09.18.2019

Medical Malpractice Cases Require A Certificate Of Merit

Powell Law has several experienced medical malpractice attorneys on its distinguished staff of practitioners. With nearly fifty years of experience, James F. Mundy, Esq. is one of Pennsylvania’s most experienced malpractice lawyers and Powell Law’s leading litigator in actions involving medical mistakes, wrongful death, and product liability. Unquestionably, he has helped win some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the history of the Commonwealth in such legal matters.

Pennsylvania, like many other states, tries to prevent the filing of frivolous medical malpractice claims. It accomplishes this in part by requiring an expert to review the case and certify the case’s merits prior to moving further through the court system. Thus, Pennsylvania requires that every medical malpractice case contains this certification in the form of a Certificate of Merit.

A procedural rule requires the timely filing of a Certificate of Merit with a medical malpractice lawsuit upon filing or shortly thereafter. An opposing party may object to the certificate.

A Certificate of Merit must be signed and verified by the expert witness. The expert must state that after reviewing the facts of the allegations, he or she believes that there is some basis to conclude that the care, skill or knowledge exercised by the professional in the treatment of the patient failed to achieve professional standards and was a cause in bringing harm to the patient.

When a medical error occurs, and some harm results, if such injuries could have been avoided by meeting the accepted standard of care, the injured party may be entitled to compensation for his or her damages. You can be certain that a medical professional defending an allegation of professional malpractice will retain a team of seasoned medical malpractice defense attorneys. Plaintiffs may level the playing field with legal representation that is equally experienced filing, litigating, and settling cases involving medical malpractice, like Powell Law.

With our experience, we have unique abilities to help our clients throughout legal matters like medical malpractice that may involve serious life-changing consequences. Powell Law’s unsurpassed qualifications make it an obvious choice for representation in all types of personal injury and medical malpractice cases in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas. Contact Powell Law at call (570) 961-0777. The consultation is FREE.

Medical Malpractice Cases Require A Certificate Of Merit

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