Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice and Accident Attorneys
A doctor fails to correctly diagnose your deadly breast cancer. A careless driver slams into your car, permanently injuring your spine. A piece of surgical equipment malfunctions during your cardiac operation, endangering your recovery. You shatter your hip in the poorly lit stairway of a hotel and accumulate a shoebox of medical bills. You become ill or die as a result of eating food that is infected with e coli bacteria.
Serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and all of Western Pennsylvania, our experienced team of lawyers specialize in serious medical malpractice cases, and personal injury cases that result from car or truck accidents, defective and dangerous products, industrial accidents, unsafe property, and food poisoning.
Medical malpractice cases are brought against doctors, hospitals, and other medical professionals to recover money damages for injuries or death caused by medical malpractice. The Institute of Medicine has found that between 44,000 and 98,000 people die in hospitals each year due to preventable medical errors.
Personal injury cases are brought to recover money damages for injuries or death caused by car or truck accidents; dangerous or defective products; food poisoning; construction accidents and other accidents caused by dangerous or unsafe property.
If you call Berger & Lagnese with your medical malpractice or personal injury case, we will get you the maximum monetary recovery possible, either through settlement or jury trial. We consistently obtain the maximum monetary recovery for our clients because we always investigate your case thoroughly; we obtain and carefully review your medical records; we interview all of the doctors, nurses, and other persons involved in causing your injuries, and we hire the top experts in the United States to review your case and and testify at trial.
We have helped hundreds of our clients obtain the maximum monetary recovery for their injuries.
For example, on November 2, 2011, Attorney Paul Lagnese obtained a jury verdict againt UPMC Shadyside for $10,000,000. This is the largest medical malpractice verdict in Pittsburgh since the Pennsylvania Supreme Court began tracking verdicts in 2000 and the largest recorded verdict against UPMC.
Our cases have also made our world a little safer. Here are a few examples:
- Our client, a patient in a hospital, fell in his room and struck his head. The hospital did not perform an X-ray of his head to see whether there was internal bleeding. Two days later, the hospital performed a CT and found a massive bleed in our client’s head, but it was too late, and he died. We sued the hospital. The hospital argued that no CT was needed, but after we obtained a settlement of the case, the hospital enacted a policy requiring an immediate head CT for any patient who falls in the hospital and hits his head.
- During a carpal tunnel surgery, a surgeon severed our client’s nerve. We sued the hospital and discovered that the hospital knew before our client’s surgery that this surgeon had cut another patient’s nerve because the doctor was using a surgical method that was outdated and condemned in the medical literature. The jury returned a verdict of $669,000 for our client. That surgeon no longer performs carpal tunnel surgery.
- Our client was diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread throughout her body We filed a lawsuit and discovered that our client had a prior mammogram that was suspicious for breast cancer, but the hospital did nothing in response and did not tell our client. We obtained a monetary settlement for our client from the hospital.
- Our client was paralyzed in a car accident. We sued the manufacturer of the car and discovered that in order to save money the car company designed an unsafe car. We obtained a settlement for our client. That car is no longer being made.
- While driving, our client hit a stream of water flowing over a road and skidded out of control, dying in the crash. We sued the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. PennDOT argued that the road’s design was acceptable. We found a retired PennDOT employee who had told PennDOT that the road was dangerous and needed to be repaired a couple of years before the crash. The jury found PennDOT was negligent and awarded money to the parents of our client.
Medical Malpractice Cases
Our lawyers work on medical malpractice cases involving serious injuries or death.
We work on breast cancer cases involving breast cancer missed on mammogram or breast cancer misdiagnosis. These cases also include situations where breast tissue was removed for biopsy but the cancer was missed when it was evaluated.
We work on colon cancer cases including those in which colon cancer was missed on colonoscopy or a colon polyp was not properly evaluated after its removal.
We work on cases involving cervical cancer and endometrial (uterus) cancer, especially cases in which cervical cancer was missed on the Pap smear (Pap test).
We work on many medical malpractice cases involving a doctor's or hospital's failure to detect cancer or misdiagnosis of cancer, including bladder cancer, lung cancer, thyroid cancer, and skin and melanoma cancers.
We work on failure to diagnose cases, including the failure to diagnose and treat heart attack, pulmonary embolism (PE), stroke, aneurysm (abdominal and brain aneurysms), and many others.
Our lawyers also work on cerebral palsy cases. Each year, 5,000 infants and 1,200-1,500 toddlers are diagnosed with cerebral palsy – and many of these cases are due to preventable delays and careless mistakes made during birth and delivery.
