Medical Malpractice Lawyer Washington County, PA
Results-Focused Medical Malpractice Attorneys Advocate on Behalf of Clients Injured by Negligent Medical Care
Most healthcare professionals strive to heal their patients and work hard to provide the highest level of care possible to patients. But because we trust our healthcare professionals with our lives, we hold doctors and other medical workers to a higher legal standard of care. This is because any deviation from the acceptable standard of care means that patients can suffer serious, life-altering harm.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a doctor’s or other medical professional’s negligence, you need a medical malpractice attorney whom you can be sure will passionately advocate on your behalf to get you the financial recovery you need. Medical malpractice claims are factually and legally complex, so it is important to retain the services of an attorney who understands Pennsylvania medical malpractice law and has the resources to thoroughly investigate your claim and prove what exactly happened in your case.
The Washington County medical malpractice attorneys of Berger & Lagnese, LLC have helped clients to recover millions of dollars after they have been injured by a medical professional’s negligence. Our firm has the resources to put you in the best position possible to pursue your medical malpractice claim — our firm even has a board-certified physician on staff to help our attorneys evaluate your case and determine how to best proceed. Facing down defense lawyers and insurance companies can be a daunting task. That is why we are prepared to handle every aspect of your medical malpractice claim to ensure that your rights are fully protected and that you receive the justice you deserve after being harmed by negligent medical professionals.
When Is An Error Considered Medical Malpractice?
Not every error by a healthcare professional is medical malpractice. An error legally constitutes medical malpractice when a professional fails to adhere to the applicable standard of care and a patient is harmed by that failure. The applicable standard of care in medical malpractice cases is generally determined by looking at what an ordinary, prudent medical professional of similar experience and training would do in the same circumstances in the same geographic community. If your treating professional’s conduct fails to meet that standard and you can prove you were harmed by that failure, you may have a viable medical malpractice claim.
Examples of incidents of potential medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose, failure to timely diagnose, or misdiagnosis of a condition
- Failure to obtain informed consent
- Failure to take a complete patient history
- Surgical errors, such as failing to address patient distress, performing on the wrong surgical site, or leaving surgical equipment inside a patient
- Prescribing or administering the wrong medication or dosage of medication
Types of Medical Malpractice Claims We Handle in Washington County, PA
The medical malpractice attorneys at Berger & Lagnese, LLC have a track-record of success helping clients obtain compensation in all kinds of medical malpractice claims, such as:
- Amputation errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries and childbirth errors
- Diagnosis errors
- Emergency room errors
- Hospital-acquired infections
- Medication errors
- Radiology errors
- Surgical errors
Aggressive Medical Malpractice Lawyers Fight to Get Favorable Outcomes for Victims of Medical Malpractice
When we help a client successfully pursue compensation in a medical malpractice claim, we begin by conducting a thorough investigation of the case to gather all evidence available to prove you were harmed by the negligent conduct of your treating professional. Although many malpractice cases focus on the applicable standard of care, it is also necessary to establish that a patient has suffered harm due to a treating professional’s negligence and to prove the specific damages figure that you are entitled to. At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, we strive to obtain the maximum compensation for you and your family, including damages such as:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Contact Berger & Lagnese, LLC Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation to Discuss Your Medical Malpractice Claim
It is true that no amount of money can truly put you back in a position that you were in before you were harmed by negligent medical care. But financial compensation can ensure that you receive the best medical care possible to treat the harm and injuries you’ve suffered and to deter negligent healthcare workers from committing more harm in the future. If you’ve been the victim of negligent medical care, contact the dedicated, knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys of Berger & Lagnese, LLC today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your legal rights and options for a medical malpractice claim and to learn more about how our firm will fight to get you the compensation you need and deserve.
About Washington County, PA
Washington County was created on March 28, 1781 and was named after American Revolutionary War leader and first American president, George Washington. The current population of Washington County is 207,820.
In 1951, Pony League Baseball was founded in Washington County and still holds its headquarters today. In 1981, a historical marker was installed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission signifying the counties historical importance.
Types of Doctors in Washington County, PA: Oncologist, Cardiologist, Neurologist, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Orthopedic, Anesthesiologist, Pediatrician, Internist, Therapist, Plastic Surgeon, Urologist, Gastroenterologist, Pulmonologist, Specialty surgeons, Radiologist, Allergist
Hospitals in Washington County, PA: Advanced Surgical Hospital, Canonsburg Hospital, Monongahela Valley Hospital, Washington Health System
Cities in Washington County, PA:
- Washington Medical Malpractice
- Canonsburg Medical Malpractice
- California Medical Malpractice
- Donora Medical Malpractice
- McMurray Medical Malpractice
- Monongahela Medical Malpractice
- Charleroi Medical Malpractice
- Thompsonville Medical Malpractice
- Centerville Medical Malpractice
- Wolfdale Medical Malpractice
- Gastonville Medical Malpractice
- McGovern Medical Malpractice
- Bentleyville Medical Malpractice
- Muse Medical Malpractice
- Cecil-Bishop Medical Malpractice
- East Washington Medical Malpractice
Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Malpractice in Washington County, PA
FAQ: What is the “certificate of merit?”
The certificate of merit is a document that must be filed with a medical malpractice lawsuit. It is an opinion from a doctor or other medical professional of similar experience and training to that of your doctor or medical professional, setting forth the professional’s opinion that your malpractice claim has merit and stating the applicable standard of care and how your doctor or other healthcare professional fell below that standard of care. If you fail to file a certificate of merit, the court may permanently dismiss your medical malpractice claim.
FAQ: Do you handle medical practice cases in my area?
Berger & Lagnese, LLC handles medical malpractice cases throughout western Pennsylvania. If you live in any of these other counties, we may be able to help you: Washington County, Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Erie County, Fayette County, Indiana County, Lawrence County, or Westmoreland County.
FAQ: Can I hold the hospital responsible for my injuries?
Possibly, depending on the facts of the case. Many doctors are not employees of the hospitals where they render care. Instead, they are usually independent contractors who merely have privileges to practice medicine at the hospital. In some cases, doctors are employees of the hospital, particularly doctors who work in emergency rooms. Conversely, nurses are usually employees of the hospital where they work, so it is generally common to hold the hospital responsible for injuries caused by nursing care.