Medical Malpractice

Malpractice by Healthcare Professionals, Hospitals, Nursing Homes

"Our region is fortunate to have many excellent physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and long term care facilities. However, not all medical professionals or institutions maintain the same high standards of care. If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice or negligence you must take certain steps to preserve your legal options. Call us today and we will help you preserve your rights."

- Attorney Timothy Lenahan

Medical malpractice, in all of its forms, is a highly complex area of the law practiced at Lenahan & Dempsey.

We know that thousands of innocent patients are harmed each year in cases involving doctors, surgeons, nurses, hospitals, nursing homes and long term care facilities. Each year our lawyers offer advice to many such injured patients or their families.

We could never address all of the various forms of malpractice by medical professionals or institutions in the space allotted here. The information below can only serve as a starting point in any discussion of medical malpractice.

Malpractice by a Medical Professional

Not every physician, nurse or other medical provider offers the same high standards of care. When a medical professional fails to maintain accepted standards of care, it could be a case of medical malpractice.

There are also circumstances where a well intentioned physician or nurse may make a serious mistake while rendering care or in misdiagnosis of a serious ailment or injury. Should this care result in a serious injury or death, it may be a case of medical malpractice.

Malpractice by a Hospital, Nursing Home or Long Term Care Facility

In Pennsylvania, there are numerous circumstances where a hospital or other health care facility may be liable for malpractice for negligent acts of its employees or those acting on behalf of an institution. In legal terms this is known as "Vicarious Liability."

Pennsylvania law also requires hospitals to select and retain only the most competent doctors and to oversee all those who practice medicine with its walls.

Hospitals must also formulate, adopt and enforce adequate rules to ensure quality care for its patients. This includes exercising due care in the maintenance of a safe and adequate facility and provide safe and adequate equipment. If they fail to do so, it may be a case of malpractice or negligence.

Practice Areas

At Lenahan & Dempsey, we assist clients across a wide range of medical malpractice or medical negligence areas. Some of our practice areas include:

  • Physician Errors and Negligence
  • Hospital Malpractice and Negligence
  • Birth Injuries
  • Surgical Injuries
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Nurse Errors and Negligence
  • Emergency Room Treatment Errors
  • Nursing Home and Long Term Care Center Negligence or Neglect
  • & Many More


Since the firm was founded in 1948, Lenahan & Dempsey has been helping the seriously injured protect their rights. Our firm has access to a nationwide network of medical consultants and medical specialists to assist us in aggressively fighting for your rights in medical malpractice cases. If you have a question, please call us today.


Call 888.536.2426 for a free consultation.

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