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Geisinger Medical Center Malpractice Claims

When a hospital makes a mistake, the injured patient has the right to hold the facility accountable. Find out your legal rights and options today with a free consultation.

Geisinger Hospital Malpractice ClaimsGoing to the hospital is supposed to help you get better, not make things worse. Patients of Geisinger Medical Center who suffered unexpected injuries and complications may wonder if medical malpractice may have caused the harm they suffered.

There’s one way to get answers and figure out how to move forward. You need to speak with a hospital negligence lawyer.

The Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorneys at Console & Associates, P.C. have a long history of investigating hospital negligence claims and helping victims of medical errors secure compensation. We have helped thousands of clients get the results they deserve.

Let us review your hospital malpractice case against Geisinger Medical Center at no cost. Just call 866-778-5500 or complete our online contact form for a confidential, no-obligation consultation.

Geisinger Hospitals and Medical Services in Pennsylvania

Whether you are a longtime patient of Geisinger medical facilities or the incident that has you suspecting malpractice occurred during your first visit to one of the health system’s hospitals, you may have questions about Geisinger and its hospitals’ services and safety ratings.

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Montour County, PA, is a general medical and surgical hospital and a teaching hospital. The 475-bed facility bills itself as “the largest tertiary/quaternary care teaching hospital in the region,” which means that it offers both specialized care and treatment in a hospital setting and advanced-level specialized medical care. Geisinger Medical Center is home to a Level 1 Regional Resource Trauma Center and the 89-bed Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

Geisinger Medical Center was regionally ranked 19th in Pennsylvania on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in Pennsylvania list. U.S. News rated the hospital as high performing in one adult specialty, pulmonology and lung surgery, as well as in the following seven procedures and conditions:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Kidney failure
  • Stroke
  • COPD

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville received no “below average” ratings from U.S. News & World Report, which calculated a Patient Experience score of four out of five stars for the facility.

Geisinger Medical Center’s Hospital Safety Rating

Rankings of the best hospitals and of medical facilities’ performance across major specialties, procedures, and conditions can offer insight into the quality of the medical services they provide. However, another metric to look at in understanding how safe a medical facility is for the patients who are treated there is the Hospital Safety Grade conferred by independent nonprofit patient health and safety organization The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group awarded Geisinger Medical Center a letter grade of “B” in the fall of 2022. This grade represents a dip from the facility’s “A” grades awarded in each of the previous four grading periods.

According to The Leapfrog Group, Geisinger Medical Center’s performance in the following categories constituted merely average or below average performance during this grading period.

  • MRSA infection (average)
  • diff infection (below average)
  • Infection in the blood (below average)
  • Surgical site infection after colon surgery (below average)
  • Handwashing (below average)
  • Collapsed lung (below average)
  • Dangerous bed sores (below average)
  • Patient falls and injuries (below average)
  • Falls causing broken hips (below average)
  • Dangerous object left in patient’s body (below average)
  • Surgical wound splits open (below average)
  • Death from serious treatable complications (below average)

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Other Hospital Campuses in the Geisinger System

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville isn’t the only hospital in the Geisinger health system. The Geisinger health system encompasses ten hospital campuses, including:

