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Published on May 1, 2014
If your doctor does not respect their obligations and commits a medical accident causing damage, what can you do? We urge you to consult with a Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Attorney.
The patient is the immediate victim of medical malpractice, and can obviously sue in his own name. However, with the assistance of an experienced Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney your chances of success increase significantly.
In addition, any person who has suffered a direct injury in relation to the malpractice; whether related or not to the patient, may also bring an action of liability against the offending doctor.
In the case of death of the patient, the heirs of the victim also have the right to sue on behalf of the deceased.
Moreover, anyone who suffered direct injury may sue for compensation for the damage that was caused from the loss of the victim.
People who are pursuing legal action cannot claim the personal damage they have suffered unless it resulted directly from the malpractice. For example, a loss of salary or expenses generated by the condition of the victim is both legitimate offenses. They can also be compensated for grief or pain they experience arising from the fault.
In the event of death of the patient, relatives may also claim an amount to cover the funeral expenses that they have incurred. If the deceased person met the needs of the members of his family, they can ask to receive an amount equivalent to the loss of economic support that they will suffer in the future because of the death of the patient.
Furthermore, the heirs of the deceased can also claim, on behalf of the deceased, compensation covering the suffering that the latter has undergone because of the malpractice.
Usually, this action must commence within three years of the medical malpractice.
On the other hand, if damages occur gradually, the starting point for the calculation of the period of three years is the time where the damage occurs for the first time.