Medical Malpractice Attorney Serving Pennsylvania & New Jersey
Whether we go in for a routine checkup, seek emergency medical care, or are admitted for a medical procedure, we trust our doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide a standard level of care. We often have no choice but to listen to their recommendations so we can make decisions regarding our treatment, which we then hope is properly carried out.
If something goes wrong, most of us do not have the medical know-how to determine whether medical malpractice occurred. At The Villari Firm, PLLC, an experienced medical malpractice lawyer provides the knowledge and insight you need after you suffered an injury due to a potential instance of medical malpractice or negligence.
Medical malpractice is complex and difficult to prove. You can rely on Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney Heidi G. Villari to put her more than 20 years of trial and negotiation experience to work for you.
If you suspect you or a loved one may have been the victim of a healthcare provider’s failure to provide a standard of care, and that failure led to a serious injury or wrongful death, please reach out to us today to discuss your case.
If you suspect that you received medical care that didn’t meet standard of care and are searching online for a medical malpractice lawyer in Philadelphia call (215)-600-1363 or contact us online. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to review your case.
How to Know if You Have a Medical Malpractice Case
Not every poor medical outcome happens due to medical malpractice. Sometimes a physician or other medical professional makes all the right choices and a patient still suffers harm from their injury, illness, a procedure, or a medication.
To have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit you must demonstrate the following:
- Failure to adhere to standard of care: Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals must meet certain standards of care when treating a patient. If your healthcare provider failed to meet the applicable standard of care, you may have a medical malpractice claim.
- Factual cause of harm: Once you prove there was a deviation from the applicable standard of care, you must then show the deviation was the reason you suffered harm.
- Damages: A medical malpractice claim must show you suffered harm, or damages, because of the deviation from the applicable standard of care, and describe what those damages are and what they are worth.
- Certificate of Merit: In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you must obtain a signed certificate from an expert witness (such as a doctor) supporting the validity of your claim.
Our Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys have been representing victims of medical negligence in cases since 1998, recovering over $125 million in settlements and verdicts to date. Using that experience, we evaluate your medical malpractice case and help you obtain all necessary documentation to support your claim. Call us at 215-600-1363 to discuss your case.
How a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Helps You
An experienced medical malpractice lawyer assesses your situation for potential acts of medical malpractice and use professional connections to credible medical experts to confirm and prove medical malpractice occurred, causing harm to you.
What you can expect with you work with a medical malpractice lawyer at The Villari Firm, PLLC is we will:
- Thoroughly review your case;
- Work with medical experts to determine whether the standard of care was met, and if not, whether the deviation from the standard of care caused your damages;
- Work with medical and forensic experts to calculate your damages;
- Correspond with the lawyers for the defendants;
- Negotiate with defendants or the insurance company or companies;
- Keep you apprised of developments in your case;
- Promptly return your calls and emails;
- Litigate your case in court against those who harmed you if a settlement cannot be reached.
The medical professional or hospital responsible for your injuries or the loss of a loved one should be brought to justice. This means dealing with a medical malpractice insurance company, which fights tooth and nail to avoid paying your claim. Let us fight them for you and get you the fair and full compensation to which you are entitled.
Don’t be tempted to accept a lowball settlement just to get this over with and move on. Do not let a negligent hospital get away with failing to provide proper care. See justice served by working with an aggressive medical malpractice law firm that puts your needs first – The Villari Firm, PLLC.
Trust Our 20+ Years of Experience
Proving negligence and calculating damages requires years of experience in your jurisdiction. Heidi G. Villari has represented medical malpractice victims in Philadelphia and New Jersey since 1998, and has obtained over $130 million in settlements and judgments during her time as a personal injury lawyer.
One of Ms. Villari’s most notable medical malpractice successes was an $11 million jury verdict in Buck County, Pennsylvania, involving a woman who suffered a tear during childbirth, causing urinary and fecal incontinence. A small sampling of Ms. Villari’s other medical malpractice successes includes:
- $20,000,000 settlement for an obstetrical injury;
- $9,750,000 settlement for a cardiac patient who became blind post-surgery;
- $6,500,000 settlement for failure to diagnose cancer leading to blindness;
- $5,000,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case involving a medically inadequate surgery on a child born with a genetic heart condition and pulmonary atresia resulting in permanent brain injury;
- $4,000,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case against a satellite location of a hospital for improperly intubating a young child;
- $2,300,000 settlement in an adverse drug interaction case;
- $1,000,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case for kidney damage from administering a medication off-label without medically appropriate follow-up care;
- $1,000,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case for surgical error resulting in the death of a 74-year-old;
- $750,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case involving medication errors, resulting in severe injuries;
- $700,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case for negligent diagnosis and treatment, resulting in death;
- $675,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case for injuries sustained from a vascular surgical error;
- $550,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case for injuries sustained from a colonoscopy and negligent follow-up diagnosis and care.