  • Geisinger Medical Center Muncy in Muncy, Lycoming County, PA: A facility that opened in 2022 in collaboration with Highmark Health and includes an emergency department, an operating room, 20 inpatient beds, and outpatient care and specialty clinics in a range of medical services. Geisinger Medical Center Muncy hasn’t been graded by The Leapfrog Group as of early 2023.
  • Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, Lackawanna County, PA: A 293-bed facility that encompasses a Level II trauma center, accredited Primary Stroke Center, inpatient behavioral health unit, cancer center, Heart and Vascular Institute, and New Steps Joint Replacement Center. The Leapfrog Group awarded Geisinger Community Medical Center a letter grade of “B” in the fall of 2022, as it had in five of the previous six grading periods.
  • Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, PA: A facility that is home to the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center, the Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital, the Tambur Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a dedicated critical care building, and a Level II trauma center. The Leapfrog Group gave Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center a letter grade of “C” in the fall of 2022, although the hospital had earned “B” grades in the previous four grading periods and, before that, “A” grades.
  • Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, PA: This facility is a campus of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and features an emergency department, medical and surgical suites, laboratory and radiology services, and care in a number of specialties for children and adults. The Leapfrog Group hasn’t graded the Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre campus as a separate facility as of early 2023.
  • Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital in Bloomsburg, Columbia County, PA: A 72-bed acute care facility that offers surgery, emergency medicine, behavioral health, and obstetrics and maternity services, among others. The Leapfrog Group awarded Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital a letter grade of “A” in the fall of 2022, as it had for all seven of the most recent previous grading periods.
  • Geisinger Lewistown Hospital in Lewistown, Mifflin County, PA: A 123-bed facility with a 100+ year history, this hospital includes a robotic surgery unit, a psychiatric unit, a wound healing institute, and a maternity center. Geisinger Lewistown Hospital achieved a letter grade of “A” from The Leapfrog Group in the fall of 2022, as it had for all seven of the most recent previous grading periods.
  • Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital in Coal Township, Northumberland County, PA: This campus of Geisinger Medical Center offers comprehensive care, including a recently renovated — and expanded—emergency department. The Leapfrog Group gave Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital a letter grade of “B” in the fall of 2022—a departure from the “A” grades awarded during the previous three grading periods, which had followed “C” grades in 2019 and 2020.
  • Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital in Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, PA: A general medical and surgical facility that is home to an emergency department and both inpatient and outpatient services. Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital hasn’t been graded by The Leapfrog Group as of early 2023.

Hospital Malpractice Can Occur Even at Highly Rated Hospitals

Even when a hospital has a good reputation and strong safety and performance grades, these reassuring ratings don’t promise either a favorable medical outcome or immunity from medical errors. Negligence and medical errors can still happen at hospitals that generally have good reputations.

Patients and family members who believe that medical malpractice may have occurred shouldn’t drop the matter just because the hospital is well-regarded by others. The only way to know for sure whether hospital negligence played a part in the harm you suffered—and to recover the money you deserve for these harms—is to speak directly with a law firm that handles medical malpractice claims in Pennsylvania.

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What Geisinger Patients Should Know About Hospital Malpractice

Medical malpractice law is complex. While your hospital negligence lawyer will handle every aspect of your hospital malpractice lawsuit against Geisinger Medical Center for you, it’s still helpful to have a basic understanding of what malpractice is and what to expect from the legal process.

Medical Malpractice Definition

Malpractice in health care means patient care that deviates from the standard of care. Essentially, the standard of care refers to the practices used by the larger medical community in the diagnosis and treatment of patients and their medical conditions.

The standard of care is among the most important medical malpractice elements. Even treatment that has an unfavorable outcome doesn’t constitute malpractice if the healthcare providers and facilities involved adhered to the standard of care throughout your diagnosis and treatment.

What Do You Need to Sue a Hospital for Malpractice?

For a successful hospital negligence claim, the main criteria that must be met are:

  1. Deviation from the standard of care
  2. Damages arising from the medical error or malpractice

Generally, patients in hospital malpractice lawsuits are seeking compensation for the damages, or the harms and losses (of all types), that they sustained. Your damages in a hospital malpractice lawsuit are likely to include some of the following:

  • Economic damages: Medical bills that result from the injury or complication, the forecasted expense of future medical care you are likely to require, lost wages for the time the injury kept you out of work, and any decrease in your future earning potential that results from your injury
  • Non-economic damages: Pain and suffering, the decline in your quality of life, and any other harms and losses that arise from malpractice that have no clear numerical cost

In cases involving a wrongful death due to hospital malpractice, a surviving family member who sues the hospital may seek compensation for both the economic losses they suffered because of their family member’s death and the non-economic losses, including the loss of support, love, advice, and companionship.

How Do I Know If I Have a Case?

Evaluating a potential medical malpractice claim against a hospital like Geisinger requires a thorough investigation and the opinions of medical experts. When you reach out to our attorneys, we will gather the information we need from you to begin investigating the potential malpractice. Determining if you have the grounds for a successful case requires us to thoroughly review your medical records and present them to expert witnesses who can provide their opinions as medical doctors as to whether your providers followed or deviated from the standard of care.

