If you were seriously injured by a physician or other healthcare provider that you trusted to protect your health and wellbeing, our team at Berger and Green can help you exercise your legal rights as a victim of medical malpractice.
Our medical malpractice lawyers in Pittsburgh can help you hold the negligent healthcare provider accountable for your losses. We offer free consultations for medical malpractice victims to assess their options for recovery.
How Berger and Green Can Help You With Your Case
Our attorneys can take on every aspect of your malpractice case to hold the negligent party accountable and recover what you are entitled to in damages.
We Will Determine What Compensation You Are Entitled To
You can recover compensation for the losses you suffered from the healthcare provider’s negligence. Some damages we can help you recover include compensation for:
- Your medical bills resulting from the malpractice
- Wage losses from time missed at work
- Future lost earning capacity if the malpractice caused a chronic disability
- Pain and suffering
- Counseling and physical therapy
- In-home health aids
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Our attorneys at Berger and Green can help you determine what damages you can recover in your medical malpractice claim. For example, if your malpractice case stems from the untimely death of a loved one due to a medical error or mishap, your family could be entitled to collect wrongful death damages. These may include:
- The damages your loved one would have received had they survived to file a medical malpractice case
- The costs of making your loved one’s final arrangements, including funeral and burial expenses
- Specific wrongful death losses your family experienced, including loss of companionship, guidance, and consortium
Our legal team will identify the range of losses you can request, how much they are worth, and which family members can file a wrongful death action.
We Will File Your Case Within the Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is a time limit by which we must file your case. In Pennsylvania, medical malpractice victims have two years from the date of their injury or when they discover it to file a lawsuit against a negligent healthcare provider, according to Pa. C.S.A. § 5524.
However, according to the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act (MCARE), medical malpractice victims who discover their injuries seven years or more after the negligence occurred will not be able to file a lawsuit. With this in mind, we will make sure to file your lawsuit within the allotted time frame.
We Can Hire a Medical Professional to Testify
According to 231 Pa. C.S.A. § 1042.3, Pennsylvania medical malpractice cases require a qualified medical professional’s testimony. For a successful outcome in your claim, they basically have to say that they would have acted differently in a similar situation to show that the healthcare professional who caused your injuries was negligent.
The medical professional must review the details of your case and sign a Certificate of Merit, which you must then file no later than 60 days after the initial complaint. When you choose our firm to represent you, our medical malpractice team will ensure this filing deadline is met because it is as critical as complying with the statute of limitations.
Berger and Green will also hire this expert witness to testify on your behalf. If the medical expert who completed your Certificate of Merit is not available to testify, we will identify another expert to provide additional testimony in your case if necessary.
We Will Take on Your Case at No Upfront Charge
Some medical malpractice victims worry about what it will cost to get legal help. However, the medical malpractice attorneys at Berger and Green do not charge anything upfront or out of pocket to take your case.
We understand that medical malpractice victims are struggling to pay their bills already, and we want you to have a fair chance at financial recovery without digging yourself deeper into debt. That’s why we only take our attorney fees once we win your case.
Our payment will come from a percentage of the settlement or court award we secure for you. We can discuss these terms in-depth during your free consultation.
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Pursuing compensation for injured clients through Pittsburgh is our team’s priority. Clients we have served in the past leave reviews like these:
- “I was very pleased with the service I received from Berger and Green. They handled my case with great respect and always answered all of my questions.” Jean Miller
- “They kept me very informed couldn’t ask for a better lawyer. I was treated with much respect, and I was very pleased with the outcome of my claim!” Jamie Headlee
- “Knew what they were doing, thorough, fast, confident, and pleasant to deal with.” Greg Hartzell
- “My experience with Berger and Green was so refreshing. Extremely efficient and professional. Aside from addressing my issue , I was given additional resourceful information to assist me in the future. They dealt with my concern and thought ahead giving me more alternatives without my needing to ask.” Julia Garcia
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For a free legal consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer serving Pittsburgh, call 412-661-1400
Types of Medical Malpractice
Medicine is not an exact science. Sometimes, unfortunate things happen to patients who have received the best medical care possible.
