Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Pennsylvania medical malpractice laws

The following standards govern medical malpractice suits in Pennsylvania:

Statute of Limitations

Medical malpractice actions must be brought within 2 years of the date of the original injury, or the date the plaintiff first discovered the injury.

Damage Caps

Pennsylvania does not limit compensatory damage awards. However, punitive damages may not be awarded except when the malpractice was a result of deliberate misconduct or reckless disregard. Punitive damages may not exceed 200% of compensatory damages unless intentional misconduct is found.

Joint Defendant Liability

In the state of Pennsylvania more than one defendant can be named in a medical malpractice case; therefore, liability can be divided proportionately among all defendants. This does not apply if one defendant is found to be 60% or more at fault, or if a defendant is found guilty of deliberate misconduct.

Expert Witnesses

Attorneys must file certificates of merit regarding the qualifications of expert witnesses they wish to use. Experts must be actively engaged in practice or teaching in their field or retired less than five years. The court may waive these requirements if the expert provides sufficient evidence of his or her qualifications.

Pennsylvania - News Articles

Pennsylvania Man Awarded $4 Million in Malpractice Case
01 oct
Pennsylvania Man Awarded $4 Million in Malpractice Case

A four-day medical malpractice trial in Pennsylvania concluded with the jury awarding a man from Hatsboro, Pennsylvania $4 million. The man had brought the case against his physician when he received nerve damage from a procedure performed in his physician’s office. The decision is unique in that it is the first medical malpractice verdict in

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21 may
Pennsylvania Jury Finds Doctor and Laser Spine Institute Negligent in Woman’s Death; Family Awarded $20 Million

After seven years of debilitating back pain, Sharon Kimble finally had enough. The narcotic pain medications she had been taking were no longer working and she elected to undergo a back surgery to treat her pain. In January 2014, Kimble and her husband, Robert Kimble, traveled from Ohio to the Laser Spine Institute in Philadelphia,

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