Although this process may sound complex, we want to make moving forward with a claim hassle-free for you. We evaluate cases like yours free of charge, and we will even cover the upfront costs of having expert witnesses review your medical records. If you don’t have a claim, you haven’t lost anything—and if you have a case, we can represent you throughout this legal matter on a no-win, no-fee basis.

Medical Malpractice Claims Against Tower Health

As reported by local and regional news media, some examples of medical malpractice cases in which Geisinger has been named as a defendant include the following.

  • In what MDLinx (an online service for healthcare providers) identified as one of “the biggest medical malpractice cases in the past year” in May 2022, Geisinger Medical Center was reported to have reached a settlement with the families of premature infants who died or sustained serious, life-changing injuries as a result of a disease outbreak in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Although the amount of the settlement was not publicly disclosed, MDLinx noted that the hospital admitted fault for the outbreak, which was reported to have resulted from “inadequately sanitized equipment” that caused the breast milk fed to these infants to become contaminated.
  • In August 2017, Geisinger settled a medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuit for $4.5 million in a case arising out of a patient death that occurred in 2016 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Times Leader
  • In March 2016, Geisinger settled a “high stakes” medical malpractice lawsuit arising out of the death of a 26-year-old patient for an undisclosed amount, PennLive

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The Deadline to Pursue a Medical Malpractice Claim Against Geisinger Medical Center

Patients’ legal rights have limits. Generally, medical malpractice claims against hospitals in Pennsylvania are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. If the patient doesn’t commence litigation—in other words, file a lawsuit—by the time this deadline passes, they can no longer pursue compensation under Pennsylvania law.

Depending on the situation, this two-year period may begin right away or not for months or even years. In cases in which the injured patient is an adult, the statute of limitations begins when the medical error was or should have been discovered. This distinction is important because only some medical errors are immediately apparent to the patient.

Whether the statute of limitations in your case begins on the day a surgery goes wrong or not until months later, after tests reveal the real reason for your complications, you need to take action right away. The medical malpractice claims process is complicated, and there’s a lot to be done before an attorney files a lawsuit on your behalf. The sooner you reach out to a law firm for help with your case, the better prepared your attorney will be to conduct a full investigation and gather the evidence needed to prove your case before the statute of limitations passes.

Is Medical Malpractice Common in Pennsylvania Hospitals?

The Journal of the American Medical Association reported in 2000 that 225,000 patients die from medical errors each year. In 2016, Johns Hopkins Medicine put that figure even higher, at 250,000 deaths per year, and reported that medical errors had become the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Plaintiffs filed 1,476 medical malpractice lawsuits in Pennsylvania in 2020, The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania reported. From 1990 to 2020, 36,843 reports of medical malpractice were filed in PA, resulting in $10,232,740,000 in compensation, according to the National Practitioner Data Bank’s Medical Malpractice Payout Report.

What to Expect from a Medical Malpractice Claim Against Geisinger Medical Center

No Fee PromiseWhen you hire a lawyer for hospital malpractice, you no longer have to worry about navigating the legal process. We will handle every aspect of the claims process for you, from the initial investigation and pre-litigation phases through resolving your claim through an out-of-court settlement or by taking your case to trial. We will keep you updated throughout your claim and represent you in all legal proceedings involved in your case.

Pursuing a medical malpractice claim with Console & Associates, P.C. on your side won’t cost you anything upfront. We offer free consultations to every potential client and handle cases on a no-win, no-fee basis. Under our No Fee Promise, you won’t ever pay any hourly fees, and we will advance the costs of pursuing your claim. You’ll only ever pay a fraction of the compensation we secure for you. If we don’t succeed in getting you compensation, you pay nothing.

Choosing a Lawyer for a Geisinger Medical Malpractice Claim

Hospital malpractice cases are challenging. You’re going to want an experienced Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney on your side.

The law firm of Console & Associates, P.C. has helped thousands of people harmed by someone else’s negligence recover the full amount of compensation they deserve. We have a decades-long record of success fighting for the rights of the injured.

If you’re ready to move forward with your hospital malpractice case, our attorneys are standing by to help. Call 866-778-5500 or complete our contact form today for your free consultation.

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