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How do I know if I have a valid malpractice case against a Pennsylvania hospital?

Phil Blackman-Pennsylvania New Jersey Personal Injury LawyerPublished on behalf of Philip Blackman, an experienced personal injury lawyer who has devoted his entire career to helping individuals and families who have been injured due to medical malpractice, car accidents, fall accidents and more. FREE Consultations: 215.925.4451

A: Many patients begin to suspect that their doctor or hospital committed malpractice after overhearing another doctor make a statement that the doctor or hospital made an error. However, most patients will never know if their suspicions are true.

The only way to know for certain whether a doctor or hospital made an error is to consult with a medical expert. In fact, Pennsylvania law requires that a patient who brings a medical negligence lawsuit against a professional like a doctor or hospital must have what is called a “Certificate of Merit.” This is a verification that the case was reviewed by a medical expert who indicated that the doctor or hospital committed negligence.

In order to obtain that medical expert opinion, the patient must speak with a lawyer who has significant experience in negligence cases against Pennsylvania hospitals. The lawyer will then consult with the right expert, find out what occurred and whether there is a valid malpractice claim.

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Published: July 2, 2012

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