Medical Malpractice Lawyer Allegheny County, PA
Knowledgeable Medical Malpractice Attorneys Represent Patients Injured by Negligence
Although most healthcare professionals provide competent, life-saving medical care to the residents of Allegheny County, the unfortunate fact remains that medical malpractice continues to occur throughout the region, significantly harming patients who put their trust and their lives in the skilled hands of medical providers. It is understandably important to detect diseases and other medical conditions as early as possible so that proper medical care can be rendered as quickly. However, when a physician or healthcare provider fails to provide proper care, the patient can potentially suffer catastrophic consequences from such improper and negligent treatment.
The Allegheny County medical malpractice lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC believe that it is important to hold medical professionals and hospitals responsible when their negligence causes harm to patients. We believe that holding hospitals, doctors and other healthcare providers responsible for negligent care leads to improved patient care and outcomes for all. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys work tirelessly to determine the causes of our clients’ harm and injuries, working with medical and other experts to ensure that our clients receive the full compensation they are entitled.
Proving Medical Malpractice Under the Laws in PA
It may seem counterintuitive, but not every negative or less-than-ideal outcome in medical care is the result of medical malpractice. Sometimes a patient’s condition is simply not responsive to treatment, or known risks and complications of treatment that were communicated to the patient came to pass. This is why our attorneys take great care to evaluate your case and establish each of the elements of medical malpractice under the law including:
- The applicable standard of care, typically defined as the care and conduct that would be provided by a reasonable, prudent medical professional of similar training and experience under the same circumstances and in the same community as your case,
- Breach of the standard of care, which is proven by demonstrating that your doctor’s or healthcare professional’s actions would not be those that a reasonable, prudent professional would have taken,
- Harm or injury, which involves demonstrating that your healthcare provider’s negligence caused you some harm or injury that you would not have suffered had you received treatment according to the standard of care.
It is important to remember that just because your doctor or healthcare provider rendered negligent care to you, that does not necessarily mean that you have a medical malpractice claim. Instead, you must show that you also suffered some sort of compensable harm.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Berger & Lagnese, LLC Thoroughly Investigate Medical Malpractice Claims
If a healthcare provider’s negligent treatment causes you to have to undergo further medical treatment to cure some harm or injury you suffered as a result of your negligent treatment, then we believe that your healthcare provider should bear the financial responsibility for that additional treatment. We believe that your provider should also compensate you for other losses, including lost income, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. Doctors and hospitals are required to purchase malpractice insurance to ensure that they can financially compensate patients injured by negligent care.
However, we have seen how insurance companies will try every trick in the book to reduce their liability for their insured’s malpractice. This is why it is important to have experienced medical malpractice attorneys by your side who have seen all the tactics of insurance companies and will not be intimidated by the defense lawyers that insurance companies and hospitals employ to avoid having to pay compensation to injured patients. We fight to help our clients obtain compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death
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Medical malpractice cases are factually and legally complex. That is why you need a medical malpractice law firm with the experience and resources necessary to successfully pursue your claim and help you obtain full compensation. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with our medical malpractice attorneys to learn more about your legal rights and options and about the kinds of compensation you deserve.
About Allegheny County, PA
Officially created on September 24, 1788, Allegheny County, PA can be found in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania and takes its name from the Allegheny River, which runs through the county. With Pittsburgh as its established county seat, the area developed rapidly in the 1800s to become the nation’s prime producer of steel and the “Steel Capital of the World”. According to the 2017 Census, Allegheny County is the second-most populous county in Pennsylvania with a population of over 1.2 million.
Types of Doctors in Allegheny County, PA: Oncologist, Cardiologist, Neurologist, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Orthopedic, Anesthesiologist, Pediatrician, Internist, Therapist, Plastic Surgeon, Urologist, Gastroenterologist, Pulmonologist, Specialty surgeons, Radiologists, Allergist
Hospitals in Allegheny County, PA: Agnew Hospital, Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Valley Hospital, Booth Memorial Hospital, Central Medical Pavilion, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Columbia Hospital, Dixmont State Hospital, Forbes Regional Hospital, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Heritage Valley Hospital, Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Kane Memorial Hospital, Kindred Hospital Pittsburgh, Lifecare Hospitals of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Mayview State Hospital, Montefiore Hospital, Ohio Valley Hospital, Rosella Hospital, Saint Clair Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital, Saint John’s General Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Southwood Psychiatric Hospital, The Children’s Home of Pittsburgh Pediatric Specialty Hospital, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Veterans Administration Hospital, Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Western Psychiatric Hospital, Woodville State Hospital.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Malpractice Claims in Allegheny County, PA
FAQ: Can I file a medical malpractice lawsuit if my doctor or healthcare professional was negligent in my care but I didn’t suffer any harm?
No. In any negligence claim, including medical malpractice claims, one of the elements you must prove is that you were harmed by your doctor or healthcare provider’s breach of their duty to meet the applicable standard of care. Even if a doctor’s or other healthcare professionals’ conduct fell below the standard of care, you will not have a medical malpractice claim unless you suffered some sort of compensable harm, such as requiring additional medical treatment or being subjected to physical or emotional trauma.
FAQ: Do you handle medical practice cases in my area?
Berger & Lagnese, LLC handles medical malpractice cases throughout western Pennsylvania. If you live in any of these other counties, we may be able to help you: Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Erie County, Fayette County, Indiana County, Lawrence County, Washington County, or Westmoreland County.
FAQ: What happens if my surgeon failed to advise me of all the anticipated risks of my surgery or failed to advise me of possible alternatives to my surgery?
If your surgeon fails to properly advise you as to the risks of your surgery along with available alternatives to surgery, it is possible that your surgeon failed to obtain your informed consent to the surgery. In order to validly consent to surgery, you must be informed of its risks and possible alternative treatments. If a surgeon does not have your informed consent to surgery, the surgery itself becomes an unconsented touching and therefore is legally battery. You may have a legal claim for compensation in such a case.