Medical Malpractice Lawyers Latrobe, PA
Westmoreland County Medical Malpractice Attorneys Dedicated to Protecting Patients’ Rights in Latrobe
Almost every medical professional does their job with the best of intentions, working tirelessly to provide their patients with the best possible care. But healthcare professionals are still held to a high standard of care and conduct under the law because they hold their patients’ lives in their hands; any conduct that is less than the highest level of care can cause a patient to needlessly suffer considerable harm.
If you have suffered due to your healthcare provider’s malpractice, you need a dedicated, knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer whom you can trust to have the experience and resources necessary to successfully pursue your medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice is a highly complex area of law; this is why it is important to retain a lawyer and a law firm that understands the law governing medical malpractice and has the resources necessary to thoroughly investigate your case to be able to prove how your healthcare provider’s actions constituted negligence that caused you to suffer harm.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Berger & Lagnese, LLC have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients in Latrobe and across Westmoreland County who have been harmed by the negligence of healthcare providers. Our firm maintains a board-certified physician on staff who helps our attorneys evaluate clients’ cases and determine how to best proceed with their claims. We know that it can be a daunting, seemingly-impossible task to go up against insurance companies and defense law firms, who will do everything in their power to protect the parties responsible for your harm from any sort of legal liability. That is why we will work tirelessly to protect your rights and ensure that patients are kept safe from negligent healthcare professionals.
Examples of Medical Malpractice in Latrobe, PA Cases
Under Pennsylvania law, medical malpractice only occurs when a doctor, nurse, medical technician, or other healthcare professional fails to adhere their conduct to the applicable standards of care in the community, based upon the specific circumstances of the case. Medical malpractice can occur in many different kinds of cases, such as:
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Delayed diagnosis
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Failure to obtain informed consent
- Failure to take correct patient histories
- Surgical injury & errors, including operating on the wrong site, performing a procedure without proper training or experience, or leaving equipment inside a patient
- Prescribing or administering the wrong medication or wrong dosage
- Failure to order appropriate tests or misinterpreting test results
Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Work Tirelessly to Obtain Compensation for Clients Injured by Healthcare Professionals’ Negligence
In order to successfully pursue a claim for compensation in a medical malpractice claim, we begin by thoroughly investigating all potential evidence in your case to gather the facts needed to prove that you were harmed by the negligent or reckless treatment of your healthcare provider. It is necessary in every medical malpractice claim to establish the element of damages, since a patient does not have a viable legal medical malpractice claim unless he or she has suffered some form of compensable damage. Usually, the element of damages can be proven by showing that your healthcare provider’s actions or omissions caused your original medical condition to fail to get better or to worsen, or even caused a completely new injury or illness. Our attorneys strive to get you the maximum compensation possible for your damages, such as:
- Past medical expenses incurred to treat the illness or injuries caused by the malpractice
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages intended to punish an egregiously reckless healthcare professional
The specific amount of compensation you may receive will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. However, when you retain Berger & Lagnese, LLC, you can rest assured that we will fight to get you the maximum compensation possible under the law.
Contact Us Today for a Free Case Evaluation
It is true that no amount of money will make you whole after you have been the victim of a healthcare professional’s careless or reckless action. However, compensation can ensure that you receive the medical care needed to recover from the harm caused by medical malpractice and that your financial losses are made whole. Holding negligent medical professionals responsible for their actions also serves to ensure that those professionals avoid causing harm in the future. Contact Berger & Lagnese, LLC today to speak with one of our Latrobe medical malpractice lawyers to learn more about your legal rights and options for your medical malpractice claim.
About Latrobe, PA
Latrobe is a city in Westmoreland County located near the scenic Chestnut Ridge. Latrobe was settled in 1852 and incorporated as a borough two years later. Latrobe is famous as the home of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Saint Vincent College, and Latrobe Brewery, the original brewer of Rolling Rock beer. The banana split sundae was invented at a Latrobe pharmacy in 1904. Latrobe is also believed to have been the site of the first professional game of American football, and currently serves as the home of the training camp for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. Latrobe was also home to famous golfer Arnold Palmer, and was the childhood home of children’s television personality Fred Rogers, popularly known as “Mr. Rogers.”
Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Malpractice Claims in Latrobe, PA
FAQ: If I was injured by a doctor’s negligent care, can I hold the hospital I was treated at responsible as well?
A hospital can be liable in a medical malpractice claim if negligence was committed by the hospital’s employees. The law allows an employer, such as a hospital, to be held legally responsible for damages caused by its employees in the course of their job. Although many doctors are not employed by the hospitals where they treat patients and instead merely hold privileges as independent contractors, hospitals may still have a responsibility to ensure that the doctors and other healthcare professionals who render care in their facilities are competent, properly trained, and do not act in a careless or reckless manner.
FAQ: Why do I need a certificate of merit for my medical malpractice lawsuit?
Pennsylvania law requires every plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit to file a certificate of merit, which is a document drafted by a medical professional in the same field as the professional whose care harmed you. The professional must state what the applicable standard of care is in your case and discuss how your treating professional’s care fell below this standard and how you were harmed by it.