Seeking Compensation for Medical Malpractice Victims
If you or a loved one is harmed by negligent health care services, such as a primary care doctor, hospital, anesthesiologist, obstetrician, surgeon or other medical providers, there is a natural tendency to feel frustrated. While not all poor outcomes are caused by medical errors or omissions, the prevalence of medical errors is often underestimated because there is no guarantee that a patient will ever know for sure the cause of the serious injury, condition or death. Patients who are harmed by improper treatment and their families may pursue a claim for medical malpractice but these are among the most difficult and expensive forms of litigation.
Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney Steven Chung has the expertise and financial resources to take on well-funded hospitals, medical groups and insurance companies. Mr. Chung was an insurance defense lawyer before founding his successful personal injury practice, so he anticipates the strategies that will be employed by medical malpractice carriers. Cases involving negligence by a health care provider can be especially challenging because patients must be able to present evidence that demonstrates a poor medical outcome was caused by substandard medical care rather than the natural progression of an injury or illness. Mr. Chung works with an established network of experts in a broad range of medical disciplines.
Mr. Chung is committed to helping patients who suffer harm and their families obtain the financial compensation that they need to return to the road to recovery. At our Pennsylvania medical malpractice law firm, we are committed to keeping clients informed throughout the process of pursuing their legal claim for compensation. Mr. Chung remains responsive and attentive to his clients’ legal needs while diligently preparing his case for trial. Because medical malpractice carriers often insist on taking these cases to trial, you need a proven trial attorney like Mr. Chung. He is a genuine trial lawyer whose courtroom skills, tenacity and determination are highly respected by his colleagues and opponents.
Understanding Medical Malpractice in Philadelphia, PA
In basic terms, medical malpractice is negligence committed by a physician or other health care provider. When the care provided by a health care provider deviates from the accepted standard of medical care and causes harm to a patient, the members of the medical team that contributed to the poor outcome can be liable for the substandard care. Doctors and other medical professionals are held to a higher standard of care based on their specialized training and experience. Plaintiffs in Philadelphia medical malpractice lawsuits must establish the appropriate standard of care based on expert testimony. Some of the types of medical negligence claims that Steven Chung handles include:
- Birth injuries
- Anesthesia malpractice
- Surgical errors including wrong site, wrong patient wrong procedure errors
- Hospital acquired infections
- Colonoscopy punctures
- Organ punctures (e.g. bowel perforations)
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Eye surgery (e.g. LASIK)
- Delayed diagnosis (or non-diagnosis) of a medical condition
- Erb’s palsy
- Medication errors
- Failure to diagnose breast cancer or colon cancer
- Orthopedic mismanagement
- Gastric bypass surgical errors
- Gallbladder surgical errors
- Emergency room mistakes
- Excessive bleeding during surgery that causes neurologic damage
- Brain damage caused by lack of brain damage during surgery
- Gynecologic surgical errors
- Failure to diagnose or treat cardiac conditions
- Wrongful death
What Types of Compensation Can a Medical Malpractice Attorney Pursue?
Although the specific facts and circumstances of a case involving deficient medical care will dictate the available forms of compensation, some types of damages that might be available include the following:
- Cost of remedial medical care
- Loss of earnings from time off work
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Emotional distress
- Impaired enjoyment of life experiences
- Loss of companionship, affection and support of a spouse
- Burial and/or funeral expenses in wrongful death cases
- Punitive damages (cases of especially egregious conduct e.g. performing surgery while intoxicated)
When your retain Steven Chung, he carefully reviews all medical records in collaboration with medical experts to develop the most compelling case by establishing the requisite standard of care, deviation from that standard and a causal link between the medical error or omission and harm suffered by the patient. If you or someone close to you has been injured or you have lost a loved one because of poor medical care, well-regarded Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer Steven Chung offers a no obligation free consultation to evaluate your case and advise you of your rights and options. Call Steven Chung at 215-688-5777 to learn how we can help.