Medical Malpractice Lawyer Jeannette, PA
Successful Medical Malpractice Attorneys Represent Clients Injured by Negligent Healthcare Providers in Jeannette and Westmoreland County
Every medical malpractice case is complicated and fact-intensive; however, compared to one another, such cases can vary wildly in scope and complexity. If you fail to get better or even feel worse after receiving medical treatment, you may begin to wonder whether someone withheld information from you or whether someone made a mistake in your treatment. If your healthcare provider commits an obvious error in your care and you suffer harm as a result, you may question whether you have a viable medical malpractice claim. Every potential medical malpractice claim requires an examination of the healthcare provider’s acts or omissions, the outcome of those actions or omissions, and whether those actions or omissions were reasonable under the specific circumstances of the case. However, unfortunately, not every medical error or bad outcome of treatment is necessarily the result of medical malpractice.
Because medical malpractice claims are factually and legally complex, having an experienced, skilled lawyer at your side can greatly increase the likelihood that you will successfully obtain compensation for your damages and injuries. The Jeannette medical malpractice attorneys at Berger & Lagnese, LLC have several decades of experience successfully representing clients who have received millions of dollars in compensation for the suffering they’ve experienced due to negligent treatment from healthcare professionals.
When Does a Medical Error in Jeannette, PA Amount to Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice only occurs when a healthcare professional provides medical care or treatment that deviates from the accepted standard of care under the specific circumstances, and a patient is harmed by that care or treatment. Many medical malpractice cases focus on determining the applicable standard of care in the case. There are multiple factors that go into determining the applicable standard of care in a case, including:
- The procedure or treatment being performed
- The field of medicine in which the healthcare professional practices
- The geographic area where the treatment occurred
- The risk factors involved in the procedure or treatment, such as the age and condition of the patient
Ultimately, the applicable standard of care is defined as what a reasonably prudent healthcare professional of equal training and skill would have done under identical circumstances in the same community. The conduct of your healthcare provider is then compared to this standard; if your healthcare provider’s conduct fails to meet this standard and if you can establish that you suffered harm because of your provider’s conduct, you may have a viable medical malpractice claim.
Berger & Lagnese, LLC Handles All Types of Medical Malpractice Claims in Jeannette, PA
Our medical malpractice lawyers have experience handling all kinds of medical malpractice actions. Some of the common examples of medical malpractice claims that we handle include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries
- Emergency room errors
- Nursing home errors
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Medication errors
- Radiology errors
- Surgical injury & errors
- Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, and misdiagnosis
Compassionate Medical Malpractice Attorneys Fight to Obtain Results for Victims of Malpractice
Pursuing a medical malpractice case requires significant resources and work to successfully obtain compensation. Berger & Lagnese, LLC has the resources and personnel necessary to put in the hard work needed to pursue your claim. We can take on all the difficult tasks of pursuing a medical malpractice claim so that you can focus on your physical and emotional record, including:
- Collecting and reviewing your medical records
- Investigating your case to determine the cause of your harm or injury
- Reviewing your healthcare provider’s past record of patient safety or negligence
- Consulting with experts to determine the applicable standard of care in your case and to show how your provider’s care failed to meet the standard
- Negotiating with the responsible parties and their insurers to reach a fair and full settlement of your claim, if possible
- Filing a lawsuit and all required court documents, if necessary
- Advocating on your behalf in court
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At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, we believe that healthcare professionals who injure their patients through negligent care should be held financially responsible because it helps patients move forward after suffering from illness and injury and encourages negligent healthcare professionals to avoid causing more harm in the future. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys to learn more about your rights and options.
About Jeannette, PA
Jeannette is a city located in Westmoreland County. The city was settled in 1888 and was named by one of the city’s founders, who wished to honor his wife by naming the new town after her. Long before the city’s founding, the area was the site of the Battle of Bushy Run in 1763 during the Pontiac War. By the 20th century, Jeannette had earned the nickname “The Glass City” due to the prevalence of glass factories in the city and surrounding areas. Estimates indicate that, at some points, the Jeannette area may have produced as much as 85% of the world’s glass production. After the glass industry succumbed to foreign competition, Jeannette opened facilities to produce turbines and other large equipment.
Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Malpractice Claims in Jeannette, PA
FAQ: How does the “discovery rule” impact when I need to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice?
The discovery rule affects when the statute of limitations begins to run for your medical malpractice claim. Normally, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within two years of the malpractice occurring. However, the discovery rule states that the statute of limitations does not begin to run for a claim until you have (or should have) discovered the facts that would let you know that you have been damaged by a healthcare professional’s malpractice.
FAQ: What if my son or daughter was harmed by a healthcare provider’s malpractice? Does my child need to file a lawsuit or can I file a lawsuit on their behalf?
Pennsylvania law allows the parent of a child injured or harmed by medical malpractice to file a lawsuit on behalf of their child. If a parent does not file a medical malpractice lawsuit on behalf of their child, the child has two years from their 18th birthday to file their own medical malpractice claim, regardless of when the malpractice occurs.