Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Philadelphia Malpractice Lawyers John and Laura Fox will listen to your story, ask questions, and have your claim professionally reviewed by a medical professional before they will proceed with your medical malpractice case. It is not uncommon for people to believe that if a doctor or a hospital makes a mistake, there is a viable medical malpractice claim. The fact is, medical malpractice cases are usually complicated and not as straight forward as you think. If, after reviewing your medical records and consulting with a medical expert, we find that what happened to you or a loved one may be the result of malpractice, Fox Law Philadelphia Malpractice Lawyers will aggressively proceed with your case.
Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers Must Establish Liability through Expert Testimony
Be wary of lawyers that advise you that you have a medical malpractice claim after your initial conversation, before reviewing the medical records and consulting with a medical expert. In order to be successful in a medical malpractice claim, Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers must establish liability through expert testimony. Therefore, they must have your claim reviewed by a medical expert who will give expert testimony that no reasonable health care provider would have done what your health care provider did, and that your health care provider’s negligence was the cause of your injury. Only after a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer has established liability through a medical expert, can he/she give you an honest answer as to whether you have a medical malpractice claim. If liability is established, then you are generally entitled to damages caused by the malpractice.
Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Claims
Medical Malpractice cases must be brought within two years from when you knew or should have known that malpractice occurred. The statute of limitations rule for minors is different and does not run until the minor turns twenty-one years old.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Require Skilled Trial Attorneys
Medical Malpractice cases rarely settle prior to trial and therefore you absolutely need medical malpractice lawyers who are prepared to go to trial on your behalf. When choosing a lawyer for your medical malpractice claim, be careful to choose an experienced trial attorney. You can rest assured that the lawyers representing hospitals and doctors are experienced trial attorneys.
The Opioid Epidemic: Criminal and Civil lawsuits against doctors
While addiction as a result of opioids often results from addicts obtaining opioid drugs illegally, there have been occasions where a medical provider has negligently prescribed opioids beyond what is reasonable for treating an injury. In this case, you can sue your doctor for negligently prescribing opioid medications. The doctor may be held civilly liable for their negligence and the patient could receive compensation to help them recover from their damages as a result of their opoid related injury. The doctor's insurance would cover the doctors negligence.
When a doctor engages in criminal activity such as drug trafficking, his behavior goes beyond negligence and the doctor may be criminally charged for his or her illegal actions in the distribution of opioid drugs. In a criminal lawsuit, the lawsuit is brought forth by the government and the doctor may go to jail. However, if a doctors activity is completely criminal, the doctors insurance policy would not cover the damages, as it would most likely exclude criminal activity from the policy coverage.
There are cases where a doctor nay be criminally and civilly charged. In these instances, it is best for the civil lawsuit to piggyback the criminal lawsuit.
Fox Law Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers welcome you to contact us for a prompt and free consultation regarding your medical malpractice case.
No case is too big or too small for an evaluation. Fox Law welcomes the opportunity to represent you. In your consultation, your case will be discussed and the facts will be reviewed and evaluated. If Fox Law accepts your case, it will be handled on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing. We carry all of the costs and assume all of the risks when we accept your case.
FOX LAW is conveniently located at Two Logan Square in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to Philadelphia County, we serve Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Allentown, and Reading Pennsylvania. For your convenience, John Fox makes house calls, when necessary.