Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Pennsylvania’s Leading Medical Malpractice Litigation Firm
When doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals make mistakes, their patients are the ones that pay the price. Thankfully, medical malpractice law provides a way for victims of healthcare negligence to receive justice in the form of compensatory damages.
For more than 60 years, The Beasley Firm has been one of the leading medical malpractice law firms in the United States. Our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for clients, empowering them to pay off mountains of medical debt and make up for lost wages. Because of our success and record-breaking efforts in this field, our firm was recognized in "Best Law Firms" in the area of medical malpractice, a prestigious recognition based on thorough evaluation.
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Partner with Experienced Doctors, Nurses & Lawyers
The Beasley Firm is chaired by a licensed medical doctor and attorney, James Beasley, Jr., who has been included in the Super Lawyers® list and named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America." Our Philadelphia medical malpractice team also has a complete nursing and medical research staff that includes two doctors who are also attorneys, a former NICU charge nurse who is an attorney, and several registered nurses who are paralegals. With over $2 billion won since 1958, our clients can trust in our thorough approach, history of success, and dependability.
Record-Breaking Medical Malpractice Verdicts
At The Beasley Firm, we are no stranger to medical malpractice litigation. In fact, we thrive in pursuing just compensation for the loved ones of those who have been injured by the very medical professionals they trusted to help them.
Some of our cases, like Incollingo v. Ewing and Pratt v. Stein, changed the law to better protect patients. Other cases set records, including the top two largest jury verdicts - $100 million and $55 million - and the largest punitive damages awarded in Pennsylvania medical malpractice cases.
Vlazny v. Cavarocci: The Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in PA History
In Vlazny v. Cavarrocci, The Beasley Firm's Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys secured the largest medical malpractice verdict in Pennsylvania history, involving an adult heart surgeon practicing on a newborn who required a relatively simple heart procedure. The surgeon was unfamiliar with the anatomy of a premature child (specifically, he didn't know how to locate a patent ductus arteriosus), and caused the infant to sustain brain damage and require the amputation of his arm. The family was awarded $100 million.
Gault v. Norwood: The Second-Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in PA History
In another case, The Beasley Firm obtained the second largest medical malpractice verdict in history to the amount of $55 million. The Gault v. Norwood case was particularly challenging, because the case was against world-famous physician William Norwood, M.D. Our lawyers proved he had performed an unauthorized surgical procedure on Steven Gault, rendering Steve severely brain damaged and in permanent need of life long care.
Necessary Elements of a Medical Malpractice Case
Not every poor medical outcome is the result of medical malpractice. In order for your injuries to qualify for a medical malpractice lawsuit, you need to be able to prove the following:
The patient was owed a duty of care: this means there was a doctor-patient relationship, which includes emergency room visits as well.
The medical professional violated the standard level of care: this means the doctor, nurse, etc, did not provide the same level of care that a similar medical professional would have provided in the same situation.
The violation of care was the factual cause of injury: this means that the doctor's malpractice resulted in harm to the patient, such as the delayed diagnosis of cancer or misadministration of anesthesia.
Damages sustained: the patient (and their lawyer) must provide evidence of harm that was sustained because of the malpractice, including physical and emotional damages.
Certificate of Merit: Pennsylvania requires all plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case to have a medical expert sign off on the validity of their case before it can proceed.
The Beasley Firm has handled hundreds of cases involving the negligence of doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, OB/GYNs, and hospital staff. Our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers know what it takes to win these cases and have the dedication to pursue maximum damages for our clients.
Call us today at (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation of your case.
What are Common Types of Medical Malpractice?
There are several situations that would lead an individual to file a medical malpractice claim. Although no two cases are exactly alike, most medical malpractice claims will fall into one of these categories:
- Failure to diagnose: This occurs if a patient’s outcome would have been better had the doctor discovered a patient’s illness sooner.
- Improper treatment: Involves both a doctor treating an illness or injury incorrectly, or administering the correct treatment in an improper way.
- Lack of informed consent: This occurs if a doctor fails to warn a patient of the known risks of a procedure, surgery, or treatment.
No matter how complex the case, our skilled medical malpractice attorneys in Philadelphia are more than capable of handling it. We believe in accomplishing the impossible here at The Beasley Firm and have the resources and experience to do it.
Medical Malpractice FAQs
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice or medical negligence means that a doctor, nurse, 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.
Who can be sued for medical malpractice?
Victims of medical malpractice can sue the doctor, nurse, surgeon, physician assistant (PA), anesthesiologist, OB doctor, midwife, pharmacist or nurse practitioner for acts of negligence. Additionally, an injured patient may also be able to sue the hospital, nursing home, physician practice group, medical teaching facility, or other corporate entities associated with those medical providers.
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 upfront 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.
Get in Touch With Us Today
Doctors and hospitals have large insurance companies with extensive resources fighting against you, which is why you need a legal team that has a formiddible reputation and a history of excellence. The Beasley Firm has been fighting for the rights of clients in Pennsylvania since 1958. In that time, we've recovered over $200 million dollars for victims of negligence, including medical malpractice.
Schedule a free consultation of your case by calling (215) 866-2424.
Personal Injury $907,000,000
The largest judgment ever against a single individual, against Ira Einhorn for the murder of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux.
Personal Injury $104,000,000
$104 million for September 11 victims, the only September 11 verdict in history.
Medical Malpractice $100,000,000
The largest medical malpractice verdict in Pennsylvania history.
Medical Malpractice $55,000,000
2nd largest medical malpractice verdict in history.
Birth Injury $37,000,000
Jim Beasley, Sr. and Marsha Santangelo tried a six-week-long medical negligence case on behalf of a brain injured child.
Complex Litigation $34,000,000
The largest defamation award in Pennsylvania history.
Aviation Accidents $29,000,000
Record setting verdict for an airplane crash that involved a seat defect in a Cessna aircraft.
Medical Malpractice $20,500,000
Our firm used all its resources to obtain a highly publicized $20.5 million verdict for the family of a teenage woman.
Medical Malpractice $20,000,000
Jim led his team at The Beasley Firm to one of the largest malpractice recoveries in a very conservative county and in the history Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Personal Injury $16,250,000
We were able to invest over $400,000.00 in costs to prepare this file, allowing our attorneys to enter the courtroom with no stone unturned.
Achieving record setting verdicts & settlements for over 60 years.
Over $2 billion awarded on behalf of our injured clients.
Listed in Best Law Firms and recognized by Best Lawyers in America.
Free case evaluations and contingent fees available.