Proponents of these efforts point to the decrease in new filings as a sign of the law’s effectiveness, while opponents argue that these changes unfairly burden the victims of medical malpractice and prevent them from obtaining the compensation they need.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 18, 2012
The attorneys at Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are dedicated to helping the victims of medical malpractice pursue compensation for the suffering they have had to endure, and as such, feel it is important to report on recent malpractice lawsuit trends. Until recently, the number of new medical malpractice lawsuits being filed each year by Pennsylvania residents had been on the decline, largely as a result of tort reform efforts which limited the ability of residents to bring forward new suits. However, as of 2011, the number of new lawsuits being filed seems to have stabilized, at a little more than half of the annual number of filings before the changes (http://ifawebnews.com/2012/06/21/pa-medical-malpractice-filings-level-off-after-six-year-decline/).
The changes to the law, which require lawsuits to be brought only in the county in which the case of malpractice occurred and compel attorneys to obtain a certificate from a medical professional establishing that the alleged case of malpractice violated professional standards of conduct, are part of the state’s tort reform efforts. Proponents of these efforts point to the decrease in new filings as a sign of the law’s effectiveness, while opponents argue that these changes unfairly burden the victims of medical malpractice and prevent them from obtaining the compensation they need.
The new restrictions on medical malpractice claims in Pennsylvania, regardless of their merit, do certainly increase the difficulty of pursuing a malpractice lawsuit. For those who have legitimately suffered an injury or medical complication because of a medical professional’s errors, this can make the need for qualified legal representation even more acute. The Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., are prepared to offer their extensive experience to those who have questions about filing a malpractice lawsuit and how changes to the law might affect them.
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