Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Pittsburgh
Skilled Malpractice Lawyers Fight to Safeguard the Rights of Clients Harmed by Medical Malpractice in Allegheny County and Throughout Western Pennsylvania
As is the case with any injury, physical harm caused by a physician or healthcare provider’s negligence can turn your life upside down. Injuries and death caused by medical malpractice is unfortunately common despite the rigorous training that doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers are required to complete before treating patients. Many patients may even be reluctant to come forward and discuss their injuries because they are simply unsure whether a trusted physician’s error caused them additional harm—leading to situations where negligent healthcare providers are permitted to continue practicing despite the harm they have caused.
Our skilled medical malpractice lawyers have a passion for helping victims get the compensation that they need to recover and are also highly committed to holding negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions. We focus so heavily on medical malpractice cases because we want to keep our Western Pennsylvania hospitals and medical facilities as safe as possible by holding medical professionals to the highest standards possible. If you or a loved one have suffered harm because of the negligence of a doctor, nurse or other medical professional, we are here to put our legal knowledge to work for you.
Elements of a Successful Medical Malpractice Case in Western Pennsylvania
While every medical malpractice case is different, several common elements must be established in order to prove liability in every case. First, it is necessary to establish the relevant standard of care, which is accomplished by looking to what a reasonable medical professional would have done under similar circumstances. Generally, this element can be established by consulting with reputable medical professionals in the field. Second, we must show that the individual breached that standard of care, which is established by looking to what that individual actually did. Examples of common scenarios that establish the “breach” element of a medical malpractice case include:
- Operating on the wrong patient or the wrong body part,
- Prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong dosage,
- Failing to diagnose a condition, or diagnosing the wrong condition,
- Failure to order appropriate testing to diagnose a condition or determine the proper course of action,
- Failure to appropriately monitor a patient,
- Providing the incorrect treatment protocol given the patient’s prognosis.
Finally, we will work to establish that the breach of the relevant duty actually caused you to suffer harm, whether in the form of more extensive medical care, additional medical care, a worsened condition or prognosis, and/or pain and suffering.
Seasoned Medical Malpractice Lawyers Goodrich & Geist Dedicated to Securing Maximum Compensation Awards for Victims in Pittsburgh, PA
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our seasoned medical malpractice lawyers have over 50 years’ worth of combined experience helping injured patients recover full and fair compensation for their injuries. We work closely with the most respected medical experts in the field to build a persuasive strategy for recovering fair compensation if you have been the victim of malpractice.
We help clients who have been injured by all types of medical malpractice in Western Pennsylvania, including:
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Emergency room errors
- Nursing errors
- Cases resulting in traumatic brain injuries and other severe injuries
Regardless of the type of negligence involved, you need an experienced lawyer who will fight for your right to receive the maximum available compensation award in your case, which may include compensation for your medical debt, future medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
Call Today to Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Western Pennsylvania
We know that you may be in a vulnerable position if you have been the victim of medical malpractice, which is one reason why we provide all potential clients with a free initial consultation so that you have the opportunity to get to know your legal team before fully committing. When you choose the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Goodrich & Geist, P.C. as your legal counsel, you can rest assured that you will be treated with compassion and respect by a team of professionals who put our passion for justice to work for victims throughout Western Pennsylvania on a daily basis. To schedule your free initial consultation, you can call our office or fill out this online contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice Claims
FAQ: Why are medical malpractice cases usually more complicated than other types of personal injury claims?
Different standards of care apply depending upon the circumstances of any given medical malpractice case. In recognition of the fact that doctors and other healthcare providers are only human, and that bad outcomes do occur, the relevant standard varies based upon the circumstances and must be established in consultation with the medical community. In some cases, matters are complicated because the patient may not actually know what caused the additional harm, and so detailed investigation may be required to discover what actually happened in your case. In general, the practice of medicine is complicated, which means that it is especially important to retain a lawyer who has significant experience handling medical malpractice cases and who has the resources necessary to retain the best experts in the industry to support your claim.
FAQ: How can a medical malpractice lawyer help in my case?
Because we have devoted such a large portion of our practice to medical malpractice, we have developed both the medical contacts (and ancillary knowledge) and legal experience necessary to understand how medical malpractice cases work. In fact, we can often tell early on in the process whether you have a viable claim for compensation but, if the situation is unclear, we will conduct a comprehensive investigation to identify the actions that led you to suffer harm. We know what must be proven to succeed in these cases and we know how to estimate the full cost of your harm, which may be significantly higher than the figure initially offered by the insurance companies.