Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Injury Victims
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 errors can cause serious injuries or even wrongful death among patients. If you or a loved one have been injured in this way, you may need both information and financial assistance to deal with the following complications. For some victims whose doctors failed to properly communicate with them or even tried to hide their mistakes, it may be a priority to make sure no one else suffers in the same way.
Whether you are dealing with a maternal 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.
Even highly trained medical professionals can be careless—or worse, they may fail to uphold the “standard of care” those in their position are held to. 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.
Our 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. You can be assured a healthcare professional or facility will use their medical knowledge as evidence in their favor. That why we staff each case with an experienced healthcare consultant who can understand and rebut these arguments.
Call our medical malpractice attorneys at (844) 383-0565 to discuss your case. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
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 events. 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.
The complication must be caused by physician negligence, rather than being a known but unexpected side effect, for the patient to qualify for a medical malpractice claim.
To evaluate medical malpractice claims, a jury will consider whether a physician failed to offer the baseline standard of care. A personality clash or non-preventable complication does not constitute the basis for a suit. 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.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medical errors fall into two basic categories:
- Errors of omission
- Errors of commission
The first type refers to a caregiver failing to provide the necessary care. For example, they may fail to provide a diagnosis in spite of clear symptoms in the patient. Delayed diagnoses can make treatment more difficult and reduce a patient’s chance of survival.
The second is when incorrect care is provided. Anything from a mistaken prescription to a wrong-site surgery falls in this category. This type of error both fails to address the patient’s needs and can introduce new medical complications.
The medical cases we often help clients with include both errors of omission and commission. They include:
- Birth injuries
- Delayed diagnosis
- Emergency room errors
- Hospital negligence
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
Common Questions About Medical Malpractice Cases
When Does a Mistake Become Medical Malpractice?
If a physician has made a mistake that affects the level of care they provided, you may have a malpractice case. A bad outcome does not necessarily mean there was a mistake, and a small mistake may not necessarily cause harm to a patient. When the action would not be replicated by another responsible doctor and causes serious damage, you likely have the right to sue.
How Long Do I Have to Sue a Doctor for Malpractice?
In every personal injury case—including medical malpractice claims—you must be sure to file your claim 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.
What Is a Certificate of Merit and Why Do I Need One?
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.
Is There a Cap of Medical Malpractice Damages in Pennsylvania?
Pennsylvania does not have a cap on non-economic damages for medical malpractice cases. This means you have more latitude to sue for things such as pain and suffering.
Hold Your Negligent Care Provider Accountable
Being the victim of a medical mistake is bad enough, but often a doctor’s response makes things worse. If they fail to fully explain the outcome you’re facing, or even try to conceal the error from you, you can file a lawsuit against them. The compensation you’re eligible to collect can both help you cover extra medical costs caused by the error and deter the doctor from acting the same way in the future. Healthcare requires us to put absolute trust in our caregivers. If you encounter someone who should not be trusted, we want to help you hold them accountable, so they are not able to hurt any more patients.
Our attorneys and medical consultants are here to help you if a negligent doctor or surgeon has inflicted a life-changing injury. We’ve been helping Pittsburgh patients find justice for over 40 years. Call us at (844) 383-0565 to learn what we can do for you.