Our lawyers work on many cases of surgical error or surgical mistake, including hernia surgery, gall bladder surgery, gastric bypass (bariatric weight loss) surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, and all types of laparoscopic surgery cases
Personal Injury Cases
Our lawyers work on personal injury cases involving serious injuries or death. These include car accident and truck accident cases; industrial accidents; dangerous and defective products; food poisoning; and accidents caused by dangerous or unsafe property
Contact our attorneys
The attorneys at Berger & Lagnese have been recognized as among the best lawyers in the United States.
Attorney Paul Lagnese is recognized as one of the "Best Lawyers in America". He has obtained significant monetary settlements and jury verdicts for his clients.
Attorney Joshua Berger is recognized as one of the "Best Lawyers in America". He has obtained significant monetary settlements and jury verdicts for his clients.
Attorney David M. Paul is recognized as one of the "Best Lawyers in America". He has obtained significant monetary settlements and jury verdicts for his clients.
Mr. Lagnese, Mr. Berger and Mr. Paul have each been practicing law for nearly 30 years.
To talk with an attorney about your case, please call us at (412) 471-4300, toll free at (800) 350-6161 or email us.
Our Law Firm Serves these Pennsylvania Cities and Counties:
Pittsburgh, Beaver, Uniontown, Greensburg, New Castle, Altoona, Erie, Butler, Mercer, Franklin, Allegheny, Fayette, Westmoreland, Washington, Johnstown, Lawrence, Blair, and Venango.
Order our FREE Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice book - 9 Rules to Follow When You See A Doctor! Your safety is at stake! Studies show that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die due to preventable medical errors each year – and that the majority of medical malpractice instances go unreported by both health officials and patients. If your doctor failed to diagnose your disease or misdiagnosed you, Berger & Lagnese can help.
Carpal Tunnel surgery done by a competent careful surgeon is a rather short outpatient procedure and should give immediate relief from the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. However, if the surgeon is not experienced or is not careful and he or she injures the median nerve or ulnar nerve, the results can be devastating. If you have had carpal tunnel surgery and you have any of the following syptoms: continued numbness, pain in the wrist, electrical shock pain, loss of the use of the your thumb you may have suffered an injury to your median nerve. Contact us and we will investigate what happened
If your breast cancer was missed or misdiagnosed, and you want to find out what really happened, we will investigate your case at no cost to you. We only work on significant breast cancer cases in Pennsylvania.
Was your cervical cancer missed or misdiagnosed? Were you told that your Pap smear (Pap test) was normal, and then later you were found to have advanced cervical cancer? We will have your Pap smears analyzed by the top experts. We will get the honest truth about what happened.
Was your colon cancer missed or misdiagnosed due to medical malpractice? Our lawyers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania specialize in these cases and we will help you find out.
If you have a child with Cerebral Palsy and you would like to know the cause of your child's Cerebral Palsy, we will help you. We will review the medical records, interview doctors and nurses, and hire the top Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania experts to get you the answers you deserve.
Serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and all of Western Pennsylvania, Berger & Lagnese have a long and successful history of recovering financial compensation for clients seriously injured due to car and truck negligence. Each year, 1 out of 39 Pennsylvanians will be involved in a reportable car or truck accident. If you have been injured in a car or truck accident due to someone else’s negligence, call us today for a free consultation.
The lawyers at Berger & Lagnese have taken a lead role in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania in lawsuits against food producers, restaurants, and convenience stores whose food was identified as the source of contamination, illness, or food poisoning. Contact Berger & Lagnese to talk with them about your food poisoning and food contamination cases.
Have you been injured while on another person’s property? Was your injury the direct result of negligence or carelessness by the owner? Let Berger & Lagnese help you determine if your accident could have been prevented by the owner of the property and get the financial support needed to fix, help and make up for your injuries. Don’t continue to struggle alone with the consequences of your injuries. Don’t let negligent property owners continue to put their visitors in danger.
If you were injured in a hotel, a store, a mall, a restaurant, a sporting event, a parking lot or parking garage, on a sidewalk, or in any other public place, you may have a valuable claim for money damages. To find out if your injury entitles you to significant money damages, call the attorneys at Berger & Lagnese for a free consultation.
Have you been injured due to a defective product? Has someone close to you died after using a faulty, mislabeled, or hazardous device? If so, you could have a product liability case against the manufacturer. The FDA recalled over 500 dangerous medical devices last year while the CPSC recalled almost 300. Don’t let your story go untold. Don’t continue to struggle with the financial crisis and mental agony that this product has caused you and your family. If you live in Pennsylvania and have been injured due to a defective product, call Berger & Lagnese today for a free consultation. Take the first step toward finding justice.
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