Need Legal Help? Call 215.925.4451

Philadelphia Emergency Room Mistakes – Too Common and Not Always Revealed

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

Medical malpractice in emergency rooms, hospitals, and doctors’ offices happens every day. No one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. A great piece of advice for young lawyers who are just starting out – it’s a given that you’re going to make mistakes; it’s what you do to correct those mistakes that will make you a good lawyer versus a bad one.  This applies not only to the young lawyer just starting out, but to everyone in all professions. Medical doctors are no exception.

A recent study was published in Health Affairs, entitled: “Survey Shows That At Least Some Physicians Are Not Always Open Or Honest With Patients.” This February 2012 article discussed some disappointing, yet not too surprising statistics.  Roughly 20% of the 1,891 practicing physicians who participated in the survey admitted they failed to fully disclose a medical error within the past year.  Another 33% did not completely agree with the need for such disclosure.

Unfortunately, medical errors are all too common. In many instances, patients don’t even discover that a medical mistake occurred. In cases where a mistake leads to serious injury or death, the patient or their family might not discover the relationship between the mistake and the injury. The recent Health Affairs study backs up what we see day after day in our medical malpractice law practice, medical providers who fail to disclose important information like a medical mistake, or worse, actively conceal the mistake from the patient.

One of the firm’s former clients underwent a relatively routine gallbladder removal surgery. However, during the surgery her bowel was perforated. This error wasn’t discovered until days later. The client nearly died. After multiple surgeries, she has persistent digestive problems. A jury awarded her over $20 million in damages.

Again, as human beings, we all make mistakes and it’s what we do to correct those mistakes that builds character. It’s no different for the medical profession.

Learn more about how to prove emergency room mistakes or malpractice in Pennsylvania.

If you’d like to have your case reviewed by our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania emergency room malpractice lawyers, call 215.925.4451. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation.

*This website does not provide legal advice. Every case is unique and it is important to get a qualified, expert legal opinion prior to making any decisions about your case.  See the full disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

The medical malpractice lawyers at Schwartz & Blackman handle cases in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area:

  • PA: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Norristown, Philadelphia
  • NJ: Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Camden, Cherry Hill, New Jersey shore cities

Medical malpractice Law Library

Corporate Negligence Claims in a Pennsylvania Hospital Malpractice Lawsuit

In Pennsylvania medical malpractice cases, hospitals can be sued alongside the doctors and other employees who commit negligence. The basis of hospital liability in a case of medical malpractice in Pennsylvania lies in the type of negligence claim which can be made...

How to Prove Hospital & Emergency Room Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania

Determining whether a Pennsylvania hospital or emergency room was negligent requires significant analysis of often voluminous medical records and knowledge of the complexities of the medicine involved in the treatment. Therefore it is crucial to have a potential case...

Pennsylvania Emergency Room & Hospital Medical Malpractice Law Update: The Danger of HB 2299

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is currently considering HB 2299, a bill which would make it harder for medical negligence victims in Pennsylvania to sue responsible parties. This bill was introduced by Rep Cutler (R. Lancaster County, 100th District) last...

HB 2299 Would Harm Pennsylvania’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

Right now, House Bill 2299 is being considered in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. If passed, it would change the rights of people who receive substandard medical care in hospital emergency rooms or clinics in Pennsylvania. One of the reasons cited for...

Failure to Implement Proper Procedures Leads to Hospital & Emergency Room Mistakes

There is a strong public perception that hospital deaths caused by malpractice are less than in reality. According to the Institute of Medicine, at least 44,000, and as many as 98,000 people die each year as a result of preventable hospital errors. In 2002, a study...



    *No attorney-client relationship is created by use of this email form. Do not email confidential or time-sensitive information. Call the firm for immediate assistance.


    Pennsylvania Office
    The Pavilion
    261 Old York Rd., Suite 504
    Jenkintown, PA 19046
    Tel: (215) 925-4451
    Fax: (215) 574-1200

    New Jersey Office
    1415 Route 70 East
    Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
    Tel: (856) 427-0614
    Fax: (856) 424-3690