Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Pittsburgh
Society places their trust in doctors to perform up to a standard set by the medical community. If a doctor fails to perform by these standards, whether by accident or by choosing to ignore them, and an innocent person is injured as a result, that person may have a claim against that doctor for medical malpractice.
If you are injured by a doctor or medical professional, it is confusing to know what steps to take. Contact our medical malpractice attorneys for a no obligation consultation about your case.
We have helped many local and regional residents injured by medical malpractice in Pennsylvania. If you are looking for a medical malpractice lawyer in Pittsburgh or a surrounding county, our lawyers can help. Our offices are conveniently located just outside of downtown Pittsburgh.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
What constitutes Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice or negligence covers a broad range of injuries and causes. Medication errors, surgical instruments left behind, even death as a result of medical error or negligence can all fall under the umbrella of medical malpractice.
Do I qualify for financial compensation for my injuries?
Not every bad outcome from a medical procedure is malpractice. If your care deviated from the accepted standard of care that another provider of the same type would have provided, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
We evaluate each medical malpractice case thoroughly and individually
Our Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys are happy to discuss your potential case for free and this discussion does not oblige you to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, it is important to understand that statutes of limitations apply in many cases, meaning that after a certain amount of time has passed, you waive your right to receive medical malpractice compensation for your injuries. Statutes of limitations vary based on geographic locations, type of injury, and other factors; questions about your medical malpractice statute of limitation and other concerns can be answered by a medical malpractice lawyer.
Becker & Becker: Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Just like medicine, the law can be complex and confusing. You rely on trusted doctors, nurses, and other specialists to treat your medical needs and when that trust is broken, it can be equally daunting finding a lawyer to seek justice for your injuries. The medical malpractice attorneys at Becker & Becker have the knowledge, trial experience, and track record to take on your Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawsuit.
Backed by more than 30 years of experience, if you are looking for a medical malpractice lawyer in Pittsburgh, we hope you will contact us for a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We are happy to answer questions and concerns specific to your unique medical injury case. [Contact us.]
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Pennsylvania
Medical malpractice and negligence are, unfortunately, all too common in today's day and age. There is a common misconception that all medical malpractice lawsuits are frivolous. This is not true and the Pennsylvania Legislature has enacted rules to prevent frivolous suits.
In order to file a medical malpractice claim in Pennsylvania, a doctor of the same specialty must first vouch for the merits of the claim before the claim is filed. As proof that this has successfully remedied that problem of frivolous law suits, statistics show that since this law was passed medical malpractice suits have decreased percentage state wide in Pennsylvania.
Insurance companies would like you to believe that the legal system is run-a-muck with frivolous lawsuits however this simply is not true. The truth of the matter is that doctors make mistakes, and unlike when the cashier at your local grocery store makes a mistake, the results are catastrophic. The reason that insurance companies want the public to believe that the legal system is deluged with frivolous suits is so that they can justify increasing the insurance rates for both consumers like yourself, as well as doctors. The numbers do not bear this out:
Data from government sources show that in Pennsylvania in recent years the annual number of medical malpractice awards declined, the number of awards per doctor declined, the number of higher-end cases and $1 million-plus jury verdicts declined, and the number of doctors in Pennsylvania increased at nearly twice the rate of the overall increase in state population.1
Insurance companies are in business to make money and they are using the fear of the public that local doctors will leave their state as a results of increased insurance premiums to keep honest, hard working people like yourself from bring suits when they rightfully have a claim.
How soon do I have to contact a medical malpractice attorney?
If your medical treatment fell below the standard of care and as a result you suffered an injury you may have a claim. You do not, however, have an indefinite amount of time in which to pursue an injury claim: statutes of limitations apply so it is important that you contact an attorney today to review your case.
1. "Pennsylvania Doctors Not Facing a Medical Malpractice Insurance Crisis, Public Citizen Report Shows. Lawsuits Not Responsible for Insurance Rate Spike, Malpractice Awards Are Flat or Declining and No Evidence of a Doctor Exodus." Public Citizen; http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=1658