Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Our Family-Owned, Family Run Firm Has Been Fighting for Injury Victims for Over 40 Years
As the third-leading cause of death in the United States, medical errors should receive much more attention than they do. Systemic weaknesses in the healthcare system and individual negligence can cause serious injuries or even wrongful death among patients. Even highly trained medical professionals can be careless, or worse, they may fail to uphold the “standard of care” that is expected of those in their position.
If you or a loved one has suffered a life-changing injury because of a doctor’s mis-action (or inaction), a lawsuit could help you understand more about how the mistake happened and hold the doctor accountable. Whether you are suffering from a birth injury or a delayed diagnosis, you can hold medical practitioners and their employers accountable for life-altering injuries that were caused by their negligence.
Our Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers have over 150 years of combined experience and partner with medical consultants who can determine what error a physician made, how it caused a negative outcome for the patient, and what should have been done instead.
Call Robert Peirce & Associates at (844) 383-0565 to discuss your case. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.
Defining Medical Malpractice: Do I Have a Claim?
Scientists are constantly learning new and better ways to treat diseases and conditions that affect us, but our medical knowledge has many gaps. No procedure is guaranteed to work. Most have even been refined to the point where most patients will not suffer adverse affects. Of those who do, most complications are not caused by physician error. Just because a medical procedure has not given optimal results does not mean the patient is the victim of malpractice.
Medical malpractice is the negligent action of a healthcare professional that results in injury to the patient. These can be actual mistakes, poor communication with the patient, or just failure to provide a reasonable standard of care.
To evaluate medical malpractice claims, a jury will consider whether a physician failed to offer the baseline standard of care. In a medical malpractice case, the patient must prove:
- There was a violation of the standard of care. This is often accomplished by relying on expert testimony and comparing your physician’s actions to guidelines or professional expectations.
- There was a “factual cause.” In other words, you must be able to link the violation of the standard of care to the injuries suffered by the patient.
- There were clear damages. There must be concrete evidence the patient suffered losses as a result of malpractice. Losses could be anything from medical expenses to pain and suffering to a new life-altering condition.
To know for certain that you have a valid medical malpractice claim, contact Robert Peirce & Associates today! Our Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys can evaluate your case in a free consultation.
Types of Medical Errors
Medical errors fall into two basic categories:
- Errors of omission: This type refers to a doctor failing to provide the necessary care. For example, they may fail to provide a diagnosis in spite of clear symptoms in the patient, or completely misdiagnose the condition altogether.
- Errors of commission: This is whenincorrect care is provided. Anything from a wrong prescription to a wrong-site surgery falls in this category.
Healthcare professionals often require our absolute trust and confident. If you've encountered a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional that cannot be trusted, our Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys want to help you hold them accountable.
Call our office today at (844) 383-0565 to schedule a free case review.
Recovering Compensation for a Medical Error
Not only is medical malpractice ethically wrong, it can also cause patients to endure immense pain and overwhelming financial expenditure. However, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor or hospital responsible can help.
The compensation you’re eligible to collect can help you cover the additional medical costs caused by the error. On top of that, exposing a healthcare professional or hospital that committed the error can help you find closure after the incident, and hopefully protect other patients from the same mistakes.
Our Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers will fight to recover compensation for the following types of damages:
- Medical treatment
- Lost time at work/lost wages
- Loss of quality/enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
To find out what your medical malpractice case is worth, contact our law offices today to schedule a free case evaluation!
Hold Your Negligent Care Provider Accountable
Being the victim of a medical mistake is bad enough, but often a doctor’s response to their error can make things worse. At Robert Peirce & Associates, we believe that you deserve to know the truth about your injuries and be duly compensated for your pain and suffering.
Our Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers are here to help you if a negligent doctor or surgeon has inflicted a life-changing injury. We’ve been helping patients in Pennsylvania find justice for over 40 years. Call us at (844) 383-0565 to learn what we can do for you.
Q:How Long Do I Have to Sue a Doctor for Malpractice?
A:In every medical malpractice claim, you must be sure to file your lawsuit within the legally-allowed timeframe, or the “statute of limitations.” In Pennsylvania, you have 2 years from the date of malpractice (or the date at which you could reasonably be expected to discover it) to file a lawsuit against either a doctor, a hospital, or both.
Q:What Is a Certificate of Merit and Why Do I Need One?
A:In Pennsylvania, you must file a “Certificate of Merit” that is signed by an expert witness before your case will even be considered. This step seeks to cut down on frivolous lawsuits by showing that another medical professional agrees the standard of care was not met and this caused you harm. Our team can help you connect with a suitable expert for your case.
Q:Is There a Cap of Medical Malpractice Damages in Pennsylvania?
A:Pennsylvania does not have a cap on economic or non-economic damages for medical malpractice cases, which are the two primary areas that victims can collect from. There are caps on punitive damages, but these are much more rare in medical malpractice areas.