Medical Malpractice Lawyer Westmoreland County, PA
Compassionate Medical Malpractice Attorneys Hold Negligent Doctors and Medical Professionals Responsible for Malpractice
When you require medical care from a healthcare professional, you put yourself in a vulnerable position. Most of us do not have the medical knowledge and training to care for ourselves when ill or injured, so we place our trust in doctors, hospital staff, and other medical professionals to provide us with the best possible medical care. Unfortunately, sometimes our healthcare providers render careless or negligent care that cause us harm and further illness or injury. In these cases, you may have a viable medical malpractice claim.
Pennsylvania laws surrounding the issue of medical malpractice are extremely complex and require potential victims of medical malpractice to prove various elements, usually with expert testimony, in order to be eligible to receive compensation for the treatment errors they’ve suffered. Our experienced Westmoreland County medical malpractice lawyers here at Berger & Lagnese, LLC take pride in our reputation for success in helping clients obtain compensation in medical malpractice claims. We work with our expert connections in the local medical community to develop a strong, persuasive claim for compensation for each medical malpractice client that we represent.
Establishing the Applicable Standard of Care for Medical Malpractice Claims
You may be surprised to learn that not every error in medical treatment can give rise to a legal claim of medical malpractice. Instead, errors or negative outcomes in medical treatment only constitute malpractice if a doctor’s or other healthcare provider’s treatment deviated from the accepted standard of care. Thus, medical malpractice claims are a special form of negligent claim. The medical malpractice lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC fight to prove each of the required elements of a medical malpractice claim, including:
- The existence of a provider-patient relationship,
- The failure of the healthcare provider to adhere to the accepted standards of care,
- How the healthcare provider’s failure to adhere to the standard of care caused injury or harm to the patient,
- The compensable damages suffered by the patient due to his or her provider’s negligence.
The “standard of care” differs in every medical malpractice case. There are a number of factors that go into determining the applicable standard of care in a case, such as:
- The procedure or treatment involved
- The patient’s condition or illness
- The patient’s age and medical history
- The geographic area where the treatment took place
- The healthcare provider’s education, experience, and training
At Berger & Lagnese, LLC, we consult with experts who practice in the same fields of medicine as the providers whose negligence harmed you. This is because Pennsylvania law required such an expert to provide testimony and opinion in order for your case to even move forward in court. The expert will also be required to render an opinion as to how your treating healthcare professional failed to adhere to the applicable standard of care.
Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Berger & Lagnese, LLC Obtain Maximum Financial Recovery for Victims of Malpractice in Westmoreland County, PA
If a doctor or hospital is presented with a claim of medical malpractice, their insurance companies are likely to hire a team of aggressive defense attorneys who will fight to protect the interests of the healthcare providers and their insurers at all costs. That is why it is critical that you have an equally aggressive team of lawyers and experts on your side fighting to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
The Westmoreland County medical malpractice attorneys of Berger & Lagnese, LLC will vigorously fight to assert your rights after you have been the victim of negligent medical treatment, such as:
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If you or your loved one has been the victim of negligent medical care, contact the experienced medical malpractice lawyers of Berger & Lagnese, LLC today to discuss your case. We offer every prospective client a free initial consultation where we help you to understand your legal rights and options and provide you with an honest analysis of your case. We fight to help each of our clients obtain fair and full compensation, guiding them through each step of the claim process.
About Westmoreland County, PA
Westmoreland County, PA, named for the historic English county Westmorland, was the first county in the Pennsylvania colony located entirely west of the Allegheny Mountains. Founded on February 26, 1773, Westmoreland County was formed from Lancaster, Northumberland and Bedford Counties. Today, Westmoreland County boasts a residency of 366,169 residents.
Hospitals in Westmoreland County, PA: Excela Hospital System, Select Specialty Hospital – Laurel Highlands, Torrance State Hospital
Cities in Westmoreland County, PA:
Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Malpractice Claims in Westmoreland County, PA
FAQ: Should I sue someone other than my doctor for malpractice?
Possibly, depending on the facts of your case. A knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney can investigate your case to determine whether the harm or injuries you suffered were caused by the negligence of your doctor or by the negligence of other parties involved in your care, such as nurses, therapists, or medical technicians. If you were treated at a hospital, you may be able to sue the hospital itself if your injuries were caused by negligent care rendered by employees of the hospital.
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: Westmoreland County, Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Beaver County, Butler County, Erie County, Fayette County, Indiana County, Lawrence County, or Washington County.
FAQ: If my condition was not diagnosed or was misdiagnosed, do I have a medical malpractice claim?
Possibly. Just because your doctor failed to diagnose your condition or misdiagnosed your condition does not necessarily mean that he or she was negligent in your care. Whether your misdiagnosis was caused by malpractice will depend on the acts your doctor took in determining your condition and making a diagnosis, weighed against what another similarly-trained and -experienced physician would have done under the same circumstances. Only if another physician of similar training and experience in the same circumstances would have correctly diagnosed your condition will you potentially have a medical malpractice claim.