm nothing.