When people submit to medical treatment, they place their health, often their lives, in the hands of physicians and nurses and the facilities that employ them. Patients expect to be adequately informed about the risks of procedures and to be treated according to the prevailing standards of care.
Of course, not every illness is curable, and not every poor outcome is the result of a care provider's negligence. The fact remains, however, that tens of thousands of Americans die from medical errors each year, and hundreds of thousands more are seriously injured by them. Indeed, according to the Journal of Patient Safety, the research has demonstrated that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical errors are right behind cancer and heart disease in causing harm to patients. These suffering people deserve to have their losses addressed.
Family members of patients who die as a result of medical malpractice, and injured patients whose lives are permanently and profoundly affected by medical errors, are not looking for a financial windfall. In almost all cases, they are looking for accountability. While they need and deserve financial compensation for what has happened to them, most people simply want to understand what has happened, for their medical providers to accept responsibility for what they have done, and obtain compensation for their injuries.
My office works to make sure that patients and their families get what they need from a medical malpractice action: a financial recovery that will lift the burden of worry and provide for future needs, and answers about what really happened and who is responsible. Among the many types of serious medical malpractice cases with which I am experienced are:
Medical malpractice cases are complex. For a better understanding, please see my blog article: "What is a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?" Though many cases settle, it's essential to be prepared for trial. From the moment the case is filed, we must prepare for trial, My office has over 25 years of experience preparing cases for trial, negotiating settlements and trying cases to obtain a fair and just recovery. We have an impressive track record of successful outcomes, and an equally noteworthy reputation for giving his clients the information and support they need throughout the process.
James E. Foerstner, Attorney at Law represents clients in the Philadelphia area and throughout Pennsylvania. We invite you to explore the website to learn more about James Foerstner, the firm, or our practice areas, or to contact the firm at (267) 546-1008 or via our online form to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working with you.