Medical malpractice claims not limited to withholding care

When it comes to health matters, residents throughout the state of Pennsylvania rely upon healthcare providers to care for them. While often that relationship results in a positive outcome, this is not always the case. When the actions of a physician, nurse or other healthcare provider do not meet the standard of what someone in a similar situation would do, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate.

What might prompt a medical malpractice claim?

Medical malpractice can take many forms. While the focus is often on patients failing to receive the care they need, it is possible that being subjected to treatment that is unnecessary can also be considered medical malpractice. This is illustrated in two cases in Pennsylvania that were recently settled. They were filed against the UPMC.

The cases

The crux of both cases was that patients received back surgeries that were not necessary. In one of the cases, it is alleged that the patient’s medical history did not warrant the procedure. The second case alleged that the neurosurgeon who performed the operation did so for financial gain. Both cases were settled before trial. The terms of the settlements were not disclosed.

Regardless of the type of medical malpractice being alleged, all cases of this nature are complex. Accordingly, it is vital that when you do seek compensation for a harm suffered in a medical malpractice context, you do so with the assistance of a lawyer who understands the matters that must be addressed. We represent individuals seeking compensation for medical malpractice claims. To learn more please see our website.

Written on behalf of Friedman Schuman. Contact our firm for a consultation to discuss your legal matter.