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Handling a medical malpractice claim on your own may be difficult

Being a victim of negligent medical care can leave a person disillusioned about medical professionals and the level of care they offer. Not only will such a person suffer the physical consequences of medical malpractice but also the financial and emotional consequences. While legal recourse is an option for any Pennsylvania resident, his or her state of health may make it difficult to start the legal process.

Medical malpractice is a complicated and challenging area of the law, and it may be wise to discuss the case with an experienced attorney who focuses on protecting the rights of victims of medical malpractice. It is not uncommon for a person who suspects medical negligence to need the knowledge of a lawyer to assess the viability of a claim and gather information to substantiate it. More than one party may be at fault, including doctors, hospital personnel, manufacturers of medical devices or medical facilities. A lawyer will collect records, interview witnesses and obtain the opinions of other medical professionals. On the client's behalf, an attorney will also negotiate with opposing counsel and insurers.

In order to ensure all relevant information is available, an attorney will require the client to provide all documents related to the claim. These include medical and mental health records. In addition, a medical assessment to serve as second opinion may be helpful. Information about prescribed medicines, medical bills and insurance providers will also be required, along with evidence of lost income, if applicable.

If a medical malpractice claim is successfully presented in a Pennsylvania court, monetary compensation may be awarded. Each case is unique, and damage recovery may include past and future medical expenses, disfigurement and the cost of personal care services, where applicable, along with lost income -- past and future. Furthermore, the court may also compensate a victim for pain -- both mental and physical, along with the loss of consortium, companionship and life enjoyment.

Source: FindLaw, "Get Legal Help with a Medical Malpractice Issue", Accessed on March 13, 2015

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