Malpractice is a term used in law to describe negligence or incompetence on the part of a professional. Though must people think immediately of medical malpractice when they think of professional negligence, any type of professional ranging from an attorney to an accountant can fail to exercise the appropriate degree of care and skill that is expected of them, and when that failure results in damage to the person or entity that had sought their services, it rises to the level of malpractice. If you believe that a professional’s negligence has caused you harm, you may be able to recover damages by filing a malpractice lawsuit. The malpractice attorneys at the Philadelphia law firm of Bochetto & Lentz can review your situation and advise you as to your rights. We will work diligently and aggressively to make sure that you get the justice and compensation that you deserve for malpractice in Philadelphia.
By far the most commonly seen and prosecuted type of malpractice is medical malpractice, in which mistaken, unskilled or negligent care results in injury, or even death, to a patient. The yardstick by which malpractice is measured is whether the care that was given meets the standard of practice for other professionals in the same field of practice — in other words, did the doctor’s treatment and skill represent the same level that would have been expected and encountered any other physician. If the doctor’s treatment meets this standard then they are generally not found negligent. This is why the testimony of expert witnesses, usually physicians practicing in the same field or specialty area, is so valuable in a medical malpractice case. If you or someone close to you has been injured as a result of medical care you believe to be substandard, contact the malpractice attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz. Our attorneys have extensive experience in successfully pursuing medical malpractice cases, winning the compensation that our clients deserved for the damages they suffered.
Other types of professional negligence lawsuits include claims against attorneys for substandard or careless representation or claims against accountants for errors that they have made on a client’s financial or tax documents. Malpractice cases of all types need to prove four basic elements. They need to establish that there was an acknowledged working relationship between the professional and the client who is filing suit, and that the client had a right to expect that they would receive a reasonably skilled level of service; that the level of service that was reasonably expected was not provided; that an injury or some type of harm occurred, whether financial, non-financial or physical; and that the injury or harm was a result of the lack of reasonable service. If these points are proven, the negligent professional is required to provide financial compensation.
If you have been the victim of malpractice or negligence, contact the Philadelphia law firm of Bochetto & Lentz. We are dedicated to providing our clients with aggressive, skilled legal representation that will maximize the compensation they receive for damages they’ve incurred.
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