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