When my 24-year-old brother Mike died at UPMC Shadyside our family had concerns about what had truly transpired at the hospital with regards to his care. A lawyer who is a friend of the family suggested that we have Paul Lagnese of Berger & Lagnese examine the circumstances around Mike's death. Paul subsequently investigated the matter and had numerous expert doctors and other medical professionals study the medical records. Paul then came to our house and met with us and reported that my brother died because the doctors and hospital failed to respond properly when Mike developed a very serious but correctable change in his condition. Mr. Lagnese explained to us that it was negligence that caused Mike's death.Our family then filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. Over the next three years the lawyers at Berger & Lagnese aggressively pursued our case. The case eventually went to trial and on May 23, 2008, the jury returned a verdict of $2,500,000 against UPMC Shadyside. The jury also took the unique act of writing a statement blaming Mike's death on the lack of training and supervision of nurses at UPMC Shadyside.
I would strongly recommend Berger & Lagnese to anyone who has reason to believe that a loved one suffered injuries or death due to medical malpractice. Berger & Lagnese will investigate to find out what really happened and, if malpractice did occur, they will aggressively work to ensure that those responsible are made accountable for their actions.
Erik Rettger, Pittsburgh, PA