Whenever a medical patient in Pennsylvania experiences a misdiagnosis, poor medical care, a breach of confidentiality or a lack of informed consent to perform a procedure, the patient may be able to make a claim of medical malpractice against the medical professional or institution responsible. But, it may be possible to remedy the situation, at least in part, by taking some steps before going to the courthouse. Below are some preliminary steps a patient can consider taking before filing a lawsuit.
First, a patient may want to get in touch with the medical professional involved. While sometimes medical professionals in this position may be unhelpful, other times they may be willing to remedy any problems. Under many circumstances, medical professionals will be willing to take steps to minimize their liability and avoid antagonizing a patient. Under other circumstances, a patient may not feel comfortable approaching a medical professional who has already made a mistake.
Another option is to get in touch with the medical professional's licensing board. Medical boards have the authority to warn and discipline medical professional licensees who commit negligent acts. This can bring home to a medical professional the seriousness of the situation and the importance that it should not happen again.
When a medical professional's mistakes cause harm to a patient, the patient may have the option of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. One thing to keep in mind is that there may be a time limit on filing a lawsuit. After the time period has passed, the patient may not be able to recover damages from the medical professional, regardless of how good their case is.