If medical negligence on behalf of a doctor, hospital, or healthcare provider injured you, Berger and Green can help you file a medical malpractice case. With over 40 years of experience, we understand how to identify medical negligence and build a case for compensation for injured patients.
We can assign a medical malpractice lawyer from our firm to fight for compensation on your behalf in Erie, Pennsylvania. The recoverable damages in this type of case may include your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other types of losses.
Medical Negligence May Qualify You to Pursue Compensation
Medical malpractice cases compensate victims for injuries caused by medical negligence. In general, medical negligence occurs when a medical provider fails to provide a reasonable standard of care to a patient.
Some common types of medical malpractice cases include:
- Missed or delayed diagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Wrong medication injuries
- Surgical errors (e.g., wrong-site surgery, instruments left in a patient)
Other forms of medical negligence can warrant a medical malpractice case, too. No matter what type of medical negligence may have caused your injuries, Berger and Green encourages you to discuss your legal options with our team in a free case review.
Recoverable Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case
In a successful medical malpractice case, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- All of your current and future malpractice-related medical treatment
- Lost wages for any time you missed at work during your recovery
- Reduced earning capacity if your injuries permanently affect your ability to work
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
Our team will examine the impact your injuries have had and will have on your life when calculating your damages.
How Berger and Green Can Help with Your Medical Malpractice Case
A medical malpractice lawyer in Erie from Berger and Green can provide you with a wide range of services, including:
We can communicate with all parties on your behalf and serve as a buffer between you, the healthcare provider that injured you, and their representatives.
Our firm can:
- Investigate the negligent treatment you received
- Identify the responsible party
- Build your malpractice case with all available evidence
- Identify your potentially recoverable damages
Submitting Your Case
Once we have collected all evidence, we will submit your insurance claim and/or medical malpractice lawsuit. We will handle all paperwork and deadlines in this process.
Fighting for Compensation
The responsible party’s insurance company may want to negotiate for a settlement after we submit your claim. Your lawyer can handle these negotiations for you.
If the insurance company does not make you a fair offer, we will take your lawsuit to trial and fight for compensation before a jury or judge instead.
Advocating for You
Our team will advocate for your rights at every stage of your case. We will also:
- Make sure you receive all of the information you need to make decisions in your case
- Answer your questions
- Update you when there are important updates or changes in your case
We will tailor our services to your needs so that you can be as involved or removed from the legal process of your case as you wish.
Proving Medical Negligence
In Pennsylvania, 231 Pa. Code §1042.3 requires medical malpractice plaintiffs to produce a “certificate of merit” as part of their case. This certificate must come from a licensed medical professional who must declare that the care the plaintiff received “fell outside acceptable professional standards” and caused their injuries.
It is important to note that a bad medical outcome does not automatically equal malpractice. Many types of medical treatments have inherent risks that no competent doctor can prevent. Only when a negligent provider’s care falls below the professional standard does malpractice occur.
Evidence in a Medical Malpractice Case
Berger and Green can help you obtain a certificate of merit for your medical malpractice case. We can also collect other forms of evidence in your case, such as:
- Your medical records
- Photos or videos of your injuries
- Witness statements
- Evidence or documentation of your treatment from the hospital
We Work on a Contingency-Fee-Basis
Berger and Green takes medical malpractice cases on a contingency-fee-basis. In this arrangement:
- There are no upfront payments or out-of-pocket costs
- Our payment comes as a percentage of our client’s settlement offer or court award
- If we are unable to secure compensation for our clients, they don’t owe us attorney’s fees
What Our Clients are Saying
Here are what some of Berger and Green’s recent clients have said about our services:
- “Mark Bennett was an awesome attorney. He met us at the hospital. He was able to take all the steps that we needed to do without having us do the paperwork.” – Personal Injury Client
- “They were just very compassionate and understanding and they let me speak. They let me explain what was going on. They took the time, they took the effort, and it was just, you know, a phenomenal experience.” – Personal Injury Client
The Deadline to Sue for Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania
Medical malpractice victims in Pennsylvania generally have two years to sue for compensation, per Pa. C.S.A. §5524. Once this deadline passes, you may lose your right to sue.
There are some exceptions to this rule that may reduce or extend the amount of time you have to sue. A member of our team can help you identify what deadlines apply to your case during your initial consultation.
Even if your goal is to resolve your case with an insurance settlement, it is important to act as soon as possible so that you retain your right to sue in case the other party refuses to make you a fair offer.
Receive a Free Consultation from Berger and Green Today
If medical negligence caused your injuries in Erie, a medical malpractice lawyer from our firm can help you build a case and fight for compensation. Berger and Green invites you to call our firm today for a free consultation with a member of our team.
During this call, we can discuss your injuries and your legal options as we learn more about your case. Call us as soon as possible so that we can help you get started and meet the deadlines in your case.