Many patients will never discover that their doctor made a mistake. The reality is that many patients suffer due to the negligence of a doctor, surgeon, etc. However, when a doctor or medical professional commits negligence, the patient is often left wondering whether their symptoms are normal or whether their doctor made a mistake.
The only way to know for certain is to have a medical expert review the relevant medical records. In addition, it’s important to note that not every case of medical mistake will rise to the level of medical malpractice. Under Pennsylvania medical malpractice law, doctors are allowed to make mistakes. The key issue is whether another doctor (in the same field) would have done something differently.
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Under Pennsylvania medical malpractice law, medical doctors are negligent when their conduct falls below a standard of care applicable to similarly situated doctors. For a family doctor, it’s what another family doctor would have done. For a brain surgeon, it’s what another brain surgeon would have done.
Patients who feel that they have been the victim of medical malpractice should consult with a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible. In many medical malpractice cases, the statute of limitations is an issue.
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