Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Bethel Park, PA
Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Lawyers Passionate About Keeping Patients Safe in Bethel Park
Most of our physicians and medical professionals in Bethel Park have good intentions and work tirelessly to provide the highest level of care possible to patients who depend upon their services. Despite this, doctors and other healthcare workers are held to a higher legal standard of care for a good reason—these individuals can literally hold lives in their hands and any deviation from the accepted standards of care could cause devastating physical harm to their patients.
When a doctor’s negligence causes you to suffer harm, you need a medical malpractice lawyer who you can trust to advocate on your behalf. Medical malpractice law in Pennsylvania is complicated, and it’s important to retain a lawyer who not only understands the law, but also has the resources necessary to get to the bottom of what happened in your case from a medical standpoint.
At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, we have recovered millions of dollars for clients harmed by medical negligence in Bethel Park and Western Pennsylvania, and even have a board-certified physician on our staff to help us evaluate how best to proceed in your case. We understand how intimidating it can be to face the insurance companies and defense teams hired by doctors and hospitals to protect them from liability and will handle every aspect of your case to protect your rights and keep patients safe from negligent medical professionals in our community.
Circumstances That Can Potentially Amount to Medical Malpractice Cases
As noted, medical malpractice under the law in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania occurs when a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional fails to adhere to the standards developed within the medical community based upon the circumstances of the case. Medical malpractice can occur in cases involving:
- Failure to diagnose a condition
- Failure to communicate with a patient or obtain informed consent
- Failure to take an appropriate patient history
- Surgical errors, where a surgeon leaves an instrument in the patient or operates on the wrong body part
- Prescribing or administering the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of a correct drug
- Failure to order the appropriate tests given the patient’s symptoms
Knowledgeable Medical Malpractice Lawyers Fight to Secure Full Compensation for Clients Harmed by Medical Negligence
In order to recover compensation in a medical malpractice case under Pennsylvania law, we will conduct a thorough investigation to gather all possible evidence necessary to establish that you were harmed by the negligent or reckless actions of a healthcare professional. The element of harm—or damages—is particularly important in an actionable medical malpractice case, and will be critical to proving that you deserve to be compensated after receiving negligent medical care. In many cases, the damage element can be shown by establishing that the doctor’s actions caused your existing condition to worsen or resulted in an entirely new injury or illness. We will fight to obtain the maximum compensation award possible in your case, including compensation for:
- All future medical bills
- Care within your home, medical devices, and prescription drugs, if necessary
- Lost wages or earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages designed to punish the negligent doctor in especially egregious cases
Although the exact level of compensation will vary based upon the specific facts of your case and the nature of the doctor’s conduct, we will always fight to make sure you get the maximum compensation possible to hold the negligent medical professional accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
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Although no amount of financial compensation can truly make you whole after you have suffered physical harm because of a doctor or medical professional’s careless actions, those funds can help ensure you receive the highest quality medical care going forward in life—and also serve to make sure that negligent healthcare workers are not permitted to cause future harm. Contact our skilled Bethel Park medical malpractice lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC today so that we can put our skills to work fighting for your right to compensation. You can call our office, or fill out this secure online contact form.
About Bethel Park, PA
Bethel Park is located about seven miles from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. The estimated population of Bethel Park as of 2017 is about 32,404 residents, and Bethel Park itself covers about 11.67 square miles. The area was previously mined for coal in what was known as the Coverdale Mine, but the coal mines in Bethel Park are now closed. Historically, Bethel Park is known for being home to the first ever recorded armored car robbery, which occurred in 1927.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice Claims in Bethel Park, PA
FAQ: I was injured when a doctor was negligent in providing my treatment in Bethel Park. Why would the hospital be held financially responsible?
Hospitals, as employers, are financially responsible for the negligence of employees acting in the course of employment under a legal theory known as “respondeat superior”—which is a type of vicarious liability that can apply in medical malpractice cases. Hospitals are not only responsible for ensuring that the doctors and healthcare professionals they employ are appropriately educated and competent to perform the duties they are hired to perform, but they are responsible for putting practices and procedures into place to protect patient safety and prevent malpractice from occurring in the first place.
FAQ: What is a certificate of merit in a Bethel Park medical malpractice case?
A certificate of merit is a legal requirement that must be satisfied to pursue a claim for compensation resulting from medical malpractice in Pennsylvania. Essentially, it is a sworn statement stating that you obtained the opinion of another medical professional, who has evaluated your case and believes that there is merit to the claim that the healthcare professional committed malpractice and caused you to suffer harm as a result. The certificate of merit can be filed with a lawsuit, or within 60 days of filing the formal complaint in your case. We have the resources in the medical community necessary to have your case evaluated by a qualifying licensed medical professional in order to complete the certificate of merit and proceed with your case.