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Negligence in Behavioral Health Facilities FAQs

When dealing with the complexities of medical malpractice, particularly negligence in behavioral health facilities, it is essential to understand your rights and how to enforce them. These frequently asked questions aim to clarify some of the common questions we are asked by clients. More ›


10 Documents To Support Your Medical Malpractice Claim

If you are considering a medical malpractice claim, it is important to understand what types of documents and other records you should keep. These documents will be used as evidence to support your legal claim for compensation. When crucial evidence is missing or incomplete, it can affect whether or not your medical negligence claim is successful, or how much compensation you are awarded. Fortunately, even if you do not have some of the documents listed here, your attorney may be able to obtain copies for you. More ›


The Dos and Don'ts of Medical Malpractice

Understanding a medical malpractice claim is the first step to protecting yourself and your right to compensation when you have been the victim of medical malpractice. Our medical malpractice attorneys at Morris James are seasoned professionals with years of experience handling medical malpractice claims. In this article, we discuss some of the dos and don’ts of the often complex process of a medical malpractice case.  More ›


Who Can You Sue for Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice cases are highly complex and often involve various parties. Knowing who to hold accountable for your injuries is not an easy task, and requires a thorough investigation of your case and the people or organizations that may be legally liable. This article is a starting point for understanding the different types of defendants, the complexity of deciding who to sue, and the reasons for suing different parties in a medical malpractice claim. More ›


Your First Meeting With A Medical Malpractice Lawyer: How To Prepare and What To Expect

Retaining a medical malpractice lawyer is vital when you have been the victim of medical negligence. Some people delay meeting with a medical malpractice lawyer because they feel intimidated or are overwhelmed dealing with their physical and emotional injuries, but time is of the essence. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare for your first meeting with a medical malpractice attorney can help. More ›


Calculating Pain and Suffering in a Medical Malpractice Case: What You Need to Know

Medical malpractice happens when a patient is injured by the mistake of a healthcare professional. Medical providers are expected, by their patients and by the law, to provide a certain standard of care, and if they fall below that standard, they can be held liable for the harm that they cause. This includes paying financial compensation to the injured victim. In a medical malpractice case, compensation goes beyond the medical bills, lost wages, and other economic damages that can be calculated with receipts and invoices -  it includes an amount for the pain and suffering of the victim. In many medical malpractice cases, pain and suffering is the biggest portion of the compensation award or settlement. More ›


Why and When Do You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

Healthcare is essential, and we all rely on medical professionals to diagnose, treat, and cure us. We put our faith in these experts to improve our quality of life, and we expect nothing less than competent medical care. Unfortunately, in some cases, medical providers can harm or cause injury through unreasonable errors and improper care, and as a result, you may need to hire a medical malpractice lawyer to protect your rights. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional deviates from the accepted standard of care and causes the patient to suffer an injury. In this article, we discuss what you might need to know about medical malpractice lawyers and when you might need one. More ›


6 Common Reasons People Sue Their Medical Professionals

As medical malpractice attorneys, we have handled many lawsuits against healthcare providers. In our experience, the most common reasons for a patient to file a lawsuit are: 

  • wanting to prevent a similar harm to another patient
  • wanting an explanation for how or why an injury occurred
  • needing financial compensation to provide care for an injured person
  • wanting to hold the medical professional accountable

But what events most commonly cause a patient to sue? More ›


Record-Setting Medical Malpractice Verdict in Philadelphia Birth Injury Case

On April 26, 2023, a Philadelphia jury awarded nearly $183 million to a mother and her child for birth-related injuries.* The verdict is believed to be a record for the highest verdict in a medical malpractice case in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The child was delivered at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (H.U.P.) but was born with severe brain injuries resulting in cerebral palsy (C.P.) As a result of the child’s medical conditions, he needs lifelong care and support.  More ›


Prescription Errors

Prescription errors, unfortunately, are common. Every year, 7,000 to 9,000 people die as a result of medication errors in the United States, making it the third most common cause of death in the country after heart disease and cancer. It is estimated that many more people are injured from prescription errors that are never even reported. People who suffer from chronic diseases are at a greater risk of prescription errors. More ›


Failure to Monitor

Healthcare providers owe patients a duty of care which includes the duty to monitor symptoms, behavior, treatment, or progress, as appropriate. A failure to monitor a patient can lead to catastrophic consequences - the new mother who suffers a stroke when her blood pressure goes unchecked and untreated, the baby born with cerebral palsy because the delivery team did not monitor fetal blood oxygen levels, or the high risk post-operative patient who suffers a pulmonary embolism (P.E.) when medical staff failed to monitor the patient’s movement, leg elevation, or use of compression stockings. If a medical provider fails to properly monitor a patient, the provider may be liable to the patient or family for the harm that they cause. A healthcare provider’s failure to monitor is one of many types of medical malpractice claims. More ›


Surgical Errors

Surgeons train for years for the privilege of operating on another human being. When they or other members of their team fail to appropriately exercise this privilege, patients can be harmed. A surgical error can cause a patient to suffer infections, chronic pain, extended recovery time, additional procedures, disfigurement, and other painful outcomes. In some cases, a surgical error or the complications that arise from it can be fatal. More ›


How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Medical malpractice claims are complex legal claims that often involve traumatic personal stories and complicated medical and legal issues. Every claim is different, and one unique fact in a case can have a significant impact on the length of time it takes to resolve a claim, whether through a settlement or jury verdict. A simple medical malpractice claim might resolve in less than one year, while a complicated or high value claim could last several years. More ›


Failure to Follow Up

Medical negligence, also known as medical malpractice, is not always the result of a healthcare provider’s action – sometimes medical negligence occurs when a healthcare provider fails to act. When a physician, nurse practitioner, nurse, or other medical provider does not appropriately follow up with a patient after a medical procedure, test, consultation, or other such appointment, the healthcare provider, and its employer, could be held legally responsible for medical negligence, and financially responsible for the physical, emotional, and financial harm that they caused as a result of that failure. A medical malpractice attorney can advise you on your legal rights to compensation, and help you to stand up to powerful healthcare systems and their insurers. More ›


Can Medical Negligence Cause Cerebral Palsy?

The short answer is yes, medical negligence can cause cerebral palsy, and, when that happens, the law allows victims to hold negligent healthcare providers accountable. More ›

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