Medical Malpractice Lawyers Munhall, PA
Skilled Medical Malpractice Lawyers Committed to Holding Negligent Doctors Responsible for Malpractice
A certain amount of vulnerability exists when you consult a medical professional for care—regardless of your area of career expertise or life experiences, you likely will not have the medical training necessary to care for yourself when injured or ill. In a perfect world, you would be able to rely upon your trusted physician, hospital staff and other medical professionals to provide you with the best possible care. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is all too common in Munhall and other medical facilities in Western Pennsylvania—and when healthcare professionals are careless, patients suffer the consequences.
Pennsylvania laws governing medical malpractice are extremely detailed and require all medical malpractice victims to establish certain elements backed by expert testimony in order to proceed with a claim for compensation. At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, our skilled medical malpractice lawyers pride ourselves on our connections to experts within the medical community and have developed a reputation for success in medical malpractice cases that is built on our commitment to building strong claims for compensation in every case we take on.
Determining the Relevant Standard of Care in Munhall Medical Malpractice Cases
Every single medical malpractice case will turn upon a doctor, healthcare provider or medical facility’s deviation from the “standard of care”. Medical malpractice cases are essentially specialized forms of negligence lawsuits and, in every case, we will fight to prove the following essential elements:
- A relationship between the parties (such as the doctor-patient relationship) existed to allow the victim to proceed against the healthcare provider for his or her actions or omissions,
- The healthcare provider failed to adhere to the medically accepted standard of care,
- That failure caused some sort of injury,
- The victim suffered damages because of that injury, whether economic, in the form of increased medical expenses or lost wages, or non-economic, in the form of pain and suffering and emotional distress.
While these elements may seem relatively straightforward on their face, medical malpractice cases are usually very complex. For example, determining the relevant standard of care involves examining:
- The geographic area,
- The patient’s age and prior medical history,
- The type of illness or injury involved,
- The procedure or treatment protocol involved.
In order to establish this standard of care and whether the doctor’s deviation from the standard constituted negligence, we will consult with experts who perform in the same field as the medical professional who caused your harm. Under the law in Munhall, Pennsylvania, this type of expert testimony is required to proceed with your case, and the medical expert (or experts) will also testify to the fact that failure to adhere to the relevant standard of care caused you harm.
Skilled Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC Fight for Maximum Compensation for Malpractice Victims
When a doctor or hospital is faced with the possibility of a medical malpractice lawsuit, they will immediately hire an aggressive team of attorneys who are paid to protect their career and reputation. If you have suffered harm because of a doctor or hospital’s negligence, you need an equally aggressive team of attorneys and experts in your corner to fight for your right to fair compensation.
At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, we are passionate about protecting the patients of Munhall from the dangers posed by negligent medical professionals and hospitals and have dedicated our careers to protecting the financial future of victims of:
- Anesthesia errors
- Prescription drug errors
- Surgical errors
- Emergency room errors
- Birth injuries
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to diagnose a disease
- Hospital errors, including cases involving hospital-acquired infections
- Wrong-site surgery cases
Contact Our Offices to Schedule a No-Cost Consultation with Our Skilled Munhall Medical Malpractice Lawyers
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice in Munhall or elsewhere in Western Pennsylvania, call our experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC to tell us what happened in your case. We are proud to offer all prospective clients our honest opinions and compassionate support as we fight for their right to fair compensation and guide them through every step of the legal system. Contact our office via our convenient online contact form to get started on your Munhall medical malpractice case today.
About Munhall, PA
Munhall is a borough located in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and, like much of the region, has a historical background in the production of steel products. A branch of the Carnegie Steel Company was located in Munhall, which attracted residents to the area in the early 1900s. Most of the steel mills in Munhall have now been destroyed and replaced by a shopping center known as the Waterfront. Today, Munhall is also home to the restored Homestead Library, which was donated to Munhall by Andrew Carnegie in 1896 and now houses both a library and recreational facilities such as a swimming pool and basketball courts.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice Claims in Munhall, PA
FAQ: What should I do if I think I was harmed by a doctor’s negligent actions in a Munhall medical facility?
The most important thing to do if you think you have been the victim of medical malpractice is to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Requesting copies of your medical records and gathering any documentation related to your medical treatment, such as medical bills, insurance documents or prescription drug orders, can also be helpful.
FAQ: How long do I have to decide whether to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice under Pennsylvania law?
Pennsylvania law has changed in recent years, so that while the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is two years from the date the malpractice occurred (or two years from the date you discovered that the malpractice occurred), a second seven-year statute of limitations applies to prevent any lawsuits in a medical malpractice case where the malpractice occurred seven or more years ago. In reality, you should speak to an experienced medical malpractice lawyer as soon as you suspect you have been the victim of medical malpractice because the complexities involved in these cases means that it may take a significant amount of time to investigate and prepare your case.