One of the most common types of medical malpractice are surgical errors. While there are strict protocols in place to reduce the risk of this type of error, preventable mistakes still occur. If you or a loved one suffered further injury or passed away because of a surgical error, you may be eligible to hold the medical professionals responsible.
If you believe a surgical error or other medical mistake caused your injuries or illness, the medical malpractice lawyers from Berger and Green can help.
Understanding Surgical Errors and Medical Malpractice in Pennsylvania
All medical procedures have inherent risks, and there will always be complications and side effects related to any medical treatment. Doctors are only human and sometimes can make mistakes. Not every mistake will support a medical malpractice claim.
In general, malpractice requires doctors or other medical care professionals to ignore the protocols in place to protect patients or otherwise fail to provide the standard of care expected from a doctor or surgeon with their training and experience.
Some of the most common ways surgical errors occur include:
- Leaving a foreign body inside you during a procedure
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Operating on the wrong patient
- Too little or too much anesthesia or other anesthetic errors
Let a member of our team review your case and help you understand if you were the victim of medical malpractice. We offer free case reviews, know what it takes to build a strong case for compensation, and can take legal action on your behalf.
Recoverable Damages in a Pittsburgh Surgery Malpractice Case
You may qualify to pursue compensation for the damages you suffered because of your surgeon or another health care professional. This varies on a case by case basis but may include:
- Medical care for any related complications
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death if applicable
It is difficult to put an accurate value on how much your case might be worth right now, but we can help you understand how much you might be eligible to recover following our investigation.
Let Berger and Green Help You File a Pittsburgh Malpractice Case
If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of a negligent surgeon, the lawyers from Berger and Green can go to work for you today. We can evaluate the circumstances of your illness or injury and identify the liable party or parties. It is imperative you call us as soon as possible, though. The statute of limitations on these cases is only two years, and some cases have other, much shorter deadlines.
Following our initial consultation, we will launch an investigation into the role of the surgeon or hospital and recover evidence to support our claim.
Our most crucial evidence will likely come from the medical expert who testifies about the expected standard of care and whether your doctor deviated from it. With all the evidence we need in our file, we can pursue a claim against the surgeon’s or hospital’s medical malpractice insurance policy. Alternatively, we may need to file a lawsuit against the liable parties.
Enlisting the Help of a Medical Expert
Under Pennsylvania law, we must enlist the help of a medical expert in your case. This expert must have a similar education, specialization, and experience as your surgeon. We have a network of health care professionals we can rely on to help us identify the best expert medical witness for your case. The witness will provide us with a sworn statement indicating your doctor deviated from the expected standard of care.
Talk to a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
If you or a loved one suffered further injuries or illness because of a mistake made by your surgeon or another health care professional, you may have a valid medical malpractice case.
The team from Berger and Green is standing by to review your case and answer any questions you may have. A surgical errors lawyer can explain your case in a way you can understand and protect your right to hold the negligent party responsible.
Call us or text us today at 412-661-1400. Discuss your case with a member of our team for free during your complimentary initial consultation.