Medical Malpractice

Scranton, PA Medical Malpractice Law Firm

Doctors make mistakes just like anyone else.  However, when a physician’s actions or lack of actions fall below certain medical standards and injury or death results, medical malpractice may have occurred.  Medical patients are allowed by Pennsylvania law to pursue compensation if a nurse, doctor, or hospital has committed malpractice.  These lawsuits are very complicated and hospitals hire skilled attorneys to come to their defense.  That is why you need an experienced lawyer advocating for your rights.

Caputo & Mariotti has grown to become one of the premier law firms in Eastern Pennsylvania.  We have successfully represented many patients injured as a result of medical malpractice.

Medical Errors

From 2000 to 2002, an average of 195,000 people died each year as a result of preventable medical errors.  The study, performed by Health Grades, a leading independent health care quality company, determined that medical errors were a leading cause of death in the U.S.  A follow-up study found that 238,000 potentially preventable deaths occurred from 2004 to 2006.

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies found in a 2006 report that medication errors harm at least 1.5 million people each year, making those errors one of the most common medical errors.  Medical errors can occur at every stage of the treatment process, from incorrect prescriptions, to improper drug administration, to failure to monitor a patient’s reaction to a drug.

Pennsylvania Statistics

If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, you have a lot of company.   In Pennsylvania, it’s common to find the following:

  • The number of medical errors reported far outweighs the number of medical claims filed each year.
  • A small percentage of doctors are responsible for nearly half of all malpractice cases.
  • Dangerous doctors are allowed to continue to practice, and state watchdogs are not paying attention.
  • Although medical lawsuit filings have decreased due to insurance company and medical campaigns, the number of errors and insurance premiums have not decreased.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

There are hundreds of types of medical malpractice.  Here are just a few of the more common ones:

  • Anesthesia
  • Birth injuries
  • Cancer
  • Cardiology
  • Cerebral Hypoxia
  • ER Errors
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Medication Errors
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Injury
  • Pharmaceutical Errors
  • Radiology
  • Spine Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Our medical malpractice team believes doctors should be held accountable for their mistakes.  Our goal is to determine as quickly as possible if your claim may hold up in court.  Medical malpractice cases are very complicated and expensive to pursue, and also have a low rate of success.

There are strict pre-suit requirements and time limits for pursuing your medical malpractice claim.  Therefore, it is important to contact one of Caputo & Mariotti’s medical malpractice lawyers to help you get the legal outcome you deserve.

If you or your loved one has been injured because of medical negligence, please contact one of our lawyers.  We have successfully represented many patients and will aggressively represent you in court.  If you have lost a loved one as a result of medical malpractice, contact one of our personal injury attorneys.  For a FREE CONSULTATION, call Caputo & Mariotti now at (570) 342-9999.

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing unless you receive monetary compensation.  We have successfully represented victims harmed by medical malpractice and will aggressively advocate for your rights in court.

 

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