However, all doctors and medical providers must follow a “standard of care,” meaning that they must treat their patients with the best care available and inform them of alternative treatments and possible risks within their realm of knowledge and available information.
Any healthcare provider can commit medical malpractice—not only a doctor. Depending on the circumstances, malpractice can mean:
- The misdiagnosis of a medical condition or injury
- The improper treatment for an illness or injury
- The administration of the wrong medication
- The failure to inform a patient of any and all risks involved with a treatment or procedure
- The failure to inform a patient of any and all alternative treatments for a medical condition
If you have suffered a serious injury directly caused by a physician or another healthcare provider’s negligence, you may be entitled to money and benefits for your medical bills, wage loss, and pain and suffering.
One common medical error is wrong-patient medication error. This is when a healthcare professional administers a medication meant for another patient. According to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA), medication errors can occur at any step of the process—from preparation to administration.
In just a four-month span in 2011, there were 813 wrong-patient medication errors reported to the PSA. If your loved one suffered injuries because a healthcare provider administered the wrong medication, we can help.
Medical Errors Resulting in Death
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical errors are now the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. If a healthcare provider’s negligence caused your loved one’s death, we can help you hold them accountable.
Berger and Green can help you understand your right to receive compensation for any serious injuries that you received as a result of medical malpractice.
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Working With Our Firm Is Affordable
At Berger and Green, our personal injury attorneys will fight to win a fair settlement for your injuries from insurance companies that may try to convince you to settle for the lowest possible amount.
The personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green accept medical malpractice cases on an affordable, contingency-fee basis, which means that you will not pay us any money if we do not win your case.
Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice FAQs
Dealing with injuries related to medical malpractice can be overwhelming. Attempting to pursue compensation on your own is an added challenge you don’t want to endure. Our Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers understand that you have plenty of questions, and we have answers.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Knowing that you have a valid medical malpractice case means knowing what medical malpractice is. Medical malpractice occurs when healthcare professionals provide treatment to patients that deviates from accepted standards of care within the medical community and causes them injury.
Numerous types of healthcare professionals can be guilty of medical malpractice, including:
- Physical and Occupational Therapists
- Pharmacists and technicians
- Pharmaceutical companies
What Are Some Examples of Medical Malpractice?
Medical negligence is medical malpractice. Medical negligence occurs when a medical professional breaches the professional standard of care and causes injury. This could include:
- Leaving surgical equipment inside a patient
- Removing or operating on the wrong organ during surgery
- Over-prescribing of medication
In these cases, the victim must demonstrate that the negligent act directly led to their injury.
What Can You Recover in a Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Case?
Any party responsible for injury due to medical malpractice or medical negligence can be held liable for a victim’s ensuing losses. These losses can include, but are not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
How Is Medical Malpractice Proven in Pittsburgh?
Demonstrating medical malpractice can be tricky. Patients must show that their healthcare provider or other medical professional acted negligently by violating a standard of care. These four elements must all be established to prove medical malpractice:
- Duty of care: It must first be established that a medical professional owes a duty of care to their patient. That is, they are responsible for their patient’s wellbeing within the accepted standards of care of the profession.
- Breach of duty: The physician or another healthcare provider must have breached this duty of care to their patient. Proving this will likely require testimony from another medical professional.
- Causation: The victim must prove that this breach of duty directly led to their injuries.
- Damages: The victim must also prove that their injuries resulted in damages, otherwise known as economic and non-economic losses. Examples include high medical bills and pain and suffering.
Proving negligence on your own can be challenging. However, a medical malpractice lawyer understands how the law works and knows what to do to assign liability.
What Can You Expect From Your Initial Consultation?
On your own, it can be hard to determine whether or not your case meets the legal parameters of medical malpractice. A free case consultation with our team can help you define your case and give us the opportunity to explain what your next steps should be.
During your initial consultation, we will:
- Listen to your story with compassion and with an ear for important details
- Ask questions about your medical condition prior to your medical injury
- Ask questions about the medical professionals and facilities involved in your case
- Explain the financial recovery process and anticipated timeline of your case
Your free consultation is valuable for you and for our law firm. We get to know you and your case, and you find out about our law firm and how hard we will fight to recover damages for you.
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