People go to the emergency room to get medical care and treatment for their injuries or illnesses, not to suffer further injury. However, this is exactly what can happen when an emergency room error occurs. If you or a loved one suffered additional injuries or pain because of an emergency room error, the attorneys from Berger and Green can review your case and help you understand your legal options for pursuing a medical malpractice payout.
Call (412) 661-1400 today to discuss your Pittsburgh medical malpractice case with a member of our team. We know what it takes to navigate the claims process and pursue a payout for our clients.
How Medical Errors Occur in a Pittsburgh Emergency Room
Some of the ways emergency room errors can turn into serious medical malpractice injuries and illnesses include:
- Failure to take a sufficient history or perform an adequate examination
- Failure to take steps to rule out life-threatening conditions
- Diagnosing a patient without considering all possibilities
- Diagnosis errors, e.g., delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, or failure to diagnose
- Issues in the laboratory or with other testing methods
- Failure to monitor a patient
- Problems treating a patient, including medication errors
- Surgical errors for procedures done in the emergency room
As a part of handling your Pittsburgh medical malpractice case, we can get to the bottom of when the error occurred and the action or lack of action that caused your additional injuries.
Proving You Suffered Injuries Due to a Pittsburgh Emergency Room Error
Under 231 Pennsylvania Code § 1042.3, we must file a certificate of merit any time we allege medical malpractice. This certifies that a medical professional heard the facts of our case and agreed that they believe the health care provider in question violated “acceptable professional standards.”
The medical professional we ask to sign this certificate does not have to be the same medical expert witness we would call if your case went to trial, but they do need to:
- Have the same type of training as the doctor in question
- Have experience reasonably similar to the doctor in question
- Work in the same general geographical area as the doctor in question
We need to identify a doctor for the certificate of merit before we can file a lawsuit or within two months of filing the initial paperwork if we are too close to the deadline to wait. We will handle this process for you and ensure we get a qualified medical professional to sign the certificate of merit and the best possible medical expert witness to testify if your case goes to trial.
Berger and Green Will Fight to Recover the Compensation You Deserve
At Berger and Green, our medical malpractice attorneys will take aggressive action to pursue the compensation your family needs and deserves. With decades of experience helping clients recover money for their expenses and losses, our team is ready to go to work for you.
We have a vast network of medical practitioners and expert medical witnesses we can call on to help us understand what happened and how your injuries could affect you today and in the future.
Call us at (412) 661-1400 today to learn more about how we can help you with your case.
Damages Recoverable in a Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Case
You can collect compensation to cover a variety of expenses and losses you experienced as a result of medical malpractice.
These recoverable damages may include:
- Additional medical care and treatment required because of the error
- Ongoing care costs
- Future care costs
- Prescription medication
- Other costs related to your treatment and care
- Lost wages and benefits
- Diminished earning capacity
- Miscellaneous related expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Wrongful death damages, if your loved one passed away because of an emergency room error
Unlike some states, Pennsylvania does not put any limits on compensatory damages in a medical malpractice case. You may be able to recover compensation for every expense and loss we can prove, depending on the facts of your case.
Call us at (412) 661-1400 to discuss damages that may be available based on the circumstances of your injuries and the losses you suffered.
We Generally Have Two Years to Take Legal Action
We generally have two years to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Pittsburgh, although there may be shorter statutes of limitations that apply in some cases. It is imperative that we meet all applicable deadlines, or we could lose the right to hold the doctor or the hospital responsible. Call us as early as possible after you suffer injuries because of an emergency room error, and we can get started right away.
Investigating your case, identifying the best medical expert witness, getting the required statements, and preparing a strong case take time. We can pursue the payout you need and deserve, but we have to know about your case with sufficient time to do so. Act today. Call our office at (412) 661-1400.
Talk to a Member of Our Team About Your Emergency Room Error Case Today
The Berger and Green team can review your emergency room error medical malpractice case today at no cost to you. Let us help you understand where things went wrong in that Pittsburgh-area emergency room and fight for the expenses and losses you suffered because of it. We serve clients in Pittsburgh, greater Allegheny County, and elsewhere in the region.
We may also be able to help you pursue additional compensation if you suffer a long-term impairment and cannot work. We can help you file a claim for Social Security Disability and seek benefits through the Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income program.
Call (412) 661-1400 today for your complimentary case evaluation and consultation with a member of our medical malpractice team.