Baldwin Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Seasoned Medical Malpractice Lawyers Advocate for Clients Injured by Negligent Medical Professionals Throughout Western Pennsylvania
Medical malpractice claims can vary dramatically in scope and complexity. When you seek medical treatment from a trained professional and end up feeling worse when you leave, you may eventually question whether something went wrong, or someone withheld information about your treatment. When a doctor or other medical professional makes a blatant error and leaves you suffering, the question becomes whether the error amounted to malpractice. Every potential Baldwin medical malpractice case involves examining the doctor’s actions (or omissions), the results of those actions and the reasonableness of those actions under the circumstances—but not every bad outcome or doctor error will give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Because of the complexities involved in medical malpractice cases, the skill of your lawyer is especially critical to your likelihood of success. Our seasoned medical malpractice lawyers each have over three decades’ worth of experience successfully helping clients recover the compensation they need to move on after suffering at the hands of a negligent medical professional. Contact us today so that we can help you explore every available option to protect your legal right to hold that negligent individual accountable.
Determining Whether Error by a Medical Professional Amounts to Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when your doctor or other medical professional provides medical care or treatment that deviates from an accepted standard of care. This deviation itself is what amounts to negligence on the party of the healthcare provider or medical facility. Determining the applicable standard of care in any given case depends upon a number of factors, including:
- The procedure or treatment protocol involved
- The area of medicine in which the doctor or medical team member practices
- The geographic area
- Various risk factors unique to the case, including the age and health of the patient
All of these factors and any other relevant factor in a case are examined to determine what a reasonable medical professional with the necessary skills and training would have done given the circumstances of the case. What the medical professional actually did is then compared to that standard to determine whether he or she committed medical malpractice.
We handle all types of medical malpractice cases in Baldwin, including:
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries
- Emergency room errors
- Hospital and nursing home errors
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
- Medication errors
- Pulmonary embolism
- Radiology errors
- Spinal cord injury due to medical errors
- Surgery injury and errors
- Wrongful death
Dedicated Medical Malpractice Lawyers Driven to Get Results for Malpractice Victims
Medical malpractice cases take a significant amount of resources and hard work to prove under Pennsylvania law. At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, we have those crucial resources and are willing to put in the hours necessary to develop the facts necessary to succeed in your case. We will handle your case completely while you focus on recovering, including by:
- Locating and examining all medical records related to your case
- Investigating to determine the cause of the harm you have suffered
- Examining the safety record of the doctor, medical facility or staff members involved in your case
- Consulting with medical experts to establish both the relevant standard of care and that the individuals involved in your case deviated from that standard
- Preparing and filing all necessary paperwork in your case
- Negotiating with insurance companies and the doctor’s team of defense attorneys to reach a fair settlement award if possible
- Advocating for your rights vigorously in court if necessary
Contact Our Offices to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys believe in the importance of holding negligent healthcare professionals financially responsible for their actions because this not only helps our clients move forward with their lives but makes sure that negligent healthcare staff and doctors are prevented from causing additional harm in the future. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation today, or you can contact us via this secure online contact form to tell us what happened in your case.
About Baldwin, PA
Baldwin is located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, close to Pittsburgh. As of 2017, it was estimated that Baldwin had a population of about 19,610 (slightly down from the 19,676 people who lived in Baldwin as of the 2010 census). Baldwin itself was named for Henry Baldwin, who was an associate Supreme Court justice and Pennsylvania congressman in the early party of the 1800s.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice Claims in Baldwin, PA
FAQ: What is the discovery rule?
How does this impact whether and when I can bring a claim for damages resulting from medical malpractice in Baldwin, Pennsylvania? The discovery rule is related to the Pennsylvania statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims. A medical malpractice case must be brought within two years of the malpractice in order to recover compensation in Pennsylvania. However, the discovery rule says that you have two years from the date you discovered that the malpractice occurred in order to file a lawsuit to reflect the fact that you may not initially know that a doctor’s negligence caused the harm you have suffered.
FAQ: What if I was a minor when I was harmed because of a doctor’s negligent treatment? Can I sue that doctor if the treatment took place in Baldwin, or can my parents?
Parents of minor children who are harmed by a doctor whose actions or omissions amount to malpractice in Baldwin, PA are entitled to sue on behalf of the minor child. If your parents do not take action to recover compensation for the harm you have suffered, a special statute of limitations applies under Pennsylvania law so that you have two years from the date you turn 18 years old to file a lawsuit for compensation—regardless of when the malpractice took place. This special limit is designed to make sure that you can protect your rights even if your parents did not take action to recover compensation while you were a minor within the otherwise applicable time limitation periods.