Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice

  • What makes The Beasley Firm a legendary Philadelphia medical malpractice firm?

    Since 1958, The Beasley Firm has been committed to fighting for everyday people who need our help. There are few cases where the vulnerability and needs of our clients are clearer than in medical malpractice cases. We have been passionately representing the injured victims of medical malpractice for more than 55 years, and our success in this arena has made us the enemy of negligent doctors and hospitals all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and elsewhere.

    Our firm has had the honor of achieving incredible results for our clients, including:

    • Being recognized among "The Best Law Firms" for medical malpractice
    • Recovering more than $2 billion for our clients
    • Winning the two largest medical malpractice verdicts in Pennsylvania ($100 million & $55 million)
    • More than 300+ verdicts & settlements larger than $1 million
    • Securing the financial futures for children and families with lifelong injuries
  • What is the difference between medical negligence and medical malpractice?

    Many times, the terms are interchangeable. Medical malpractice or medical negligence means that a doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, surgeon, nurse midwife, surgeon, anesthesiologist, pharmacist, respiratory therapist or other healthcare provider acted in a way that deviated from the accepted standards of care, and that act or omission by the healthcare provider caused injury or death to a patient. Medical negligence includes accidents or mistakes that should not have happened, while malpractice may also include malicious or intentional acts by medical professionals.

  • I think I was a victim of medical malpractice-how can I be sure?

    A patient or family member usually has a gut feeling that something went terribly wrong while they were under the care of a physician, surgeon, nurse practitioner, obstetrician, nurse midwife or other healthcare provider. While medical malpractice may have occurred, there are also instances where there might have been a bad outcome or injury but it might not be due to a negligence or medical mistake. The only way to really find out if there was medical malpractice or negligence is to contact a law firm that is experienced in reviewing medical malpractice cases.

  • Who can be sued for medical negligence or malpractice?

    Many injured medical malpractice victims are aware that they can sue the doctor, nurse, surgeon, physician assistant (PA), anesthesiologist, OB doctor, nurse midwife, pharmacist or nurse practitioner for medical negligence. However, an injured patient may also be able to sue the hospital, nursing home, physician practice group, medical teaching facility, and corporate entities associated with those medical providers. It is important to contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Philadelphia who is familiar with identifying all the parties that can be held accountable for the medical error.

  • I had a bad outcome after being treated for something. Do I have a case?

    Unfortunately, not all bad outcomes are due to medical malpractice. Sometimes, infections or medical problems can get worse instead of getting better, or even cause death in the absence of any medical negligence. In other cases, an error may have occurred, but it did not cause any permanent damage or injuries.

  • I was given the wrong medicine. Do I have a malpractice case?

    Medication errors are one of the most frequent mistakes made in a hospital setting. Even if you or a loved one received the wrong medication, wrong dose, or did not receive a medication that was ordered, it might not meet the standards required by law to bring forth a medical malpractice case. The only way to be sure is to contact a Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney who is experienced in reviewing medication error cases.

  • Do I have a case if my doctor did not tell me my test results and now I have advanced cancer?

    At times, there are lab tests, x-rays, CT scans, or MRI's that show early warning signs that a patient may have cancer or a tumor. If those early warning signs were noticed, additional testing could have been ordered to help diagnose the cancer earlier. Sometimes, the failure of a doctor or nurse practitioner to follow-up on early warning signs can lead to a delay in diagnosing cancer. If there was a delay in diagnosing your cancer, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim.

  • My baby has cerebral palsy. Do I have a malpractice case?

    Sometimes, cerebral palsy can occur in the absence of any medical malpractice or physician error. However, if your child experienced a prolonged period of time where he/she suffered from hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen to the brain during the pregnancy, prenatal period, labor or delivery, or shortly after birth, the cerebral palsy may have been caused by a permanent brain injury.

    Since your baby could not talk during delivery to tell the doctor if he or she is in fetal distress, your baby had to communicate their well-being on the fetal monitor strips or baby monitor. The only way to tell if your infant may have cerebral palsy due to a birth injury is to have a law firm who is very knowledgeable in interpreting the fetal monitor strips and what your baby was telling the doctor or obstetrician during labor or delivery.

  • I can't afford all the medical bills, how can I afford an attorney?

    Most plaintiff law firms handling injury cases will not charge you any money up front to represent you. If you should receive an award, settlement or verdict, the attorney will subtract what it cost to work up your case and a small percentage fee upon conclusion of the case. If no award was received, you do not owe anything. The Beasley Firm operates on a contingency fee basis.

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