Ms. Villari is on the Board of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. She served as a Judge Pro Tempore for Philadelphia County and is a Hearing Committee Member for the Disciplinary Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ms. Villari has earned the Clients’ choice award for AVVO with a top rating, and for the last two years, received Pennsylvania’s Top 50: Women Super Lawyers. She is also a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the Justinian Society.
Heidi represented us vigorously and left no stone unturned.
I want to thank Heidi Villari for representing me and my sisters in a medical malpractice case. It was very difficult for me but she was professional at all times, extremely thorough and helped make me feel comfortable during the entire process. She represented us vigorously and left no stone unturned. Heidi was honest in her assessment of our case and due to her efforts we received an equitable settlement of our case. Thank you Heidi – Shannon M.
If I could I would give Heidi and her firm way over 5 stars.
I cannot begin to say how amazing this firm is. Our twins were severely injured. Heidi Villari and her paralegal were phenomenal. Their entire office staff was detail-oriented, most of all very sympathetic to what we were going through as a family. They helped us get a large settlement and supported us emotionally through the entire process. If I could I would give them way over 5 stars. I highly recommend this firm to anyone that has experienced a catastrophic event – Kristin J.
She really went the distance for me and my family.
Heidi Villari is an amazing attorney. She really went the distance for me and my family in a medical malpractice lawsuit we went through. And when I say distance, I mean great lengths. She was there for us every step of the way. This whole process itself is hard to deal with, but nothing compares to the loss of one of your children. Heidi fought hard for us and did not settle for anything less than what we asked for. She not only did a wonderful job of representing us, but she was also so empathetic to what we were going through during this process. She is so passionate about her work and she aims to make her clients happy. I could not have picked a better attorney! She 100% had our best interests at heart at all times. Heidi did a wonderful job representing the memory of my daughter and it was an honor having someone as good as Heidi represent her. Thank you, Heidi! You have forever changed our lives and have had such a significant impact on us that we will forever cherish – Janette P.
Heidi worked hard and fought against the other side like mad.
I had a wonderful experience. Heidi Villari was our lawyer in a medical malpractice action. Our family lost an important member wrongfully and it was a sad time in our lives. I was recommended by a coworker to seek counsel. Heidi worked hard and fought against the other side like mad. She got us the compensation and closure we needed and was caring and compassionate all the while with me and my family. I will surely stay in touch with her for my life and if anybody I know goes through the same thing, she would be the lawyer I would recommend – Renee P.
I would highly recommend Heidi and her firm without hesitation.
My wife was diagnosed with and eventually passed away from a rare form of cancer. My search for answers as to what happened led me to Heidi Villari. Heidi worked tirelessly to build the case and fought tooth and nail during the settlement negotiations. After some frustrating low-ball offers, Heidi was undeterred and continued to fight until she got a 7-figure settlement for myself and my children. Her intelligence, determination, and knowledge of the defense side of the business proved to be great assets throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend Heidi and her firm without hesitation – Former Client
We are satisfied with how Heidi Villari handled the case.
My father and I worked with Heidi Villari on a case to vindicate the lack of care and wrongdoing that resulted in my mom’s death. We are grateful for the result and satisfied with how Heidi Villari handled the case. Although nothing can undo the loss and suffering we went through, the settlement that we received brought much-needed closure to our family – Theresa Y.
Common Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
There are many different types of medical malpractice. Some can cause catastrophic injuries, emotional trauma, or even the death of a patient. Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney Heidi G. Villari has experience with all forms of medical malpractice by healthcare professionals in the many lawsuits we have won. We work with medical experts to uncover and prove medical malpractice when it occurs.
