Pittsburgh, PA Hospital Negligence Lawyers
Leading Medical Malpractice Lawyers Advocate for Victims of Hospital Negligence in Pittsburgh, PA
When you are harmed because of negligent treatment you received in a hospital, you might not realize that the hospital itself can be held financially responsible. Even though a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare providers directly caused the harm, hospitals are ultimately responsible for the actions of their employees. It is, after all, the hospital itself that has the power to put protocols in place to prevent negligent treatment.
If you have been the victim of hospital negligence, you don’t want to place your trust in just any lawyer. You need the best possible medical malpractice lawyer by your side. At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, we have a reputation for winning. Our lawyers have been working hard to get fair compensation for victims of medical negligence for nearly 30 years. We know what it takes to win and will work tirelessly to get the best possible results for you.
Bringing a lawsuit against a hospital for negligence means you will be facing off against a large corporation and their defense lawyers and insurance companies. Strict procedural and legal rules must be carefully followed to protect your rights. Our medical malpractice lawyers regularly handle complex hospital negligence cases. We work with the best experts in the business to testify on your behalf.
Our medical negligence lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC offer free, no-obligation consultations so that we can discuss options in your case. To schedule yours, call or contact us online today.
Examples of Hospital Negligence in Pennsylvania
Failing to adhere to detailed rules can result in your hospital negligence claim being dismissed. One important rule requires expert testimony stating that the hospital’s negligence likely caused you harm. Hospitals can be negligence in any number of ways, including under circumstances involving:
- Failure to properly screen employees
- Failure to properly train employees
- Failure to develop protocols and procedures designed to reduce the likelihood that patients will suffer harm as a result of care in the hospital
- Hiring an incompetent doctor or one who is not properly licensed
- Failure to properly inspect and replace defective equipment
When a hospital employee fails to provide care in accordance with the standards developed by the medical community, patients suffer. We know that it can be difficult to know what happened to cause the harm you have suffered. Victims of hospital negligence can suffer harm in the form of:
- A worsened underlying condition
- The need for more extensive and painful treatment
- Hospital acquired infections that can be life-threatening
- Death when a serious underlying condition is mistreated or not treated at all
At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, we work tirelessly to find out what happened and retain the best available experts to testify on your behalf. To learn more about how we can help you get fair compensation for hospital negligence, call us today.
How to File a Claim for Hospital Negligence in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania imposes strict rules in medical malpractice cases to prevent frivolous lawsuits. Failure to follow these rules can result in your case being dismissed before it even truly begins. Some of the procedural rules for filing a hospital negligence claim include:
- Time limits. Claims for hospital negligence must generally be filed within two years of the date the negligence occurred or two years from the date you knew, or reasonably should have known, that your injuries were caused by negligence. There is a firm cap requiring lawsuits to be filed within seven years of the date of injury.
- Expert affidavit. Within 60 days of submitting an initial claim, your attorney must file an affidavit stating that a qualified expert believes that hospital negligence was the likely cause of your injury.
- Filing the complaint. The actual complaint must contain specific information, such as the name of the hospital, how the injury occurred, what type of harm you suffered and the amount of damages we are demanding.
With nearly a century of combined experience, our lawyers have the detailed understanding of the medical malpractice laws to make sure nothing slips through the cracks. Call us today to learn more about our practice.
Skilled Hospital Negligence Lawyers Work to Get Maximum Compensation for Injured Patients
A settlement award or jury verdict that fully accounts for the harm you have suffered should include compensation for:
- Medical expenses related to the negligent care
- The cost of future medical care
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning potential
- The cost of rehabilitative care and physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of the company of your loved one in a wrongful death action
In recent years, some of our verdicts have set records for the most amount of compensation awarded in Pittsburgh medical malpractice cases. We leave no stone unturned in using our legal skills to get you the maximum compensation available.
Contact Our Experienced Hospital Negligence Lawyers for a Free Case Review Today
At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, we have won millions for our clients over the years. We are dedicated to holding negligent hospitals and healthcare providers accountable when they fail in their duties. Contact us for a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case with an experienced hospital negligence lawyer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Hospital Negligence Claims in Pittsburgh, PA
FAQ: What if I was harmed by a negligent doctor who was not employed by the hospital? Can the hospital be held responsible for negligence?
Sometimes. Often, hospitals work with a doctor or surgeon who is not actually an employee of the hospital. That sometimes means that the hospital would not be responsible for their negligence under employment law theories. Whether the arrangement is to help the hospital avoid liability or because the doctor prefers to work with multiple entities, it may still be possible to hold the hospital accountable in some cases.
Hospitals often advertise their doctors and surgeons as selling points to attract patients. If it was reasonable to believe that the doctor or surgeon was a hospital employee, it may be possible to hold the hospital responsible.
FAQ: Whose negligence can result in a lawsuit for hospital negligence?
Hospitals employ thousands of people. If any of those employees are negligent in exercising their job duties, the hospital can be held responsible. In addition to doctors and surgeons, examples of employees whose negligence might result in a lawsuit against the hospital include:
– Medical technicians
– Lab technicians
– Hospital administrators
– Hospital maintenance staff
– Hospital pharmacy staff