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis
When a doctor or other healthcare provider does not properly diagnose your medical condition or does not timely diagnose your condition, your condition may get treated improperly or go untreated entirely, causing you harm. When misdiagnosis happens, you might have to endure unnecessary treatments or take harmful medicine, and most importantly, you are wasting precious time receiving treatment for the wrong issue.
Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis are common claims in medical malpractice lawsuits.
A birth injury can happen when a doctor, nurse, or other medical provider is negligent during the birthing process and that negligence causes harm to the mother or child. Birth injuries to a child may be mild or quite severe. In some instances, the child needs long-term care due to their birth injury, often resulting in costly expenses for the duration of the child’s life.
All medical professionals must carry malpractice insurance to insure against medical malpractice such as negligence causing birth injuries. Unfortunately, birth injury claims are all too common in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Errors prescribing medication are also common medical malpractice claims. If a medical professional gives you the wrong medication, administers the wrong dosage of medicine, directs you to take a combination of drugs they should have known would likely cause complications, or gives you medication you are allergic to, this can constitute actionable medical malpractice.
Regardless of the circumstances of your medical malpractice case, you can count on the experienced medical malpractice attorney at The Villari Firm, PLLC to help you. Ms. Villari, a top-rated female medical malpractice attorney, has the knowledge and experience to provide an accurate assessment of your case and explain to you how we can help you get justice.
How Medical Mistakes Happen
Breakdown in Communications
Unfortunately, lack of verbal or written communication among the medical team or between institutions often results in medical error, causing harm. Someone may misidentify a patient, skip entering information on a patient’s chart, fail to property label specimens, fail to forward medical records, or fail to report observations to the surgeon during a procedure. Any of these can result in significant harm.
Lack of Knowledge
There are many different types of medical professionals in a hospital setting, all with differing levels of training and among those, different amounts of experience. Hospitals frequently use temporary help. All of this means medical knowledge and expertise varies among the staff, and mistakes are often made due to that lack of knowledge.
Failure to Follow Policy or Procedure
A hospital, rehabilitation facility, or other medical facility must have policies and procedures in place to ensure their patients receive the appropriate care. If medical professionals fail to follow those procedures and that failure causes harm to a patient, they may have committed medical malpractice.
Inadequate Policies or Procedures
Although medical facilities must have policies and procedures in place to ensure appropriate care, those policies and procedures may be inadequate to fully address patient care and safety. For example, the recent COVID-19 pandemic forced medical facilities to overhaul personal protective equipment requirements and quarantine policies and procedures or patients and staff. If they failed to revise or create such policies, causing patients to contract COVID-19, they may be negligent.
If a facility is short-staffed, they may pull personnel from one duty to serve another. This may deprive a patient of the attention they need and cause them harm. For example, in surgery every machine has a member of the medical team to observe it. If a medical professional is tasked with monitoring two machines due to inadequate staffing, their attention is divided and they may miss vital information about the patient’s condition.
The failure of monitoring equipment is a frequent cause of patient harm. A medical facility must keep its equipment in good repair and up to date, and if it did not and a monitor failed, preventing the medical team from realizing there was a problem and causing the patient harm, the facility may be liable.
Medical Malpractice Legal FAQs
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice is the failure of a medical practitioner to adhere to the applicable standard of care, causing harm to a patient.
What Are the Requirements for Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
To file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Pennsylvania, you must show the defendant owed you a duty to adhere to the applicable standard of care, they breached that duty, causing you harm. Also, you must submit an affidavit by an expert, usually a doctor, attesting medical malpractice took place.
When Can You Sue for Medical Malpractice?
You can sue for medical malpractice when you believe you suffered harm due to a medical practitioner’s negligence.
What is the Statute of Limitations on a Medical Malpractice Claim?
The statute of limitation for medical malpractice, like most personal injury claims, is two years in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This means you must file suit within two years of the incident or of the day you became aware you were harmed.
Is Medical Malpractice Difficult to Prove?
Medical malpractice is notoriously difficult to prove because, while it may be a simple matter to show a medical practitioner had a duty to you, it requires:
- research and expert testimony to show what that duty was;
- extensive investigation to show they breached that duty; and
- medical expert’s assessment and testimony that the breach injured the patient.
Many cases fail due to the lack of proof of one of these elements. You need an experienced personal injury lawyer in your jurisdiction to pursue and prove all elements of your claim and get you the compensation you deserve.